Motherhood: Uncensored

Things have gone a bit quiet on my blog for the past 6 months. You could say that I’ve been quite busy getting into the swing of things of being a new parent. Kaleya was born in April and wow – what a ride it has been since! For me, motherhood so far has been a challenging yet extremely rewarding journey and overall, it’s the best thing that has ever happened to me and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

I thought I’d compile a few thoughts on things that you might not necessarily read about as often. These are just my experiences and they might be totally different for everyone else, but I think it is important to be honest about what it really feels like, and not to sugarcoat everything all the time. If anything, this post is supposed to reassure new mums and mum-to-be’s that being imperfect is perfectly normal!

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My day on a plate – wk 39

The final countdown is on – my due date isn’t far away at all now. This week I’m literally just allowing myself to have whatever I feel like having; I honestly can’t wait to get back to eating a bit more ‘normal’ once baby is here but now is not the time to restrict myself 🙅

I’m also feeling much better than last week which is strange in a way given I’m getting bigger and bigger, so I’m actually happy spending some time in the kitchen cooking stuff.

Here’s what a typical day of food looked like this week:

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Being vegetarian during pregnancy

My diet has always been a topic of conversation ever since I went vegetarian and especially when I decided to go vegan just before I became pregnant. Most people just find it interesting, others are intrigued about what I might actually eat in a day and some have literally no idea how one could possibly survive without any animal products. When you’re then adding pregnancy to the equation, people are generally worried that the baby won’t get everything she needs in order to be as healthy as she could possibly be.

But eating healthily comes in so many different shapes and forms. Even before I was pregnant I was always very conscious about the nutritional challenges of a vegan/vegetarian diet and that, unless done right, it could do a lot more harm than good. It’s for good reasons that some people who decide to go vegan without thinking too much of it, revert to eating as before just a few weeks later because they’re feeling horrible and deprived. Changing your diet quite drastically requires discipline and you have to learn how to make it work for you first. I have always been exercising quite a lot, had stressful jobs, have generally been very active and knew that I needed a diet that could accommodate for all that – and I will tell you how.  Continue reading “Being vegetarian during pregnancy”

My day on a plate – wk 38

Now that I’ve nearly reached the end of my pregnancy, I can honestly say that I feel like I’m about to kill myself with however little it is I’m actually doing. If you need to sit down and rest after you chopped a few pieces of mango for your smoothie, then you know things are getting serious. And even though I would usually happily spend hours on end in the kitchen, I’m now trying to minimise the time needed on meal prepping, because

1. always exhausted and

2. always hungry.

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My day on a plate – wk 37

I’ve been feeling pretty low on energy this week. Trying to get through everyday chores like putting up a wash or emptying the dishwasher feels like a workout these days. So I’m trying to fuel my body with lots of healthy carbs for energy, vegetarian and vegan protein and foods rich in iron, because I need to stock up on those levels anyway and I can tell that I feel a lot better since I’m paying more attention to it (and I’ve tripled my intake of iron supplements too).

So this is what a typical day of food has looked like for me this week:

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The coolest brands for the little ones

Do you guys remember the video of that 8-year old girl having a rant about gender-stereotypes when it comes to girls and boys clothing and how it absolutely makes no sense at all? You should watch it if you haven’t yet, she has just totally hit the nail on the head. Why do clothes have to look a certain way just based on whether it’s a girl or boy wearing them?

If I think back to when I was little, I was a real tomboy. People always thought I was a boy because I played football, had short hair and wore my brother’s old clothes (because I loved them, not because I had to). My worst nightmare was putting on a pair of tights when I had to every so often; there was nothing on earth I found more uncomfortable and I thought it just looked so ‘girly’. I hated it.

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