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post #41 of 62
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Hope everyone is cooling off! Can we talk about protein? I usually eat chicken, beef, pork...but nothing is appealing. I don't think peanut butter toast is really going to be sufficient in the long term. Any suggestions for proteins that will sit well? Bonus for easy to prepare meals that keep well for leftovers... Dinner is not a big meal for me lately. greensad.gif

Ps. I don't eat eggs or seafood greensad.gif

 

I agree with the Greek yogurt suggestion and would try making a smoothie with yogurt everyday because you can add so much good stuff to them: spinach, kale, avocado, peanut or almond butter, plus fruit.  You can even add a scoop of protein powder if you're really worried about how much you're getting.  So good!

 

Also, other dairy such as cheese or milk.  Tofu, bean, and other legume (like lentils) dishes.  And whole grain products usually have quite a bit of protein as well.  I don't know how bio-available that protein is compared to meat, but whole grain pastas usually have a surprising amount of protein listed in the nutrition bit.

 

I loooooove this lentil soup: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/lentil-sausage-soup-recipe/index.html  I've left out the sausage before and it's still really, really good.  It makes a ton and it keeps well.  It's one of my go-to meals for new parents.

 

Bean chili is so easy and you could add soy crumbles or try browning meat and see if you can trick yourself into eating it!

 

Just browsing through my vegetarian cookbooks, the highest protein meals are the ones that include cheese!  But with just beans, it looks like you can get up to close to 20 g of protein per serving as well.

post #42 of 62
Thank you guys,these are great suggestions! I am definitely going to start making smoothies every day again now that we are home. Greek yogurt has been something I can eat and I will get some cottage cheese to try too! I like to toast a Kashi whole grain waffle and slather it with honey And Greek yogurt, yum! I am adding quinoa to my grocery order too. I do try to avoid soy due to having hypothyroidism but it may be worth adding tofu or other soy protein to my diet just for this short time.

I think I will make that black bean salad today, and try that lentil soup for tomorrow! It will probably be okay with the sausage in it, and my husband will prefer that too - I can have a few bites and eat around the rest. I'm hoping this will pass if I just keep trying meats but we'll see. Definitely am eating just less overall too, I dropped 10 lbs from June 14 to July 12, and I've only managed to gain two or three since then greensad.gif
post #43 of 62
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Originally Posted by polyhymnia View Post

Thank you guys,these are great suggestions! I am definitely going to start making smoothies every day again now that we are home. Greek yogurt has been something I can eat and I will get some cottage cheese to try too! I like to toast a Kashi whole grain waffle and slather it with honey And Greek yogurt, yum! I am adding quinoa to my grocery order too. I do try to avoid soy due to having hypothyroidism but it may be worth adding tofu or other soy protein to my diet just for this short time.

I think I will make that black bean salad today, and try that lentil soup for tomorrow! It will probably be okay with the sausage in it, and my husband will prefer that too - I can have a few bites and eat around the rest. I'm hoping this will pass if I just keep trying meats but we'll see. Definitely am eating just less overall too, I dropped 10 lbs from June 14 to July 12, and I've only managed to gain two or three since then greensad.gif
Poly, I am hypothyroidic too! I do not eat soy for the most part or raw cruciferous veggies like kale for that reason. Small amounts of Bragg's I think are ok for me (soy protein) bc we use it in place of soy sauce (also are gluten free in our family). We can talk about thyroid stuff whenever you like!
On that note, I am overdue for my monthly blood work. Gotta get that done!
post #44 of 62
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I'm hypo too!  (Seems like everybody is these days, doesn't it?)  ...But only during pregnancy so I've never worried about the effects of diet on thyroid function.  We don't eat much soy in general, but I do make tofu-based foods on occasion for something different.  What specifically is soy supposed to do?
 

Also, I was wondering about nut-based foods.  Like a nut loaf or something like that.  I've made them for Thanksgiving before and they're pretty satisfying.  They usually call for eggs, but you could probably find a vegan version.

post #45 of 62
I've been hypo for about 10 years now, so glad that my levels have remained stable so far! What my doctor says is, inconsistent soy consumption can affect thyroid levels and absorption of the meds, so it's better to either have it regularly or not much at all. So, since its not a big part of our diet, I tend to just avoid it.

