|When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads, Revised Edition: Proven Guidelines for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy
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A Clinically Proven Program for Women Pregnant with Multiples
Completely Updated, with 50 Recipes for Optimal Birth Weight
You're expecting more than one baby? Congratulations! In When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads, Dr. Barbara Luke's practical, nutrition-based program has been proven to lower complications, resulting in much healthier babies. This revision offers more nutritional information, 50 recipes to maximize birth weight, and new guidelines on nutritional needs and vegetarian options. It also includes updated information that reflects the most current obstetric and pediatric practices, such as expanded safety information on exercise and reducing your risk for complications.
The double whammy of successful infertility treatments and an increase in the number of women having children later in life has resulted in a staggering--but perhaps not surprising--phenomenon: a tremendous increase in twin, triple, and quadruple births. When You1re Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads is an outstanding, much-needed addition to the pregnancy genre for women who face the alternating joy, terror, and ambivalence associated with carrying, delivering, and coping with young multiples.
Subjects like nutrition, mom's changing body and emotions, fetal development, potential complications, and labor and delivery take on new meaning when you add another baby or two to the standard equation. With the goal of minimizing risk factors associated with multiple births, Dr. Barbara Luke and her team of writers cover each subject with a buoyant determination to tell it all and tell it well--avoiding the typical "how to name and dress your twins" issues. Accompanying the detailed medical perspective of Dr. Luke are personal experiences gathered from the journals of a few articulate moms, making each subject as real as it is educational. Simple illustrations, valuable charts (including one to plot and monitor fetal growth in grams or pounds), specific menu examples (like how can you consume 4,500 calories if you're expecting quads???), and lots of reassurance make this book a winner. --Liane Thomas
- Very helpful
Despite having my twins 9 weeks early, by following this book they were born very heathy and came home from the hospital in 2 weeks. I followed the food guidelines and didn't really gain weight until after my first 3 weeks.( Morning sicness all day and night)
The doctors were all very pleasantly surprised at the size and health of the girls. Thank you very much....more info
- Unusually high quality pregnancy book
When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets or Quads is a wonderful book.
My wife is expecting twins, and it was great to find a book with so much vital information. We're a young, college educated, type-A personality couple, so the advice for multiples is sometimes hard to swallow. But the best thing about the book is its heavy bibliography, which adds major credibility. Much of the material is probably going to be unfamiliar to the average General Practitioner, but it's closer to the forefront of medical knowledge than what is typically found in an advice book. And yes, the big point of the book is "eat more, rest more". The book retains some of the political correctness of the typical pregnancy guide and softballs vegetarianism and other difficult-to-touch choices. Ramadan fasting gets no mention, for example. But it's nowhere near as bad as the pandering you get in some guides. Mostly, Luke and Eberlein call a spade a spade.
It would have been helpful if Dr. Luke had included five pages describing in detail where the information contained in the book came from, since that is the crux of much of the criticism she has received in her rare negative reviews. Dr. Luke is a real doctor. She's just not a MD. She's a Johns Hopkins educated researcher in maternal and fetal medicine, and is published in prestigious journals. ScD equals PhD - it's just another name for the same degree used at a few schools, notably Hopkins, MIT and Caltech. She's a professor at a solid medical school, for pete's sake. Dr. Luke would probably be stumped if asked to perform an emergency appendectomy, just like your OBGYN would be stumped trying to design a double-blind study to determine how much, if any, DHA/RHA supplement pregnant women should consume. But I'm not a medical professional, so I would like to have more information about how standard medical advice is created, so I could better judge what's contained in the book.
This background would be helpful, because of the state of medical advice on multiple pregnancy. It's still a research area, and your doctor might not be well informed. There are no official guidelines on diet, for example, that differentiate from singletons. Doctors highly experienced in multiples are thin on the ground, so it's nice to read a book written by someone with a great deal of experience and research credentials. You may be getting inadequate advice, and it's nice to be able to tell.
Yes, the book is a little bit scary at times, but so is parenting. If reading a big book and eating more steak is the hardest thing you have to do as a parent, you'll be alright. It's well written, and reassuring in its way.
- Keep this book by your side!
This book is a MUST read for women (and men) expecting twins! I did not find out I was having twins until 20 weeks. I went to the bookstore immediately and luckily I found this book! I referred to this book throughout the rest of my pregnancy. My babies were born a bit early at 34 weeks, but they were 5.1 and 5.7 and were able to come home from the hospital in 11 days--which was right in line with what this book suggested! They are healthy and thriving today. I found this book to be even more helpful than my ob visits! ...more info
- Healthiest Pregnancy I've had, because of this book.
