I have spent quite a bit of time researching nutrition during pregnancy. I like to think I am a healthy person. I try to stick to healthy foods and avoid unhealthy foods. I monitor my weight. Like a hawk. I am definitely not perfect....but I stick to the 90/10% rule pretty well. I have learned about how much weight I should plan on gaining during this pregnancy (gulp), and about when those pounds should be put on. I thought I would share with you a little of what I have learned! Keep in mind, I have been researching twin pregnancies because that's what we have here, right???? RIGHT??????
I should plan on gaining 35-45 pounds. (Deep breath in through the nose, out through the mouth) :-) 4-6 of those pounds should be in the first trimester. Weight gain so far....2 lbs...so I'm right on track! Then I can plan on gaining about 1.5 pounds every week thereafter. (Fanning myself while practicing previous breathing technique) Lol! I kid, of course!! Clearly, weight gain is just part of this process and I feel confident that I am able to manage both my weight gain during this pregnancy, and my weight loss post pregnancy! Another interesting fact I came across is that studies have shown that gaining 24 lbs. by 24 weeks reduces your chances of pre-term labor! Obviously especially important with a twin pregnancy!! I'm planning on using the 24 by 24 technique!!!
Now...in order to gain weight, one's diet obviously must change. Pre-pregnancy, I stuck to a 1200-1500 calorie/day plan. This has changed just a smidge. :-) Technically, I need to add 300 calories per baby to my daily intake. Not to mention that 1200-1500 calories is not enough for a baseline when it comes to pregnancy. I am now trying to get in around 2500 calories/day. Needless to say...I am suddenly consuming WAY more calories than I am used to. Now some of this is easy. Instead of light yogurt, I eat full-fat. Same with peanut butter, bread, etc. I am still trying to stick to lean meats and fruits and veggies. The extra calories add up fast...but still....it has been an adjustment for me as I add up my foods during the day! I have also been so much more aware of EVERY ingredient that I put into my mouth!! I am now a Whole Foods customer because I grew tired of label reading at the grocery store I usually shop at!! I have been shocked and dismayed at the ingredient list in some of the foods that I have lived on for who knows how long!!! I have been an avid label reader...but mostly I was just looking at calories/fat/sugar/sodium. Now, I am preparing a meal for someone else's children...so things have changed. They don't need anything artificial, right??? Give 'em the good stuff! :-)
Since I didn't have a whole lot of unhealthy vices pre-pregnancy, there is not much that I have had to "give up" since becoming pregnant. My biggest vice was diet soda. I had at least one every day. I know...shame on me...but I find it SOOOOO delicious!!! :-) Happy to report that I am now nearly 6 weeks sober!! I gave up soda completely cold turkey the week before transfer! I loved water before, but now I am drinking so much more water and that's gotta be good for me AND the kiddos!!
I can see it now though....I'm gonna be offering big cash to the first person who brings me a Big Gulp full of Diet Coke post delivery!! Haha!!