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?