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post #21 of 448
Thread Starter 
So, I have been reading Dr. Luke's book and I am just not seeing any possible way to eat as much as she says I need to eat. For the past two days, I have eaten about 125 grams of protein per day, but I am struggling to do so. That is an insane amount of protein. It takes a lot of food to get to that number. How do you all do it? Do you really think it's important to eat as much as she says you need to? 14 servings of dairy per day? Ouch.
post #22 of 448

Name? Caitlyn

 

You and maybe your partners age at the birth? I'll be 27 & he will be 39

 

Are the babies Mono or Di or what combo of both? Mono/Di - identical

 

What number of kids will is be for you? 2nd and 3rd!

 

Genders? Will you be finding out? We're waiting to find out :)

 

EDD and or planned birth timing? EDD for 40 weeks is 10-1-12. 

 

State you live in? Arizona

 

Anything else you want to share? If I make it to 36 weeks, I'm planning on a HBAC! :)

post #23 of 448
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Originally Posted by gozal View Post

Very excited to see this thread! I am due with twins in mid-October and also have a 4yo DS. They are di/di but since they are both boys, we won't know if they are MZ or DZ until after they are born (colsxjack, can I ask how you know yours are DZ? Did I miss that they are different sexes?). I was definitely surprised and apprehensive when we first found out but now I am beyond excited.


Hi Gozal,

 

We know that the twins are fraternal because we did IVF and put back two 5 day blasts.

I believe that in order for twins to not share anything, that they would have had to split before 5 days. So we are pretty sure that we are having twins because of both blasts implanting and growing.

 

Our DD is also from IVF. With that time we also put back two blasts and both implanted. But one stopped growing after a couple of weeks and was absorbed.

 

We will not be finding out the sexes of the babies. Well, we eventually will, but at birth ;)

 

Good luck to everyone.

And thank you to Adaline'sMama for starting and hosting this thread.

post #24 of 448
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Originally Posted by Adaline'sMama View Post

So, I have been reading Dr. Luke's book and I am just not seeing any possible way to eat as much as she says I need to eat. For the past two days, I have eaten about 125 grams of protein per day, but I am struggling to do so. That is an insane amount of protein. It takes a lot of food to get to that number. How do you all do it? Do you really think it's important to eat as much as she says you need to? 14 servings of dairy per day? Ouch.

I have used that book for my first twin pregnancy and this one again...its a crazy amount of protein!!  I think the days were rare when I got 170 grams! I did the best I could with the first set and they were 5#5oz and 6# at 36 weeks.  I'm working hard this time and my weight gain is better (I was not nearly as sick with this set) so, I'm hoping I'm doing enough again.  I do eat meat and I just try to have a dairy (which is easy for me!) and a protein every time I eat a meal or snack.  I also was doing protein shakes twice daily and now I take them about 5 times per week.  My fave foods: eggs, cottage cheese, nuts, burgers, steak, protein bars, greek yogurt.  Tonight, we had a pasta with collard green pesto and no protein.  So I'll make a protein shake with additional peanut butter before bed.  I think I also focus more on the protein than on the dairy amounts.  Although cottage cheese and greek yogurt really kills two birds with one stone there.  :)

Best of luck...don't stress too much, just do what you can!

post #25 of 448

Name? (if you feel like it) Kim

You and maybe your partners age at the birth? We'll both be 28

Are the babies Mono or Di or what combo of both?  Di/Di twins

What number of kids will is be for you? 1 and 2

Genders? Will you be finding out? We'll hopefully find out at the next appointment (End of July)

EDD and or planned birth timing? My "due" date is December 7th. My goal is to make it to 37 weeks / Mid November.

State you live in? Arizona

Anything else you want to share? We found out we were having twins at 8 weeks, so we've had a lot of time to adjust to the idea and are very excited. My first trimester was a bit of a rocky road, with severe and frequent m/s, but the second trimester has been much better - despite still feeling tired all the time, which I'm not sure will ever go away. It also doesn't help that it's nearly 110 degrees outside which makes getting out during the day nearly impossible.

