The one thing I have learnt about being pregnant is that it is not easy, everything changes from your hormones, to your appetite and body appearance.
I am one of those unlucky women who have suffered with morning sickness most of the way through, not so much being sick but feeling nauseous 24/7!
Luckily things have started to change for me over the last month since I have enlisted the help of nutritional therapist Carrie Temple.
The great thing is you can speak to Carrie wherever you are in the world.
Our first consultation was via Sykpe. We spent a good hour talking about my daily food intake, past medical history, things I’d been experiencing during my pregnancy and her recommendations for me.
Carrie recommended a range of vitamins that would be great for me during and post pregnancy, these ones are already broken down so that your body doesn’t have to do it. What I didn’t know was that some people can’t actually break down certain vitamins, so if you think you are taking good ones… you may not be.
Here are the ones I am currently taking – they are available from Natural Dispensary
After our consultation she emailed me various recipe suggestions and information regarding certain food types I should be including, which was really helpful and great for general inspiration.
One month on and I am feeling much better. The morning sickness has reduced, I have more energy and I am even starting to incorporate a little exercise back into my routine, something I didn’t think would happen again for a long time, (whilst I laid passed out on the sofa)! My headaches have disappeared and I feel really healthy.
So what am I eating?
As a vegetarian my weekly meals usually include the following:
• Reduced Sugar Musli with Berries and Almond Milk
• Peanut Butter on Wholemeal Toast
• Scrambled Eggs on Wholemeal Toast
• Homemade Soup and Wholemeal Bread
• Miso Soup and Riveta’s (with added protein)
• Cheese and Salad Sandwich
• Halloumi Salad
• Mixed Nuts
• Carrot Sticks
• Tofu Stir Fry with Wholegrain Rice
• Jacket Potatoes with Cheese and Beans served with Salad
• Veggie Chilli with Wholegrain Rice and Low Fat Creme
• Homemade Cheese and Broccoli Quiche with Salad and Cous Cous
• Veggie Spaghetti Bolognese
• Vegetable Pasta Bake
• Lentil Ragu and Spaghetti
I also drink a lot of water and peppermint tea, any coffee I drink is decaf!
I am continuing to speak to Carrie throughout my pregnancy so I really feel like I have someone there to support and guide me.
After all, as a new mummy to be, all I want is to give my baby the very best of starts and it starts with what you put in to your own body first.
Just one more thing to add… it’s fine to have a little bit of what you fancy… one of my cravings has been Mint Ice Cream! I can’t get enough of it! So I am not entirely strict on myself!
For more information visit www.carrietemple.com