A Healthy Pregnancy When All You Want Is Lollies and Fish Fingers…

So, I’ll admit it. My second pregnancy hasn’t been as easy as my first in terms of keeping my body healthy – I had zero food cravings/aversions the first time round, went for walks, did yoga, ate better than pre pregnancy and when my baby was 6 weeks old, I only weighed 5kg more than when I fell pregnant!

So, this time around I thought it would be the same but better as I now know better in terms of nutrition and well being than I did two years ago. The food aversions were intense in the first trimester and my food cravings were out of control!! I literally ate gluten free fish fingers and lollies most days. When my fiance got home from work, dinner wasn’t ready as it normally is, dinner was a piece of meat I burned in the oven and no sides to go with it. All of my usual foods were out! Spinach – gag, Meat – spew, Brown Rice/Quinoa – forget it.

Thankfully, now into my second trimester and I am eating a more nourishing diet once again however the left over bad habits from the first trimester are still following me around!! I discovered chocolate milk today, why did I do that, now how will I stop… At least with a little more energy exercises such as yoga and walking seem possible again.

I will admit something I am ashamed of, but can’t hide from – the weight gain! I know it’s not good for the pregnancy and the baby. I feel like I have been possessed by a food demon which I am in the process of confronting. I have been told a few times, “You can’t even tell you’re pregnant, where’s your belly?” um, you can’t tell so far because I have put on weight everywhere hmm, oops. Because I am concerned about blood pressure, gestational diabetes, a large birth weight etc. I am glad to have a little more control now but need to put in place new measures for the rest of trimester two.

If you’re concerned about your own weight, which many woman are, remember that the less you put on the less you will have to lose!!

With that thought, here are the pregnancy rules – written by someone who has cravings/aversions and knows how it feels!!

A few tips for a healthy pregnancy:

  • Walk 5x a week. Being fit will help you with labor and reduce the risk of gestational diabetes/hypertension.
  • Try pregnancy yoga. Sore back? Aching joints? Muscles cramped? Yoga your way back to normal. Hot tip: Google: “Apple yoga”.
  • Eat your greens first, then your meat/main, then your sides.
  • Keep a bottle of water on hand 24/7.
  • Always have bliss balls in the fridge (and in your handbag) to banish your snack attacks.
  • Get into smoothies and juicing as a great way to get in more nutrients.
  • Take a magnesium supplement for a better quality sleep, less chocolate cravings (cocoa = magnesium) and no more leg cramps!
  • Simple Pregnancy Rules

Enjoy this special time xxx

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“Eating for two” this Easter

Coming out of my first trimester in my second pregnancy now.

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This pregnancy is not like the easy, breezy first pregnancy!! With my boy, all I had to deal with was fatigue in trimester 1 then high blood pressure from 38weeks.
With this pregnancy, I instantly became repulsed by coffee – before the test came back positive. My food cravings and food aversions have been out of control. I am lucky my 14mo self weaned as he has major food sensitivities and so I was almost living off gluten free fish fingers and lollies as a result of food aversions with a limited diet due to breastfeeding. When he weaned, I went a little hard on the dairy which just gave me a sore gut!!

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My fiancé usually gets a pretty good home cooked meal when he gets home from work but not for the past 8-10 weeks, he hasn’t! I couldn’t stand the thought of cooking. Gag, spew. So he would come home to a peice of meat which I’d burnt in the oven and no sides to go with it, he never complained but he did laugh! When he got in the kitchen and cooked, I would run away from the aromas lf lovely foods such as garlic then eat if I could.
Why can’t we just have lollies and fish fingers for dinner??

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I am just past the 12w mark now and thank goodness, I feel myself coming out of that phase. I have put on weight everywhere, which I didn’t in my first pregnancy until the third trimester. I feel puffy, bloated and lethargic. My self esteem is taking a punch, I am a little ashamed!!
This is not how I intended on nourishing my baby growing within me or the example I wanted to set for my oldest child.
I should know better, I do know better… I just didn’t do better.
I feel like something else possessed me (the lolly monster??) for a while but now I’m back. Almost.
Happiness is when your heart, head and spirit are all in alignment. I want to be happy again by making healthy choices for my family. It really makes my soul feel good.
I have been pushing the pram for a few 5km walks with my new found energy and am excited to focus on good food and healthy living, once again.

My healthy living tips are: find motivation daily, keep being inspired, get support and educate yourself.

I have found motivation in an unlikely source – researching longevity. These relaxed, grateful and healthy 110year olds bring back to mind the bigger picture of eating for health and teaching my children to eat for theirs. I want to be a yoga going, juice making great Grandma one day!! (GOALS!) I believe nutrition is the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth.
1. Plant based meals with seeds and meat at dinner.
I am keeping inspired by finding new recipes to cook every week. The world wide web is full of meal inspiration and I have some amazing insta-friends in the instagram community who inspire me every day.

2. Cook 1 new meal a week.
Support is coming from having pregnant buddies whom I can meet up with for yoga and a warm herbal tea. I will also be getting support from my amazing fiancé who will be dancing with me to no music in the kitchen as I cook and taking on tasks I am too tired for such as the dishes when I need him to. Also, my son loves to go for walks in his pram so I am happy to do this with him as often as we can.
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Educate myself is a good one. You can never stop learning!! I am wanging around online to look up the usual “what to eat in trimester 1” and “what to eat in trimester 2” however also to look up the benefits of eating foods in particular, such as “health benefits/nutritional info on… figs” or whatever!! I am also learning about fermented foods at the moment, coconut yogurt is a regular for me and I need to get back into kefir however I am keen to try fermented plums, kimchi cabbage etc.

Always learning, life is amazing.