I was expecting this book to be slightly helpful. But it had been tremendously. Not only did it offer a successful vitamin regiment that curb my vitamin nausea, it also suggest a way to reduce my chances of getting preeclampsia. My swelling with twins had been less then my swelling with the singleton I had. The diet suggestions have been right on target. I'm having a healthier pregnancy all around. I highly recommend this book to anyone expecting more then one. They covered all types of women from very underweight to, like me, very overweight. The nook has given me an understanding of what my body is going threw and when things do happen I fell better being prepared.
- Probably the best out there... but still lacking
When I found out I was pregnant with triplets, probably a dozen people said I simply "must" have this book. While I admit that it's the best book I've read (and several others reference this book liberally enough that it makes more sense to go back to the source), I find it somewhat frustrating. The nutritional guidelines, from what I can tell, are simply unrealistic, and I haven't found a physician who agrees with Ms. Luke that the extreme weight gain she recommends is strictly necessary. Yet Ms. Luke asserts her faith in her nutritional and weight guidelines so confidently that she goes so far as to imply that if you fail to meet the guidelines, you haven't set your priorities properly to appropriately provide for your children.
The book is otherwise full of useful information and very encouraging. Despite being a book with an obvious bias toward the ability to carry higher order multiples, the book does have a relatively balanced section on multifetal selective reduction. What the book doesn't have, and no other twin/triplet/quad book seems to either, is a guide to how your multiple pregnancy will differ stage-by-stage from a singleton pregnancy. If you want to understand the fetal deevelopment occuring inside your body, you still need to purchase a standard week-by-week kind of pregnancy book, but there doesn't seem to be any reference that works to correlate those week-by-weeks with how a multiple pregnancy develops. (Admittedly, there aren't major differences in growth and development of the fetuses until the second half of pregnancy)
Overall, of the 3 or 4 books I've read, it is by far the best available....more info
- You will have a great multiple pregnancy!
I picked up a copy of this book as soon as I found out I was expecting twins in 2006. Here is my story...I diligently read the book and found great merit in what the authors had written (all based on research). I followed much of their advice (drinking a gallon of water a day, omega-3 supplements, etc.) and I strongly believe this helped me to naturally deliver healthy twin boys at full term (38 weeks). Both boys had great birth weights: 6lb 10oz and 6lb 12oz. I even worked up until 37 weeks b/c I was so healthy and my doctors had no medical reason to put me on disability. My doctors called me "the poster child for twin pregnancy." I recommend this book to everyone who is pregnant with multiples!...more info
- A must have if you're expecting multiples
I've read many books on the subject since I found out I'm pregnant with twins, and this is the only one that really impressed me. Order it as soon as you find out you're having multiples! What I loved was that the recommendations were based on research and clinical experience, and then they're boiled down to exactly how to apply the information. I'm so glad I read it- I'm convinced my twins will be healthier as a result. ...more info
- Twins and more.
A vital guide for any woman expecting twins or multiple babies, this book gives sound nutritional advice and lots of very helpful information....more info
- Carried my triplets to full term because of this book!!!!!!
This is THE ultimate in navigating the waters of a triplet or higher pregnancy. There is so little information on higher order multiples and this it IT! An easy read and it gives you the information you need to have a successful higher order multiples pregnancy. SO informative. I followed her eating plan, not to the dot, but as best I could.... basically eating all day anything/everything I could stand/keep down. My triplets were born at full term all weighting over 5lbs and roomed in with me like a singleton and we all came home together!!!!! I honestly do not think my pregnancy would have been so successful without this book. I can not recommend it enough. I bought and read all the multiples books on the market to date and if you can only buy one
(even if you are just pregnant with twins) I would recommend it, but it is especially essential for triplet/quad and higher multiple order moms to be. ...more info
Very informational and great guide for someone with a multiple pregnancy. It's helpful as a guide from the beginning of pregnancy to post pregnancy....more info
- read it early in your pregnancy
I found this book very helpful, and only wish that I knew about it earlier in my prgnancy....more info
- 39 weeks!
