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sorry if I posted this in the wrong forum but since its a nutrition question I figured here was as good a place as any to start.<br><br>
To make a long story short I just found I'm unexpectedly blessed once again with baby #3 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> and I have a 3 yr old dd and 9 month old son I am still nursing ALOT. I really didnt go into either pregnancy in the best of health/fitness, and I was barely starting to eat healthier and lose some of the baby weight. I had been planning over the next year or so to really clean up my diet and exercise so when my ds decided to wean someday I'd be in 'peak shape' so to speak before trying to conceive again.<br><br>
Between chasing the toddler, not sleeping as well as I should, skipping meals from always being so rushed and busy to the demands that exclusively nursing ( energy wise) puts on my body I was already feeling drained and not very energetic. Now that I have a bun in the oven as well I'm concerned that my body may not have had enough time to recoup as well as it could have. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I'm wondering if theres anything I should especially be eating to help my body build a healthy pregnancy while still nursing my son as long as I can keep making milk.<br><br>
I need some suggestions for nutritionally dense foods I can quickly and easily throw together to really fuel my body the best I can. I have a pretty good food selection at home with hubby and being GF and on the SCD...usually I was the bad one getting french fries or hiding cookies behind the washing machine...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I mean the SCD diet is great for him but I think I need more substenance then broth and yogurt right now ( hubby has major gut damage so its gonna be awhile before he sees more variety).<br><br>
Please gimme your best food/snack ideas and any supplements you think may be useful. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">:<br><br>
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OK, I just saw this post. Here are my recommendations that really helped me with #3.<br><br>
Up your water intake. Seriously. It helps me so much. I notice a big difference in energy levels when I drink close to 1/2 my body weight in ounces. Ex. - 100 lbs. = 50 oz water. I put a "glug" of grape juice in each glass of water for taste.<br><br>
Smoothies in the a.m. with greens. BIG help for energy. Ex. - 1 banana, handful frozen strawberries, some ground flax meal, handful (or more) of baby spinach or romaine lettuce or 3 kale stalks, etc., a splash of favorite juice and 1 1/2 cups water. Blend and drink. If not sweet enough, sweeten with Stevia or honey or canned pineapple. Add any fruits you want.<br><br>
Sleep when you can. I am always super short on sleep, but when I get caught up, I feel fantastic.<br><br>
Mini cottage cheese, hard boiled eggs and whole wheat pretzles are my favorite snacks, BTW.<br><br>
Hope this helps! Good luck, mamma!
 

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I snacked on fresh fruit and veggies all the time when I was pregnant. They require little to no prepatation (especially if you buy precut veggies) and you can eat as much of them as you want without feeling guilty.<br><br>
Smoothies were also a life saver for me. Sometimes I felt too tired to sit and eat but drinking a fruit smoothie was so much easier. Just stalk up on smoothie ingredients. The best part is that you can add tons of healthy things to it like wheat germ or flas seed to make it even healthier.<br><br>
Currently, my favorite quick snack is toast with peanut butter (the kind that is made with just peanuts) and honey.<br><br>
Handfuls of nuts. My favorite trail mix is the kind with raisons, craisons, pumkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, and some other kind of nut that I kind remember! I buy it in the bulk section of Save On Foods. I love eating handfuls of it when I am hungry and can't think of what I want to eat.<br><br>
I always kept V8 juice on hand when I was pregnant. I didn't like it at first, but just kept trying it and now I do. I loved it for those days when I didn't feel like eating. One glass is 2 servings of vegetables.<br><br>
Plain yogurt with cut up fruit and granola is also yummy and easy. It is also good without the fruit.<br><br>
Peanut butter on celery sticks with raisons is also quick and yummy.<br><br>
Avacados are nutritent dense. I make guacamole by mashing it up, adding a little lemon juice and a small clove of garlic to it. I like to add plain yogurt to make it last longer. Dipping torilla chips into it or veggies is really good.<br><br>
HTH!
 

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Congratulations on your pregnancy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I third the smoothies suggestion. Some days, all I know I've eaten right is a smoothie. I make mine with natural yoghurt, honey, a banana, frozen berries (boysenberries are supposed to be v good for pregnancy, or is it blackberries?), a dash of cinnamon and some vanilla. Very yummy! If you like super-thick smoothies, freeze a bit of the excess mixture in ice cube trays and add them next time. I never add ice to mine, I think smoothies with ice taste watery.<br><br>
Almonds are a good snack--lots of good fats and even some iron.<br><br>
Do you have a juicer? Don't use too many carrots obviously (vitamin A overdose), but anything else juiced up is gonna be good for you.<br><br>
Are you having morning sickness? Protein in the morning helped me for that. Eggs are <i>wonderful</i> for pregnant women--protein, iron and carbs. Or a slice of wholegrain toast with peanut butter is good... Drat, now I'm hungry.<br><br>
Good luck and take care!
 
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