My Pregnancy Diet Part 2
If you missed Part 1 of My Pregnancy Diet you can find it here
The following are the foods I have been focusing on for my pregnancy, according to my needs and situation, with the approval of my doctor, including regular tests and check ups, so please, seek the advice of a professional for your own situation.
So far, the go with my nutritional plan with this pregnancy, which is actually no different to how my diet was pre pregnancy except for the addition of folic acid and iron supplements, is to be high raw. This is what my diet has been mainly consisting of:
- focusing on loads of green juices (kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, lemon)
- eating my high sugar foods like fruits and fruit smoothies mainly in the mornings and before 12 or else immediately following exercise, to keep my insulin levels stable
- enjoy plenty of salads with delicious dressings
- never feeling hungry
- including plenty of tahini, blackstrap molasses for plant sources of iron and calcium
- protein powders like sunwarrior sprouted brown rice vanilla and plenty of hulled hemp seeds for my omega 3/6‘s.
- I”m enjoying plenty of healthy fats like nut butters, nut energy balls and nut cheese on my salads as well as avocado in the form of raw pasta sauces and guacamole
- always have fruit or smoothies in my flask with nut energy balls in my bag if I ever leave home for a few hours, so I am not tempted to eat any convenience foods.
- I still prepare meals for my husband and son which are not 100% raw and only sometimes vegan for their dinners, however I will make a component of their meal either vegetarian or a salad and I usually I will enjoy that with them.
Of course I slip up every now and then (which I do when I’m not pregnant also) and even then I don’t consider it a slip up. I just move on and make a better choice next time. We are all human and I consider balance and positivity to be more important than sticking to a doctrine.
I’m also being kind to myself and my unborn child by enjoying positive thinking, gratitude, mediation and prayer, as well as light exercise and plenty of rest, when I can, with a very active toddler to be enjoyed too
Up until the last few weeks I have been really active with body pump classes (group weight training) and spin (cycling classes) with slight modifications for my growing belly and protecting my back.
These last few weeks however fatigue has kicked my butt and I’ve been slowing down considerably. I’ve not been consistent with my with my iron supplements so I’ve taken the extreme fatigue and sometimes breathlessness to be a sign that I need to ensure I am getting adequate iron, firstly through my diet then secondly through my supplementation.
With the reduction in heat here in Saudi, I’ll be walking most days until deliver to keep being active (plus it helps to work through the fatigue and hopefully assist with a shorter delivery compared to last time – 24HOURS!!!).
This plan has been in place for the majority of my pregnancy – I am now 34 weeks which means I’m due on the 30th December.
- 5 REASONS WE DO NOT HAVE A RAW FOOD BABY : EXCLUSIVE RENEGADE HEALTH ARTICLE
- FOLLOW UP THOUGHTS ON RAW BABIES, RAW WHILE PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING : EXCLUSIVE RENEGADE HEALTH ARTICLE I particularly like this part:
“So-and-so’s raw or vegan baby looks healthy…”Let’s face it, most babies look healthy.So, yes, so-and-so’s raw or vegan baby probably does look healthy. Look at all the mom’s who eat a Standard American Diet and then look at their babies… many of them look healthy.Looking at a baby is not a great standard for determining if a diet works or not during pregnancy.While it may be an example that it’s possible (end result = baby is not always success), it does not instantly make it safe.I’ve even said it in the first post… I assume that Hudson is healthy, but that won’t be determined until he is much older. Since my view of good health is the full package — from bookend to bookend. How did everything work out?Will he be like my grandfather who’s almost 94 and is on no pharmaceutical drugs? Or will he be like my uncle who died when he was 60 from congestive heart failure.Who knows?Same family. Different results.You can’t judge a diet on the successful results of a baby that is 1, 2, or even 5 years old — but you can judge its ineffectiveness if there are very strange and unusual health issues.
Some reference books & eBook I usually purchase my books from The Book Depository – FREE shipping WORLDWIDE if you cannot find this selection in your local bookstore (we don’t have a great English book selection here in Saudi Arabia)
Some good reading in Conscious Eating particularly for those looking for pre pregnancy nutrition and preparation also.
Great info from pregnancy (including working around your ideal labour scenario – Shazzie had a c-section) to after your baby is born, into childhood.
Also has a great section on pregnancy nutrition – then handy for when you start to feed solids.
Love to know of any craving pregnancy cravings you’ve experienced, or any handy resources you found great whilst pregnancy, preparing to conceive or also post pregnancy. Pop them down in the comments below!
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