I truly believe this book help my twins get to 39 weeks... 6LB 11 OZ and 6LB 14 OZ! Is there a follow up to this book on how to take care of them after they are born? I could sure use that!...more info
- this book really turned me off
when i found out i was having twins (surprise) i ran to find anything i could read on the subject. i was very offended by the author's suggestion that most twin pregnancies are so precious... suggesting you should gain large amounts of weight (to support the babies), which my doctor advised against, and that you should not exercise. both of these things are myths that should not be continued in print!...more info
- Read this - then ask your Doctor
I just came from my first appointment with a nutritionist in my OB's office. I told her I had been reading a book that recommends gaining a lot of weight when you're pregnant with twins. She immediately said, "Do you have Dr. Luke's book? Most of my patients who read that one arrive in tears about having to gain so much weight. And funny how Dr. Luke doesn't tell you how to take off those extra pounds after the birth." She says I really need to only gain 40-45 lbs. - not the 40-56 recommended here.
But the nutritionist does agree with the frequent mini-meals or eating every two hours strategy and said the general guidelines for protein, fat, and carbs are good. We've worked out a diet that's somewhere between what one would eat for a singleton pregnancy and Dr. Luke's plan.
(BTW - I'm at Mass. General in Boston - not some local practice in the middle of nowhere).
Like some other readers I found the second author's tale of her horrific twin experience frightening and felt it was there to scare me into following the plan lest I experience the same outcome of preemies in the NICU.
There are many helpful chapters in this book, but, unlike other readers I'm not sure it's the be all to end all of multiple pregnancy advice....more info
- Best Twin Pregnancy Book Out There
I bought several books to guide me through my twin pregnancy - this one was the best by far. It stressed how much I needed to eat and how much I needed to rest. Lots of great, practical advice. ...more info
- The only book you need for a healthy multiple pregnancy - and the one you MUST read
This is a must read for anyone expecting multiples. My twins were born at 37 weeks weighing 6 pounds and 7 pounds 2 ounces. I do not believe they would have been so big without this book. I am 5'0", and everyone was stunned my kids were so big. My OBs told me next to nothing about what to eat. One said, "theoretically, you get to eat more food." Another one did suggest I should probably take calcium supplements because it was twins. I already was, because of this book. My OB was surprised, and I didn't receive any further nutritional advice. (Except some misinformation from the nurses).
I know someone else who had twins who was afraid of gaining too much weight and ate mostly salad. Hers were early, small for gestational age, and spent a month in the NICU. On the other hand, the moms in my mothers of twins club who read this book all report high birthweights and healthy babies.
Although my experiences are anecdotal, the statistical data from the Multiples Clinic are very conclusive and convincing. Read this book! ...more info
- Great Food for Thought
I live in a relatively large community and yet there are no birthing centers dedicated to multiple gestations. As a result, I am being seen for my twin pregnancy by an OB who works closely with a maternal fetal medicine specialist. My OB also referred me to yet a third specialist for my monthly level II sonograms. After reading this book, I felt more knowledgeable and empowered. I knew what questions to ask and what potential concerns I might face in the future. This book also provided me with more detailed guidelines on proper nutritional requirements associated with a healthy twin pregnancy. I now order a shake with my grilled chicken and vegetables!...more info
- good book
very informative....I got this when I found out I was pregnant with twins...I would recommend this book for sure...I used it daily...I followed the guidelines as best I could...even though I could NEVER have eaten as much as suggested...it was a terrific guide !...more info
- Great book, a must read, but don't get discouraged if you don't gain all the weight recommended.
I must say I was afraid to read this book b/c I'm not a big eater. I read all the reviews and the ones that people said they felt guilty b/c of not gaining weight frightened me. Comments about her pushing McDonalds, etc (which the reviewers totally over-exaggerated) But I must say even after reading the book, I am not guilty b/c I know I'm doing all I can to eat as much as I can. But I think the most important thing this book taught me is WHAT to eat.
I am now 20 weeks pregnant with twins and I have only gained 7 pounds. Not from a lack of trying, lol....But my babies are thriving and very healthy, doing great. B/C I'm eating the RIGHT foods I am healthy, glowing, have no swelling to speak of. My doctor said I'm one of her healthiest looking twin mom patients. My blood pressure is great, and no signs of any health concerns. I give a lot of credit to eating right and healthy.
The the only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars b/c it does put a lot of emphasis on gaining weight early. But sometimes it's pretty much impossible. I gained NOTHING in my first trimester,even though I had no morning sickness and I more than doubled my food intake. My twins take EVERYTHING I eat for themselves, and leave nothing for me. But I still feel great, have never felt faint or dizzy.Every ounce of my 7 pound weight gain is in my belly and my breasts.
