For all the mothers, mothers-to-be and for me in the future, I wanted to start writing some useful tips about pregnancy, breastfeeding and parenting in general, so that if we do end up having another child and as expected my memory fails, I can always look back at what was useful to me with Mila.
Okay so before you read any further, let me make it clear to everyone that this is just based on experience. I am not a doctor, nor midwife, I have a BS on public health and that’s about it. So, before you try anything that your intuition does not also dictate to follow, please consult with your health practitioner.
When I found out I was pregnant I had a tiny panic attack about my body. I, as many women, thought that the pregnancy would make me gain pounds that would be impossible to shed, mark my belly with lines that would make bikini wearing not longer an option and my boobs would lie lo by my belly button. Now, I am certain that none of the stated before is true. Granted there are many types of pregnancies. Nonetheless, I wanted to write down some of the things that helped me stay in somewhat control of my body. The tips are multiple, so I’ll start with eating through out pregnancy in this post and move one from there in the coming weeks (or whenever Mila naps and I don’t have a huge amount of work – I should say).
Choosing the right foods through out pregnancy:
Something that became extremely obvious to me from day 16, was that I needed to eat. Sometimes I would even have to eat every waking hour in an effort to ease the nausea and infinite emptiness in my stomach. At around week 4, I realized that the eating frenzy was not about to stop and that I should choose my snacking food wisely. It didn’t seem to make a difference if I ate fruits, vegetables, chips or candy. All I knew was that I was hungry and thirsty. So in a conscious decision, I decided to choose grapes as my snacking food. So, other than my three healthy meals a day, I would snack on mostly grapes. If I craved anything else healthy I would go ahead and eat it, but if I was just hungry I would pickup grapes. This ended up being a great decision, for it helped with the thirst too.
At around 12 weeks I didn’t need grapes anymore. The nauseas faded and I did not feel the need to have constant food in my belly. I continued with three healthy meals a day and two snacks. At around 28 weeks I once again started getting extremely hungry and thirsty. This time I was done with grapes and decided to try out watermelon. Between Jax and I we probably eat a watermelon a week, which would probably not be recommended for sugar levels, but it did not seem to affect us. After Mila was born, as if it were magic, the need for watermelon disappeared.
Six months passed after her birth before I ever had to look for another all day snack. As Mila grows my body works hard to produce enough milk to feed her and have enough energy to power my body through sleepless days. This time I chose carrots and it is working out perfectly. These last option is probably the healthiest of the three, nonetheless it did not sound appealing the last two times, which probably says something.
So mums-to-be, remember to eat because you will most likely need to. But remember to choose your food wisely. Although stretch marks do occur on some women that do not experience a lot of rapid weight gain, they for the most part appear when your skin stretches too fast, the baby is already working hard on making that a fact, so do not aid it – specially during the third trimester.
Throughout my pregnancy I did not experience any craving other than orange juice, which I drank a lot of. My guess is that if your diet is healthy and balanced and your body feels that it has all the nutrients needed for the baby, it will not ask you for odd foods. Nonetheless, if it does eat the food it requests, for it is looking for important vitamins. If you are craving unhealthy food, such as sugar, something high in salt or very fried, then you are probably missing some vitamin that is masked within that unhealthy desire. Think about what of that food is appealing to you. For example, if you are craving french fries, then maybe you need some healthy fats, which can be found in salmon.
As most pregnant ladies learn, there are an incredible amount of variation within pregnancies. Yet, we all derived from the same specie so the similarities outweigh the differences. Feel in control of your body during pregnancy, because you can be. Seven months into being a mom, I have met way more moms who have not experienced dramatic permanent changes to their body, than women that have.