The days of nausea have mostly subsided and I find my appetite reappearing even if it is a bit finicky. In this second trimester, post-nausea and pre-too-big-to-move-around-normally, I am finding it a bit easier to focus on what I should be eating.
But what exactly does an ideal pregnancy diet look like?
One of the first places I turned was the Weston A Price Foundation. They have a lot of great detailed information about traditional foods and how people have nourished their families for thousands of years. Their diet for pregnant and nursing mothers looks much like you would think it might – lots of nutrient-dense animal products including plenty of good fats.
It’s Easy When It’s Easy
I have struggled with a fair amount of fatigue lately, even in this usually easier 2nd trimester. I believe it may be due to my efforts to try to find a normal hormone balance. Having to lay down several times per day just to be able to move around and function as a wife and mama has forced me to really listen to what my body needs rather than what I want to eat.
That fatigue has encouraged me to eat liver more often – once per week even, as the WAPF suggests. I don’t do well with carbs for breakfast so most mornings I find myself eating scrambled eggs along with a sliced tomato or fruit. And unless I eat grass-fed beef every day I feel extra weak and hungry, no matter how many calories I’ve consumed.
I also take a Green Pasture’s fermented cod liver oil/butter oil blend supplement every day along with vitamin C + bioflavonoids recommended by my midwife for tissue growth.
I eat grass-fed butter, generously most days… with eggs, on steamed vegetables, or a with piece of sprouted bread. Coconut oil makes an appearance here and there, especially when I am making smoothies. And I try to drink a quart of herbal pregnancy tea every day.
It’s really easy to eat this way when it truly makes you feel better.
The Missing Recommendation
You’ll notice, though, that I didn’t mention drinking a quart of raw milk every day or eating seafood several times per week or counting how many tablespoons of butter I am eating. I like butter enough to not worry about tablespoons and my body would rather eat 1/2 lb of grass-fed hamburger than a pint of milk. That might have something to do with running slightly anemic.
I am also finding that I need to put more emphasis on vegetables – cooked and raw – than the recommendations suggest.
Don’t get me wrong, I think recommendations like these are helpful, but only if we listen to our individual bodies and take them as general guidelines rather than a set of rules to follow every day. It’s a bit like one of the many short comings of the public school system – everyone has individual needs.
So while I’m eating liver, beef, vegetables and lots of butter, you might be chugging down a big jar of "fresh milk", as our boys call it, every day.
And that’s okay.
What does your pregnancy diet look like and why?
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