Other than that, it totally deserves the 4 stars. Because it teaches you HOW to eat, what to eat, and why to eat it. I love where it tells you what to concentrate on per trimester. So even though I'm not packing on the pounds, b/c of this book I'm eating healthier than I have ever eaten before and I understand the importance of it. So whatever I put in my body has a direct benefit to my babies. I am also drinking protein shakes b/c this book made me understand how important protein is and I KNOW that I can't get enough from food alone b/c I simply do not have the space. But it's very easy to drink protein shakes throughout to make sure my little ones are getting enough. My doctor said also make sure when drinking the shakes, to get one packed with other vitamins as well.
My advice is to definitely read this book. It's a very interesting read, I read it cover to cover b/c it was so captivating. And DON'T feel guilty if you can't eat as much as she tells you to, b/c IMO it's quite ambitious and most of us simply cannot eat that much. It's OK, just eat WHAT she tells you to, and don't concentrate on how much!!
Oh, and PS - One thing I noticed is that she LOVES to toot her own horn. I rolled my eyes quite a bit while reading, lol. But you just laugh it off and keep reading :)...more info
- Information in this book really saved my triplet pregnancy
As a triplet mum from Hungary, I could hardly gather information about triplet pregnancy. I somehow learnt about this book and ordered it through Amazon. Though I was totally sick during my pregnancy, my husband followed the pieces of advice in this book, and it has proved to be the most helpful, most valuable guidance in our part of the world where mothers are told not to eat much during pregnancy 'cause they will get fat...
I even emailed the author with my problem who very kindly offered me advice.
Another strong point of the book is that it truly conveys a POSITIVE message about the pregnancy. Amongst all our fears, when we read this book again and again, we understood that multiple pregnancy is a managable life-adventure in most cases.
I whole-heartedly recommend this book!...more info
- I'm sure there are better twin books
This book was moderately helpful. It is written by both a doctor and a patient that had twins. The pregnancy information, I didn't find very helpful. They kept referring to the patient's personal experience. She evidently delivered her twins quite early, so everything kept referrring to that. I had my twins at 37 weeks, and had a fairly normal pregnancy. They got to come home right away. I got a little tired of hearing about all the worst case scenarios of tiny sickly babies, especially when you're so nervous anyway being pregnant with twins. I know multiples in pregnancies is risky, but can we get away from the scare tactics? The title refers to "...for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy" and they just keep talking about bad pregnancies with worst case outcomes. It should be called "...for a preterm twin pregnancy where your babies might not come home for weeks or months.."
The post-pregnancy information was a little more helpful. They gave lots of tips on scheduling, and just ordinary day to day tasks once the babies were home. Even talking about living arrangements and parental nap suggestions adn lifestyle changes.
Overall, I probably wouldn't re-buy this book....more info
- Excellent Book!!!
This book provides detailed information to any woman who is expecting super twins. The information available in this book is so unique that I could not find in any other general pregnancy book. I strongly recommend it for any woman expecting triplets or more!
- Maximizes pregnancy outcome!
This book was one of the keys to my healthy twin pregnancy. True, it's hard to follow the nutritional advice to the letter, but you just do the best you can. I promise that if you're not a big fan of meat, you will get used to it when you know that you're helping your babies grow. The book also contains nutritional advice for vegetarians. I started out at a BMI of 18 and carried my twins to 38 weeks (scheduled c-section, never went into labor) with no complications and no bedrest. Both were born at about 6.5 pounds each, spent no time in the NICU, roomed in with us at the hospital, and came home with us. Doctors, nurses, etc were impressed at their size and health. The advice in this book drove me to make sure that my workweek did not exceed 40 hours (with a note from the doctor and a desk job which made it possible), and my husband handled literally all household chores starting around 30 weeks when I really needed to have my feet up after work. Dr. Luke says not to expect to work past 28 weeks but I think it's possible if your managers are supportive, if you can stay off your feet, and if you can limit stress on the job. I worked up to 37.5 weeks. Drink water, water, water! My only trip to L&D due to having more than 6 contractions/hour were due purely to dehydration. If you're expecting twins or supertwins, get this book! I was reluctant to buy any book on multiples until I passed my 12th week (didn't want to jinx myself with all the scare on vanishing twin syndrome), but this book has lots of info on maximizing the outcome of your pregnancy as soon as you know you're pregnant with twins/multiples so if you're not afraid of buying before 12 weeks, then this is a must read. Also contains helpful advice on surviving the first few weeks at home with your new babies....more info
- Good information
This book has good information for twins and multiples. Twin and multiple pregnancies are a lot different than a singleton....more info
- Good Information
I am Prego with Boy/Girl Twins due in May 2007. This book was very informational but like with any advice or information you do have to filter out the stuff that might not apply or be practical. ...more info
- Excellent Book!
