Question about diet

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Question about diet
Sun, 04-10-2011 - 3:10pm

My dr recommended for diet advice, but they don't have a situation for multiples. I surfed a little on the internet and did see that pregnant women should add 300 calories a day and if twins, double it. I'm wondering if any of you are eating differently? I'm eating healthier, of course, but not ADDING calories. I figure I'll be huge any minute, so I don't want to gain the 60 lbs I did with my daughter. The website suggested things like peanut butter and smoothies to add calories. I might be able to do that.....

Becky - mom to dd 15 and ds 13
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Registered: 07-16-2008
Sun, 04-10-2011 - 6:21pm
Check in Dr Barbara Luke. She wrote a book about having multiples that many women have found useful. As for diet, protein, protein, and more protein. Make the calories you consume count and you'll be fine. :-)


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Registered: 12-19-2007
Sun, 04-10-2011 - 7:16pm

I read some books that recommended an additional 150 calories per baby, and some that recommended the 300 per baby that you read. Overall, as long as you are a normal weight now (if you're underweight, that's a different situation) and eating healthy and lots of protein as PP mentioned you'll be fine. After awhile you may find out that you're hungrier than usual and just naturally end up taking in more calories.


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Registered: 01-25-2008
Mon, 04-11-2011 - 10:43am

Mostly I just eat what I'm hungry for. My doctors have said that increasing protein is highly recommended. I'm not always the best at incorporating that into all my meals :/ But, like the PP said I think its' more important to make sure your calories count more than just adding them for the sake of adding them.


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Registered: 11-13-2008
Mon, 04-11-2011 - 5:55pm
Ditto on the protein, get in as much as you can. Dr. Luke's book stresses it, says that it helps for the babies to be at a healthier weight for birth. It's also important that you drink lots of water.

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Registered: 01-24-2005
Mon, 04-11-2011 - 8:03pm
I'll echo what people said about protein. I was actually in the situation for a while where my doctors told me I needed to gain more weight than I was or they were sending me to a nutritionist and putting me on protein shakes. I tried to eat a lot of peanut butter, hummus, that sort of stuff and that seemed to work. My doctors wanted me to gain 45-50 pounds by the end of the pregnancy. I only made it 30 weeks, but had put on almost 35 of it by then. If you're at a healthy weight then eat when you're hungry and think about what you're eating so it's not just empty calories. Enjoy the chowdown!
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Registered: 02-19-2007
Mon, 04-11-2011 - 9:10pm
I also read the Dr Luke book. She has recipes & its def. about the protein for growth of the babes.
I dont count calories. I do drink at least 1 protein drink/day & try to add protein rich snacks.
I think she said for avg person you should shoot for 20lbs by 20 wks. I was so sick in beginning I just barely made that but Ive since surpassed the 26 wk goal.
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Fri, 04-29-2011 - 4:47pm
So true!!! That book was literally my pregnancy bible. It even had recipes in the back! It was called When Youre Expecting Twins, Triplets and Quads. She really helps you prepare for every single situation!