Foods I avoid while pregnant

I’m one of those crazy moms who is really cautious about what they eat/drink while pregnant. My child can’t make healthy decisions yet so I make the healthiest choices I can for them. Below is a list of things I personally choose to avoid while pregnant:

🔹Alcohol

🔹Fermented drinks/juices like kombucha

🔹Caffeine (Coffee & Tea)

🔹Processed meat

🔹Deli meat

🔹Raw or undercooked meat/seafood

🔹Soft cheeses

🔹Non organic fruit and veggies

🔹Meats that aren’t hormone free

🔹Sushi

🔹High mercury fish

I like making sure everything I eat is mostly organic and completely hormone free. I want my child growing in the healthiest way they can and that begins with the food I eat! I can’t expect a healthy child if I’m not healthy myself. I love many of the items on this list but it’s worth sacrificing not having them for the health of my child.

Pharmacists….your new best friend

Pharmacists…..these people can be your best friend when it comes to information. I’m lucky because my best friend actually IS a pharmacist. 😂 But really, it’s shocking how many people don’t realize they should be asking their pharmacist the questions they are asking their doctors.

Here’s the thing, doctors are trained in diagnostics with a understanding of most (not all) medications. Pharmacists are trained in everything medications. They can tell you what medications cause certain reactions or counteract with others. They can tell you medications you should take in place of others or recommend ones that might fit your needs better. They can also give you information on OTC (over the counter) meds you should or shouldn’t be using based off your symptoms and medical history.

It kills me when I hear a friend say something like, their medication is making them nauseous so they are going to call their doctor to make an appointment to see what they should do. 🤦🏼‍♀️Call your pharmacist!! They are way easier to get a hold of, they are trained specifically for this, and you’ll get the answer you need plus additional information to help.

Now remember, the pharmacist can’t fill a new prescription without a doctor. But if the pharmacist recommends you switch to a new med, all you have to do is contact your doctors office, tell them of your conversation with the pharmacist and their recommendation and give the pharmacy number. Done! You’ll get a new prescription that may work better for you and you didn’t have to go in to the doctor.

Use your pharmacist people! If you have a medication question, ask your pharmacy! They are there to fill your medications and answer your questions. 💊

Laziness

Laziness never fails me when pregnant. I don’t mean lazy as in I don’t want to get off the sofa. I’m referring to the tie your shoes laziness. 😂

Seriously, this only happens when I’m pregnant. My belly isn’t even that big yet but I have zero want to tie my shoes. When pregnant I’m always in slip on boots or shoes. Maybe because they are the most comfortable. I’m not sure. But they all have one thing in common and that’s no laces!

This is understandable when you get to be 7 months pregnant and beyond and your belly gets in the way. Lace shoes just become frustrating at that point. If you aren’t flexible, expect a bit of a battle.

I remember looking in my closet and seeing my lace up shoes and automatically thinking, nope not leaving the house today. 😂 Hey, at least I’m aware of it and can admit it!

You want what you can’t have

Do you ever notice you miss things the most when you can’t have them?

Being pregnant I have been seriously missing sushi and deli sandwiches. I couldn’t tell you the last time I had sushi (when not pregnant). But now that I can’t have it, I want it. Any time I see a sushi restaurant I swear my mouth starts watering. But all the days before I got pregnant, sushi wasn’t even on my radar. 😂

I’m not a huge sandwich person but I want one now that I’m told I can’t have them! My doctor doesn’t want me eating any form of deli meat or processed meats. That’s due to the risk of listeria and other bacteria. Yes they say some deli meats are ok to eat because they are sprayed with a preventative before packaged to prevent listeria. But the fact that it has to be sprayed with a chemical makes it a no go on my list. I’d like to avoid any over processing and chemicals if at all possible!

So for now I’ll just dream about those foods I can have and countdown till the day I can have them again. Although when that day comes I probably won’t even want them. 😂

The Dreaded Workout

Have you ever dreaded going to workout…..got yourself there…..and come out thinking, yeah that still sucked? 😂 That’s not what you thought I was going to say was it 🤪 But seriously. Some days when I am not feeling the gym, I drag myself there and afterward I’m like oh yeah that was great I’m glad I went. Other days I think to myself, that was horrible and I’m still annoyed I’m not just sitting on my sofa.

We all have our days! Today was one of mine. I just had zero motivation. I finished my workout and still felt no motivation. I would much rather have been in sweatpants sitting on my sofa with a hot bowl of pho.

I’m sure my body is grateful I went to the gym, it’s just not letting me know it yet. The movement helps increase blood flow which reduces my risk of blood clot during pregnancy. It also reduces my leg and foot swelling so I have less aching during the day. There’s so many amazing benefits of workout during pregnancy. So for now I’ll just be grateful I made it through the workout despite my lack of motivation. I know there will come a day, last time it was right at 9 months, when I almost physically can’t workout due to size even though I’ll be dying to.

Morning vs Evening Workout

Should you workout in the morning or in the evening? In all honesty it’s up to you.

There have been studies that show you burn more in the early morning before breakfast. This is because your body has to burn fat for fuel, as your glycogen stores will be depleted after a night of fasting.

With evening workouts, some studies have found that muscular function and strength peaks in the evening hours, in addition to oxygen uptake and utilization. This means you may be able to push harder, better, faster and stronger! Some people find it easier to sleep better at night after an evening workout.

I personally prefer morning workouts. If I get up and workout first thing in the morning, I feel like I have more energy throughout the day. I also feel more productive. With morning workouts I’ve started my day out “healthy” so I’m encouraged I stay on track better with my diet throughout the day.

If I try to do evening workouts I’m typically really exhausted by the end of the day and I’ve usually lost motivation. For me personally my workouts struggle a bit in the evening. It takes me longer to get through an evening workout than a morning one. I feel like I piddle around more at the gym in the evenings than I would in the morning.

Honestly it just comes down to what works best for you. Are you a morning or evening gym person?

Get Your Iron!

You’re supposed to keep up your iron levels when pregnant. So what better way than a steak from Del Friscos! Ok yes there are other sources, but when this is an option you know I’m going to take it!

Women need 18 mg per day of iron. Pregnant women need about 27 mg. An 8oz filet contains roughly 4 mg of iron. Spinach, oysters, broccoli and legumes are great sources of iron as well if beef isn’t your thing.

Unfamiliar with what iron does in the body? Here’s a short explanation…..iron is a component of hemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that helps transport oxygen through the body. Iron is also necessary in helping maintain healthy skin, hair and nails.

Keep your body strong from the inside out! Make sure you’re getting the proper amount of iron each day!💪🏻