 

Glad to meet all of you ladies and happy to join the club!
 

post #26 of 448

Kasie

31, SO is 29

Fraternal. They share nothing except the womb. wink1.gif
2nd and 3rd
We don't know genders yet but we will be finding out
EDD: December 9
California
 

post #27 of 448
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Anything else you want to share? We found out we were having twins at 8 weeks, so we've had a lot of time to adjust to the idea and are very excited. My first trimester was a bit of a rocky road, with severe and frequent m/s, but the second trimester has been much better - despite still feeling tired all the time, which I'm not sure will ever go away. It also doesn't help that it's nearly 110 degrees outside which makes getting out during the day nearly impossible.


 

 


Right there with you. I am exhausted and I am considering pulling a mattress out in to the living room so I can sleep in front of the AC. And the MS, whew I thought it went away but since it warmed up I feel sick again. Come on, autumn!

post #28 of 448

You and maybe your partners age at the birth? I am 32 my partner is 34

Are the babies Mono or Di or what combo of both? fraternal- they just share the womb.. 2 placentas/sacs etc

What number of kids will is be for you? 2 and 3. My DS1 is 2.5.. so this means 3 kids under 3 dizzy.gif

Genders? Will you be finding out? 1 girl/1 boy but it took till 30+ weeks to know the girl's gender, she did not want to show us her goods.

EDD and or planned birth timing? I'm having a c-section next week (38.5w) on July 17th due to Baby A being transverse breech and not willing to flip even a little bit.

State you live in?  I am American but live in Europe (my husband is European)

Anything else you want to share?  Re: being hot and tired...ifnotnowwhen and bellamomma. I am ALWAYS HOT right now. I have started sleeping in our living room on the pull out bed because its the coolest spot in the house at night (I can open the door to the deck and get the cold night air) and its sort of nice to sleep alone for a few weeks before the birth seeing as I am so big now (DS1 cosleeps with us still). I am tired a lot of days as well, some much worse then others. Make sure to have your iron checked during your pregnancy, somewhere in week 20 something I was INSANELY exhausted and they checked my iron, it was scary low.

 

Also a TIP for those of you in the early stages of a twin pregnancy: try to get everything you want to have done before the birth done by the beginning of your 3rd trimester. I made the mistake of thinking I could work/live/exercise/nest/cook/shop etc all normally up until I gave birth and I really wish I had done things like decluttering/cleaning out rooms/closets/anything which requires a lot of standing or bending before I got too big a lot sooner.. it would of been much easier and faster if I had finished all that stuff before 30w and instead Im 37w and still not finished
 

post #29 of 448
Thread Starter 
QMtwins- Thanks, Im glad to know you had healthy twins and didnt make it to 170 every day. Basically, that would mean nothing except protein for me. I've already cut out all "filler foods" like bread, rice, pasta, ect. Things that I dont really think have as much nutrients and make me not want to eat very much because they are so filling.

Ithappened- Thanks for the advice about getting everything done before your 3rd trimester begins. That's what Ive been thinking I need to do, and I'm glad to hear you say it. It just seems like I'll be too huge to move. Good luck on your section next week! Let us know how it goes and post pictures! I'll bump you down and start a "graduates" list after you've had the babes!
post #30 of 448

Adaline'sMama: I struggle to get the right amount of protein every day too. From my first trimester I was never a huge meat eater, I usually would only eat meat once a day or so, usually beef because I had an aversion to chicken at that time. Even then I was probably only getting 50-70 grams per day, which was probably a contributer to how tired I was. I found a protein shake that is all natural - no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners that has 50 grams of protein per serving. It comes in chocolate or vanilla, and the company also makes a low carb version if anyone is interested in that. This has really helped me to reach my protein goal. I'll usually mix it with milk to boost the protein content even more, or I'll add it to a smoothie, but it tastes fine with water as well. I found it at a local healthclub store, but it's carried at Hi Health and GNC as well. Here's a link to find it on Amazon - I'm going to order it here next time as it is a little cheaper.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Natures-Best-Isopure-Natural-Chocolate/dp/B002TG3QP4/ref=pd_sim_sbs_hpc_1

post #31 of 448
Thread Starter 
Ooh, that looks yummy. Right now I'm getting about 100 grams a day, and that is really shoveling the food in. I'm trying to stay kind of low carb, just because carbs fill me up so much that I don't want to eat the more nutritious stuff. I do try and eat a little carbs with all my protein, but not tons.
post #32 of 448

