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June 25th, 2009, 12:53 PM
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Did any of you ladies stick to a high protein diet during your pregnancy?

I was reading that with Identicals adding extra protein can help with fluid levels.I get so worried about TTTS i went out and bought some of those Boost shakes and i've been adding alot more peanut butter,chicken,yogurt and things like that to my diet.

Has this worked for anyone else?
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June 25th, 2009, 01:38 PM
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I wasn't on a high protein diet, but I was on a high calorie diet (3500 per day), so that automatically equated to larger amounts of protein and fats. I was able to hit all of my weight targets, and the babies were growing very well at the last measurement (28 weeks... boy was 70th percentile, girl was 35th percentile... next measurement is Tuesday at 33 weeks).

Now, my diet pretty much consists of what I can fit in my stomach (not much), so I tend to eat higher protein foods to keep me feeling full longer.

I never had to worry about TTTS with my twins though, so I don't know if protein helps prevent that condition.
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June 25th, 2009, 02:16 PM
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I'm pregnant with identicals and have never heard that protein can help with TTTS. I sort of doubt that as TTTS is caused by connections in a shared placenta. I have been eating a lot of protein all along as it's good for the babies growth. I now have gestational diabetes, so my carbs are really limited. I'm able to control the GD on diet alone at this point. I make sure the carbs I get are good carbs. My last u/s was almost 2 weeks ago and my girls were measuring right where they should. I don't remember what percentile though. While you want high protein, you want to make sure you're still gettting enough carbs. Carbs are fuel and you don't want your body stealing it's own stored fuel for the pregnancy. That's not good for you or the babies.
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June 25th, 2009, 02:49 PM
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I heard the protien was good for baby growth. I drank some shakes with protien powder and a scoop of ice cream. I ate lots of red meat and TONS of bacon. The bacon was more of a craving than anything else.
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June 26th, 2009, 01:43 PM
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I was going off of the book "When you're expecting twins..." by Dr. Barbara Luke"

She recommends 176 grams of protein for Identical twin pregnancies.
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June 26th, 2009, 05:14 PM
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I had GD, so I ate fewer carbs and definitely a lot of protein. I made it to 38 weeks so maybe it helped! I also drank a lot of whole milk & ate a lot of fruit, since that's what I craved, and later a nurse told me fruit helps you absorb the calcium from milk which is essential for growing babies, so maybe that helped, too. Also, whole milk products are supposed to help with pregnancy. I have no idea if any of this relates to TTTS, sorry!
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June 26th, 2009, 06:36 PM
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I tried my best to eat lots of protein, but I don't know anything about it helping ID twins. I just heard it helps with growth.
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June 27th, 2009, 10:23 PM
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I didn't have identicals, and didn't stick to a specific plan, but I did try to eat more protein. I had a carnation instant breakfast drink every afternoon. At every meal I tried to get protein- no, not tried, I made it a point! I had eggs a lot for breakfast. I made a taco thing- black beans, kidney beans, ground turkey, taco seasoning. Ate with sour cream, yum!
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