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 fashion-picks for new mums

I don’t know about you, but when I started looking for some maternity clothes when I was about 5 months pregnant, I knew pretty quickly that this was not what I wanted to spend my money on. Most of the options I found were ridiculously overpriced, and I felt like they just all looked the same for some reason. I hardly found anything that I thought I would wear if I wasn’t carrying that big belly in front of me, and knowing I would only wear it for a couple of months just made it feel like a bit of a waste of money.

I ended up buying myself 3 maternity dresses and 2 pairs of leggings throughout my entire pregnancy, but everything else I have been wearing were things I already had in my wardrobe (my love for anything oversized definitely came in handy here). So for the period after the baby’s born my idea is pretty much the same and I don’t want to buy too many ‘nursing specific’ clothes. I did buy a few basic nursing tops just because I guess you need them and they’ll be great for layering, but other than that I want to make sure to only buy clothes I will wear for longer.

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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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Exercising during pregnancy

I’m sure you’ve heard it all before: Exercising during pregnancy is good for you and your baby. It can help keep your weight gain in check, prepare you for labour, help you to ‘bounce back’ quicker once you’ve had the baby, reduce the risk of gestational diabetes – the list goes on. Before I continue, please note that I’m not a healthcare professional and you should always consult your doctor and get the green light before doing any kind of exercise whilst you’re pregnant. Everybody’s different and you surely don’t want to put yourself or your baby at risk. This post is just about my own personal journey, and this might look very different for everyone else.

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