Yesterday was a busy day, with school pickups and seeing a lovely friend of Alex’s and mine through the business but still I would have thought I had time to do all the things I had wanted to. Instead I seemed to have lost the day to CV writing and Lamb Tagine – which was gorgeous but, man, it took an age to make! If anyone has any tips for preparing butternut squash quickly, please pass on. It is now my nemesis.
Anyway, so TUI (The Ultimate Issue – referring to a healthy pregnancy without gaining too much weight) eating… I wanted to start with the dos and don’ts of eating for a healthy pregnancy because a) babs comes first in all of this, so we must follow the main principals, and b) there is so much advice out there it’s hard to keep up with everything so I’m compiling it together into my own Love, Hate and Avoid pregnancy diet, starting today with LOVE.
- Protein – dubbed all the time as the ‘building blocks of life’, it has been recommended to eat about 80 – 100g a day. It has been suggested to measure this, but I would say as long as you have some in every meal (and snack if you can), plus drink milk, etc., that should be fine.
- Folic Acid – It is advised this is taken before you even get pregnant to prevent a defect known as spina bifida. I didn’t do this but started as soon as I found out I was. 400mg should be taken daily up until you are 12 weeks.
- Vitamin D – Take 10mg everyday throughout pregnancy and while breast feeding for healthy mum and baby bones.
- Pasteurised Dairy Products – aim for 2 or 3 helpings a day and go for the lower fat varieties so you get the protein without the fat.
- Seafood – the general assumption is to avoid any shellfish but if it is cooked (or frozen in sushi’s case) first, it is alright. It is important to have 2 helpings of fish (make one oily) a week including salmon, mackerel, sardines and trout. See Avoid (or Limit) for Tuna.
- Fruit and Veg – as long as it’s thoroughly washed eat loads of this stuff – the advice is 5 a day but the Japanese recommend much more so I say have more, it’s full of goodness and nutrients, and can help with loads of ailements (this is what Hippocrates meant when he said ‘let food be thy medicine’). I’m going to share my favourite homemade juices soon to help you get more and to cure any issues you might have!
- Breakfast – have a healthy breakfast to avoid snacking (on bad things!) during the day. I would plan your meals too to avoid having to make do with rubbish when you’re hungry/nauseous.
- Carbs – we should be eating this at every meal. Hoorah, this is music to my ears! But keep it wholegrain where you can (your bowels will thank you).
I have mainly used the NHS website for gathering this advice, with a springkling from other blogs (listed at the end of the series). The reason for this is because some advice, I feel, is a bit over the top and you could end up not eating anything with any flavour, which I believe is not necessary.