I feel really good about where I am right now. The babies are above average for singletons, I eat high-quality protein, have a yogurt and soy protein smoothie every morning - 32 g. of protein! drink my RRL tea, take spirulina and calcium supps. The twins are di-di. Two placentas - not fused together. Is there any reason I shouldn't be able to grow these babies to 7 pounds? Is there anything else I can do to ensure that they grow well?
I kind of feel like it's a challenge now. I really want healthy, strong nursers and I'm willing to do whatever possible to make that happen. Any advice from moms who have been able to do this?
Oh, and the 7-pound mark is just a personal goal - I, of course, will be thrilled with healthy, strong babies in the 6-7 pound range!
DD at 6lbs 2 oz and
DS at 8lbs 4 oz! <---This guy at all the food!
The twins are almost 2.5 years old and the girl is only the size of an 18mo., but very alert, bright, happy, not to mention wiry little girl. The boy is in 3t with a penchant for the language, cooking (no joke), and reciting whole books (not reading, but still impressive).
I am so excited because I'm on my way to see them for the first time this weekend.
I was really shooting for 9lbers but I was very happy with 8lbers
Thanks for all of the reassurance. I sort of follow the Brewer diet. I can't eat eggs every morning - usually have a protein shake. I do very well with the dairy portion of the diet - milk, low-carb yogurt snacks, hard cheese and lots of cottage cheese. And I cook most of our meals from scratch, so I get lots of veggies and meat.
I've been drinking about 12 glasses of water a day, including the quart of RRL tea. I know I should probably up that.
Ahhh, sleep. If only my bladder would cooperate . . .
|I've been drinking about 12 glasses of water a day, including the quart of RRL tea. I know I should probably up that.|
My goal was 5 lbs each . . . I followed the Dr. Luke stuff (about a 120 grams of protein daily, plus all the other supplements, a gallon of water per day, etc.) and my twins weighed 7 lbs 4 oz. each at 39 weeks.
Yours will grow a lot between now and term . . . and ultrasounds can be off, so don't over analyze the results of your us.
Keep it up
Mama to Ainsley (7/01) , Finley (10/06) and Jade (10/06)
Ruth, single mommy to 3 quasi-adults
I ate lots of protien and GOOD fats around the clock (because I was up any way!!). I liked protein shakes and sunflower nut butter.
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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,
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
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Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. ~ Buddha
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!
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