My Pregnancy Diet + Tips

Since I posted that I’m pregnant I’ve had a lot of messages asking me what my pregnancy diet looks like… I’m always somewhat hesitant to answer these kinds of questions because each mama, each baby and all of our bodies are so different. What my body is needing regarding nutrients may be the opposite of what your body needs. It’s always best to use your intuition and talk to your natural healthcare practitioner about the diet that is best for you and your growing baby. There are, however, some things I believe are great for all of us, pregnant or not. I try to get a lot of these things into my diet and I will share a sample day with you as well as some things that I believe are beneficial for you and baby. Always use your good judgment and mama instincts, they will never lead you astray.

SAMPLE DAY

My last pregnancy was over 5 years ago and it was through the summer. I had zero morning (and in some cases all day) sickness and ate pretty much vegan with the exception of some fish and maybe an egg or two the entire pregnancy. Henry was born incredibly healthy and I felt great the whole way through.  This one is different. Its cold out, I’m very nauseous, fatigued and craving different kinds of foods. Somedays I can’t even look at a vegetable (I hope this changes after the 1st trimester, almost there!), and I have to rely on green powders in my smoothies. For me, this pregnancy has already given me many lessons in letting go and accepting what is. I feel different, I’m a different person in many ways then I was 5 years ago and my body (and this baby) are asking for different things. I’ve loved the practice of dropping the false ideals and the tendency to compare myself to, well, myself. My diet and routine are a reflection of where I am now and what me and this baby need. This is why I really support all mamas to follow their instincts and not get caught in the comparison trap. We are all beautifully unique!

EARLY MORNING (6-6: 30 am)

coconut kefir and a solid probiotic

1-2 ounce shot of fresh barley juice (my dear god-father grows this for me)

warm tea with raw honey

protein pancakes | banana or sweet potato, psyllium husk, flax, local eggs, sprouted gf oats, spinach, vanilla, pink salt) we cook these in ghee and top with a little maple or raw honey.

 

SNACK

I choose one of the following

a small bowl of organic pistachios

matcha protein tonic | matcha powder, moon juice vanilla mushroom protein, stone ground almond butter, stevia or raw honey, pink salt,

carob or chocolate protein bites | carob, nut butter, sprouted gf oats, nuts, seeds, green superfood powder

 

LUNCH

I try to get some greens in here is possible!

roasted beet and goat cheese salad with arugula or steamed spinach

avocado toast made with gf seed bread and some nuts for protein

a big green salad with roasted veggies and some beans or lentils (if I can manage)

a 32 oz green smoothie with tons of berries, avocado, greens and protein (this is only on a warm day)

DINNER

this is usually the fun meal of the day! These have been on rotation!

creamy vegan butternut squash soup with cashew creama

vegan enchiladas with black beans and tempeh (I limit soy, but do like a little tempeh now and then)

wild salmon with a marinated kale salad and brown rice

*I eat 100% organic because I feel this is best for my body, the baby and the earth 🙂

*I’m making sure to get at least 70 grams of protein per day but also listening to my body. I focus on real foods and only supplement with powders when I can’t stomach foods.

*My midwifw recommneded lemonade (lemon, water, raw honey and real salt) this helps with the frequent urination by giving good minerals and supporting your kidneys. It works!

*Last week I was so fed up with cooking that I ordered from my friends Sakara Life, it has been so amazing to not think about what to make. I’ll probably do this a few times throughout this pregnancy. I’ve supplemented with a little extra protein and have felt great! Such a wonderful option.

 

SOME OF MY TIPS FOR A HEALTHY PREGNANCY

  • Keep your phone on airplane mode and never keep it on your body. It has radiation coming off of it that can harm your babies development. Same goes with laptops and computers. I have my computer wired. NO wifi at our house. LINK TO MORE INFO 
  • Turn your router off at night if you have to have wifi and make sure it is far away from where you are hanging out. Radiation is bad for both you and baby. It’s hard because we don’t see it but it can be very harmful longterm. ARTICLE FROM FIT PREGNANCY 
  • Opt out of your smart meter, another place radiation come from. Many people have the smart meters right by their rooms, look outside and see where yours is. You can opt out by calling your electricity company. Escpiclly important, not to have babies room near these. If you live in an apartment there is special cloth you can get to literally block the radiation. A worthwhile investment. MORE ON SMART METERS HERE
  • Limit travel if you can and when you do travel as for a pat down vs. going through the tube. More radiation! WHAT I TRAVEL IN
  • Exercise! I’ve been doing the Tracy Anderson Pregnancy Project as well as running and hiking. Getting outside feels best!
  • Get some sun on your tummy! Getting some good vitamin D in the morning is healthy for your body and baby.
  • Don’t look at your phone first thing in the am. The blue light can through off your sleep cycles. Same goes for the evening.
  • Add minerals to your water!
  • Get a prenatal massage or self-massage with sesame oil as often as possible
  • Exfoliate and rub down with almond oil, lavender and vitamin e, 2 per day.
  • Dry brush!
  • Epsom salt or baking soda baths for relaxing your whole body
  • Relax and just chill whenever you can!
  • Meditate if it feels good
  • Do yoga and stretch
  • Deep breaths for you and baby
  • No chemical face creams or products, try Juice Beauty or Tata Harper
  • Don’t get lost on Google whenever you have a small ache or pain.
  • Consider your birth options. Watch The Business of Being Born!
  • Get educated on Vaccinations and make an informed choice
  • Respect your intuition no matter what anyone says.

*disclaimer*

All information and resources found on Strong and Radiant are based on the opinions of the author unless otherwise noted. All information is intended to support readers to make their own decisions after consulting with their health care provider. I am not a doctor, lawyer, psychiatrist, therapist, or midwife.

No information on this site should be relied upon to determine diet, make a medical diagnosis, or determine treatment for a medical condition. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice.

 

 

 

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