When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads: Proven Guidelines for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy [NOOK Book]

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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, ...

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Overview

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.

"...offers special medical and nutritional guidelines for prenatal care, detailed information on what to expect during pregnancy, and anecdotal stories from mothers."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061860645
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 267,910
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Barbara Luke, Sc.D., M.P.H., R.N., R.D., is a professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology at Michigan State University. She has published numerous research studies on multiple pregnancy through the University Consortium on Multiple Births, with colleagues from universities around the country. She is also the author of Every Pregnant Woman's Guide to Preventing Premature Birth and coauthor, with Tamara Eberlein, of Program Your Baby's Health.


Tamara Eberlein, an award-winning health journalist, has published hundreds of articles on health, parenting, and psychology. She is the author of four books, including Sleep: How to Teach Your Child to Sleep Like a Baby. She is also the mother of twins.

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When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads, Revised Edition
Proven Guidelines for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy

Chapter One

Your Unique Pregnancy

Tamara: As I lay flat on the examining table, the radiology technician smeared my belly with greasy jelly, then turned the screen toward me. I was about to catch my first glimpse of the baby that had been growing inside me for 18 weeks.

But as she slid the probe across my abdomen, she began to frown. Pushing the screen to one side to block my view, she fiddled with the knobs. Then she stepped into the hall to summon a doctor. Together, they manipulated the dials of the ultrasound machine, whispering and pointing.

Trying to squelch a sudden rush of fear, I choked out the words: "What is it? Is something wrong with my baby?"

The doctor turned the screen to face me again and said, "Well, here's what we've got. This is a leg, and an arm, and this is the head. And now, over here, we see a foot, and a back, and another head — twins! And they look just fine."

If you too have joined the ranks of expectant mothers of multiples — twins, triplets, even quadruplets or more — congratulations! You're now in a special group whose membership is swelling more and more each year. Between 1975 and 2000, twin births rose by 100 percent. During that same period, the birthrate of "supertwins" or "higher-order multiples" (meaning three or more babies born together) surged a whopping 587 percent.

You've probably got a thousand questions and concerns about your pregnancy, but chances are, you've had trouble finding the answers you need."As soon as I found out that I was going to have twins, I read everything I could find on the subject. Yet most pregnancy books have only a page or two about multiples, and the books devoted to twins focus on taking care of the babies after they're born," says Judy Levy, mother of twin girls and an older daughter.

Or perhaps you succeeded in finding some material on multiple pregnancy but were put off by its gloom-and-doom tone. "Everything I read about having twins seemed so frightening, as if the writers were saying, 'You will definitely have all sorts of problems — and your babies will too.' I couldn't bear to read that scary stuff," says Stacy Moore, mother of twin boys. "What I really needed was some sensible advice on the specific steps I could take to avoid complications and give my babies the best possible start in life. And I found it — at a special clinic for expectant mothers of multiples, where I learned that many problems associated with multiple births are preventable. I did everything they told me to do, and my whole pregnancy went very smoothly. My twins were born big and healthy at full term, weighing 6 lb., 11 oz., and 6 lb., 1 oz."

Dr. Luke: Here's where I come in. As a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, and a researcher and nutritionist, I founded the clinic that Stacy Moore attended, and directed it for six years. This is the Multiples Clinic we refer to throughout the book, and many of the mothers quoted participated in this program.

I'm now a professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida, where I'm working with experts from renowned universities across the country, as the University Consortium on Multiple Births.

Our goal is to improve pregnancy outcomes — in other words, to help our patients have the healthiest pregnancies and the healthiest babies. To achieve that, we provide special prenatal care, including patient education, risk screening, and intensive nutrition therapy.

The Multiples Clinic program works. Our clinical success proves it. Compared to the average mother of multiples, women who follow our guidelines experience significantly fewer complications before the birth of their children. For instance:

  • Our expectant mothers develop fewer infections.

  • They have less trouble with high blood pressure and preeclampsia.

  • The moms in our program have a lower incidence of preterm premature rupture of the membranes.