I am expecting twins. This book is an excellent source for the nutritional needs required for pregnant women with multiples. There are also other great topics in the book. I highly recoemmend it if you are expecting multiples!...more info
- Great book!
Out of all the books I read during my twin pregnancy this one was the most important. I delivered my twins at 34wks/3days with birth weights at 6.4lbs and 6.2lbs. The nutrition information in this book is vital for multiple pregnancies because you really need to eat completely different than a singleton pregnancy. Without this informative book just on multiple pregnancy nutrition, my babies probably would of been a lot smaller and sick. I have heard a lot of stories of twins being in the NICU for months. I believe that it is a mothers responsibility to ensure that your babies recieve every advantage that they can have, since they already start out at a disadvantage being a multiple. This book was a life saver! Thanks Dr. Luke ...more info
I hated this book. While it did contain useful information, it also had a lot of stuff that I found offensive. Stuff saying how your triplets did not ask to be triplets (putting the blame on you) and how if something goes wrong its your fault. The section about how the woman treats the husband drove me crazy too. I felt like it was a throw back to the 60s....more info
- first time mom of twins
When I found out I was having twins, I knew I needed a special book just for a multiples pregnancy. I am short and slender, so I was worried about carrying healthy, full term twins. I followed the nutrition advice from this book, which was to pretty much eat twice as much as a normal pregnant person. I was concerned about gaining weight but my babies came first and though I was nauseous, I tried to stick to their recommended diet. I only gained about 45 pounds, and went up to 38 weeks. I had two big, healthy twin boys (7lbs 11, and 6 lbs). I lost all my weight 5 months post partum, and my boys are always at least in the 90th percentile or even off the charts in size and weight. I'm giving four stars because I wasn't so impressed with their advice on twin breastfeeding....more info
- Excellent resource when expecting multiples
I am only 13 weeks pregnant with twins, but have found that this book is extremely useful! As several other reviewers have noted many books do not give proper information on multiples. Even doctors and nurses are vague about the special requirements of growing multiples. The book handles all angles (positive and negative) in a helpful and non-threatening way. It emphasizes dietary requirements, which are really important, and things to watch for during pregnancy to prevent problems, and advice to help you talk intelligently with your doctors. It does not give a week by week development guide, but those were easy enough to find online and free. This has much more useful information than any other book I have bought or borrowed on pregnancy....more info
- Interesting, but who wants to gain 85 lbs?
I thought this book was very interesting, but when I asked my doctor about the advice on how much weight you should gain (I was WAY behind their suggestions) she laughed and told me that she saw "No reason you should pork out as long as the babies are growing well...you will have to loose that weight someday." So, run it by your doctor and take it with a grain of salt-- I only gained 45 lbs and my twins were 6lbs and 6lbs 12 oz. and I was induced at 37 weeks. I was glad that when all was said and done, I only had about 5lbs of real fat to loose to get back to my prepregnancy weight of 130 (5'6'')...more info
Its Ok.. I hoped for it to be a little more like What to expect when expecting.. I was disappointed...more info
- Educational and encouraging
This book was invaluable during my twin pregnancy, explaining clearly how and why this would be different from my singleton pregnancy. The diagrams of increasing head size and decreasing hospital stay length kept me motivated, even when the going got tough near the end.
I didn't try to get all the calories Dr. Luke recommends every day, but I did eat the way she described and kept my weight gain right in the window she gives. Her insight on the need for weight gain before week 28 was right on -- I lost a few pounds in the last month because my body couldn't keep up with the babies' needs.
The result? Delivery at 37 weeks and 1 day. Nathaniel was a healthy 6 lbs, 7 oz, and his sister Grace was 5 lbs, 13 oz. Both had brief NICU time, stayed with us the rest of the time in the hospital, and were discharged with us. They're doing great! I was worried the weight gain would stick with me, but at three months postpartum, I'm within two pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight. Carefully gained weight really does come off.