Also I don't mind eggs cooked in things - nut loaf is a good idea! Thanks!
post #46 of 62
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Hmmm... I suppose I should look into it.  Or take the easy way out and skip tofu for the next few months!  orngtongue.gif
 

post #47 of 62

Just got back from a lovely 4+ day vacation. We took 5 of the 6 kids but since my MIL kept the almost 3yo, it was SO relaxing. And though we had the heat/humidity in spades all last week, it broke after our first night there and was just ideal weather the entire rest of the time. And the best part of all is other than gas/groceries it was FREE. joy.gif I have the BEST coworkers on planet Earth and one of them let us use her cabin for the whole weekend for nothing. It is so what I needed.

 

Nothing exciting pg-related to report here though. I'm 16w2d and feeling nothing other than fat...LOL. I mean it is an obvious pg belly with #7 but no movement yet and I haven't been to the OB since 10 wks so...yeah. I admit though I loathe medical care I *am* looking forward to my appointment next Friday...and not just b/c we'll get to find out sex and have U/S. It'll just be nice to confirm I am indeed pg and not just really bloated in a pregnant-looking way. lol.gif Also, I've been eating really well and almost daily exercising so I'm excited to find out if (as I think) I've not gained any weight or perhaps even lost. In my case, I'm starting about 40-50# overweight and I have always gained 40-50# so if I could stick to 20# or less it would be the best pregnancy ever. I feel really good about it and I hope I don't end up disappointed when I get weighed next week.

 

I'm also pretty happy b/c I've had to take Labatelol for HBP since 35 wks into my last pg and my BP has been well within normal on the low dose I've been on. I'm really, really hoping to continue that trend and hopefully even get off the meds after I deliver this time. That would be lovely and make me feel decidedly less middle aged. LOL

 

Alright, time to leave work for me. Glad to hear it sounds like tests are all coming up roses for most of you and it also sounds like most of us have come around the bend of M/S and that's always a good thing too!

 

Cheers.

post #48 of 62

Got to hear heartbeat again Friday, nice and strong. Very reassuring as still I have hardly any symptoms other than a greatly expanding waistline!  I had to dig out my maternity clothes for weekend wearing, as old jeans are digging in badly these days.  Work still doesn't know yet, so I'm still trying to cover the belly!!  I'm in the middle of a possible job change (2nd interview tomorrow, they are aware I'm pregnant), so I'm avoiding telling my current job until I know what I'm doing for sure... since a "hey I'm pregnant, YAY", followed by a "and I'm leaving" would be quite sad!

 

Otherwise doing well.  One unfortunate symptom I'm having again I had with my son is migraines.  I've had about 4 this pregnancy so far and I never ever get them outside of pregnancy.

post #49 of 62
Kt mommy, I hear you on the pants thing! I feel like I'm showing ridiculously for a first baby and I've been in mat pants or stretchy skirts/yoga pants since 10 weeks!

Good luck with the job!

I made the quinoa/black bean salad today and it is pretty good. I subbed agave syrup for maple syrup since I couldn't get the lid off the maple syrup and added avocado. Plus it's at least 10g of protein! Yay!
post #50 of 62
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Yep, I busted out the maternity shorts this week - 3 or 4 weeks earlier than last time.  I feel fat and squishy and not especially attractive as a pregnant lady.  My body just gets thick.  My rib cage gets wider and wider and swallows up the bump and my boobs are tiny and I just look like a big thick, squishy tube of something.  Lovely.  I've gained quite a bit of weight for the first trimester (8-10 lbs?), but I'm about at the weight I started at with DS now so a lot of my clothes from pre-motherhood still fit, which is kind of fun.  But my boobs are seriously so small and sad right now.  I think they're confused because DS recently weaned.  Hopefully they'll figure out I'm not just done nursing, but also pregnant and do some refilling!!  I thought the moms in my last DDC were crazy talking about boob jobs, but I'm totally pricing them out after this kiddo weans. 

