So while it appears that most of my weight gain is all belly - or you can agree to disagree looking at my maternity photos LOL - I weighed in at my OB appt today... overall at 25 weeks, 4 days I have gained roughly 30 pounds - I say roughly bc I think my "inital" weight that they have is a little low... maybe just a few pouds but with morning sickness, all I know is when they said I weighed 130, I was like hmmm - I am normally 135-138 ish and also they weigh me in uniform and with boots and all - I just dont think I have had a super accurate number since the beginning. Anyway, I still have at least 3 months left to go and I am only 5'2" so I am super concerned whereas the doctor was like at this point, no concern but we will need to keep your weight gain to no more than 20 pounds these next few months - 20 pounds?! WHAT? Thats like a 50 pound gain!... I keep hearing "your having twins, its fine" but I dont think that its fair if they have never had twins, so I wanted you all's input. I am not trying to be vain by any means, the biggest thing for me is that the Navy gives you 6 months to get back in standards and be able to pass your fitness test. So how much weight have you gained, or did you gain? What should I expect? I know mostly everybody is different but it would help if I had others to kind of, sort of compare...
I promise the weight gain does slow down I was told you should try to gain 24lbs by 24 weeks because your weight gain will slow down after that (due to your stomach shrinking). This was true for me. I forget the exact numbers but I think I had gained 30 by 24 weeks or somewhere around there. I went on to gain another 18 by the time they were born. I found I couldnt eat half as much as I could in start when I hit the third trimester. Majority of my weight gain was water, though.
As for losing the baby weight, all I can say is Breastfeed, Breastfeed, Breastfeed. When you have two hauling on you the weight comes off pretty easily. Plus, you still get to eat like your pregnant!
My niece gained 90lbs with her twins and at her 6 week appointment she was below pre-pregnancy weight. No she was not working out, she was just breast-feeding and eating healthy. She made it to 38 weeks and after two weeks of ineffective contractions she had an emergency c-section. Is it normal to lose weight that quickly? No, but it is possible. My SIL was the same way with her triplets (I still think she deserves a medal for breast feeding triplets).
Sean (38 )
Bailey (April 2, 2011)
"The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind." Caroline Myss
Host of Living with Diabetes
I lost a lot in the beginning of my pregnancy from morning sickness so my overall weight gain ended up being just a little over 30 lbs ... but really it was 45-50 from my lowest point at maybe 14 weeks to the end. The weight gain got pretty extreme at the very end.
The 6 months to standards might be OK but fitness testing at that point is ambitious because diastasis recti is common with twins. I am about 15 lbs over my pre-pregnancy weight but I also eat around 3500 calories daily (breastfeeding). I was just feeling for my abs tonight and there seems to be around 6 fingers between my split abs at the belly button and 10+ (I can't even find abs at all) a couple of inches above my belly button (where I long had a sideways baby). Sit-ups are contraindicated so I'm going to attempt the Tupler technique. I can't possibly imagine running or even pretending to use my abs at this point.
I gained 45 - 50 pounds with my twins. That was my recommended weight gain based on my BMI before I got pregnant. I weighed about 122 before I got pregnant and was close to 172 at delivery. The book that I loved when I was pregnant with my twins really went by your BMI. I trusted it because it was written by the physician/director of a clinic devoted to multiple pregnancies. Sure, there are many twins moms that gain less and make it to term with healthy twins. I gained the amount recommended and Sarafina still was diagnosed with IUGR. However, I feel like I did what I could to make sure my twins gained as much nutrition from me as possible. Remember that there are two babies trying to get vitamins and minerals from you and that means your body is burning more calories and depleting reserves faster. Your weight gain will slow at the end also. You just will not have any room for food in your stomach.
I also agree that the military needs to think about a fitness plan for you. If you do end up with your abs split, you will need a different plan to rehab your abs. I did not have that issue. I can fit about a fingertip or a little more between my abs. That was a huge relief because it was my biggest fear. It took me about 3 months to lose most of the weight. I was working out within 4 weeks of delivery (low impact) and was in it full swing by 6 weeks. I am battling the last 5 pounds, but that is mostly because I have not been trying really hard to drop it. Physically, I was pretty fit again about 6 months out. Just be careful of your abs and back. I do have some issues with my feet and a muscle in my left glute area (it is not the glute though, it is a muscle that is diagonal over it). Those are due to my pregnancy and rehab can only do so much. I just need more pilates.
My niece gained 90lbs with her twins and at her 6 week appointment she was below pre-pregnancy weight. No she was not working out, she was just breast-feeding and eating healthy. She made it to 38 weeks and after two weeks of ineffective contractions she had an emergency c-section. Is it normal to lose weight that quickly? No, but it is possible. My SIL was the same way with her triplets (I still think she deserves a medal for breast feeding triplets).[/QUOTE]
I agree completely, I think its hard bfing two
First, thank you all for your advice, input and experience... I suppose I was basing my experience off my last two pregnancies which were both singletons... also, with the pressure of the military as far as standards and passing my fitness test, etc... I do plan to breastfeed both babies so hopefully that will be successful and help in the weight loss. If my abs should split, I am fairly certain that medical would give me a waiver but only if the problem was over the time of the test (its given twice a year - spring and fall). I am not even sure that I know what the fix for that would be, I never heard of that... something to google But it has made me feel better to have heard from everyone here bc we have several pregnant females in my building, no twins except me, and when I hear they have only gained a few pounds compared to me, I think of how much I gained before in my pregnancies and start comparing... so I truly appreciate this board and you all!!
Don't forget that you also have two placentas and two sacs with a lot of amniotic fluid sloshing around in there. Those pregnant ladies do not have that. I am pretty sure I lost about 20-25 pounds right after birth. You will be amazed at how different you feel right after you deliver. I didn't feel such relief with my singleton, but it was amazing how different it was after the twins were born.
I gained 35 lbs, and was only 5lbs over pre-pregnancy weight when I left the hospital. Esp. if you're bfing, it comes off fast!
Meg and Ed - 8/12/06
After PCOS, 19 cycles TTC and fertility treatment, finally a BFP (7/14/11)
Taylor and Avril born 3/5/12