I took a break from blogging for a few months. 5 to be exact. Why? Because I have a gluten-free bun in the oven!
I'm 5 months pregnant and my first trimester definitely came with all the usual symptoms...
But the most frustrating symptom of all? I was so. not. interested. in. food.
The funny thing is, I always thought I'd be a kale-eating, exercise-doing, totally glowing pregnant person—that I'd eat nothing but good, wholesome foods and ignore the cravings for things like chocolate and ice cream. Boy, was I naive... and unprepared for how much hormones would take over. absolutely. everything.
And being gluten-free was a factor that I had not anticipated would complicate things further. Everyone's go-to food for morning sickness? Saltines and oyster crackers, both of which are nothin' but processed gluten. So I had to figure out alternatives that worked for me and were something I could stomach.
So below are my Gluten-Free Healthy Pregnancy Tips - Part One, containing all the resources I've stumbled across in my own desperate moments that I hope you will find before then! I'll post again soon with additional information.
Also, now that I'm in my second trimester, I'm happy to say that I'm back in the kitchen and cooking some delicious new recipes, including Coconut Thai Soup, an easy, delicious Hummus, a new Lemon Salad Dressing, and more.
Stay tuned and be well!
- The Gluten-Free Yogi
- What to Expect When You're Expecting 4th Addition by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel (book)
- What's a Pregnant mom to Do? Flu Vaccine in Pregnancy by Aviva Romm (blog)
- The Healthy Pregnancy Book by William Sears (book)
- Fit Pregnancy (website and magazine)
I recommend looking into local yoga studios to find out where they offer prenatal yoga classes. In addition, YogaGlo is a great online resource with lots of prenatal classes.
- Yehuda Crackers (a good substitute for Saltines)
- Attune Foods Crispy Brown Rice Cereal (good to keep by your bed to have as soon as you wake up)
- Deli Meat - Applegate Farms (make sure you heat it up before you consume it)
- Red Meat - Stick with grass-fed, organic meats, preferably from farms you know and trust.
- Fish - Obviously no raw oysters and no sushi for 9 months. But eating cooked, low-mercury fish in moderation is perfectly safe. This infographic is helpful for finding out which fish is most safe. Sardines are a great high protein snack to have with crackers.
Per the article under "Herbs" above, it's probably best to avoid most herbs during your first trimester. Just stick to pure ginger tea, warm lemon water, or the following: