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I've been following the brewers diet and really trying to eat well, but I'm still not gaining. I started out the pregnancy about 100 lbs overweight and my Dr isn't concerned (as long as I'm not losing anymore, which I was in the beginning). The twins are growing very well and are right on target for size. I'm finding it even harder to eat now that i'm almost in my 3rd trimester and I'm wondering how people were able to eat the calories needed to continue gaining. I stepped on the scale and found I've lost another 5 lbs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!">. I've been trying to eat smaller meals more frequently, but I don't seem to be getting enough! Any advise?
 

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I think as long as you are getting enough protein, water and healthy food, you shouldn't worry, especially if you were 100 lbs overweight to being with. It sounds like you are doing great. I had no problem gaining weight-I gained 62 lbs and was gaining consistantly the whole time. Everyone is different, though.
 

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I didn't gain much at all (36 lbs which is less than I did with one of my singletons). I just never had an appetite! I guess my stomach was just too squished. Anyway, my advice is to make every bite count. Emphasis the protein & water, etc. like gemelos said. That's all you can really do. I remember stressing over it thinking that if I ate any more I'd literally throw it all up. I just couldn't eat as much as I was told I needed to. Well, throwing up what I *could* eat wouldn't benefit anyone so I had to step back and listen to my body's cues and do my best to fill up on foods that would help them grow.
 

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I had this trouble too. I switched everything to full fat: whole milk, peanut butter, etc. I ate high protein high fat snacks frequently and drank smoothies with protien powder when I just wasn't hungry (a lot of the time). I didn't eat any sugar because it made me sick. I craved potatoes and beef.<br><br>
I discovered that sunflower butter was high in protien, fiber, and lots of the good fats and just a couple spoonfuls was a serving!! I would eat it at night when I was hungry, but too tired ot eat.<br><br>
It was hard, I was gaining about 1/2 lb a week the second and third trimesters while the babies were gaining that much EACH!! At the end, I had gained only about 22 lbs and the boys weighed 7 1/2 each.<br><br>
I was more worried about it than my care providers, too. However, I had read Dr. Luke's book and was very concerned because by 20 weeks, I was still 10lbs under my starting weight (I lost 15 those first few weeks). I don't think my OB read it.
 

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Instead of meals, I just snacked constantly. Turkey sandwich here, hardboiled egg (or two) here, a small salad here, granola bars, handfuls of nuts, peanut butter crackers, cheese... and WATER, WATER, WATER. I was eating every 20-30 minutes, just never eating enough to get really full/feel heartburny or crappy. I ate like that the last six weeks and gained 40 pounds in that time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I had lost 18 pounds in the first 33 weeks, too, and was about as overweight as you starting out, so I think that's the key! My twins were perfectly sized, healthy babies (6#12 and 7#2) born at 39w5d. I really think the eating/weight gain was key to that and I lost every ounce within weeks of birth.
 

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I'm having similar challenges as my weight has stopped rising past couple weeks and I've been concerned. I am also trying to do Brewerish diet and get at least 120 grams protein per day. I feel like I"m eating same amount as before and not gaining now. I also think having been put on strict bedrest is affecting me, so my issue is probably different in that regard. Plus I have gestational diabetes so that makes it harder to get the calories in.<br><br>
Anyway, some ideas for you:<br>
==black olives--high in good fats, easy to eat<br>
==balance bars--I like the original almond brownie and pnut butter flavors<br>
==snacking on nuts--almonds are great but I'm getting sick of them so am switching to pistachios and cashews.<br>
==hard boiled eggs mentioned by pp--I also tried deviilng some eggs and one point and liked that, found some good recipies on the net. That will also add some fat from the mayo<br>
==As PP said, if you can do smoothies that may help a lot, I can't really because of the GD (hard to find palatable combos when you can't add much fruit)<br>
==Cheese (but I'm getting sick of it as you may be too). I would think grilled cheese sandwhiches with lots of butter and quesadillas might be good. I also grew to love sandwhiches with Muenster, avocado, tomato, mustard and mayo.<br>
==Another thing I tried for a while was blended up salted pumkin seeds (blended to a powder) mixed into tomato soup, then with cheese on top. Pretty good and you can pack in over 20 grams protein if you add 1/2 cup of the pumpkin seen mixture.<br>
==Milkshakes with good ice cream, oh how I wish I could do this!<br><br>
All the best. We are at about the same point in pregnancy. I'm just hoping these boys stay put for several more weeks. I feel so on the edge with this preterm labor (and bedrest) crap that has become a part of the picture.<br><br>
Cheers,<br>
Anamom
 

