Halfway pregnancy update!
I can’t believe we are already a little more than halfway there! I am currently almost 22 weeks pregnant.
This pregnancy is flying by. I feel a little bad because being the third baby I am not relaxing and connecting as much with the baby as I did with my twins during the pregnancy.
He or she is kicking lots and I can feel it a lot now which is a great reminder to the little miracle I am carrying in my belly. I absolutely love the feeling of baby kicks, it is one of my favourite thing about being a woman and being able to be pregnant!
We had our anatomy scan and baby is measuring on track (2 days ahead) and is very healthy. Such a relief after our last pregnancy with IUGR (slow growth) for James. We are not finding the gender until the birth. I think I saw a willy but I could be wrong as they moved very quickly down that area. I was a bit silly trying to see haha
I am relieved baby is healthy and it is good to know that eating vegan is not stopping his or her growth at all!
I have been eating vegan this pregnancy and feeling great. I have been feeling good and have no nausea and good energy apart from bouts of very low blood pressure leaving me feeling flat. I almost fainted in woolworths one day but drinking tons of water seems to help.
I had a fasting blood sugar test as well as the HbA1c test, an iron test and TSH this week. Everything came back good apart from my iron. I have low iron and I will be focusing on increasing my iron food sources in the next few weeks and will post about it on my blog soon. (I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes with my twins- but I had 2 babies, was trying to fatten up my skinny boy and was pretty much on couch rest! so this pregnancy is very different for me. ) I really am loving this pregnancy stage this time around, carrying a small but cute bump, not being uncomfortable or worried and having energy to run after my twins.
Talking about running… I have not been running properly for many weeks but I take fast/ inclined walks on the treadmill a few times a week. I also do resistance training type of workout for 10-20 minutes most days. I try to be good and stay active but I really listen to my body. I want to stay active and healthy to improve my chances of a VBAC.
My diet has been quite healthy – I do crave the odd chocolate and ice-cream but mostly lots of yummy vegan plant-based food like you can see on my feed. I must say I have been getting hungrier in past 2 weeks and have been wanting a lot more fats like avocado or peanut butter and protein like beans and tofu.
A day in my plate currently is a bit like this:
- 2 pieces of wholemeal toast with 1 small avocado + hemp seeds + lemon juice
- apple + peanut butter + cinnamon or a banana
- salad with beans, hemp oil and fresh veggies
- piece of chocolate or baked good I have made for a sweet.
- Hummus/ cucumber for afternoon snack or fruit and pb toast or hemp-based smoothies for extra protein (I will do a blog post on protein snacks/ recipes)
- Veggie curry, dhal, pasta or big veggie salads for dinner.
I don’t measure my protein, calcium intake I just try to eat more foods I know are rick in plant-based protein and calcium. However I use the app Cronometer once in a while to check that I am eating a balanced vegan diet and reaching most of my nutrient level requirements for a few days in a row.
I will write a blog post on nutrition in pregnancy and vegan pregnancy tips if interested. Let me know on Instagram if you have any questions xx