One of the books I ended up downloading onto my Kindle focuses on my nutrition and what my diet should look like in order to have babies with a higher birth weight earlier in pregnancy. One of my biggest fears is having the babies really early. Preterm delivery, low birth weight, long stays in the NICU, and all the health problems that they could face scare me to death. As much as packing on a ton of weight and getting stretch marks scares me, the thought of something happening to them scares me even more, so I decided that I need to be proactive.
The book suggests that by the time I hit 20 weeks, I should have gained about 25 pounds. Seriously!? That's just a little more than my total weight gain from my first pregnancy! And I'm expected to do that in just a few short months? They give a breakdown of how many servings of different food groups I should be eating. It's laughable really. I made myself a little checklist to try to keep track of my servings each day. This is how badly the day ended on Sunday:
I really don't think it will be possible for me to gag this much food down in one day!
Yesterday the list went out the door because we were at Knott's all day. Today I made a huge effort. I spent most of the day either preparing food or eating. It was awful. I felt full and uncomfortable all day. Even with all the eating I did, I still didn't come close to completing the list.