My belly is giant, my ribs hurt, my ankles are swollen...But I'm still exercising. Some days I feel great and do things like back squats. Even if they are much much lighter than I used to. Then there are days like yesterday when all I could muster was a medium paced walk on the treadmill. As I later told Ryan, 'it feels like all the energy and strength has been pulled from my legs and arms and shuttled to my belly. GUESS WHAT?! IT HAS!!!
As someone who truly enjoys being active and working out, it's very hard to accept that my body is changing and that I am not capable of doing all the things I want to. It's frustrating to barely be able to put on shoes, roll over in bed, bend down to feed our cat, reach the bathroom faucet to spit and rinse after brushing my teeth. However, I know that in the next 24 hours to 2 weeks, our lives will be forever changed, and I'll be frustrated and enchanted by a whole host of new things. Change is good, sometimes it's just uncomfortable.
When it comes to exercising in your 3rd trimester, just do what feels good.
As I prepare for maternity leave I couldn't help myself but to find a way to thank my co-workers for all of their support during my pregnancy. While it's been a fairly easy pregnancy; knowing that I get to go into an office twice a week with a team of people who have my health and safety and wellbeing in mind was so nice and reassuring. Everyone was always asking how I was doing and if I needed anything to be more comfortable. ( I almost always said no.) To thank them, I thought a light and fluffy desert before my departure would be highly welcomed. I found this yummy looking No-Bake Strawberry Cream Pie recipe and decide to make just the filling and bring a few toppings for people to build their own 'parfait' with. I did make a few changes such as omitting the strawberry extract, and I used the Kite Hill Greek almond milk yogurt in place of the cows milk yogurt, and it turned out perfect! I made a second batch with whipped coconut milk and it too was super delicious. It was a bit more dense and rich since you don't get same lightness with coconut milk as with heavy cream.
If you don't like strawberries or are allergic, I'm sure you could try this with any freeze dried fruit such as blueberries or raspberries. I used 1 bag of the Trader Joes brand freeze dried strawberries.
While this is technically a desert, the protein and fat in it make it perfectly suitable for a kids afternoon snack or even a breakfast.
1.2-1.5oz freeze dried strawberries
1 cup plain greek yogurt (or plain almond/coconut milk yogurt)
1/4 - 1/2 cup swerve or coconut sugar (depending how sweet you want it)
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 Tbs lemon juice
1 cup heavy cream, whipped to stiff peaks (or use canned coconut milk to make it 100% non-dairy)
1. Pulse the strawberries in a coffee grinder or blender until most of it turns into a powder. Let it sit a few minutes to let the powder settle.
2. Combine the strawberries and the next 4 ingredients in a medium bowl.
3. Add 1/3 of the whipped cream to the strawberry mixture.
4. Fold in the remaining whipped cream with the strawberry mixture.
5. Serve immediately or refridgerate.
To serve, top with: toasted coconut, shaved chocolate, cocoa nibs, granola, chopped nuts, fresh/frozen berries. Or use as a dip for fresh sliced fruit (apples, banana, pear, strawberries...)
The low fat recommendations of the 1950s were some of the worst health recommendations of the 20th century, especially for fertility and growing babies. We need fat to grow healthy bodies and brains and hormones. Our great grandparents knew this, and ancient civilizations knew this, but somehow researchers decided to ignore the true evidence. This rant could go on and on, but I'll just defer to a few books. Real Food for Pregnancy by Lily Nichols and Nourishing Fats by Sally Fallon Morell
Also, the idea that pregnant women can eat whatever they want drives me nuts. If anything, pre-pregnancy through breast feeding is a time to seriously prioritize your nutrition habits. You are growing a human; creating them from two single cells! Don't you want that human made from the highest quality "ingredients"? Sure the occasional treat is TOTALLY FINE! The other morning we went out for breakfast and I ordered a french macron to go with my frittata. It was amazing. However, thinking that eating waffles/pancakes, cookies, candy bars, frozen foods, and fast food...etc. daily is justifiable while pregnant....um no, I will not budge on this. These foods are too high in carbs/sugar to keep you feeling good, and put you at risk for gestational diabetes. They are devoid of the nutrients a growing human needs to develop properly. Also, the processed/trans fats that will create the cells of your new baby set them up for obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer later in life. And they do the same to you.
So what have I been eating to support a healthy pregnancy? Nutrient dense foods. Things are high in protein and real fats, lot of leafy greens for folate and vitamin K, sea snacks and oysters for iodine, salt water fish for omega 3s, eggs for choline,
Coffee or Coconut milk + Chocolate Dynamic Greens + Collagen to start my day then...
I'm a dietitian with a passion for good nutrition, bold flavors, playing in the dirt, and being with my family.