My pregnancy journey so far…
As I write this, I’m over 40 weeks now, and while I’m playing the ‘waiting game’, I thought I’d write a little blog post about the journey of my bump (aka ‘Peebs’ to us) so far….cravings, what I’ve been eating and drinking throughout, what I’ve really missed eating, what’s helped, my favourite pregnancy snacks, and what I’ve prepared earlier for when I’ve got my hands full!
In the first trimester I had insatiable cravings for citrus fruit! Grapefruit, lemons, limes, oranges…I ate 19 blood oranges in the space of about 10 minutes one day at the office (how no one suspected anything I don’t know!). And I’ll admit it, there were a couple of sudden and desperate outings for a good burger in those early days!
Everyone must experience morning sickness differently. I felt extremely hungry in the first trimester, but at the same time didn’t feel like eating – not very helpful! Smoothies were really helpful in those times when I didn’t feel like eating but still needed to get lots of nutrition in. Sometimes that’s all I’d have for dinner. Folate is a super important nutrient to get right throughout your pregnancy, especially in first trimester when the baby’s spine is forming, so I loaded my smoothies up with citrus, leafy greens and avocado – all of which have lots of folate. Interesting fact: the word ‘folate’ come from the Latin word ‘Foliage’ meaning ‘green leaf’ – hence why leafy greens are your best source!
This berry, avocado and spinach smoothie is one I’d drink all the time. It’s also great to keep things ‘moving along’ (if you know what I mean) later in pregnancy when you can run into loo troubles. I’ve also been drinking raspberry leaf tea (Artemis is a really good, all natural herbal tea brand) throughout my pregnancy which helps prepare your uterus for what’s ahead! If you do get constipated, try drinking Alpine tea – it’s a natural laxative and really works!
Sore hips and reflux suck. I started getting both about halfway through – an extra puffy duvet on top of the mattress on my side of the bed, and changing our eating pattern to have dinner at least 3-4 hours before bed time helped (as did sleeping on my left side most of the time – because your stomach is on the left of your body).
And this summer was soooo hot! I guess I can’t complain as everyone (not just me) was feeling the heat. Frozen grapes and homemade fruit sorbets and ice creams helped heaps with those hot days to cool me down. If you haven’t tried frozen grapes before you have to give it a go – they’re like lollies and so refreshing! I reckon they’d be a great snack to have throughout labour. We’ll see!
My favourite quick healthy snacks throughout pregnancy have been:
- Natural yoghurt with lots of ground cinnamon, a drizzle of honey and frozen berries
- Guacamole with veggie sticks, pita crisps or corn chips
- Chia seed pudding – I make a few servings up the night before by just whisking chia seeds with milk (you can use any kind of milk) and then let it sit in the fridge overnight to set into a pudding, which you can sweeten with a little honey or maple syrup
- Homemade sorbets and ice creams, and frozen grapes
- Chopped hardboiled egg mixed with capers, parsley and a little bit of mayonnaise on crackers
- Cheese and gherkins on crackers
- Avocado, tomato and basil on toast
- Nut butter choc chip cookies (recipe here)
Getting My Food Bag has been awesome right throughout from when I felt too sick and tired to cook in the early days (and Carlos could do it). And it’s going to be even better once I’ve got my hands full and he can do ALL the cooking!
The foods I’ve missed the most are sushi, sashimi, beef tartare, oysters (just as Bluff oyster season has started!), unpasteurized French brie and of course the odd glass of wine. But never mind, it’s going to be all the more delicious when I get to eat all of these things after the birth (which I’ve already put my order in for!)
Right, time to get back into the kitchen and make a lasagna to freeze in portions for the crazy nights ahead when both of us will be too exhausted to cook. I’ve already made and frozen portions of pumpkin soup (this recipe here) and mac n’ cheese with spinach and mushrooms…yum…
check out some pics below, and hopefully I’ll have a bubba to introduce you to in my next post!
To be doing what I am today is a dream come true. It all started when I was 12 years old. I was watching TV after school one day and Jamie Oliver was cooking up a storm on The Naked Chef.