Ultimately we're thankful to God, but Dr. Luke's book was so encouraging along the way!...more info
- Great book for Multiples!
This book answered ALOT of my multiples questions. Almost all of them infact. I read it cover to cover. 1 hour every day. And i finished it reasonably quickly. I absolutely recommend this book to ANYONE expecting twins, triplets, or more. The great thing is it even goes into specific details comparing twin, triplet, and quad pregnancies. Most other books barely touch on the subject of twins, and never dip into the topic of higher order multiples.
It covered everything from what to expect during multiples pregnancy, possible complications in pregnancy, what to look for what to do, how best to have healthy babies. It talked about bedrest, limiting activity, nutrition and was very specific setting goals for weight gain by x weeks. And explained why weight gain is so important.
It talked about what complications to expect in the NICU. Everything from the routine tests all babies go through, to special treatments for lungs, the various feeding methods, what kinds of monitors might be used, what kinds of staff your baby would come in contact with. Discussed the development of babies at various gestational ages, that infants can't suckle until a certain age, what a BiliLight is and what it's used for.
It Had stories and antecdotes from people who'd been through it at every step along the way.
And it even went into what you need per child, how to nurse, tips for raising them when they're young (ie use as schedule).
I found it SO much more helpful than the book by Elizabeth Noble which i found to be a waste of money.
I'm 23 weeks with triplets now and I still refer back to this book to see if i'm meeting my nutritional goals.
And when people ask me about my babies i can speak knowledgeably. It helped me anticipate things such as that it's very common for triplets to be born at a certain size, and certain age, and spend time in the NICU. That it's very likely C-section would be required, (over 90% of triplets are born by c-section). Discussed various pain killing methods when going in for a c-section.
Because of this book i know and understand the differences between 24 and 28 and 32 and 34 weeks of gestation and what it means for the child. I know what a PDA is and why it happens and how it's repaired. I also know the average weight of triplets is 3pounds 4oz and 32 weeks gestational age. Imagine how surprised i'd have been had i not read this book!
It gave me every little bit of information to make me feel well informed, prepared. Knowledgable. Which is so much better than being caught by surprise....more info
- Invaluable Guide
I bought this book from Amazon the moment I knew that my wife was expecting twins. We tried following all the recommendations in the book throughout her pregnancy. She had a full-term twin pregnancy, right into the 39th week, normal singleton birth weight for both twins and zero days in the ICU.
What we really like about this book was the very positive message it carried. All the support, love and prayers of our friends and loved ones helped a lot too....more info
- A Must Read to Have Healthy Multiples
I found this book at 18 weeks after finding out we were having twins. The doctors and all the regular pregnancy books kept telling me to treat a twin pregnancy just like a singleton pregnancy. It just didn't make sense to me! This book confirmed my belief that multiple pregnancies are different and should be treated as such. Because I followed the dietary plan suggested in this book, my twin girls were born, at 39 weeks (induced by the doctor) and weighed a healthy 7lb 3oz. and 7lb 2oz.
This book is an absolute must read to have healthy babies! ...more info
- Great resource about pregnancy- not so much about birthing them!
This book was a great resource to providing information on how to have a healthy pregnancy with twins. I just wish my Doctor could have read it too!
One thing it didn't help with so much was the means by which to get the babies out in the safest way. I ended up with a c-section and after lots and lots of research have come to the conclusion that it was unnecessary, especially after having my first singleton all naturally....more info
- Good Information
Overall I really liked this book. I liked the information about protein and the importance of rest. I loved the baby foot prints and looked at them often.
I was not always able to meet the protein recommendations, but I did more than what I would have, and I think it helped. I drank protein powder drinks the last few weeks.
In the end -- my babies were born at 37 1/2 weeks, weighing 6 pounds 1 ounces and 6 pounds 5 ounces. I am 5 feet 3 inches tall, so this was a lot for me. But -- I felt kind of like a loser b/c in the book the "good moms" have 7 or 8 pound babies. But now (6 months later) I just feel lucky to have healthy babies, and happy I was able to carry them so long and that they had a solid birth weight, and I do think this book helped me. It helped me take my pregnance seriously, too. ...more info
- Take some and leave some
Read it and take what makes sense to you and leave the rest. I promise you'll learn something you didn't know and it could make a difference. My twins weighed 7lbs 15oz and 6lbs 12oz. I made it to 37 weeks...without vitamins...without preterm labor...without hospitalizations...only delivered c-section due to the positions of the babies at the last minute. My girls NEVER saw the inside of the NICU and went home with me 48 hours later....more info
- Best Twin Book!