I have to try that ifnotnowhen!  I'm a vegetarian, and getting enough protein has been such a struggle.  I found a powder I liked at whole foods, but that only has half the protein of yours. I've gone back and forth if I should start eating meat again, which I haven't done in 20 years. I also recently developed GD so I need more protein in my diet.  How's the taste? 

post #33 of 448

ithappened,  wave.gif I was stalking the multiples board wondering if maybe you had had your twins already! I am totally heeding your suggestion with my crazy "double nesting" as I have been calling it. I cannot wait for our upcoming trip to Ikea. I am all about the lists, and I plan to accomplish the lists by September (ha! I know). 

 

I freaked out about the protein thing for a while, but then I decided to just focus on excellent nutrition and call it a day. I did not have trouble gaining and later losing weight with DS so I am comforted by that. I am allergic to trying to count nutrients - I have no idea how many gr are in anything. Can I just say that the whole "servings" things confuses me to no end? A serving is never actually the normal amount a person would eat. It's like some small fraction that I can't seem to understand. So then I see "eat six servings of this" and "eat eight servings of that" and think, um, I can't fit in six servings of anything. But then they are talking about 1/4 cup or 2 tbsp or whatever. Even a glass of water is not a normal glass of water in oz. or ml but what I would call half an adult glass. By that measure I drink 8 glasses before lunchtime. So yeah. So far my doctor is happy and my babies are, thankfully, estimated to be good sizes for GA. I do crave protein more than usual so I end up eating more.   

post #34 of 448

I didnt count anything at all gozal either.. I just listened to my body. I found toward the end of my pregnancy (the last trimester anyway) if I just ate carbs I would end up with a horrible horrible headache so including protein/fat with meals was generally pretty easy for me. I did buy some protein powder (raw vegan protein from iherb.com) which I made a lot of smoothies with the last 6 weeks but I think my craving for them was mostly due to it being SO hot here and having no AC, not wanting to cook but not wanting ice cream either .. . 

 

Oh, I have gained about 36-40lbs this twin pregnancy and started out more or less normal weight (5'7 and 125/130lbs). I will be curious to see how/if it comes off. With DS1 my body clung onto a good 7-10lbs till he weaned around 2yo.. then it literally vanished with my milk supply but this pregnancy I've gained a lot more.. anyhow

 

Re: the water- I have a water bottle which is 1 Liter, I fill it a few times a day and just keep it by me at all times, I have no sense how much I am drinking but again I can tell if Im dehydrated pretty easily based off of if I feel weak or have a headache coming on :)

post #35 of 448

LemonTwist: The taste is pretty good for both the chocolate and the vanilla. The one thing I like about it is that it is not chalky like some protein powders I've had in the past. The 50 grams of protein in 1 serving is for 2 scoops in 16oz of fluid (milk, water, etc), but I find the flavor to be a little strong when mixed according to the directions. What I usually do is 1 scoop in the morning, and 1 before bed (so I dont wake up hungry) with 16 oz of milk and the flavor is a little lighter - think chocolate milk vs chocolate ice cream. Also it's a little thinner and easier to drink that way. I've tried experimenting with smoothies too - the vanilla is pretty good for that with just about any combination of fruit, My husband usually tries it and his favorite is vanilla powder with milk and orange juice because he said it tastes like a creamsicle. The chocolate is also good with either peanut butter or banana mixed in. Also, it doesn't have a ton of carbs or sugar (7g total carbs, 5g sugar), so it might suit you well with your GD.

post #36 of 448
Thread Starter 
Guess what? Today I was able to find their heartbeats via doppler! So relieved. I was really starting to get worried. I've been reading too much on the internet about vanishing twins and loss of one twin and was becoming obsessed with the fears. I got a new book today (multiples book written by LLL) and it has prompted me to start a list of questions I need to ask my OB. I thought I'd ask some of them here to see what is "normal" as far as hospital goings on. Keep in mind that my OB rocks, she has twins, and my hospital is super natural birth friendly. However, it doesnt have a NICU. So, if I have preterm labor or any problems Ill have to give birth an hour away in the city. So, if any of you have any answers to these questions, that would be helpful.

