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PHOTO:Â Dr. Bill McKenzie delivers Carroll sextuplet Baby A at 8:5 a.m. on Saturday. Photo credit : Daphney Walker, RN, Brookwood Medical Center. Dr. Bill McKenzie delivers Carroll sextuplet Baby C at 8:06 a.m. on June 18, 2011.

June 24, 2011

When a woman is eating for seven, nutrition becomes a battle. This is the lesson Heather
Carroll, mother of the Alabama sextuplets
born over Father’s day weekend, learned. The 5 feet, 2 inch, 30-year-old
from Plantersville packed away 6,000 calories a day — the same as a Navy Seal
in training — just to keep her six babies alive until her scheduled Caesarean
section last Saturday.

“It was very hard. All of the snacks … every day they would start bringing
me snack foods and desserts. I mean it was very good, but I can’t imagine doing
that again,” Carroll said at a press conference Tuesday.

Though the six infants were scheduled to be delivered two months ahead
of schedule, Carroll still had to spend the month leading up to the C-section on
bed rest at the Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham. While hospital staff ran
drills to prepare for her multiple birth, Carroll was hooked up to an IV drip
and chugged vitamin-enriched milkshakes (with a few Krispy Kremes to supplement)
just to get enough nutrients to her babies.

“We think she’s the smallest girl in the U.S. to carry sextuplets with survivability,” says Carroll’s
ob-gyn, Dr. Bill McKenzie, at Brookwood. “She’s just a little hiccup of a girl
and had no real fat stores starting out, so I told her we needed to be as
aggressive as we could with nutrition.”

The hard work paid off on Saturday when, despite the high risk inherent in
carrying and birthing sextuplets, five baby girls and one baby boy, all
under 2½ pounds, entered the world between 8:05 and 8:08 a.m. All six infants
are currently doing well at Brookwood Medical Center, and Dr. McKenzie says they
can probably go home around Labor day.

The idea behind the “aggressive nutrition” was to increase the infants’
chance of survival, and McKenzie believes it paid off. “They really act like
they’re older [than 28 weeks]. Their lungs are more mature. They’ve surprised us
all with how quick they came off of ventilators and were breathing on their


Eating For Two, or Three or Seven?

Heather Carroll’s herculean nutrition needs highlight an area of maternal
fetal medicine that is relatively new: With the increased popularity of
fertility treatments that can increase the incidence of multiple births,
obstetricians and maternal fetal medicine experts must tackle the dilemma of how
to correctly gauge high multiple birth nutrition.

“Nobody has done research on this,” Dr. Alan Peaceman, chief of maternal
fetal medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, says. While the Institute of
Medicine has recently set new, more modest guidelines for how much weight women
should put on when carrying one child, there is not enough research to make good
predictions about how many calories women with multiple births require and how
much weight gain is optimal, says Peaceman.

To some extent, it can be guesswork, estimating the extra needs according to
how many calories women carrying one child need, says Dr. James Lemons,
professor of pediatrics at Indiana University.

“Generally, we say that the average singleton pregnancy requires the woman to
eat an extra 300 calories per day after the first trimester. So with six babies,
that would be an extra 1,800 calories,” he says.

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Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life.  Ages 27 to 36 are ruled by the 4th letter of the name.

Heather Carroll

t is the 20th letter of the alphabet

So from ages twenty-seven to thirty-six she has the number 20 going on.

20 = Turning point.

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