post #51 of 62
KT, I had terrible migraines too until a few weeks ago. Just unbearable. Hope yours go away too!
Poly, now I have to make that salad too! Glad you are eating something you can stomach.
I just came from my OB's, went in for a quick blood draw for the quad/2nd trimester one.
Now taking kids to the zoo! Hope everyone is doing well.
post #52 of 62
Quad screen time already! Hoo boy! Surreal to think how time flies; I am 1/26, so near the end of our ddc and officially 2nd tri so most everyone else must be now too right?
post #53 of 62
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OrchideZ, zoo sounds fun!  Hope you get good results on your bloodwork.

 

I go back to the doctor next week already!  I can't believe it.  DH's insurance agreed to cover the CF test and I looked at what the lab charged me and it was only $90 so very affordable.  I've seen so many reports of $800 that I was a little nervous we'd have to skip even with his insurance helping.
 

DS has officially weaned at 19 months and I'm sadder about it then I thought I would be.  He stopped totally on his own for about a week and a half.  I talked him into nursing once during that time because I got super engorged, but he didn't initiate again after that and my milk dried up.  He did start asking again after that period and for a while I let him nurse on his old schedule, but it was getting extremely painful and my milk never came back.  I've been ready to be done for a few months now, which fueled my decision.  But it's still sad and he doesn't want to cuddle anymore before naps, which is heartbreaking.  It's been less than a week since I started refusing and he's asking less often.  He did snuggle up with me one day and I hope we can get back to that again.  Heh, I'm tearing up writing this.  greensad.gif

post #54 of 62

cwill: hugs on the weaning. I was super sad too.  My son was 4 though and it was time, although he would still be nursing probably if I had let him... he didn't need it and wasn't too sad about stopping.  He and I had a celebration, made it a big deal.  Went to do kiddie amusement park rides and went out to dinner, rode the train- all things he chose to make it a great end to a lovely era.  awww now i'm sad too!

post #55 of 62
Aw Cwill, that's bittersweet isn't it? I am sure once some time goes by, he will want mama cuddles again. He maybe needs the extra space right now. My son did when he weaned when I was pregnant w #2. He suddenly became a daddy's boy. Now I get plenty of kisses and hugs again.
That is awesome about the CF test. Keep me posted!
post #56 of 62
Officially in week 16 today, woke feeling like I was thrown from a horse w wrenched back for first time. Soaking in warm Epsom tub is helping now. Guess I should spring for a body pillow!
post #57 of 62

I just got this bassinet that was mine as a baby! I would love to use it but I have some concerns about the mattress, which is 1) 30 years old and seems much softer than I thought a baby mattress should be and 2) not quite as big as the bassinet, leaving gaps 1-2 fingers wide around the edges.

Any advice on whether I am being too cautious or how to find or make a replacement mattress?
post #58 of 62
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The bassinet is beautiful!  In my town, we have a custom mattress maker who makes wool mattresses.  Maybe you have something like that near you?  Would you use it for nighttime sleep or just for naps?  We used a beautiful, but very unsafe cradle that a friend gave to us for DS.  But for naps only and only when he was very young and taking frequent, quick naps that we could supervise. 
 

I'm still jazzed that I can sleep on my stomach.  I'm worried those days are coming to an end.  I think I made it to about 20-21 weeks with DS and I feel about as big at 16 weeks as I was then.  Hope your body is recovered OrchideZ!

post #59 of 62
I will look! I'd like to use it for naps and nighttime,it's the perfect size to fit in our bedroom. I hadn't thought if finding a custom made mattress!

I am also glad to still sleep on my stomach too, it isn't always super comfortable but it is nice to have some position options! I'm also using a pillow between my legs to side sleep or under my knees to back sleep, and that works pretty well!
post #60 of 62
Ugh sleeping is allready bad... using a pillow to prop up my belly. And have to switch sides every couple hours because my hip will fall asleep.
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