Will I be required to have some form of pain medication in case I have to have a csection?

Will I have to give birth in the OR in case of emergency csection?

Can my doula be in the room if I have a section?

Will I have an earlier gestational diabetes test and GBS test than usual? (usual GBS test is 37 weeks, what if I dont make it that far?)

What about monitoring? Will I have to have more continuous monitoring than normal? How? 2 belts?

Can I still save my placenta(s) to be encapsulated?
post #37 of 448

I'm in Europe so my answers might vary widely from the US.. I am not sure but here they are from what they told me:

 

 

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Will I be required to have some form of pain medication in case I have to have a csection?

 

 

No
 

 

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Will I have to give birth in the OR in case of emergency csection?

 

 

 

No
 

 

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Can my doula be in the room if I have a section?

 

 

 

You can have one support person in the room for a section.
 

 

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Will I have an earlier gestational diabetes test and GBS test than usual? (usual GBS test is 37 weeks, what if I dont make it that far?)

 

 

 

No. You can also decline the GD test (I did) but they advise against doing this- I did not feel I needed to take it as I had no risk factors other then 'big babies' by EU standards.

 

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What about monitoring? Will I have to have more continuous monitoring than normal? How? 2 belts?

 

 

My monitoring was all the same as it was with DS1 I just had to have 3 belts for the doppler thing instead of 2 so they could track both babies hearts at the same time.
 

 

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Can I still save my placenta(s) to be encapsulated?

 

 

 

Yes but I had to request this beforehand (notify the hospital of my wish to do this). As it is not 'normal' routine for a major hospital. I also have to encapsulate it myself, they will only provide it.

 

Hope that helps AdelinesMama!!!

 

 

 

 

 

AFM--

My c-section is Tuesday morning (or Monday evening/night USA time)...!!!! yikes2.gif

I will be 39w when I have it. thumb.gif I am trying not to be too nervous but having a major surgery in another country where I am not a native speaker (a good speaker but not native) is really stressful.. when I went to sign all the paperwork on Friday I had to meet with all these physicans and there were so many medical terms I just simply did not know.. dizzy.gif Luckily I had on a fluke made DH come with me and since he was born and raised in Europe/this country, he was able to help when my German skills failed me- which is more then I'd like to admit. . .

 

Compared to my first pregnancy with DS1, everything felt like it moved much faster this time... I felt pregnant forever with DS1 but this time (I think I was so busy with work) it didn't really hit me until the last week or so that this was about to happen and even now I am not sure I am not in total denial having 2 more.. Last night I had my first dream about the twins and it had to do with taking them to work with me 2whistle.gif 

 

I really didn't want this pregnancy to end in a c-section but at the same time, I am thrilled to have carried full full term with twins and have pretty much zero complications otherwise, so I am counting my blessings/stars/karma on that one.

post #38 of 448

Wow, I can't believe you're 39 weeks and getting ready to meet your babies ithappened!  Good luck to you, can't wait to hear all about your birth and your babes!

 

Adaline'sMama - I think you'll find that the answers to these questions vary widely from hospital to hospital and even from doctor to doctor, so some things might end up being decided on the spot depending on which doctor you have.  Not that it hurts to ask and to be prepared!  Hospital "policies" can still be refused in a lot of cases so you may have more options than you think.

 

Will I be required to have some form of pain medication in case I have to have a csection?

My doctor highly recommended it, and warned me that I would need to be knocked out (general anasthesia) in case of an emergency c-section.  It is YOUR choice, however, and the time required to give a spinal in case of a c-section is about 5 minutes.  I declined all pain meds.

Will I have to give birth in the OR in case of emergency csection?

For my girls, the hospital had a policy that all multiple births take place in the OR just in case.  This time we are at a different hospital that will allow us to labour and deliver Baby A in the regular room but need to move to the OR for Baby B.  I'm still working on negotiating this one :)


Can my doula be in the room if I have a section?

I was told that in case of an emergency c-section, no one is allowed in the room, but if it is not an emergency, you are allowed one support person.

Will I have an earlier gestational diabetes test and GBS test than usual? (usual GBS test is 37 weeks, what if I dont make it that far?)

