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Pregnancy, A Nutritional Mindfield

One of the first things I did when I found out about my pregnancy was mourn for the large bottle of gin in my cupboard. How were we going to cope with this long, cruel separation?

My friends, who miss me.

My friends, who miss me.

In all seriousness despite the fact that I had a reasonably healthy diet and lifestyle I knew some changes where going to be necessary. Around two years ago I started following Slimming World and lost around 4 stone in a year and a half. I then began to focus more on having a balanced workable diet that would still lead to weight loss and be easy to stick with. Did this mean I was a lean mean fighting machine? No.

When I fell pregnant I probably had another 4 stone I’d like to lose and I intend to pick up where I left off in the summer of 2015.

For now my focus is wholly on providing the best nutritional environment for my baby. I quickly began to research what kind of supplements I should be eating and what foods to avoid. I knew the obvious here – it’s nothing a quick googling doesn’t teach you. When it came to choosing a supplement I read a study on a mothers thyroxine levels and how they can impact a childs mathematical ability later in life here.

Dutch researchers tracked 1,196 healthy children from birth to age five, having recorded their mothers’ thyroxine levels at 12 weeks of pregnancy.

They then looked at the children’s test scores for language and arithmetic.

Those born to mothers with low levels of thyroxine were twice as likely to have below average arithmetic scores.

Low levels of thyroxine in pregnant women are already linked to poor mental development in infancy, possibly leading to learning difficulties and reduced physical growth.

So off I went on a little hunt to find a multi vitamin that would give me my quota of Folic Acid, Vitamin D, B Vitamins and the illusive thyroxine levels I’d need to have a genius child. My rudimentary research lead me to Pregnacare Original, it might be pricey but it had that iodine I was after.

With that taken care of my attention turned to my diet. My main goal was to eat as many simple, old-fashioned, nutritious things as possible.

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winning at pregnancy

Quite honestly I feel I could do with some more support in this area. No health professionals have given me any advice regarding diet or nutrition and I don’t get the impression that guidance will be coming any time soon.

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One of my less smug moments…

Does anyone else worry that they are making mistakes (other than delicious doughnutty ones) when it comes to diet? I’m more than happy to indulge here and there but I’m anxious to know if I’m getting it right by and large.

Most of what I read online talks about pergcentages of this and that or grams of protein and eating more leafy greens but isn’t there someone who can just meal plan my life!?

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  1. 25th November 2014 / 7:36 pm

    Reblogged this on The Ugly Truth About Pregnancy and commented:
    Absolutely love this post! I had to leave behind my margaritas and Michelob ultra so I know how that is. Haha. I have actually enjoyed eating healthy and you’re damn right I go get a nerds slushie from sonic approximately 3 times a week, have ice cream when ever I want it, and so on and so on. My midwife tells me that my baby is perfect and so very healthy in the womb.
    My advice to people about pregnancy eating is this: don’t stress or worry about eating something greasy or fatty or sugary. Our grandparents/great grandparents had their stomachs XRAYED and somehow everyone turned out okay. They didn’t have booklets on what to eat and what not to eat and somehow everyone turned out okay. Not saying that you shouldn’t watch what you eat… Just saying that you shouldn’t worry as hard as the books tell you that you should.

    Btw halo oranges are out! They have zero seeds and like zero of the white skin stuck to them when you peel them. And they help TREMENDOUSLY with nausea (personal experience and Internet information). And they are good for you and the baby!

  2. 25th November 2014 / 9:01 pm

    Honestly, throughout my pregnancy I’ve eaten, within reason, what my body is telling me it needs in the hope that nature is doing it’s thang. The things I found were good pick me ups were greens like kale and marmite, not necessarily together! Puy lentils are also a great source of B vits and energy. Good luck!

  3. 25th November 2014 / 9:01 pm

    Honestly, throughout my pregnancy I’ve eaten, within reason, what my body is telling me it needs in the hope that nature is doing it’s thang. The things I found were good pick me ups were greens like kale and marmite, not necessarily together! Puy lentils are also a great source of B vits and energy. Good luck!

  4. Girl, Exhilerated
    25th November 2014 / 9:08 pm

    Oh I am definitely going to miss beer so I can feel your pain….

  5. Girl, Exhilerated
    25th November 2014 / 9:08 pm

    Oh I am definitely going to miss beer so I can feel your pain….

  6. 3rd December 2014 / 8:45 pm

    My baby just wants McDonalds, my hubby hates McDonalds but is allowing me the odd ingulgence, bless him.

    • 4th December 2014 / 1:09 am

      Haha i feel you! Double cheeseburgers may be fueling my entire pregnancy at this rate πŸ™‚

  7. 3rd December 2014 / 8:45 pm

    My baby just wants McDonalds, my hubby hates McDonalds but is allowing me the odd ingulgence, bless him.

    • 4th December 2014 / 1:09 am

      Haha i feel you! Double cheeseburgers may be fueling my entire pregnancy at this rate πŸ™‚

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