I am SO glad that I got this book after it was recommended by several women on one of the boards I read. It is extremely informative and makes me realize that I really need to step some things up.
Ultimately it comes down to the fact that I am not eating enough. I think I already knew that before but the arguments she makes in the book really make me realize that I need to gain more weight earlier on because as I get further along in the pregnancy it is going to be harder for me to get the nutrition that I need because my stomach won't have enough room to take in everything I need. So I need the reserves.
Dr. Luke recommends that women pregnant with twins gain between 20 and 25 pounds by week 20, and a total of 40-56 by delivery. I have gained almost 9 and I will be at 15 weeks on Wednesday. Even though I was overweight when I got pregnant these numbers still apply to me. Um, yeah, I need to eat a bit more.
Of course she doesn't recommend going out and gorging on cake and cookies which I would enjoy but eating healthfully. At this point I especially need protein and fat as well as iron. It is recommended that I get 2 3 oz. servings of red meat every day. We don't really eat red meat. Not because we don't like it but because it is so fatty (and expensive - plus John is watching what he eats so he doesn't gain sympathy weight this time around). I'll have to figure out how to get it in. She does say that going out and getting a burger is fine but limit the fries. Just be smart about your choices.
One other thing that I'm finding difficult is the 8 servings of dairy that I should get. Most of you know that I DO NOT like milk (Kelley and Cindy know this well). One serving of milk is 8 oz. And whole milk is supposed to be best but I can't go there. I'm going to try 2% and see how it goes. So I have gotten Carnation Instant Breakfast and some chocolate milk mix to make sure I get some milk. I've also gotten quite a bit of cheese to snack on. The great thing is that ice cream counts toward the dairy. And I'm not talking the low fat version - they say to go for the premium. So yes, Mom, there will be some Blue Bell full fat ice cream in my freezer when you and Dad come to visit this week.
There is so much more to the book that I could talk about but I'll stop there. So wish me luck as I attempt to put on about 10 pounds in the next 5 weeks or so. I honestly don't know if I can do it because I feel like I am eating all.the.time but I'm going to try. I need to, for the babies' sake.