… this has been tough as shark is pretty much a staple in our home… Or not. Honestly, some of the things I have found out about what to eat and what not to eat when pregnant have been an absolute minefield of information. Not to mention all of the ‘advice’ from well wishers who were pregnant so many years ago that things have changed quite considerably since then. Just google ‘What to eat when pregnant’ and you will be presented with a whole host of information! Most of which is conflicting and a vast majority is massively out-dated. I quite liked typing the same thing into Pinterest too as the visuals are fascinating: https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=what%20to%20eat%20when%20pregnant
In terms of my wheat free diet while pregnant, I am having to really re-evaluate what foods I am cutting out and also am using this time when my body seems to be surprisingly well to introduce some VERY low amounts of wheat e.g. a biscuit or some crisps once or twice a week. I want to ensure I am not depriving mine and the baby’s bodies of really important nutrients and since my tolerance is much higher at the moment, I figure I am okay to do this. Having spoken to my Gastroenterologist, I am fine to do this, as long as it does not cause me discomfort or put me in an uncompromising situation with my health. So, as soon as any of my being ‘glutened’ traits start to show up, I know I’ve over done it and immediately take that item away from my ‘safe list’. If I do find myself with my usual symptoms, I know what to do, but for anyone new to this – here is my guide to what I do in such a situation: https://rubellesmoon.wordpress.com/healthy-habits/i-have-a-gluten-over-or-how-not-to-get-glutened/
I know many of you will think I’m totally mad doing this, but it is safe for me as I do not have Coeliac Disease, I have IBD and Gastritis and living by a low wheat diet really helps me to reduce and manage my symptoms along with my medications. I would however never recommend doing anything like this without the correct medical support and of course, if you have Coeliac Disease then this is totally out of the question for you.
In my opinion – and I’m not a medically trained professional, so I stress, this is only my opinion – the only website I use for food advice is the NHS website. It is clear and concise and is maintained by the service that manages mine and the growing baby’s healthcare, so I head over to this link if I’m in doubt: http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/917.aspx?CategoryID=54#close
Things that I do eat lots of: Fruit, vegetables, nuts, rice cakes, pom bears, popcorn… basically anything that is either low fat or has natural energy that will keep me full up for longer and will ensure I don’t get horrible sugar spikes.
Things I’m really missing: Having more than 2 cups of tea in a day, decent coffee, goats cheese, sushi, medium-rare steak, seared tuna steak, smoked meats… and of course a glass of prosecco! As a side note from the prosecco – I’ve totally abandoned alcohol for the duration of being pregnant. This is a personal choice and one that many people have different opinions on, but personally, for me, I’ve said no and will continue to say no. This is from a keeping myself healthy point of view in that I know alcohol changes the acidity in my stomach and would therefore likely exacerbate my Gastritis, something I really don’t need given how sick I have been and how much I know that I will end up with heartburn. My other point of view is that the baby doesn’t need or want it and has no choice on what I put in me… so I just feel that it is my responsibility to eat and drink with the baby in mind.
What have I been craving? Nothing specific, just more savoury stuff than sweet, which according to old wives tales is linked to the fact our baby is a boy. I already eat a pretty crazy diet of whatever I fancy and whenever I fancy it (not in terms of junk food, in terms of what my body suddenly wants… so one minute I really want gherkins and the next I’m wanting apple wedges with peanut butter. So, this part hasn’t really changed. There are more things that I really don’t want at the moment – rich food that sits heavy is not a great choice so sadly, I’ve learned that steak is not my friend and I wind up with horrendous heartburn (meal out with the parents and then meal out with my colleagues both resulted in glasses of milk being brought to me and uncomfortable night’s sleep were had both times!) I’m enjoying having to really think about what I put into my body even more so than usual, so as much as I might really want to have something quick and yummy from the shelf, I’m taking the time (and am fortunate at this time of year, with being a teacher, to have the time) to make things from scratch and to think about the nutritional value of what I’m shovelling inside me.
In line with talking about steak… i’ve put a useful little visual in here so you can tell how cooked your steak is!
A typical day of food for me:
Please bear in mind I do not count calories and especially right now, I am not thinking about weight gain or calorie content as I know through my own mindset, this is not a good path for me to head down! But with that, I do make health conscious choices and I do know when I have over done it and what I need to do to make up for any indulgences.
Fat Free Greek Yoghurt with sliced grapes and sliced banana and a little sweetner (stevia or truvia) or reduced sugar peanut butter.
Gluten free bread x 2 small slices with reduced sugar peanut butter and sliced grapes on top (my healthier version of peanut butter and jelly).
Lunch – (if at home)
Soup and 3 x rice cakes.
Rice salad – rice with stock or flavouring with tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, peppers, sweetcorn… whatever salad I have in the drawer!
If I’m out and about I might have a sandwich, panini, bowl of soup or whatever else takes my fancy – this is one of the moments when I know that as long as I am making good choices, I can enjoy the fact that I am pregnant and can have a little bit of what I fancy!
Dinner/tea/evening meal (whatever you want to call it!) (again if I’m at home) –
Fish, rice or gluten free pasta, broccoli, peas, spinach and bouillon stock.
Chicken risotto and salad.
Sweet potato with beans and low fat cheese.
Roasted sweet potato with chicken or fish and vegetables.
Snacks throughout the day –
Flapjack, apple, banana, yoghurt, sesame snaps, Nakd bar, popcorn, rice cakes, fruit juice.
Hopefully this little post is helps you to see what I am eating and drinking at the moment.
Have any of you had any interesting experiences with what to eat and drink during pregnancy?
Has anyone got any advice they would like to share?