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I have been tracking my calories in an attempt to force some protein into my diet. I've done OK (about 130-140 g daily) with the protein but I am not even close to Barbara Luke's 3500 calories a day. I'm only averaging 2300 calories daily. And, I am so not hungry. At all.<br><br>
Now, that's definitely an improvement for me (I was probably normally at around 1800 calories pre-PG) but I'm not even close to her number. I did notice that her pre-PG norm was 2200 calories daily which is a lot for me so maybe I get a discount?<br><br>
In my singleton PG I gained about 21 lbs and I tried to gain. I'm only up maybe 10 lbs this PG and I'm at 15 wks.<br><br>
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No ideas, just some commiseration from me. I have a hard time gaining and I'm up 12 pounds. That's a LOT for me in a pregnancy, but not even close to what 'they' would like to see. Of course, I just found out I was growing two a couple days ago! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Actually, the total I gained with my third child was 12 pounds! So 12 by 20 weeks is a huge gain for me, and one of the reasons I suspected twins.<br><br>
I wonder if this is like anything else in pregnancy. Everyone's body is going to be a little different, and there is no perfect formula that's right for every person. Just thinking aloud, and hoping moms who've been there will chime in! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I've been starving to death, over the past few days, and I wonder if it's correlated with any kind of growth spurt with the babies.<br><br>
I just try to pack in the protein, and drink lots of milk. I have not tried to count calories, since I think I'd be disappointed.<br><br>
Oh ... and ice cream<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I'm having the same problem. I haven't been keeping track (I'm really not organized in that way, and with a 1.5 year old running around it's tough to keep track and yet keep eating), but I'm sure I'm not nearly there. I've been trying to eat every 90 minutes or so, which was Luke's recommendation for women who started the pregnancy underweight (which I did, by about 10 lbs). I get sooo full. And a lot of the time I feel like I'm forcing myself to eat. I'm 17 weeks and I've probably gained close to 20 pounds, but I started out 10 under and then gained those back immediately when my milk dried up.<br><br>
Basically, whenever I eat something that is not a fruit or vegetable, I try to make sure it has a lot of calories and protein. Even fruit; apple slices are great with peanut butter or cheese. I try not to eat something like crackers without putting cheese or nut butters on them.<br><br>
I think in the end I'm not going to over-stuff myself. I do have to trust my body to a certain extent. I think signficantly increasing your protein intake is great, even if you aren't getting the "recommended" number of calories. Also, even though Barbara Luke's stats look very convincing, they are also averages, and she's also one person. I know plenty of women who did not meet her recommendations and still went to 38+ weeks and had big twins. So it's all just a balancing act of taking into account the recommendations while also respecting your own body's needs, IMO.
 

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Don't stress about it, but do try to make every calorie count. I only gained 22 lbs with my singleton, so I too had to work to gain with my twins. Eat full fat everything. In the end I did resort to high protein Boost shakes. I ate lots of Luna bars too. I'm usually not big on convenience foods, but I found that if it took effort I wouldn't eat. I never woke up during the night to eat, but I always had a big snack before bed. In my first trimester I would eat a single serving frozen lasagne for my second dinner! I gained between 40 and 45 with my twins and went past my due date and had babies that weighed 7 and 8 lbs. I think the protein really makes the biggest difference. I don't think stuffing yourself is the answer. Maybe eat something small every 45 minutes? I do think that every body is different, and I paid more attention to the protein that to the overall calories.<br><br>
It's so cool to see so many pregnant mamas here!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I wouldn't stress out about it too much. How active are you during the day? If not very then it would make sense that you aren't that hungry. You're gaining weight, so I wouldn't be too worried. Everyone's bodies grow babies differently. You may not gain as much weight as other twin moms or you may gain more. You may be ravenous or have no appetite at all. You'll probably be feeling regular movement soon, which is always so reassuring. Hopefully that will help put your mind at ease.<br><br>
Congrats on the babes!
 

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I'm only up 11 pounds at 18 weeks.. My midwife isn't worried and she actually gave me Barbara Luke's book to read before my first appointment with her.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Don't stress about it, but do try to make every calorie count. I only gained 22 lbs with my singleton, so I too had to work to gain with my twins. Eat full fat everything. In the end I did resort to high protein Boost shakes. I ate lots of Luna bars too. I'm usually not big on convenience foods, but I found that if it took effort I wouldn't eat. I never woke up during the night to eat, but I always had a big snack before bed. In my first trimester I would eat a single serving frozen lasagne for my second dinner! I gained between 40 and 45 with my twins and went past my due date and had babies that weighed 7 and 8 lbs. I think the protein really makes the biggest difference. I don't think stuffing yourself is the answer. Maybe eat something small every 45 minutes? I do think that every body is different, and I paid more attention to the protein that to the overall calories.<br><br>
It's so cool to see so many pregnant mamas here!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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oooh ... I love Clif bars! I forgot about those. I've started taking a lunch box/cooler with me wherever I go, filled with snacks; as well as a thermos of water.
 

