I thought it best to blog about nutrition and pregnancy today since I spent the greater part of last night dreaming about food. The first dream had to do with Cinnamon Toast Crunch and the second dream had to do with deli meat from Subway. I woke up craving cereal & wanting to stay away from deli meat.
Last week in our Bradley Method class we discussed the topic of prenatal nutrition and the importance of good nutrition in pregnancy (I would like to add that I’m by no means experienced in this topic, I’m just going over what the nutritionist discussed with us and what I know from my own experience). Here are some tips that I’ve picked up along in class and along the way:
- Drinking a lot of water & upping your protein intake will help with swelling in puffiness that’s associated with pregnancy. The nutritionist didn’t clarify how much water to drink, as it varies based on your weight which obviously changes through pregnancy. She just advised to drink so that your urine is a pale to clear yellow. The amount of protein you take in should be 50% of your weight.
- When you’re pregnant, you should be eating something every 2-3 hours to help keep your blood sugar stable. Usually I eat a small snack (hard boiled egg or yogurt) around 6am when I get to work, breakfast (oatmeal/cereal) around 8:30am, a piece of fruit at about 10:30 if I’m hungry, lunch around 11, snack around 3 or 4pm, then dinner around 6 or 7pm. My snacks are usually a piece of string cheese, fruit, yogurt, nuts – something that’s usually low cal and high in protein.
- Eating more organic fruits and vegetables is important but if you have to choose what foods to eat organic, make sure it’s your meats and dairy. Your fruits and vegetables can be washed but the amount of chemicals and growth hormones that are put into animals is astounding.
- When buying Omega-3 vitamins (DHA), make sure you don’t buy the vegetarian version. If you want the purest version of fish oil pills, they have to come from, well…fish! The recommended amount for a pregnant woman is 2-3 grams.
- Take a daily probiotic. I was taking them pre-baby but then stopped when I became pregnant because I wasn’t sure if they were safe. I’m happy to have learned that they are perfectly fine and even recommended. You should be taking 30 billion cultures per unit, but if are having problems staying “regular” like a lot of pregnant women do, 60 billion is recommended. Pregnant women are also more prone to yeast infections and a probiotic is recommended to help with that problem, especially as it gets closer to delivery time.
- One of the most important things I learned: Cut out all cow’s dairy at 8 months. A lot of colicky babies have trouble digesting cow’s dairy and this just helps to prevent that issue. It’s recommended to do it at 8 months because it takes about 3 weeks for cow’s dairy to leave your system.
I could honestly go on and on about the things that I learned last week at our Bradley Method class about nutrition, but this post would just get way too long. If you have any questions just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My favorite dairy free/gluten free snack at the moment? TJ’s strawberry ice cream made with coconut milk, topped with crushed chocolate covered almonds. Heaven!
Our Little Bambino
Little Baby C has grown into a cute little sweet potato :-) Baby is busy flexing its little arms and legs. Blood vessels are still visible through the translucent skin and baby’s ears are in their final position. Myelin is beginning to form around the baby’s nerves. This will continue for a year after baby’s born. Today we found out that our little baby passed the first and second trimester screening tests with flying colors. The receptionist at our doctor’s office said that baby got the best numbers it possible could. I have myself a little overachiever in there :-)
How I’m Feeling
Wonderful!!!! If it weren’t for the growing belly, I wouldn’t even know I was pregnant. Definitely back to my normal self over here. Still a little emotional, but more with sentimental stuff and not so much craziness. Also, the biggest thing this week: I FELT THE BABY MOVE!!!! I first felt these flutters on Wednesday and I’ve felt them every day since. I was sitting down, leaning over and writing on a notepad in my co-workers office. All of a sudden I felt this feeling, almost like a little nerve twitch/tapping in my stomach. At first I was thought to myself, “That feels weird.” I sat up and didn’t feel it again, I leaned back down and went back to writing and I felt it a little stronger this time. I gasped! My co-worker looked at me and I said, “I think I just felt the baby move for the first time.” And sure enough, this little worm’s been wiggling away ever since :-) It’s an amazing feeling, one that I can’t even put into words. The baby seems to love it when I talk and when I’m moving around. I never knew I could love something so much :-)
I’m off to watch Donald on Dancing with the Stars and to catch up with some blogs. Enjoy the rest of your evening!