I'm 6 months pregnant and am just not liking my food anymore.... For the last week, I've been giving most of it to my dog because I'll start eating it and realize that I just don't want it. Some of the things I've been eating are veggie spaghetti, stir fry with rice, bean tacos, PB&J, baked sweet potatoes, leafy green salads, and some other basics. This aversion is mostly boredom, I think, since I haven't felt queasy or sick since the first trimester, and I truly am hungry. :o) What are some of your favorite, go-to meals to make? I could really use some ideas, thanks!
I didn't have morning sickness when I was pregnant, but I did have an aversion to a lot of veggies and leafy greens. The good thing was, I loaded up on super healthy foods before I conceived, so I knew going into it I was in good shape in case things got hairy.
So I love, love pasta and it happens to be a great dish for slipping lots of veggies into. I make a great "meat" sauce with tvp (with a splash of soy sauce), tomato paste, tomatoes and finely diced onions, peppers, carrots, celery, etc. Dice them small enough so that they disappear into the sauce. It also satisfies a meaty craving. I like to roast cauliflower with a light dusting of curry powder and toss that into pasta with chik'n, carrots and broccoli or quinoa salad with white beans. Pasta with veggie sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, garlic, fresh herbs and olive oil is the perfect dish for wilting a ton of greens into. They melt into everything in a good way when you aren't feeling the greens.
I think it's also important to continue exercise when pregnant because it seems to keep the digestion flowing and helps with appetite. Things taste better after exercise and healthy foods seem more appetizing.
Thanks Jennifer! Your food sounds pretty good. I usually make a pasta dish about twice a week, with enough leftovers for lunch the day after. I'll be sure to try some of the combinations of veggies/add-ins...they sound way more interesting than the usual wilted leafy greens that I sneak in there. Oh and I forgot about roasted cauliflower! It's still in sold at our farmers market so I should get some next time. Thanks for the ideas.
Yesterday, I found out I am preggos! I am so nervous! I ay much older and it been 12 years since I had a baby. I ve had less energy and more tired. My hubby gone alot and dont have family friends! I had just started eating healthy with aliccia book and I have not 100% I am eating they ay I should! My bowles been out of whack and i as always bloated.
I want to do this differently. How am I assure I eating right, eating enough, taking the right supplements and my baby getting all the nutrition?
Yay, congrats to you, Sleephead! It was hard for me to stick to healthy eating in the beginning too...I slipped up a lot and found myself craving terrible foods and eating them in excess because nothing else sounded good and I needed to eat something. For the first couple months, the thought of beans or rice or quinoa made me want to gag.
But it's different for everyone and maybe you will have more will power than me. I'd suggest asking your doctor/midwife these questions about nutrition at every checkup, and supplement their advice by reading pregnancy books and looking at forums like this online. Oh and most importantly, listen to your body. It will tell you what you need. If you want something fatty, just eat it and make sure you get some veggies in later.
As for supplements, all you really need is B12 if you're completely veg, and your prenatal vitamin. Most prenatals should be okay, but I'd say not to get the Womens 1 A Day brand, simply because I tried that for a month (there were only 28 capsules) and my eyelashes fell out! Then I switched to a different brand and they grew back.
Congratulations Sleephead! For starters, your eating requirements don't increase that much early in the pregnancy. Your appetite will let you know when you need to eat more. I think you said you are new to veganism/vegetarianism. Like TK suggested, just read as much as you can about vegan nutrition. Aim for whole grains, nuts and seeds. And avoid dairy like the plague. My sisters both had terrible morning sickness throughout their entire pregnancies and I think if they had just avoided dairy, it might have made a world of difference. It's pretty easy to get enough protein, calcium etc. on a plant-based diet. For supplements, I never took a prenatal. I just took folic acid, iron, B complex and calcium/magnesium. You can get great recipe ideas from vegweb.com and these days there are a million vegan cookbooks available. Alicia is also having a live pregnancy q & a tomorrow, so I would tune in for that.