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I'm just a bit further along than you (29weeks) and I have pretty much taken all food out that isn't high in protein. And lots of water...that's all that I really have space for right now and I figure its what will grow the babies the best.
 

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It was so hard to eat during the last trimester and at times I was losing weight. I mostly ate all protein. It was really all I could tolerate. I had two omega 3 eggs daily often scrambled with whole milk and some full fat cheese. I ate so many eggs I needed my own chicken. Lots of grilled cheese sandwiches. I craved high quality steak. I found I had to eat most of my calories during the early part of the day. I was having dinner at 4pm because it would take me so long to digest and still I would be up all night with heartburn. The end is tough but each day they are in is a blessing.
 

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Protein shakes. I've crammed tons of stuff into those. I have a bowl of cashews out all the time.<br><br>
I know I'm not eating enough though. It's so hot outside (100+F) that there's just no appetite. Forcing myself to eat.
 

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I have GD too so I have to be careful of my carbs as well (although I'm doing fine with diet control and don't need insulin). I'm glad to know i'm not alone. I was the same weight at delivery as I was at conception when I had my son so I really shouldn't be surprised, but I didn't keep losing weight with him like I am with the twins. Thanks for all the tips!
 

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I ate frequently. One day I kept track, and I ate 11 times! A "feeding" would consist of a yogurt, cheese and crackers, a serving of vegetables, a bowl of cereal - never a lot at one time.<br><br>
I tried to eliminate junk food (sweets especially) from my diet - I wanted to make every calorie count.<br><br>
I made up for lack of sweets while I was nursing two - guilt-free Haagen-Daaz!
 

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I have no problem drinking the gallon or more of water, but it's tough getting the calories and protein. At 34 wks I have managed to continue to gain as I'm up 50 lbs. now and the babes are right on target for size/weight, but it's so hard to eat. DH loves to cook for me so I try to have an appetite. When I'm on my own I add protein powder to milk and add cheese, cottage cheese, tofu and/or nuts to everything else that I eat. The hemp protein powder is also high in fiber and great to keep constipation away. The worst part is that although I get hungry, I'm never in the mood to eat anything. Someday I want to have an appetite again....
 

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It's so good to read all of this! My weight gain has tapered considerably, and even so, I'm still gaining nearly 2 pounds each week. I've put on about 45 lbs so far and I'm at 27 weeks.<br><br>
Food is so hard now. I can't eat poultry (major aversion still), can't eat eggs more than a couple times a month (sensitivity), and now I can't do milk (developping a major sensitivity). So that leaves me with nuts and seeds, including hemp protein powder, legumes, goat cheese, and beef, which gets soooo tiring. I have the occasional bit of fish, but I try to space it every 2-3 weeks. I'm doing everything I can to add in more protein where I can, but it's really not easy.<br><br>
Glad to know I'm not alone in this!
 

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You're doing great on weight gain. I'm at 25 lb for almost 26 weeks. I'd love to gain 50+lb but it's hard! I worked so hard to get the weight off after baby #2... who would've thought it'd be so hard to gain it back!
 

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I agree wiht others....I didn't really eat meals at the end, just snacked all day. Protein & water. Nuts, nut butters, yogurt, protein bars, ice cream (hee hee). Hang in there!
 
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