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Talk to me about Nutrition!

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Hello ladies!  I want to hear what you all are planning to do (or have done in the past) to boost your nutrition for pregnancy and beyond.  I've been TTC for so long that I've kinda slipped up on some of the things I used to take really seriously.  Time to get back on track!


Here's some elements that I hope to bring back into my everyday life to maintain a healthy body and mind during these next 8 months, and well into breastfeeding:


1. Drink more water. This is always a big challenge for me, but I've already improved since getting BFP

2. Eat more protein. At least 100 grams a day.

3. Eat more fat. I'm underweight, and need to put on some (healthy) pounds, hopefully before MS sets in!

4. Add variety to the grains that I eat. I need to branch out!  I'm soaking some quinoa for dinner tonight, and some oats for breakfast tomorrow in my kitchen right now. Anyone have a quinoa dish that they love??  All I can ever think to do is to have it as a side dish with some spices and butter in it...

5. Try to up my intake of these specific foods: low-mercury fish, dark greens, raw honey, full-fat greek yogurt, fiber, beans, nuts, sprouts, and eggs. 

6. Drink herbal teas, especially RRL, stinging nettles, and alfalfa

6. Taking Epsom salt baths to increase my magnesium levels. I know they're low. 


Any more tips you ladies have for me?  We try to stick to a whole foods / traditional foods kind of diet, and I do almost all of my cooking from scratch...but things get hectic, and we do occasionally slip and go grab a slice of pizza, or whatever is convenient.  I am taking New Chapter Organics Perfect Prenatal + fish oil + choline / inositol (just until 10 or 11 weeks) + extra folic acid (I have a genetic predisposition to m/c if I don't get enough folic acid) + iron (I'm borderline anemic).  I'm considering adding in a high vitamin C dose toward the end of my second trimester, to really strengthen that amniotic sac. It already feels like a ton of pills, but I'm hoping to have it as a sort of "insurance policy" for my health, just in case I'm missing anything big in my diet. 


What are you ladies doing for this pregnancy to prepare your bodies?

post #2 of 4
I really like quinoa cooked in chicken broth, then add tons of cut up sautéed veggies like zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, onion, bell peppers. Then mix in some crumbled chèvre while its still warm. Yum!

Oh and I have been doing green smoothies with spinach, pineapple, a slice of lemon, a slice of lime, a green apple and Greek yogurt. Yuuuummm.
post #3 of 4
I make a quinoa dish thats kind of like tabouli. Add olive oil and fresh lemon juice to plain cooked quinoa. Chop up cucumber, seeded tomato, some good feta and a handful of mint and mix it all up, finishing with sea salt and cracked pepper to taste. Ta da! It is so easy, yummy and fresh. For a variation add a big spoonful of tahini for a delicious nutty flavor.
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This coconut quinoa pilaf is our favorite way to have quinoa:


Coconut Quinoa Pilaf from The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook 

Serves 4

2 cups quinoa
1 can coconut milk
2 cups water
1 bunch green onions, sliced
1 medium red bell pepper, diced small 
3 to 4 cloves garlic, crushed
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed red chili flakes
1/2 cup chopped cilantro (I omit - not a cilantro fan)

1.  Rinse the dry quinoa in a fine mesh strainer under warm water.

2.  Place rinsed quinoa into a medium saucepan with the coconut milk, water, green onions, red pepper, garlic, sea salt, and chili flakes.  Cover and bring to a boil, then turn heat to a low simmer and cook for about 20 minutes.

3.  Remove pot from heat and let pilaf cool in pot for about 10 minutes.  Then add chopped cilantro and gently fluff with a fork.  Serve hot.

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