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post #21 of 54

Well....

It's completely possible but please do not get upset with yourself if it doesn't happen.

I have two sets of twins. The first set I was absolutely neurotic about eating all the protein I could, drinking lots of water etc, etc, etc. My babies were born at 38w6d, weighing 6lbs and 5lbs4oz.

The second pregnancy, I could not even stomach the sight of meat. Seriously, I would throw up. So, my protein intake was much less. Oh, I still ate healthy, drank water, took it easy when I could. But, I was not neurotic about it -- OH, not saying you or anyone else is, but just that I was. Bottom line is I listened to my body. Babies were born at 37w3d weighing 6lbs6oz and 5lbs5oz.

So, almost identical weights. 2nd pregnancy the combined weight was 6oz more.

So, I guess my point is is that as long as your being healthy about your choices, not overdoing things, listening to your body and being smart your body is going to do what it's going to do. Yes, by all means, make good choices and that will make it easier on your body to grow big babies, but please don't set a goal that under 7 lbs means you didn't do the right things. Make sense?

Take care and good luck,
Nancy
post #22 of 54
I don't think it's unreasonable at all, and in fact, that's what I was shooting for. My midwives told me of a woman they met who delivered twins at home that weighed 8 lbs. each! I know there have been mamas on here who have acheived that, too.

I was on the Brewer diet, like alot of people here. While my babies were born at 31 weeks, and so obviously didn't make it to the 7 lb. mark, they weighed 4'2 oz and 4'5 oz., which is big for their gestational age. Some of the NICU staff argued with us and insisted that the babies had to have been conceived earlier because they were so big, but we knew the date was right. Finally, the staff realized it must be true because of the lung issues our girls had. My dh kept saying "She ate really well - that's why they're so big". I know at least one NP told him "that didn't have anything to do with it". : Like hell it didn't! I totally credit the Brewer diet for their being big and healthy (relatively) preemies.

Good luck to you. I really hope you have some chubby, beautiful babies
post #23 of 54
I think that's larger than average for twins, but someone's got to make up for us ladies with the tiny babies! I wish you good luck and healthy babies, however big they are.
post #24 of 54
Mine were born at 38 wks +1 and weighed 6'4 and 6'5. My goal was to deliver as a VBAC which I did.
post #25 of 54
think positive and eat your protein!

mine were 7'4 and 8'6 at 39w5d
post #26 of 54
Absolutely! Mine were 7lbs 6 oz and 6 lbs 3 oz at 38 weeks. Hope for it, but realize that you don't hold the final say on this one.
Good luck
Karen
post #27 of 54
I had the same goal for 7 pounders. My twins were born at 38 weeks with my girl weighing 6lb 14oz (almost 7lbs!!!) and my boy was 5lb 8oz. Until the end he had kept right up with her weight-wise. More importantly though, they were discharged with me at the end of our 2-day hospital stay and we all went home together. It was great! Good luck!
post #28 of 54

No problem mama!

My secret was determination to prove my Ob wrong I also wanted two 7Lbers and my visualization was a 7lber and 8lber. What I ended up with was
Baby A 8 15.2 Lbs
Baby B 8 15.2 Lbs

Nearly two 9LBers!!! They each had their own placenta and they were both lush and functioning great even at 40weeks 2 days when I delivered. They were big beautiful boys and continue to be they are over 15 Lbs each at just under 3 months :

You CAN do it mama! I drank a gallon+ water every day and aimed for the 176g of protein everyday. I don't know if I ever made 176 but I think I got over 100g every day usually in the 120's. It seemed to pay off!

Good luck mama!
post #29 of 54
I just wanted to say that even at 5 pounds you can have a very healthy strong nursers. A baby does not need to be 7 pounds for that! I had 5#2 oz. and 6#7 oz. twin boys at 36 weeks that were both very healthy and nused for 16 months.
post #30 of 54
my twins were born at 34 weeks weighing 5lb and 4.7 lb.

BOTH were very strong nursers and we nursed until they were 5.
post #31 of 54
It's a great goal to shoot for. Mine were close: 6 lbs. 10 oz. and 6 lbs. 12 oz. I was unsure of my dates, but they were at least 38.5 weeks. I didn't know I was expecting twins until 28 weeks, so I hadn't paid special care to my diet until then. Good luck!

Michelle G.
Mommy to Xander (5), Nathan (3), Collette and Cate (4 months).
post #32 of 54
I had a pt. once who had 8#6oz. twins...both of them the exact same weight.
post #33 of 54
Quote:
Originally Posted by SlingWearin'Mama View Post
My secret was determination to prove my Ob wrong I also wanted two 7Lbers and my visualization was a 7lber and 8lber. What I ended up with was
Baby A 8 15.2 Lbs
Baby B 8 15.2 Lbs

Nearly two 9LBers!!! They each had their own placenta and they were both lush and functioning great even at 40weeks 2 days when I delivered. They were big beautiful boys and continue to be they are over 15 Lbs each at just under 3 months :

You CAN do it mama! I drank a gallon+ water every day and aimed for the 176g of protein everyday. I don't know if I ever made 176 but I think I got over 100g every day usually in the 120's. It seemed to pay off!

Good luck mama!
You go, mama!!!
post #34 of 54
My 34-weekers were just over 7lbs. *combined.* They had TTTS, though, and were in danger, so they got here early. But I am adding on to the folks who credit the Brewer diet with a lot - I am positive that it turned the TTTS around early on in the pregnancy and kept their growth rate steady for about 11 weeks. Plus, I got to have a nice chat with Dr. Brewer for about an hour when i called the hotline where he told me all about how we undersell twins by saying that they're term anything before 40w.

Although it took the smaller baby almost 6 weeks to get the hang of nursing, they are both still going strong (and refused bottles after getting into a nursing routine) at almost 3yo...

good luck to you!
post #35 of 54
Didn't read all the responses, but my grandmother had 7.5 pound twins back in the 40's. All her singletons were 8 or 9 pound, she had 9 kids in all.
post #36 of 54
Its possible.

But don't set yourself up for disappointment. Plenty of healthy kiddos born at 5 and 6 lbs too - but you go for it!
post #37 of 54
At 36w3d, my boys were 5'9 and 5'13. I essentially stopped sleeping the last 3-4 days before they were born b/c baby B was breech and lodged very deeply up in my ribcage. I'm not kidding- maybe 3 hours sleep total. I started hallucinating, and my OB did the c/s. I really don't know how I would've dealt with them getting any bigger- it was very painful. (And at 5'6 I'm not really that small, either.)

If I'd had my druthers, they would've been slightly smaller (like 5.5 lb) and I'd gone closer to term, and of course been in better physical condition to try to deliver vaginally. They self-weaned at 18 and 19 months when I got pregnant, but man, those early days of trying to nurse preemies were no fun at all!!
post #38 of 54
my twins were 7 lb 13 oz and 6 lb 1 oz at 38w5d. my singleton was 9 lb 7 oz dd.

yes, it can be done- but my "bigger" twin was in the nicu and my little twin was healthier and the better nurser- go figure!

I followed dr. lukes diet but not 100%.
Danielle
post #39 of 54
Quote:
Originally Posted by SlingWearin'Mama View Post
They were big beautiful boys and continue to be they are over 15 Lbs each at just under 3 months :
Glad to hear they're still doing so very well!!

- Krista
post #40 of 54
My girls were born at 38w3d and weighed 6 lbs. 13 oz. and 7 lbs. 1 oz. So...it is not unreasonable AT ALL to hope for - or expect! - 7 pounders!
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