Boy / Girl Twins born 5/5/2010!!!
I ate as much healthy fat/protien as I could, but I will totally admit that I craved massive bacon cheeseburgers and ice cream shakes. I ate that at least twice a week. A local fastfood place has local beef and local produce, so it tasted lots better than other places.
I typcally ate full-fat ice cream twice a day and snacked from the time I woke until I went to sleep (and sometimes in the middle of the night).
Catholic homeschooling mom of 5 - a teenager, a kindergartener, twin boys and a tiny princess. Follow the Adventures!
Missionary, birth-worker, midwifery student
Mama to DD (9yr), DS (3yr), & UC twin DDs (5yr)
When I found out I was having twins I picked up Dr. Barbara Luke's book and began to follow the recommendations in it (for calories, fat, protein, etc). I had already been following The Brewer Diet so it wasn't too hard. I don't like to eat a ton though so I just hadn't been- that was the toughest part to get used to.
I've found that the Shaklee Cinch shakes are great. I make them with whole milk and lately I've been adding a scoop or two of Beneprotein powder (from Nestle). I've also used Carnation Instant Breakfast. One of my favorite treats when I first was told I had to gain weight was two carnation instant breakfast in chocolate, 4 T peanut butter, whole milk, and ice cream. It was delicious, didn't fill me up a ton, and was packed with calories and protein. But once I started packing on some pounds I switched to Shaklee.
You can pick up whey protein at the grocery store or any health foods store. Just add that and make up your own smoothies and milk shakes. And whenever I have a shake I also eat a piece of fruit, a salad, or a veggie.
I've found that eating every 60-90 minutes is far better than trying to get all my good stuff in with just three meals and 2-3 snacks. It also helps with keeping my blood glucose steady (I refused the GTT so I have to monitor) and I've seen real steady weight gain.
Good luck! And remember, many people do everything right and still have small twins and early deliveries, and plenty of people don't follow any of these guidelines and carry heavy babies to term. So don't give yourself a terribly hard time, just do what you can do to the best of your ability!
I really like the Jay Robb protein powder because it's sweetened with Stevia rather than sugar. You want those pounds you pack on to be the good kind.
I did suffer from all day nausea throughout the entire pregnancy (as I did my previous two) so that might have had something to do with the lower weight gain although I really tried to make my food count and concentrated on protein and those good fats. The pp's have some good tips.
Karen - spouse to dh for 11 years, mama to ds (Nov '02), dd (May '05) and ds and dd (Jun '08)
I gained more than 60 pound with my singleton, without even trying. It all melted off within a month or two after that birth.
With the twins, I gained like crazy during the first trimester, and into the second. By about 30 weeks, I had gained 45 pounds. Then I gained literally absolutely nothing for the next 7 weeks. I couldn't eat more than the tiniest amounts, because the twins took up so much room, and the heartburn was killing me. Plus, I was lying around most of the day, because I had terrible contractions if I didn't, so I wasn't working up an appetite. I'm glad I gained so much early on, because otherwise I think my babies would have been in trouble.
What I found I had to do was to schedule an extra meal in the middle of the night. I literally could not eat enough during the day. So I'd get up at 2 am and eat a meal then, and then go back to bed, to make sure I got enough calories in during the day.
I think the recommendation for early weight gain in a twin pregnancy has a lot to do with the fact that it gets harder and harder to eat as you get farther on, so that it's hard to gain in the third trimester. So you have to do all your gaining early on.
My twins were a good size, I think; maybe a little on the small side. They were born at 36 weeks 6 days, and were 5 1/2 and 6 1/2 pounds, which isn't big, but isn't terribly small either.
I did get an awful lot of protein. I wound up eliminating starches and sugars almost entirely, in order to have enough appetite for the proteins and healthy fats and vegetables.
I wish I'd been able to put on a few more pounds. The babies were 6 lbs 6 and 6 lbs 5 so decent sized, but nursing two now at four months, I'm finding it hard to keep weight on and remain healthy. Some more stores would have been nice.
I lost weight the first trimester due to nausea but then started gaining around week 13-14 and was over 24 by 24. I carried the babes to 42 weeks and gained 60 lbs total.
So, yes, if you typically gain 40 lbs with a singleton, I would try to eat more frequently throughout the day to gain more weight. It is hard, but you can do it!
I am 23 weeks and have gained close to 30lbs already . My meals are quite healthy (eggs, fruit, dairy, nuts for breakfast; a protein/veggie/fruit/dairy for lunch; meat and veggies for supper) but I have been snacking in between far too much . . . a scone for morning coffee break . . . handful of wine gums in the afternoon . . . chocolate at night. Yeesh. At this rate I'll gain 70 lbs, which would be fine if I needed to, but not if it is wine gums induced
mama to big brother Mason (Jan '05) and the littles, Adam and Holden (May '10)
It sounds like the other ladies here have given some good suggestions for packing on the LBs. Good luck.