Oh hey! So, there’s a big reason for why things have been a little quiet around here for the past few months… my husband and I found out in early April that I’m pregnant! I’ve been staying mum on the subject on the blog until now, mostly because this is my first time at the rodeo and I wanted to make sure that everything was going smoothly before I made a big public announcement.
To be perfectly honest, I’ve been on the fence about having children my entire adult life, so making the leap and deciding to try and get pregnant was huge for me. I was nervous about how a baby would impact my career, my relationships, my finances, my love/need for travel, and about a million other things. I knew that if I ever decided to have children, it would be the result of painfully long and careful consideration – I feel really strongly about maintaining my individuality and personal interests/passions/hobbies even once my little one arrives. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to find a good balance between motherhood and the aspects of my pre-child life that are important to me, and I’m convinced that half the battle is attitude and positive thinking.
Anyway, I’m pretty much past the stage of being ridiculously apprehensive and scared, and am now feeling mostly excited and anxious to meet our little one this December.
I figured I’d share all the 411 on how I’m feeling, what I’m eating, and everything in between for those of you who are curious!
When are you due/how far along are you?
I’m due December 16th, and I’m currently 19 weeks pregnant. Just about halfway there!
Are you finding out the gender?
No, we want to be surprised – we have the option of finding out the gender next week, but plan on waiting until the big day to find out! I have zero suspicions on whether it will be a boy or a girl.
How are you feeling?
I’m feeling great – I’ve had zero morning sickness/nausea to speak of, and minimal side effects in general, except for being a little more sluggish than usual.
Are you staying vegan throughout your pregnancy? What is your pregnancy diet like?
In a word, yes! I’ve felt really good continuing a plant-based diet throughout my pregnancy, and my doctor is fully supportive – so far, all of my blood tests have come back indicating no deficiencies or insufficiencies so I’m pretty confident that I’m getting everything I need (and the baby needs) from plants To be extra safe, I’m taking a few supplements (which I’d be doing on any diet, vegan or not!) - a prenatal multivitamin (I love this one from Rainbow Light), a B-12 supplement (using a sublingual one from DEVA), and a DHA supplement (currently very happy with this one from DEVA).
I’m going to be completely honest here – there were a small handful of instances in which I thought I was “craving” cheese, so I gave into those cravings at the time. I found afterward that I didn’t feel any better (and in some cases, felt worse) and my craving – whatever it truly was for – wasn’t satisfied by eating a slice of cheese pizza. I was likely just craving the fat and salt and creamy texture of the cheese. So, I’ve found that if I just ask myself honestly what it is that my body needs, the answer can be found in something plant-based. I’m back to sticking to my vegan lifestyle 100% of the time and feeling great/fully satisfied!
Current cravings include fresh fruit (specifically cherries, peaches and bananas), avocado toast with EVOO and Maldon salt, and Amy’s Mint Chocolate Chip Vegan Ice Cream (coconut milk based and outrageously good). I’ve also been drinking a TON of green juices and smoothies, and eating a lot of grilled veggie and bean tacos, whole wheat pasta with fresh pesto, stir fried veggies and tofu over rice or quinoa, and anything that I can dream up with the abundance of CSA vegetables sitting in my refrigerator at all times.
Are you staying active/exercising?
Yes – I was still running on a regular basis until about 3 weeks ago, and lately have been sticking to hour-long daily walks, light weights, and the occasional yoga class. I still bang out the occasional run here and there, but I go really slowly and take lots of walking breaks.
Any good pregnancy books or resources you can recommend?
I’m actually trying to minimize the amount of time that I spend reading pregnancy books and websites/blogs because I get easily overwhelmed by the amount of information and advice out there – but there are a select few that I’ve enjoyed referring to now and again.
The Kind Mama by Alicia Silverstone – This guide to vegan pregnancy is full of useful information, from everything from diet (including yummy recipes for you & baby) to birthing plans to setting up a nursery. Some of Alicia’s advice is a little too out there at times for me, but overall, I’ve really enjoyed reading this book and find most of the info in here to be sound and helpful. This is a companion book to her amazing diet/cookbook and New York Times bestseller, The Kind Diet.
Vegan Pregnancy Survival Guide by Sayward Rebhal – This cute little book is small but mighty – it contains tons of information on diet and nutrition for a healthy vegan pregnancy, as well as a plethora of other useful stuff (how to deal with the endless questions about where you get your protein, etc.). Sayward writes a great vegan blog called Bonzai Aphrodite, so you may have already heard of her!
Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy by Mayo Clinic Doctors – This is a great reference manual for pregnancy in general, and not just for vegan mamas to be. It contains a massive amount of information so it’s been a reliable resource for all aspects of maintaining a healthy pregnancy, knowing what to expect during each trimester, etc.
TheBump.com – If you’re already familiar with TheKnot.com, this is their sister site for all things baby related. I mostly use this site for the weekly pregnancy update emails.
WhatToExpect.com - I occasionally browse the community forums on this site, and also like to read their weekly pregnancy updates as well.
There are a few bloggers that I’ve been following for a long time that did a great job of detailing their pregnancies week-by-week/month-to-month, so I’ve enjoyed reading their baby related posts now that I’m going through it myself:
Caitlin from HealthyTippingPoint.com
Emily from DailyGarnish.com
Angela from OhSheGlows.com
Kath from KathEats.com
How will your blog be changing now that you’re pregnant/once the baby arrives?
I definitely don’t want this blog to turn into a “mommy blog”, so I’m going to keep my posts largely focused on food, health, and a vegan lifestyle. There may be some baby/family related posts from time to time, but they will be relevant to the overall theme of the blog (like, for instance, making homemade baby food, or eco friendly baby products).
Overall, I’m feeling really grateful and excited about this new chapter of my life! More to come soon!
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