As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I started reading up on everything I can get my hands on about pregnancy and started asking sooo many questions to my mommy friends and relatives. As happy and ecstatic as I was, I was also scared out of my mind, as I wasn’t sure I was “fit” and “ready” to be pregnant. As in physically fit. I’ve never been the healthiest person (I skipped PE almost all high school and college due to asthma, scoliosis, migraines, etc.) so I feared my health and my baby’s health. I also loooveee food. And most of the time, not the healthy kind… and I need my daily caffeine fix to start functioning… You get the drift.
Thankfully as the weeks went on, with more doctor’s appointments, more articles and books every single day, the fear slowly subsided and is replaced with excitement! I think I have done all that I can so I can cope with the morning sickness during the first trimester (read about it here) and am now enjoying my eat-all-you-can second trimester! Aside from adding salads, fish and vegetables to my daily menu, here are other ways I try to (cheat my way?) live healthily for my baby girl and myself. 🙂
Letting Go of Coffee – Sad but true. There was just no other way to do it. Surprisingly, quitting wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, although I miss it once in a while, especially when I smell it. Thankfully, Warren doesn’t drink coffee so there’s no torture inside the house. I replaced it with Yogi Woman’s Mother to Be Tea. It’s made especially to support a healthy pregnancy. It has raspberry leaf, peppermint leaf and spearmint leaf, so not only does it smell good, it tastes good too! I sometimes add a drop of honey to make it sweeter.
Fruits on my Cereals – I eat cereals almost every morning. Sometimes I have a hard-boiled egg or a toast or a sandwich on the side, but my main event in the mornings would be my cereals. It’s only recently that I learned to appreciate adding fruits (raspberries, blueberries and strawberries) and even yogurt not only makes it yummier, it adds to the nutrients and antioxidants I need for my pregnancy.
Fruit Snacks – Since I am constantly hungry, I learned to bring healthy baon to work, most of which are fruits. I’ve always liked spreading a little peanut butter on my bananas, but I’ve also grown to love peanut butter on red apples and green apples too! I try my best to resist Nutella and use peanut butter or almond butter as a sweet alternative. I also buy (or make) the sliced fruit packs that I can keep refrigerated and bring to work.
Smoothies – Probably the best on my list. Warren and I started the smoothie-everyday practice early this year (because our friends gifted us with a Nutribullet last Christmas– thank you Gil & Merci!!!) and we haven’t stopped since. I basically put everything I can find in our fridge (the usual ones are carrots, tomatoes, broccolli, cauliflower and corn), add some fruits and yogurt or milk to taste, and make it into a smoothie we drink in the morning. I became more conscious when I got pregnant, making sure there are greens in them, especially spinach (for vitamins A, C and Iron) and kale ( for vitamins A, C, B-6, Iron, Calcium and Magnesium).
To add to these, I now try to move as much as I can. Which isn’t too hard because there are always chores to be done, and New York requires a lot of walking. Plus, it’s summertime so swimming is always a good idea (thanks to our in-laws who have a pool!). I try to squeeze in stretching, squats, and walking around the neighborhood or in the nearby park with Warren. We feel that it’s a good time to bond and talk, too. Hoping I can continue doing this until the time our baby girl comes! 🙂