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Dianna, today at Target I found that Clif makes these Clif Builder bars, which have 20 grams of protein each. I bought one and it was really good. I think I'll eat them for dessert. If I can find a whole box to buy it will probably be less expensive than buying them individually. What I like about Clif is that the ingredients aren't as daunting as some of the other supplement bars, although there is a lot of sugar.
 

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Well and Costco (or I think Sam's Club is the same thing? Costco is a wholesale food warehouse-thing where you buy bulk for less expensive prices) carries those protein Luna bars for cheap and you get quite a few in a box. Just for the thrifty type. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I was just thinking I need to pick up some Clif bars! I love those things and they would make something easy and light to stick in my stomach when I wake (don't always want to eat right away) and before bed when I'm too tired to do anything.
 

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Smoothies can help too. And like someone else said make every calorie count; fat is most calorie dense. I didn't discover Luke's book until we were into the second trimester. And so I did pack in the calories and reached 24 pounds by 24 weeks. It did get really hard for me to eat enough by the end so I think the early weight gain helped my boys weights.
 

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I make my smoothies with whole fat Keifer. Adds the protein and the fat. I was thinking about getting a powder to add. Any suggestions ladies?
 

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I got protein powder from Whole Foods. I can't remember the brand. I put it on everything! I had blood sugar issues, so I was eating Low Carb Dannon ice cream. Every night before bed I had a big bowl of that with protein powder and slivered almonds on top.<br><br>
Don't forget about cottage cheese! Full fat cottage cheese is packed with calories and a ton of protein. I ate so much when I was pg, that I still can't even look at the stuff 2 years later.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I never counted calories with my twin pregnancy, I just ate as often as I could. I never stuffed myself but I just tried to eat all the time. Try not to use low-fat anything. Switch to whole milk, whole milk yogurt and cheese, etc. Eggs, avocadoes, cheese, butter are good calorie boosters. I love mashed potatoes with butter, sour cream and cheese! And if all else fails, go eat a pint of Ben and Jerry's. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> I gained 62 lbs (even though I lost 6 lbs my first trimester) and my babies were 6 lbs 10 oz and 8 lbs 4 oz at 40 weeks 1 day. It is important to gain, but don't stress about it. Just try to eat little snacks all day long.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Dianna, today at Target I found that Clif makes these Clif Builder bars, which have 20 grams of protein each. I bought one and it was really good. I think I'll eat them for dessert. If I can find a whole box to buy it will probably be less expensive than buying them individually. What I like about Clif is that the ingredients aren't as daunting as some of the other supplement bars, although there is a lot of sugar.</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I was just thinking I need to pick up some Clif bars! I love those things and they would make something easy and light to stick in my stomach when I wake (don't always want to eat right away) and before bed when I'm too tired to do anything.</div>
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I tell people at work, I pretend I'm eating a cookie!! I tell you, I hate to even think what we're spending at the grocery .... we go every few days.<br><br>
I usually buy the boxes of Clif bars at Whole Foods ... I'll be checking there tomorrow, as well as Target. Only thing is, I have to hide them from DD#1, or she'll scarf them down.<br><br>
About the Builder bars .... do they make you constipated?? Or nauseated?? I'm a little nervous about 20g of protein at once ... yeah, I know, I'm wierd!!<br><br>
I tend to eat some odd combos .... like now ... macaroni and cheese, with tuna mixed in.<br><br>
About the smoothies ... you could add wheat germ in, too ....
 

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Thanks for the support <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I started counting the calories because I *knew* I wasn't doing a very good job. Then, of course, I got stressed.<br><br>
I haven't switched to any full fat dairy but I guess its a good idea. I normally have dairy issues, particularly <span style="text-decoration:underline;">with</span> FF dairy but I did eat some ice cream the other day and it seemed to go down ok. I also had a smoothie recently but with low fat yogurt and it was pretty good.<br><br>
I have totally jumped on the supplement bars. I'm doing 2 a day. At work, I just can't have meat or cheese as a snack so its the only way I could think of to get the protein.<br><br>
And I have no idea if my MWs would be concerned. They talked about protein but not calories per se. They never hassled me w/ DD#1 re: weight so perhaps not.
 

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I just looked at Wheat Germ in my cabinet last night and this is what you get in a 2 Tbsp "sprinkle":<br><br>
50 calories<br>
140 mg of potassuim<br>
2 grams fiber<br>
4grams protein<br>
6% of your daily iron (for non-preggos, obviously)<br>
20% vit E<br>
20% Folic Acid<br>
10% Magnesium<br>
15% Thiamin<br>
10% Phosphorus<br>
10% Zinc<br><br>
Pretty heafty for only 2 Tbs! I can add that to shakes, smoothies, my oatmeal, etc! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Dianna I don't find that the Clif Builder's bars cause tummy troubles, at least not yet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I've been eating one a day. I found boxes on Amazon but they are barely any cheaper than in the store. I'm still looking for a less expensive source.
 

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anyone know about soy protein and PG? Seems like I read somewhere ... to limit your soy intake. Bummer, since Clif bars are soy protein ....
 
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