Eating for 3

Food! It’s easily the hot topic on my mind every day. Hunger is no joke when you’re pregnant, especially with twins.

A few weeks ago my OB & high risk doctors had me take the glucose test (many pregnant women have to take it) in order to rule out Gestational Diabetes. It involves drinking a drink that tastes like a SUPER sugary orange soda within 5 minutes, then waiting 1 hour at the Dr’s office or local medical lab, then getting your blood drawn. Well…I failed the first test. Womp womp. I’ve heard that many other women do and sometimes it’s related to what you ate before hand even though we don’t have to fast for this test. To make sure that I didn’t truly have Gestational Diabetes, I was asked to take the 2nd test, a.k.a. the 3 hour glucose test, one week later. For this 3 hour test you have to fast for 8-10 hours starting the night before. At the appointment you get round #1 of 4 done for your blood draws, drink the sugary drink, then get rounds 2, 3, and 4 of more blood draws at 1 hour intervals. That was a long time for a VERY hungry pregnant woman to not eat anything since the night before.

Good news…I passed the 3 hour glucose test and do not have G.D.! Woohoo!

Bad news…I nearly passed out at Sprouts getting food right after the test. It was really bad, y’all. Apparently the Dr’s office even tried to call me after they received the results because my last blood result was the lowest they’d ever seen. I was a mess: blurred vision, shaking, dizzy, starving, out of breath, and even in a cold sweat. It took me a good 5-7 hours to finally feel normal again. Low blood sugar is something that I assumed I had just a little of, but I had no idea it was that bad. Long story short – I need to eat little meals ALL the time to help maintain the crazy hunger I’ve had these past 9 months.

Even though I don’t have Gestational Diabetes, the process of those tests was a strong reminder that I’m eating for 3, not just me. Obviously I was well aware of this to begin with, but when cravings strike and you’re hungrier than you’ve ever imagined it can be a struggle to have the patience of nutrients in mind at the pace that my scrunched organs can handle each digestion. I’m reminded that this is the time for some serious diligence. For the next decade or so these little ones will be completely dependent on me & Sean for what nutrients they get and what food choices they will ultimately make as they grow up to take on the world by themselves. Oh my gosh…I can see it now – they’re already growing up so fast!!!

6O9C3868Though I haven’t drastically changed my diet or anything, I have really learned to maintain more of a daily pattern that both I and the babies can depend on; to not get to the “insane hunger” level as often by balancing each day with consistency. I thought I’d give y’all a “taste” (hehe) of what I ate yesterday for a sample of what’s been helping me. The twins are pressing on my stomach and lungs as they continue to grow, and too much food at one time just doesn’t work (3rd trimester heartburn problems). With that in mind, you’ll notice that I eat every hour and a half to two hours.

Important note: This is not meant to be some fabulous revolutionary meal plan that just any pregnant woman should try. Every woman and pregnancy is different, with varying nutritional needs. For some of you though, maybe this line up below will help if you’re struggling to keep up with a consistent and healthy pattern each day. If it does, then YAY! This just works for me while also making my growing babies happy! When in doubt though – always consult your doctor ;). I don’t count calories and have no clue how many are in each day’s line up. Frankly – I don’t care about “counting” calories. If I’m hungry, I eat, and I do my very best to keep it nutritious 80 – 90% of the time. If I feel like I’ve been consistently healthy and am craving fries and milkshake once in a while…you better believe I’ll devour that reward with pure joy and zero guilt. If you’re curious about the recommended caloric intake when you’re pregnant with twins, here’s an awesome article I found which outlines how many extra calories pregnant women with multiples need to take in by trimester, as well as a breakdown of nutrients that your babies should be getting: The Bump – What to Eat

“Healthier” is working, by the way! Both babies are growing right on track with their weight and it makes me so happy! The meals and cravings are sure to increase over these last few weeks, but for now here’s what was cookin yesterday:

6:30-7:00 a.m.

My “Wake Up” Staple

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2 Whole Wheat Eggo Waffles

1 Apple, sliced up

1 cup of “Half Caff” Coffee or 1/2 a cup of Regular Coffee (allowed 200 mg of caffeine per day, and this is well under that limit ;))

500 mL of Water

8:30-9:00 a.m.

Eggs & Avocado Time!

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IMG_96062 Eggs either Boiled or Scrambled + a ‘lil salt & pepper

½ of an Avocado

2 Prenatal Vitamins

1 Folic Acid pill (400 mg – recommended to take this extra to help supplement for the twins)

500 mL of Water

10:30-11:00 a.m.

Fancy Pants Grilled Cheese + 2 sides

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IMG_96122 slices Whole Wheat Toast

4 slices of Cheddar Cheese

1 slice of Tomato

½ of an Avocado, sliced up

(fun fact – did you know that yesterday was “National Grilled Cheese Day”?! I didn’t even know it when I made this! Glad I still sorta participated)

½ of a bowl of Watermelon chunks

Small handful of Pita chips

500 mL of Water

12:30-1:00 p.m.

Satisfying Snackaroo

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Carrot Sticks from 3 whole carrots

⅓ cup of Hummus (don’t have any store-bought hummus at home? Check out my recipe for: Easy Homemade Hummus)

500 mL of Water

2:30-3:00 p.m.

Smoothie Time!

½ cup of frozen Mango chunks

⅔ cup of frozen Blueberries

3 frozen Strawberries

1 cup of Water

Note: at least twice a week this is replaced with a chocolate milkshake from Freddy’s or Braums. Just sayin…it’s good to add some extra calories in there from time to time :).

500 mL of Water

4:30 p.m.

Yep…still hungry.

 

Instant Brown Sugar and Maple Oatmeal w/ hot water

6:30 p.m.

Hubby’s Pasta!

 

¾ of a bowl – it’s like his version of lasagna but with bowtie pasta. Super delish!

500 mL of Water

7:30 p.m.

Mama needs her chocolate. 

2 dark chocolate Dove candies

9:00-10:00 p.m.

Last Call

 
A String Cheese or two right before bed (otherwise I wake up hungry at 2 or 3am)

500 mL of Water throughout the night

So there we have it! A day in the life of me constantly eating but trying to keep it mostly nutritious yet still hearty. I’m also a huge fan of greens (spinach, broccoli, kale, arugula) but ironically didn’t include it yesterday. It’s normally in there somewhere! 😉

It’s been nearly 30 weeks and the 30 pounds that I’ve gained with this twin pregnancy is exactly right on track with where I should be. I’m so proud of that! More than anything, I love that it makes me feel good when I interrupt menu’s like the one above with a juicy burger, savory pizza, velvety chocolate cake, or whatever else ;). It’s well deserved when 80-90% of the week is balanced with everything these babies need!

Happy eating 🙂

Katherine

 

 

 

 

Author: Katherine

Hey! I'm Katherine. I live in the greater Tulsa, OK area with my hubby, our fraternal (boy & girl) twins, and our yellow lab. I adore writing, running, biking, laughing, cooking, baking, and traveling. Thanks so much for visiting. I hope you enjoy a post or two!

6 thoughts

  1. Katherine, you are absolutely adorable. Your babies are blessed to be in such a wonderful loving cocoon. I’m living large through your menus. Many prayers for you and Sean along with Miss Pink and Mr Blue xoxo. Kathy Shaw

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