Cash, Zane, and Cade

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

200 Grams

200 Grams of Protein.

4000 Calories.

This is what a woman who is pregnant with triplets is required to eat everyday.

This is an absolutely insane amount of food.

I have become a protein expert. This is because I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. At least I have it to a degree. I'm trying to use it to my advantage when counting calories and grams of protein. When Dr. Handcock told us Carrie had to eat 200 grams of protein each day he might as well have said 2,000. I didn't know how much protein was in what.

I am an expert on Beer, Guitars, Scotch, Whiskey, and driving insane distances to play music. These are not huge sources of protein. In fact they are not known for their protein at all. So, we needed to learn fast.

Carrie did and continues to feel pretty bad. Her back hurts and she is constantly uncomfortable. Yesterday was 13 weeks. Today we are officially in the 2nd Trimester.

She has come to hate food. However, she eats it. Sometimes I get sick and feel full simply watching her eat. The thing is, everything you thought about food is out the window. While we are not perfect by any means, Carrie and I have always tried to eat healthy. When you are pregnant with triplets this is the wrong thing to do. You want high fat, high protein meals and lots of food in each meal. Here is what Carrie has to eat in a typical day.

Breakfast:

4 Strips of Bacon
4 Eggs
2 Pieces of Toast
Shredded Cheese
1 16 ounce glass of milk
1 8 ounce glass of orange juice

According to my calculations, this gives us around 60 grams of protein. That's a really good start for the day. I am becoming pretty good at eggs over easy, which is what she can tolerate the best at this point. Sometimes we do breakfast tacos.

For lunch I send her off with:

1 Protein Shake
2 cups of yogurt with fruit
Either a sandwich or 2 wraps with Turkey and Cheese
Some crackers
A small container of Chef Boy-Ar-Dee Ravioli
Two bottles of water
12 ounces of orange juice

She tries to snack on several things throughout the day. Small amounts as frequently as possible.

At night she usually tries to eat 8 ounces of meat. Turkey is the best source of protein. Beef and Chicken are great. If she can do it, she often has another protein shake or a milk shake with the protein mix in it before she goes to bed.

Then we get up in the morning and do it all again.

I have to admit she is a real trooper about it. She does her best all the time and pretty much eats whatever I give her.

Gynecology is only a hobby of mine, but I would say that at 13 weeks, she is probably at as far along as a woman is at 18 weeks who is pregnant with 1 kid. With triplets everything just happens faster. Her skin is really dry even though she drinks 5 or 6 16 ounce bottles of water everyday. Plus she is drinking at a minimum of 40 ounces of milk. Those babies literally take everything.

Last night we were watching a movie and she was highly agitated. She kept apologizing and telling me it's not my fault. She just can't get comfortable. We have a new bed on the way, and I hope that helps.

We are both looking forward to the next Doctor's Appointment on February 19th. We will get to see the babies again and figure out if she is getting enough protein after they do the analysis.

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3 comments:

Huber Family said...

Congrats to you both! Best wishes on your crazy journey into parenthood. It's nuts and awesome all at the same time = ) I hope you don't mind, I'm adding you to my bloglist on my page. If you want a glimpse into some of the fun you are in store for, come on over for a visit! But, if you have a weak stomach, you may want to stay away from this post: http://huberclan.blogspot.com/2009_11_01_archive.html Let the fun begin!!!!!

Adrienne Collette said...

This...
"I am an expert on Beer, Guitars, Scotch, Whiskey, and driving insane distances to play music. These are not huge sources of protein. In fact they are not known for their protein at all."
...HILARIOUS!!

You guys are handling this like rockstars! I'm really glad everything is going well. Keep the updates coming!

Sean said...

Too funny!

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