  • Our patients are hospitalized for preterm labor less frequently, and they spend fewer days in the hospital if they are admitted. For infants born to our moms, the results are even more impressive:

  • Triplets born to mothers in our program weigh 35 percent more at birth, on average, than triplets typically do. That's very significant, given that the average birthweight for triplets nationwide is just half that of the average singleton.

  • Our twins are generally born 20 percent heavier than the average twins delivered at the same gestational age.

  • Two out of three of our newborns weigh more than 5½ pounds at birth, and one out of four is born weighing more than 6 pounds. These birthweight figures, which are significantly better than the average for infants of multiple-gestation pregnancies, prove that you can break the "rule" that says twins are always born small.

  • Sixty percent of our mothers of twins deliver at 36 weeks or later, compared to only about 40 percent of twin moms nationwide.

  • Our babies are healthier at birth, regardless of when they are born, because they have grown well right from the start of the pregnancy.

  • Infants born to patients in our program go home sooner than the average multiple-birth baby, spending only half as much time in the hospital. (Their hospital bills are only half the average too!)
When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads, Revised Edition
Proven Guidelines for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy
. Copyright © by Barbara Luke. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
Chapter 1 Your Unique Pregnancy 1
Chapter 2 The Best Medical Care for Expectant Mothers of Multiples 29
Chapter 3 Weight-Gain Goals and Nutrition Know-How 53
Chapter 4 Putting Your Food Plan into Action 81
Chapter 5 Your Body: How to Look Good, Feel Great, Work Smart, and Play It Safe 118
Chapter 6 Pregnancy Complications: How to Lower Your Risk 143
Chapter 7 The Emotional Ups and Downs of Pregnancy ... Multiplied 177
Chapter 8 Giving Birth to All Those Babies 195
Chapter 9 Your Babies Hospital Experience: The Nursery and the NICU 216
Chapter 10 Feeding the Masses ... Including the Busy New Mom 249
Chapter 11 Survival Tips for Those Crazy First Months at Home 271
Chapter 12 Becoming One Big Happy Family 292
Appendix A Best Recipes for Moms-to-Be of Multiples 307
Appendix B Resources for Parents of Multiples 367
Glossary 373
Bibliography 383
Index 407
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  • Posted July 15, 2011

    Ok if you are a first time mother and have afforded fertility treatments

    Full of gloom and doom. Geared towards a first time mother. Unrealistic resting goals for women with children already. Loved how they advised me to hire a nurse if I could afford it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2007

    7 pound twins!

    I found this book at barnes and noble by accident when I was about 2 months pregnant with my twins - the book had just come out 'in 1999'. I snatched it up and followed the diet religiously and gave birth '40 weeks' to almost 7 pound twins! I attribute this to the diet in this book. My goal was 6 lb babies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2006

    AWESOME!

    I read everything while I was expecting my twins. This book was the only book that made me feel good, and that I could make it through the pregnancy and do it. I read and RE-READ the book a million times, and passed my copy on to a friend expecting twins. I made my touch downs, and delieved two healthy twins at 35 weeks. THANKS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2004

    Healthy Triplets for us!!

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone expecting multiples. I read and re-read it nearly every day duing my HOM pregnancy. It helped me understand all of the tests and the things I could do to benefit my triplets before they were born. I have to give credit to the diet that was in the book, that I followed to the best of my ability. When my babies were born they were awesome weights and very healthy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2002

    A MUST HAVE FOR MULTIPLE BIRTH PREGNANCIES

    When I was pregnant with my triplets there was a limited amount of literature out there on what to expect with a triplet pregnancy. I found this book really covered every question and concern that I had. I followed the advice in this book, and gave birth to three healthy babies at 33wks gestation weighing from 4.10lbs. to 5.0 lbs. Must have for those expecting multiple births.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2001

    A must read for twin+ births

    I used this book while I was pregnant with my twins and credit it with helping me have two big, healthy boys that came home from the hospital with me. I recommend it for anyone having twins.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2000

    Would recommend this book to all families expecting a multiple birth

    This was such a helpful book during my twin pregnancy. It gave me all of the information I was looking for and answered all my questions. I even took the book to my doctor and gave him some information. I would definintly recommend this book to anyone expecting twins. There are not that many 'twin' books out there and this is one of the best.

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