This is by far the best twin book that I have found so far. It gives specific information about what to expect when carrying multiples. My best friend is also pregnant with twins and recommended this book to me, I am so glad that she did. I highly urge you to buy this book if you or a loved one is expecting twins or multiples....more info
- Exactly what I was looking for.
While expecting twins I was living in Korea. It was so difficult to find fact based, comprehensive infromation on having multiples. I did not have access to a doctor who specialized in multiples and this book was my life line. I was able to inform the docotor of the things I needed or expected from him and had access to all the information I so desperatly needed. I strongly recommend this book. ...more info
- Must have for moms-to-be of multiples
I purchased this book when I found out I was having twins. This book was beyond helpful and offered excellent guidance to help me through my twin pregnancy. Every chapter provided helpful information. I especially appreciated the nutrition advice it offerred along with the healthy weight gain guide. It aided me in having two, beautiful, healthy girls weighing 6 lbs 6 ounces and 6 lbs 10 ounces. If you are pregnant with multiples - buy this book now!...more info
- This book is a MUST HAVE if you are expecting multiples
I read "When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets or Quads, Proven Guidelines for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy" after I learned I was pregnant with twins. I followed the nutrition guidelines for twins and delivered BIG, healthy, 7 lb and 7.3 lb twin boys at 38 weeks while being a full time mom of two other toddlers!
I made "flash" cards for each serving of food per food group and water and laid them out at the start of the day. My goal by the end of the day was to have all the cards moved over into the "eaten" pile.
It was a lot of food and water, and often times I struggled to get it all down each day. However, it worked. I gained 70 lbs! But, I LOST THE WEIGHT by 6 months post delivery, which is quicker than I lost the weight after my prior two singleton births.
I truly believe the nutrition guidelines allowed me to have such big, healthy twins.
This book is a MUST HAVE if you are pregnant with multiples. It is the best book I read about twins (and I read them ALL) and offered the most useful advice regarding nutrition. I would even recommend it for a singleton birth because the nutrition guidelines are broken down per how many babies you are carrying and what you should eat based on that. It also focuses on what specific foods you should eat per stage of the pregnancy based on what is developing in the babies at that stage.
Buy it for yourself or as a gift, it really, really works!
- Love this book!
Thank goodness I found this book...expecting twins, and my doctor basically said the only thing different about this pregnancy would be the need for a scheduled C-section. That didn't sound right to me, so I started doing my own research. The info in this book is logical, informative, medically sound and backed up by research and statistics...it covers everything in great detail and really left me feeling informed and empowered for this (slightly scary) journey through a multiple pregnancy. It answered almost all of my questions, and I've referred to it frequently as the weeks go by. This is not about finding cute names and buying matching nursery stuff- this is about doing everything you can to help a high risk pregnancy come to a happy ending. Some of it was a little scary to read, but overall it's a really positive book that tells it like it is and offers good, do-able advice about things like weight gain, bedrest and exercise, recognizing pre-term labor and other risks, what to expect at delivery, navigating the NICU, and making it through those first few months of nursing/feeding, etc. Even the recipes were good- my seven year old loves the food! (and I love the fact that they said ice cream and fast-food burgers are OK in moderation- the diet guidelines actually fit a real lifestyle.) I wholeheartedly recommend this book- it prompted me to find a new doctor who specializes in multiples, and she recommends the book too!...more info
- Worth the money
Being pregnant with twins I read ALOT of pregnancy books, but they were geared toward singleton pregnancies and didn't address the specific concerns of multiples. This book addressed those concerns and made you understand what you were going through and helped with issues like proper weight gain and preterm labor. Singleton books make you feel scared that something is wrong or you are doing something wrong, but this book makes you understand it isn't wrong, you are just pregnant with more than one baby. I recommend this book to any mom with multiples....more info
- My Favorite Twin Pregnancy Book
This book was my favorite of the 5 that I bought. I found the information to be very helpful in letting me know what to expect and a great resource when I had questions or issues. I really liked that there were both a doctor and a nutritionist (who experienced a twin pregnancy) involved so it was clear that they knew what I was going through. The recipes and diet recommendations were great and very helpful. It was reassuring to see that I wasn't gaining too much weight (which my doctor cautioned me about...70 lbs. in total) and that it was necessary for the health of the babies. Clearly these women knew what they were talking about since I carried my twins to 36 weeks and they were 5lb 2oz and a whopping 6lb 2 oz at birth and now you would never know that I gained 70 lbs. My boys never saw a minute in the NICU and are very healthy still at 7 months of age! Very well written and easy to read. I highly recommend it!...more info
