Eating for Two

Eating for two

When the world around me first found out I was pregnant, I was bombarded with opinions, excitement, and FOOD! I realized more than ever before how much women use the term, “Eating for Two”, to overindulge in pretty much anything they want. I had many people, especially lady friends, try and push this belief on me and shove brownies, soda, cookies, and various other junk food down my throat.

My feelings about the term, “Eating for Two”, is quite the opposite. Maybe it’s because of my medical education or maybe it’s because of being saturated in the nutrition and natural health world…either way, when I put something in my body while being pregnant, I feel I have a much deeper responsibility. My baby is being built on the building blocks I choose to fuel my body with.

Think of it this way…if you had a choice to have a baby built on sugar, additives, artificial ingredients, processed, and junk food-OR- a baby built on organic whole nutrient dense foods, clean protein, and nutrition packed with vitamins and minerals, what would you choose? Anyone would could see that the second baby would be much healthier and have a much stronger start than the first.

To me, parenthood is both an amazing blessing and huge responsibility that starts before conception. To give our babies the best start at life, we have the opportunity to get our bodies strong and clean first. We have the resources to pack our bodies full of nutrients that create a strong foundation for our little ones. Why not dive into that amazing opportunity head first and give your baby the best chance they have at living a healthy, vibrant life?

Here are some of my favorite pregnancy foods….

PROTEIN

  • Grass-fed beef
  • Organic chicken
  • Organic local eggs
  • Raw nuts & seeds (almonds, walnuts, chia, flax)
  • Lentils & beans
  • Organic cheese (in small amounts)
  • Raw, organic, local goats milk (I’ll write more about this in the near future)
  • Almond/peanut butters
  • Nitrate-free jerky
  • Quinoa
  • Hummous
  • Grass-fed yogurt

CARBS

  • Brown rice, quinoa, millet
  • Organic popcorn
  • Sprouted or gluten-free bread
  • Quinoa pasta
  • Organic red potatoes & sweet potatoes
  • Gluten-free chips & crackers

* With fruits & veggies, I try to get as many colors in that I can palate. I’m not going to lie…especially in the beginning, I could not stomach a salad, but loved fruit! I did whatever I could to get my colors in. I’ll go into detail in future articles on my favorite supplements and superfoods during pregnancy and why. 🙂

I hope this was helpful and inspired you to truly eat for two with your body and baby in mind. PLUS! It makes pregnancy itself and recovery, SO much easier!!

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32 Weeks- Bed Rest…Sucks.

IMG_1337Hi!! Well, my baby blogging is beginning with a diagnosis of strict bed rest. I am a doer…not a sitter, so as weird as it may sound, being forced to lay in bed and do nothing all day is a major challenge! It’s funny how when my alarm clock went off at 0400 every morning 5 days a week, I would have given anything to stay in bed and relax all day. Now that I’m being FORCED to lay in bed…all I want to do is get up and DO things! But, it’s what’s best for baby, so I’m sticking to it, and using this blog as some therapy! 🙂

Not to mention, this bed rest silliness is somewhat of a shocker! We have had a very low risk pregnancy. I am a health nut and have been taking great care of myself, exercising, eating right, staying hydrated, taking my supplements, and gaining the appropriate amount of weight for mom and baby. I work(ed) full time, and loved post-work home time with my hubby. Everything was going great and I was feeling great…right up until the 3rd trimester mark. At about 28 weeks was when I started feeling the pelvic pressure, slight cramping, increased gum bleeding, constant back pain, and other things that I never experienced in the past.

My husband and I have decided to have a natural birth with our midwife at a natural birthing center near our home. So, at our check up appointment with our midwife she decided it would be a good idea to check my cervix and make sure there weren’t any cervical changes. It turns out at 30 weeks, I was already 1.5 cm dilated and 50% effaced. No bueno. That day I was taken off of work and put on modified bed rest.

Fast forward 2 weeks and we found ourselves in the hospital hooked up to the baby monitors. I had been feeling some cramping and that morning didn’t feel our little one moving as much, so we called our midwife, and with my previous exam and increased risk for preterm labor, she had us go in to the hospital to make sure everything was ok.

6 hours, 3 cervix checks, and 4 tests later we were able to go home, but on strict bed rest instead of modified. Thankfully there wasn’t much change in dilation or effacement, but they did pick up contractions on the monitor, contractions I didn’t feel. With my lack of enthusiasm for hospitals, I still feel like those contractions were hospital induced! Ha!

So….here I am, being good about strict bed rest so I don’t have to be on some horrible medications to stop contractions. And now I get to write all about babies, pregnancy, and my journey on my new blog!

Ready. Set. Go! Well, you can go, I’ll be here…on the couch. Haha…