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”

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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