I am currently 40 weeks pregnant and I thought I would give a little insight into my pregnancy. Also, I have not been journaling throughout my pregnancy as I would have liked to so it might be nice to be able to look back and remember the journey. Today I will touch on my diet and exercise. I have been blessed with a healthy pregnancy thus far and I attribute that to my healthy lifestyle.
If you know me well, you know that I am very into health & fitness. I eat SUPER healthy (other than my sweet-tooth for chocolate). I am a pescatarian so the only ‘meat’ or ‘animal’ I eat is fish. I eat a lot of vegetarian food. My diet during pregnancy has not really changed from my normal diet. I know many women say they have cravings or become extra hungry during pregnancy, but this wasn’t the case for me. I would say I eat a bigger breakfast than I did before, but other than that my appetite has been pretty normal. However, nearing the end of the third trimester, I do feel like I have a stronger appetite. The only things I really craved were soup and pasta; can’t be mad at that. I’ve made sure to eat salmon (probably once a week) to get those omega-3’s and I always put a big handful of spinach in my smoothies to get my iron. Also, getting enough protein is important during pregnancy so I make sure to get plenty of that as well. There are tons of vegetarian proteins out there. Some of my go-to’s are peanut butter (this is my fave), protein powder (Vega Protein & Greens), nuts, beans, eggs, oats, etc.
Drinking coffee during pregnancy can be one of those controversial topics. When I first found out I was pregnant, I quit coffee immediately and got that 2-3 day withdrawal headache. Then I went to the doctor and she told me that it is okay to have up to 200 mg of caffeine per day so I did not need to completely quit coffee. I decided to meet in the middle and have a coffee every other day. It is hard enough to quit wine. Let me keep my morning cup of coffee.
Other than my coffee, my pregnancy drinks have consisted of water, seltzer with lemon (my mocktail), Traditional Medicinals Organic Raspberry Leaf Tea (good for the uterus among other things), and GT’S Organic Raw Kombucha (maybe once a week). I also love Harmless Organic Coconut Water. I was drinking ginger beer as my replacement for wine toward the beginning of my pregnancy but cut back once I realized how much sugar is in it. I try to avoid added sugar as much as possible.
I feel like I have done a pretty good job at staying active throughout my pregnancy. My exercise consists of yoga, walking, and various exercise videos on YouTube (there are tons!). I also throw in some light weights and resistance bands for arms and legs. I try to do something active every day. Obviously, there have been days where I didn’t do anything, but if I’m not feelin’ it I try to at least do a couple cat/cows and hip/leg stretches. I will link below to a few of my favorite yoga videos. I also made a prenatal yoga playlist on YouTube. I started out going to a prenatal class, but once I got about halfway through my pregnancy I just wanted to do yoga at home. I know some people need to actually go to a class to get motivated, but I was feeling a little more inwards and just wanted to do my own thing.
I would love to hear your thoughts or questions on health and fitness during pregnancy. Also if there is a specific pregnancy topic you would like me to blog about, let me know!