(Our first glimpse of our new baby)
This blog is mostly for sharing recipes and thoughts on food, but I know that many of you have both wanted an update from me on my pregnancy as well as asking me how I try to continue a nourishing diet while pregnant. I thought I would answer both of those questions in one post.
I am now (drum roll please) 28 weeks pregnant! I only have 12 more weeks to go. Life never goes as planned, or so I have found, and that has certainly been true for this pregnancy. I definitely knew to expect morning sickness as that has been the case for my other two pregnancies. There is always the vain hope that if I just got “healthy enough” I wouldn’t experience it, but after three years of rebuilding my health after Elena was born and eating very well, I still had pretty harsh nausea the first few months.
I was just starting to feel like a normal human being again when we found out about Sono’s cancer and then the next two months, until her death, was really focused on spending time with her and helping her in anyway we could. I was really thankful this all happened in my second trimester as it was when I had the most energy and was able to most engage with both her and the family. Those were precious times, though hard. Pregnancy is a special time and a lot of work for your body and having that stress and sorrow during this time has been hard on me and my body. I’ve taken this last month to try to rest, reconnect with Joel and Elena as our own little family unit, spiritually rejuvenate, and to eat as well as possible for this little one coming.
About 6 weeks ago we went in for our ultrasound and found out that this baby was looking great (such a huge blessing) and we also found out that we are expecting another little girl! We are thrilled and Elena is especially excited that this new little one is a sister. As soon as we told her she started making plans for what we needed when the baby came (a carseat, a bed, etc). It’s been so fun to be able to start planning for this new little daughter of ours. We were also able to tell Sono the news before she passed away, which I am thankful for.
My plan for the next 12 weeks is to eat as well as we can afford and as well as my energy allows. Now that I am in the last trimester, I am started to slow down and get fairly sleepy at inopportune times. Here are my priorities for how I eat (and how I feed the rest of the family too. They need to get “built back up again” too).
1) Protein: My understanding is that protein is what really helps grow your baby and the placenta. I’ve really been trying to concentrate on getting adequate protein. This has generally meant eggs and toast or turkey sausage and zucchini for breakfast and some type of meat and/or beans as part of lunch and dinner. I don’t normally eat this much animal protein, but I really feel like I need that much when pregnant on most days right now. And without dairy in my diet right now (having too many reactions to it), I am a little more limited on good protein options. We’ve also have been enjoying quinoa, a higher protein “grain” in the form of chilled salads. Delicious!
2) Healthy Probiotic Food: Since the baby receives her first “dose” of probiotics from you when she is born, it’s important that you have a healthy gut (which is what populates the birth canal with health flora). I am taking a good probiotic as well as really starting to concentrate on probiotic foods. Homemade sauerkraut, coconut water kefir, lacto-fermented salsa, and recently lacto-fermented green beans, are all on our menu right now. I try to eat or drink one of these food items once a day at least, preferably once a meal. There are so many important things that lacto-fermented foods does for you that I can’t even list them all, but suffice to say it’s one of the top priorities for me.
3) Cod liver oil: I have continued to take my fermented cod liver oil for important omega 3 fatty acids (very important for brain development) as well as vitamin A and D. (If you are pregnant, make sure you ask your health care provider about this supplement.) I also plan on continuing to incorporate low mercury seafood in our diets as well.
Other then that, I am trying to eat lots of fresh vegetables (I am craving them, and I take cravings as a sign that I need something) and also trying to incorporate as much bone broth as I can. It’s a little harder since it’s summer right now, but I am going to try out some new chilled soup recipes this week. We will see how they go! If any turn out well, I will be sure to share them here.
Resting, getting the house ready, blogging (and continuing to lead my ecourse), eating well, and spending time with my family is what’s on the agenda! I have plenty to do for sure and I know that next 12 weeks will zip past.
I would love to hear from you too! Each pregnant woman is unique (and her pregnancies too). What was your last trimester like? How did you try to eat well? I know that many of my readers are pregnant right now. I would love to hear an “update” on you too.