As of lately, I have been drawing quite the blank on what to blog about. Why? I could most likely blame pregnancy for some of it. Losing my mojo during pregnant months seems like a somewhat common trend for me. Do not get me wrong I still care about folks and want to change the world, but my vigor and lust for causing such change seems to be not quite so vibrant.
I also believe it is because I am trying to decide where to take this blog. I have the Foodie Club for all my food related posts, including recipes, tips, and meal plans. But as for my main, “here I am blog”, I have decided to change it to be more about my life rather than solely focusing on food. I mean life impacts food, doesn’t it? Which leads me into the topic at hand, the pregnant dietitian.
Do you ever wonder if I get it absolutely perfect? Despite the nausea, aches, pains and discomforts? Well, I would love to tell you I do absolutely everything perfectly during pregnancy. I count everything, I keep track of all my vitamins and minerals, along with taking my pre-natals daily. I get all my water intake. I am sure to get my fiber, fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. Well, I can’t say I do it exactly perfect. But I can say I am right there with you in the struggle to make it through the marathon of growing a human. A piece of fruit or a refined grain? Yeah, it is about a 50/50 shot I will pick the healthy one over the not-so-healthy. Why?
Well like everything I believe pregnancy is also about the balance. A balance of healthy quality choices, with fun and make-my-life grand options. Now, I do not want to gain an unprecedented amount of weight and struggle to get back to my pre-baby weight. But I also do not want to be miserable through my pregnancy with worries and restrictions. It is true I a lot myself a little more joy in the form of food during pregnancy but I will say it is equally balanced with activity and quality food options. Knowing the basics of how to balance my plate helps me to look good, feel good, and have some fun while doing it. So I wanted to share with you some pregnancy tips which have helped me during this time. Since every pregnancy is very different, I will only share up until this point, which I am currently a little over 23 weeks.
I think I will lovingly coin this first third of pregnancy trial-by-fire. Basically, do what you can and when you can. Every trimester holds a new hurdle for the woman but a very common one during this time would be the nausea and vomiting.
Wanna know the funniest aspect about this? All the books tell you, eat balanced meals, avoid greasy and high fat, blah blah blah. Well guess what usually makes women feel better? Or at least it did me? Crappy, greasy, high carb food options! I am not kidding. Why are our bodies so mean to us?
Exercise also helps, if you can drag yourself off the floor to get there. Quite literally. You were probably laying in the floor puking, thinking to yourself, I should do some exercise, right? Wrong. More like, let’s crawl back to bed and clean that up later.
Tried and true aspects which helped me were the following:
Do not let yourself get too hungry aka constantly snack on micro meals of protein and carb combos. Example: cheese and crackers
Do not overeat when you do get the chance to actually keep food down. Morning sickness my butt. How about all night and day sickness for a more accurate picture?
Exercise. Yeah I said it. Do not punch me. But it does help just a smidge. My first pregnancy it helped soooo much. My second, if I could hold in the vomit for one more set I will go home after… no lie. But after I did it, I felt so much better.
Fluids. This can be tricky. The fluids you more than likely crave are the high carb stuff like cokes and sprites and juices. But try to tough it out and pick carbonated waters, spritzers, and water down juices.
Foods to avoid during pregnancy:
- lunch meat, without heating to steaming (bummer…)
- high mercury fish such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and albacore tuna (I guess this southern gal will have to find an alternative to her shark fix…hahahaha)
- raw fish such as sushi (darn)
- raw sprouts
- unwashed produce
- unpasteurized milk, cheeses, fruit juices
- raw eggs (debatable, not really harmful to infant just make you super sick)
- raw or undercooked meat
- too much caffeine (now this one hurts, no more than 2 cups ladies)
Seriously, what you squawking about now? You are in the glory zone, right? For most, yes. For all, no. There are some poor poor ladies who seem to have the issues from the first trimester follow them all through their pregnancy. I will just go ahead and say I am sorry. I am not one of those. I fortunately phase from one issue to the next, not bringing the old with me. This time one of the longest running issues I had with my first trimester, and tried to follow me way longer than I would like, was insomnia. Fortunately, this has passed and the back of my eye lids make me so happy now.
Other aspects in this trimester besides looking fabulous and starting to feel your munchkin wiggle, would be the cramps, aches, pains, and constipation. Yeah I said it, you stopped up sister. Along with this wonderful truth comes, hemorrhoids. Yikes. Seriously, yikes. With my first I skipped this until post-baby bowel movements. I will save those details for part two of a pregnant dietitian.
Tried and true aspects which helped me were the following:
Drink lots of water. Yeah, you should pretty much have a cup in your hand all day, every day. Try to cut your intake off around 4 -5pm, depending on your bedtime, so you do not worsen those already tiresome bathroom runs.
Fiber. Now that your nausea has died down a bit, time to crank up the veggies again sister. Yeah I would rather grab the chips or french fries too, but do yourself a favor and swap for more veggies. I promise you will not feel quite so bloated by the end of the day and your bowels will thank you.
Exercise more. Another simple truth. Now that you do not have to be scraped from the floor, time to increase your activity. Helps with sleeping, cramping, bloating, and so much more. In the end it also helps with labor my friends.
Balance your plate as much as you can. Lean proteins, lots of veggies, quality carbohydrates.
Small treats never hurt anyone. You heard me. Gals this is a marathon. Dark chocolate or a tiny cookie is not the end of the world. Eating a whole pint of ice cream or ginormous slice of pie, yeah that wasn’t the baby, that was you lady. Not eating for two, eating for one, plus a small some. And having a treat every once in a while feels good and is good for your soul. Do not deprive, just strive. Strive to do your best MOST of the time!
If you are pregnant along with me, welcome to the most amazing thing a woman body can do. I know it is hard, but remember, not every woman has had the joy of feeling a baby in their womb. Some days are harder than others, but your boy or girl is completely safe listening to your heart beat as they are lulled back to sleep. Be joyful, even when it is hard. For you will only do this for a short while.
Your Local Dietitian
PS. The picture is from my first pregnancy, part two of this post will have the newest little addition belly pictures for all to see.