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How much should I be eating?

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isthismummy Mon 12-Feb-18 21:22:36

I'm currently 7+4 with twins. I had an early scan last Friday and two heartbeats were seen.

I'm suffering really bad morning sickness (had to have meds off GP) I'm exhausted, feel like I have mild flu and generally feel awful.

I'm really unsure of how much I should be eating at this early stage and would really appreciate any advice please. I've been gripped by the most incredible hunger, but also feel really sick. Therefore I can't stomach a lot of foods and what I can cope with changes from day to day. I'll admit that I'm generally quite restrictive with food and until last week I hadn't even eaten lunch in years! Today I had...

Breakfast: slice of whole meal toast with tinned spaghetti

Lunch: Jacket potato with cheese and side salad

Snack: wholemeal pitta bread and hummus

Dinner: more toast and tinned spaghetti (I couldn't stomach anything else)

Is that OK given I'm struggling so badly with morning sickness? Or is it too much/little? I'm also a vegetarian, so struggling a bit with my protein.

Any opinions gratefully receivedsmile

halfwitpicker Mon 12-Feb-18 21:24:23

I have no idea with regards to multiple births but with a single baby I was eating way more than that. I was permanently hungry.

isthismummy Mon 12-Feb-18 21:36:53

Were you halfwitpicker? I think the trouble is I have quite a skewed attitude towards food. In my mind that's loads. If I'd eaten that much in a day before pregnancy I would have thought I'd been really greedy!

Going to have to adjust my thinking by the looks of it...

Thanks for your replysmile

Buglife Tue 13-Feb-18 17:49:04

isthismummy congratulations! And commiserations, morning sickness can be terrible. First, do not worry about how much you eat as long as you are eating something and not bringing it all up. Keep hydrated. You don’t need to eat loads at all, the babies are taking everything you’ve got nutrition wise which is partly why you feel so crap! They will get what they need from vey little. Many women lose weight in the first trimester (I did both times) and it does not impact the babies growth/development at all. When you are that sick you cannot eat. Simple. No amount of trying will make you able to force food down if you have an aversion to foods and are very nauseous/vomiting. The main thing you need to care of in this trimester is YOURSELF. The babies are going to get on with their growth anyway, you need to eat what you can manage, rest a lot and if you feel the sickness is too much speak to your GP about Anti sickness meds you can have in pregnancy. Very common to go off meat and veg and strong tastes. I’ve read many sickness threads in my two first trimesters and mainly people seem able to manage carbs and more carbs, and salty crunchy things like crisps! I basically grew my first DS on salt and vinegar crisps and this DC (I’m 19 weeks) on cheap packet noodles. In normal non pregnant life I cook fresh meals from scratch and love strong tastes. In my pregnancy life I am all about basic foods! Have a look and post on the Hypermesis thread on pregnancy because it is so helpful if you are sick. Hope it passes soon!

Waterdropsdown Tue 13-Feb-18 20:33:44

I would defo not worry about how much you are eating. I ate so much when pregnant with twins, and I was sick most days between 5-8am and sometimes in the evening. Eating was the only thing that made me less sick - I’d get up in the night and eat a bowl of Rice Krispies. I put on about 6or7 kilos by 12 weeks but didn’t care. By the end I gained 30 kilos but again didn’t care. 15 months on I’m about 4 kilos over what I was before but I’m pretty sure my arm muscles count for some of thatgrin I never went on a diet post pregnancy. Just go with the flo eat what you want when you want.

Worried67202 Wed 14-Feb-18 20:36:14

Hello, congratulations!

I’m about 13 weeks with twins too 😊. I have hyperemesis and have so far lost 2 stonebsince falling pregnant, I’ve recently changed anti sickness tablets after a stint in hospital and they’re really helping however I still have no appetite. I just wanted to reassure you that until about 11 weeks I barely kept a single thing down and babies have been measuring perfectly and growing exactly as they should. My consultant just told me to eat whatever I could stomach at this stage (whether that is healthy or not) and make sure I’m taking vitamin supplements. The babies are still very very small at 7/8 weeks and will be pulling everything they need from you, it’ll be you that suffers (not ideal either) but babies will be absolutely fine.

Hope you feel better soon

isthismummy Wed 21-Feb-18 09:00:17

Thank you for the replies everyone🙂

Things have unfortunately gotten worse since I posted. I've been off work all week as the nausea/sickness is that bad. I can barely get out of bed and I'm throwing up from 5pm at night like clockwork. I feel quite pathetic to be honest, but I can barely function.

I've been living off whole grain toast, crumpets, rusks and the occasional boiled egg. I've discovered that bland food isn't so vile when it comes back upenvy (not envy)

I've lost three pounds since week 6 (week 9 tomorrow) and gone down to 8,2. I have my booking appointment on Friday, so I will speak to midwife and see what she says.

MerryMarigold Wed 21-Feb-18 09:05:31

congrats. I had twins too and it was hard to about week 12. I was going to say lots and lots of egg. Anything you can stomach or crave. I craved a lot of pineapple. Later I found out it does have something important in it, I forget what. Definitely eat plenty when you're feeling better and particularly protein/ iron.

Buglife Thu 22-Feb-18 12:38:16

Oh dear mummy, it can be awful. That sounds an awful lot like I was at first. Bland carbs were all I could think of without nausea and as you say they have the benefit of being pretty inoffensive to bring up. First off take the sickness leave you need to take, regardless of how your work act. You know you can’t really function feeling that ill. Definitely see what other drugs you can take. I didn’t in my first pregnancy as I was cowed by all the people telling me “everyone feels sick at first” “ooh I wouldn’t take drugs when pregnant” but honestly they are safe and you don’t have to feel like hell just because you’re pregnant. So I took cyclazine this time which made me less sick but didn’t take away all the nausea. Drink lots of water and if you can get some Fybogel or similar as it’s easy to get constipated if you stop eating fibre foods and throw up a lot of liquids. That doesn’t help on top of it all.

There’s nothing harmful to the baby if you lose weight. It’s inevitable with the sickness.

It’s a hard time and you are allowed to dislike it! I think sometimes women are expected to get through sickness and not complain because your PREGNANT aren’t you, but no one else would go through weeks of feeling like that and not take any bloody time off or try to alleviate it!

Whitelisbon Thu 22-Feb-18 12:52:41

I threw up almost everything I ate from 6 weeks until I had my c section at 37 weeks when I was pregnant with twins.
I decided early on that I'd eat what I fancied, seeing as most of it came back up again.
They were grown almost exclusively on salt and vinegar crisps, galaxy chocolate, and greggs jam donuts. None of which I can stomach anymore. The only thing I could drink was Apple and blackcurrant oasis, which I bought in bulk!
They were over 13lb between them when born, and are now very healthy 4 year olds currently doing gymnastics on the sofa
Eat what you fancy, when you fancy it, they'll take what they need anyway.
Good luck.

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