- Very helpful book
My wife and I are using this book in conjuction with the "What to Expect When You're Expecting: 4th Edition" book. Both are incredible books that really do work well with eachother as long as you realize that multiples do make a difference. Both books have helped both my wife and I raise questions to ask the doctors on our frequent visits. In all, this is a great book to have as resources as you travel through the incredible world of carrying multiples....more info
- Better than the advice from my own OB/GYN
I didn't find out I was expecting twins until my 17th week ultrasound and soon found myself researching online and at bookstores for information about twin pregnancies. Like other reviewers have noted, most pregnancy books only dedicate a few pages to twin pregnancies or advice on how to care for them once they come home. I browsed through this book and found it to be the most informative, easy to follow, with useful charts and illustrations. I also appreciated the focus on nutrition and weight gain based on your BMI and how many children your carrying. My own OB advised that I should gain between 25-35 lbs during my twin pergnancy- the same as if I were carrying only one child. He said due to already being a little overweight. I'm 5'6" and thought of myself as thin (I only weighed 133 pounds when I got pregnant). Per this book, a woman carrying twins, with a healthy BMI should gain between 45 and 56 pounds. A significant difference when compared to the recommendation of my OB. When you read the book you understand that an appropriate weight gain impacts fetal growth and development, duration of gestation, and that it's OKAY to gain weight- your suppose too! I highly recommend this book!!! ...more info
- Very good information
The information provided in this book was extremely useful for me during my pregnancy with my twins. I read this book over and over agian.I especially liked the part where it tells which kind of food is important in what trimester and why it is important to concentrate on those foods more in that partcular trimester. I also liked the break down of the weight that needs to be gained with an explanation of why that break down is necessary. Awesome book. I will recommend this to anyone having multiples...more info
- Worth every penny
This book is a great resource for maintaining a healthy pregnancy with multiples. It was the only book I found that focused on the different and needs of carrying twins (or more). There's a ton of detailed information on nutrition, weight gain, planning and preparation. I would have enjoyed seeing a few more details on the development (what's going on with the babies each week), but you can find that information on a million websites or in other basic books. I found this was my go to book throughout my pregnancy to make sure I was on track with what I was supposed to be doing....more info
- Read this book if you are having multiples
I have lupus so I knew even a singleton pregnancy was high risk for me so the surprise of ID twins was no doubt high risk. This book saw me to 36 weeks 6 days and my ID girls were 6 lbs and 4 lbs 13 oz even with a little TTTS. I highly reccomend this book to evey MOM I meet, it is amazing, I had hyperemesis and still managed to gain 30 lbs by following the high protien guide, thank you Dr Luke for my healthy girls....more info
- The absolute MUST HAVE book for a healthy twin pregnancy!!
I am convinced that this book is responsible for my making it to 38 weeks and delivering such big, healthy twins (7.5 and 5.5 lbs!). The thing I loved most about the book is that it focuses on what YOU can do to impact your pregnancy and it kept me focused and positive throughout. It seems every time I left the doctor's office I was in tears due to all of the warnings about twin pregnancy, but Dr. Luke's advice was positive and calming without being scary or dwelling on those things that are out of one's control. Following Dr. Luke's advice on rest and diet enabled me to stay at home and enjoy a relatively uneventful pregnancy with my high risk identical twins. I felt as though the advice on twins in the other pregnancy books was way off and even my doctor's office seemed to miss the boat regarding nutrition, treating my twin pregnancy as a regular pregnancy plus five or ten pounds. I followed Dr. Luke's advice - not my doctor's - on nutrition and it was this book that opened my eyes to some potentially damaging medication interactions that my doctor's office didn't mention. With this book, I felt as if I had my own personal twin specialist guiding me through the pregnancy and I felt very validated for all of the things I was experiencing that weren't typical of a "normal" single pregnancy. Buy this book! I tell everyone I know about it. I even suggested that my OB get a copy for her practice! Thank you, thank you Dr. Luke, I will always be grateful that I came across this book when I did!!!...more info
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