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I thought the Barbara Luke guidelines were ridiculous -- I started much bigger than you, at 140# and still couldn't do it.
Honestly if you are eating well I wouldn't worry about the quantity. The babies will take what they need and you are eating the right things and not starving yourself.
So I've pretty much stopped mentioning the fact that I'm carrying 2 babies because about 80% of the time, people respond with "YOU are having twins? But OMG, you're so tiny!!"
I know being underweight does increase the risk of prematurity. I'm a researcher and I've looked at those studies-- severely underweight women that have the most serious risk and that's not me. My BMI places me just slightly into the "underweight" category. I eat well, rarely get sick but I have a small frame and have always weighed right around 100 lbs. My older children were full-term easy, uncomplicated births and I gained about 30 lbs with each.
So far, I'm paying close attention to nutrition (eating about 100 g of protein per day) and at 17 weeks have gained about 12 lbs. There no way I can do the full Barbara Luke diet and eat 3500 calories per day (i would explode!) but I've looked at it as a guideline for the types of foods to focus on.
Is there anything else any of you petite ladies would recommend? I'm thinking about a support belt and would love any specific recommendations there. Anything else I should be thinking about to help reduce the stress on my body and give these babies a good start?
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