I have been thinking about this post for a while. Most of the time I over think and procrastinate a little bit but I think it was good to wait. The question that I kept me waiting was, how much do I share about our pregnancy on this food and nutrition-related blog and on social media?
I realize that in reality, I am not obligated to share anything. That being said, this is a huge life-changing event in all respects, not the least of which the food and nutrition-related department! We live in a social media world of “over-sharing” and many times prego gals go nuts with that. I find that quite frankly, annoying!
What likely makes me even more hesitant to share so publicly is our history of a miscarriage. Having to tell family and church friends that you have lost a baby is one the hardest things I have ever done, especially when they all come up to you and ask how the baby is. Such pain makes you cautious, yet another incentive to wait on both public and private announcements.
At the same time I have most definitely appreciated and benefited from the reasonable transparency of other pregnant women. I have especially appreciated the style of updates that Registered Dietitian Alex Caspero. (Check out her blog at Delish Knowledgefor Italian themed, vegetarian recipes. ( and I don’t think you have to vegetarian to appreciate her food!)
So there is a balance to it all. I’ll try to teeter totter somewhere in the middle of the “over sharing” and silence. Because the reality is…this new adventure is crazy and exciting and scary, all at once! It is a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual trip that has it’s ups and downs. Here is some of my journey so far…
First trimester: What I ate
Hard. There is no other way to describe it! My nausea (and occasional puking) began around week 6 and it hit with a furry. Unfortunately, I get motion sick VERY easily, which I have read may be an indicator of how easily you get sick in pregnancy. Most days, for 3 months, I pretty much only ate the following:
-Peanut or almond butter
- Oatmeal (with cinnamon & raisins)
- Homemade Yogurt with flaxseed meal and maple syrup
- Cheddar cheese
- Lemon juice
-Fruit (watermelon, oranges nectarines
- Organic 100% fruit snacks or roll-ups
- Things I could put mustard on (I think this has something to do with the vinegar)
Sprinkled here and there where crunchy things like potatoes or corn chips, occasionally a carrot. Lunch meat or hot dogs with catsup as well as gluten free toast with peanut butter worked for a little while too. Meat was out of the question (I tried chicken for a week or two and burned out sooo badly!)!!!
I honestly think continuing to stay gluten free during this time (unlike during my 1st miscarriage), has helped keep me away from excessive junk food. I am confident it has kept the inflammation down and helped manage my thyroid levels. These have to be carefully managed with meds due to my past issue with thyroid cancer.
For being a Registered Dietitian, I didn’t actually worry too much about my limited food choices as much as I would have thought. There were a few times I cried about it but that was more because I was SO TIRED of eating yogurt for dinner…yet again. I knew that the human body is an amazing creation and that God designed my body for this. I trusted that I had some serious nutrient stores laid up for this since I ate so well for years before I got pregnant. I also had taken a steller pre-natal vitamin several months prior to getting pregnant. Whatever my body may be doing, our Baby was getting what he/she needed. (Unfortunately, I couldn't continue on this high quality pill once the nausea hit full force. It made me throw up every time! I had to switch to a gummy pre-natal vit)
Something that did surprise me was how emotionally difficult eating became for me. No, I wasn’t worried about weight gain. Heavens, I was loosing weight to the tune of almost 10 pounds! No, it was that food, even the very thought of it (seriously!) turned my on nausea so badly that it was all I could do to emotionally and physically not fall apart when I ate.
As a Dietitian and Foodie, I LOVE food…from the grocery shopping to experimenting with a new recipe. It is my love language to my hubby and friends. However, during the 1st (and yes into my 2nd trimester) I had to grieve the loss of that joy for a time. Food no longer felt fun. It felt very painful. I didn't have the energy for it and it was hard to manage. I suddenly hated grocery shopping! I learned to put a crockpot meal in the garage where I wouldn’t have to smell the odors for 8 hours! (talk about tortuous!) Hubby got used to throwing something together and joining me on the front porch where the summer breeze was nice enough to whisk away the odors of his meal.
When the long awaited for “week 12” came and went, I didn’t really see any resolution in my nausea or puking (in fact, some days it was worse!). I was able to add in a few more foods, including an A-MAZING gluten free blueberry muffin that I will have to share soon! I mentally held out for week 17 and 18 (now well into the 2nd trimester). These were the weeks my sister said her nausea resolved. Sure enough, it started getting better and by week 20, there is normally a reason I feel sick...such as not eating regularly, migraines or low blood sugar.
(Baby and I at 19 weeks! Yes I know that is totally the 2nd trimester but I don't have any good pix in the 1st trimester. I wasn't showing much anyway!)
First Trimester: Prego Clothes
For the fashion-guros out there who wondered what cute maternity clothes I tried…sorry, none. I actually lost so much weight that I looked slimmer at this time than before I got pregnant. Every pregnant woman is different and there is no shame in showing a bump earlier! For me, I didn’t start needing to wear prego modifications/clothes until 15 + weeks.
So there it is....the 1st trimester in a tiny nutshell! Stay tuned for more on food , my favorite prego workouts and more!