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I love Dr. Luke and push her book and lots of expectant MoMs. BUUUUTTTT, here's the thing:
1. Don't think you need to gain a lot of weight upfront. Don't push too much. Eat lots of protein, yes, and water and lots of good leafy greens and all. But If you're eating well and not gaining at her rate, that's just your body's way. Giving yourself the protein and nutrients is all you can do.
For what personal experiences are worth, I lost weight over the first 14 weeks with raging MS. Didn't know about the twins until 19w. Had gained 24 lbs by 24 weeks or so as recommended. You just never know how your body wants to do things. For me, I was petrified of being diagnosed with GD, so I stayed away from sugar. Lots of protein shakes and carrying a bag of walnuts with me for snacks worked wonders.
2. I totally disagree with Dr. Luke on activity. Sure, stress is bad. But if you feel ok, by all means get out there and walk, swim or do whatever activity feels good. Don't let your body fall apart just when you need it! I climbed a mountain at 7 months pregnant, and walked 2 miles a day all along. It really made me feel great. Trying to jump start labor I walked 4.5 miles, and it didn't do a thing.
Definitely don't force yourself, just don't hold back if you feel up to something.
And on the flip side, if you are active and do go into labor early, don't think for a minute that the two are related. Unfortunately PTL is a risk of being a multiple momma. We do what we can, and need to listen to our bodies, but sometimes PTL happens. In some cases we have warning - a short cervix for example. But plenty of times we don't.
Just take care of yourself! Eat well, rest as well as you can, and be as active as you feel. Most of all think positive!
mom to sam arlo (5), olive loretta (3)....and twin girls Annie and Ramona Jean, born 3/10.
Missionary, birth-worker, midwifery student
Mama to DD (9yr), DS (3yr), & UC twin DDs (5yr)