Both tests for me took place at the same time as with a singleton pregnancy. 

What about monitoring? Will I have to have more continuous monitoring than normal? How? 2 belts?

I arrived at the hospital fully dilated and they monitored both babies continuously until birth.  I think if I had arrived in early labour it would have been easier to negotiate intermittent monitoring for at least part of the labour.  There was a belt for each baby and another for contractions.

Can I still save my placenta(s) to be encapsulated?

I didn't save the placentas, and have no experience with that.  I would suggest you ask ahead of time and remind the appropriate people again when you arrive at the hospital.

post #39 of 448

ithappened, I am thinking of you and sending tons of good thoughts your way - hoping you are getting ready to meet your babies right about NOW. It's just nuts, I remember reading your first posts just as I was getting the news that we are expecting twins. I am super excited for your next update!

 

Adaline's Mama, I am not 100% sure about all of your questions (I need to ask some of them myself), but this is what I know so far:

 

Will I be required to have some form of pain medication in case I have to have a csection?

 

It seems like this may be required for me IF baby B is breech (and baby B is vertex - if baby A is breech and baby B is vertex, it is an automatic section due to the chin-locking scenario; I need to ask specifically about being able to labor with both babies breech). Not for a section necessarily, but because they will attempt an internal version after the birth of baby A. I really do not want an epidural (had one with my successful induction with DS and did not like it at all) but I will gladly have one if it means a vaginal delivery of baby B breech. OTOH, I hope in that scenario they'll allow me to just accept the spinal cath and not inject any meds into it, because if baby B turns on his own, then I wouldn't need it. I think for both babies vertex I would not be required to take pain meds (I would refuse anyway - I'm okay with them if I request, but mandatory, nope). Pretty sure I'd have to have an IV and not sure if they would do the hep-lock, but I hope I can negotiate that.


Will I have to give birth in the OR in case of emergency csection?

 

At my hospital, every birthing suite is convertible into an OR for emergency sections, so I don't think so, but I have to ask. AFAIK they do move you into the actual OR for unscheduled non-emergency sections. Actually one of the reasons I am okay with this hospital that I am otherwise meh about is because they can have a baby out in under 5 min. in any of the rooms. 


Can my doula be in the room if I have a section?

 

Pretty sure only one person is allowed, not sure if it has to be a next-of-kin type? (Spouse, mom, etc.) This is one reason I am putting off the doula decision until the end.


Will I have an earlier gestational diabetes test and GBS test than usual? (usual GBS test is 37 weeks, what if I dont make it that far?)

 

That's a good questions about GBS - I don't know. My GTT is at 28w, same as with my singleton.


What about monitoring? Will I have to have more continuous monitoring than normal? How? 2 belts?

 

Yeah, I have a feeling they are going to require continuous monitoring with a belt for each baby and one for me. Sigh. This is the thing that tripped me up the most last time, since you can't move. 

 

Can I still save my placenta(s) to be encapsulated?

 

I don't see why not, if they allow this in general. I am trying to decide if I want to do this, so I haven't asked yet. Interested to see what others' experiences are!

 

Hope that is somewhat helpful!

post #40 of 448
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your answers. Like I said, Im going to ask my OB when I have my next appointment. Typically I birth in this hospital with no medications, very little monitoring, and can take my placenta home. They pretty much just leave me alone, and they have changed several hospital policies for my whims (bringing in my own birth pool, taking home placenta, being able to deliver outside the bed, ect. Its a small rural hospital and they dont get a lot of us natural birth types smile.gif ) I just wonder how different people mean when they say "a twin birth is totally different." IDK, Im one of those people that can relax once I know what to expect, so the sooner I know the better. Im going to ask for an earlier GBS test, because Ive tested positive twice. When DD was born, my results hadnt come back yet. My OB doesnt do it until 37 weeks, and I just think that is too late this time. I want to know if I have it, and make absolutely sure to knock it out (or at least any possibility of transmission).

Gozal, I guess I am worried about getting an internal version with no meds. That seems really painful.


Im probably going to have to really get used to the idea of monitoring, because I want to be 100% naked and completely untouched at transition. The idea of something around my body makes me want to explode, but I am assuming that will be happening this time.
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