After finding out I was pregnant, I was overwhelmed with excitement. I was excited about the planning, researching and even the unpleasant side effects. I found out I was pregnant on the first day I missed my period.
“Is Mary pregnant?” my mother-in-law asked my husband over the phone.
“No. I don’t think so,” my husband replied while looking at me.
I overheard the conversation and rolled my eyes with a smile. Every month since we’ve been living together, my in-laws asked if I was pregnant. They’ve been hoping for a little "Maretuan" since Antuan and I became serious.
“Well, I had a dream about two fishes in the water. I saw a girl with long black hair and I said, ‘is that Mary?’” she recalled her dream.
After she said that, my eyes got big. Ester’s dreams are never wrong. I immediately went to the restroom and took a pregnancy test.
It came out positive!
Antuan and I were ecstatic. I shared the news with close friends and immediate family members. I didn’t want to share the news with the “world” until I received an ultrasound.
My first step was deciding to discontinue any dangerous behaviors, such as occasionally drinking alcohol and smoking.
That was no issue for me. The issue was eating. I began losing my appetite. Everything was either too heavy or not healthy enough. The thought of meat made my stomach turn. I am a meat-lover! I grew up eating steaks and chicken with every meal!
After days of researching healthy meal plans for great baby development, I was a bit burnt out.
I no longer wanted to do research because I kept reading about all the birth defects due to mothers not eating the appropriate vitamins and minerals. It was a bit overwhelming and caused me to stress a bit.
All of sudden, my body just craved fruits- organic fruits that is. If it wasn’t organic, I didn’t want to eat it. Read my previous blog, "Pesticides and human waste on fruits," for more info.
I would munch on flaxseeds, nuts and fruits when I got hungry. I drank my fruit smoothies for breakfast and eat chicken gnocchi soup from Olive Garden for dinner. That’s all I could eat at the time.
After about a month and a half, I got sleepy. All I wanted to do was lay in bed. I didn’t even want to get up to shower! I just wanted to lay around all day and eat fruit.
Then two months came around and I began feeling nauseous. I threw up once while brushing my teeth, but gagged every morning I stuck a toothbrush in my mouth. I began hating this important daily routine. I just hated getting out of bed, period.
“You need to eat more,” Antuan said to me after I threw up.
“I know I do!” I barked at him with tears in my eyes. “How come you don’t help me eat more? You didn’t get me any snacks.”
Oh yeah. My emotions began running wild, too. Poor Antuan.
I started reading books and articles about nutrition because I knew I wasn’t eating enough. My sister-in-law who just gave birth to my first niece told me that I just needed to snack all day.
My husband and I went to Dallas for a couple of days to visit with family and I had a seminar to attend. I knew I was going to be busy for three days straight, so my husband made sure I had vegetables and fruit on hand.
Those three busy days at my seminar changed me. I snacked on my fruits and vegetables the entire day and I had energy galore. I wasn’t sick and I was willing to eat lunch and dinner.
At the end of the first night, I was in the mood! Oh yeah, my sex-drive hit the floor once I got pregnant.
Ever since then, I’ve been snacking all day and my husband was inclined for some reason to make sure I had snacks. Haha! I wonder why??
But, seriously healthy snacking has really made a difference. I never go hungry and I eat healthy full-sized meals. Everybody stays happy and healthy, especially the baby growing in me.
Some of my snacks include:
Strawberries- great source for folic acid, which is important for bone development.
Cherries- nourishes the body with amino acids, natural pain relievers and fiber.
Oranges- you just can’t get enough this fruit! It helps prevent almost every disease out there!!
Peaches and plums-provides you with vitamin A, potassium, fluoride and iron, which in all promotes vision, bone health and a healthy heart rate and blood pressure.
Carrots- helps fight against cancers, composed of B-complex groups of vitamins and minerals such as copper, calcium, potassium, manganese and phosphorus.
Broccoli and cauliflower- the folates in this vegetable help prevent neural tube defects in the baby growing inside of you.
Celery- necessary for folic acid, vitamin K, minerals and vitamin A.
Crackers with slices of ham and cheese- this combo is light enough for me to eat all day so I can have my daily intake of dairy and protein.
Friday, August 8, 2014 9:47 am.