Why You Shouldn’t Eat Watermelon Seeds

Okay so maybe it’s not a watermelon yet… but it will be! Yep, I’m pregnant!! Right now, Baby Boy is only about the size of an avocado, but he is growing quickly! We expect him to arrive in September 2017, and we couldn’t be more excited to be parents!

So far, it’s been quite the adventure. I’m learning a lot about what our bodies go through, and how hard it can be to maintain a healthy lifestyle, especially when your hormones are wreaking havoc on your energy and stomach in the 1st Trimester! I was very lucky and only suffered minor nausea occasionally, mostly when I was hungry, which meant eating ALL the time! I have tried when I could to be healthy, but it certainly isn’t 100%! (Just ask my sister about my donut fixation)

I was really struggling with the fact that I had gained almost 10 pounds in just my first 10-11 weeks. For those that don’t know, the recommended amount is only 3-5 pounds in the first trimester. I’ve been exercising pretty much throughout the pregnancy, and while I have indulged a bit, and have definitely increased what I’ve been eating, I’ve mostly eaten healthy and controlled portions and only when I’m hungry (or nauseous). It just goes to show that everyone’s bodies are different and that you can’t always judge health by what the “norm” or “recommended” numbers are! Since that 11 week weigh-in, my weight gain has definitely evened out. I know my body has always been sensitive to hormone fluctuations, so I guess I’m not really surprised by the initial gain, and my doctors have not voiced any concern.
While my weight did throw me for a loop, my top priority has simply been to have a healthy pregnancy and most importantly, a healthy baby. I have stuck with (mostly) choosing whole grains, healthy fats like avocado, beans and legumes, dairy, and eggs or other lean proteins (although meat was definitely an aversion I had in the very beginning). Even though my body has been mostly craving carbs (and I have given in), I am still trying my best to stick with my one cardinal rule of combining carbs and proteins. Occasionally, a carb by itself gets by, but adding the protein really has helped me fight through the energy withdrawal!

My top pregnancy super-foods have been avocado, eggs, fruit, peanut butter, and some sort of dairy. My dairy preferences have changed throughout. I started off with greek yogurt, then quickly started hating it, and now I’m loving whipped cottage cheese by Friendship Dairy or low fat kefir.

I’ve been loving prenatal yoga, and mixing it up with low/no impact cardio and toning, and (weather permitting) walking. I’ll get more in depth about my workouts in a future post!  For now, here are some of my favorite healthy recipes I’ve been relying on for a healthy pregnancy!

Breakfast:

Slice of whole grain toast topped with 1/4 avocado and 1 DHA egg

or

1/2c Kashi Very Berryful Shredded Wheat, 1/2c low fat kefir, and 1/2c frozen blueberries

Snacks: 

1/2c Friendship Dairy whipped cottage cheese, 1/2c frozen blueberries

or

1 tomato sliced, 1/2 cucumber sliced, and 1 oz fresh mozzarella cheese topped with balsamic vinegar and olive oil

 

Still searching for my favorite lunch idea! Follow me on my social media accounts to see future favorites 🙂

 

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