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Baby Diary #1: Thinking, NOT Eating for Two

3 weeks ago by Solenn

Confession: I thought that because I’ve been eating healthy and as clean as possible for the past six years, I could just bring in my current eating habits into my pregnancy and things would be all good. But actually being preggo seriously changed all of that. During my last ultrasound, I found out from my OB that my baby was too small and that we both needed to catch up nutritionally.

I was worried when I heard that and I was also confused. Before getting pregnant, I learned that you aren’t actually supposed to eat for two. Depending on how much she weighs, a pregnant woman only needs to add an average of 400 calories on her regular diet. So I thought I was doing fine by just adding those 400 calories, without really thinking of the nutritional value of those added calories.

I learned now that while you aren’t suppose to eat for two, you definitely need to THINK for two. So many changes happen to your body when you’re preggo and that means even your nutritional needs change. You need more fiber, more protein, more good carbs, more folic acid, and more vitamin D3. You can take supplements to get all these needs and you can also eat your way through it. You can get folic acid from food like green, leafy vegetables, beans, and citrus fruits, and vitamin D3 from food like fatty fish, mushrooms, and egg yolks (in moderation and properly cooked, of course).

A regular healthy diet needs about 8 glasses of water, 3 servings of meat and fish, 2 servings of vegetables and fruit, and 5 to 7 servings of good carbs and whole grains every single day. When you’re pregnant, you need to add another 1/2 serving of dairy (like 1 glass of milk), 1 more serving of vegetables (like 3/4 cup of cooked veggies), and 1 more serving of carbs (like 2 slices of wholemeal bread).

So what happened was, I had to be put on a 3,000 calorie diet a day. I have never eaten this much in my entire life, even when I used to be super active with working out. I was definitely not used to it, and at one point, I had such a hard time that I would just cry while eating. I know it sounds ridiculous, and although I used to want to eat unlimited food without a care, forcing yourself to eat when you’re already incredibly full is actually no fun at all. That’s why, if you’re planning to get pregnant, it’s important to understand all your nutritional needs and your baby’s right from the start, so you can eat as properly as possible, hopefully without needing to “catch up” like I am now.

I had the opportunity to fly to Amsterdam with Aptamom, a cereal bar made for pregnant women, to visit Nutricia, a company that’s been around since 1896 that really advocates for early life nutrition for moms and babies. I met some of their experts and my eyes were opened even more to this crazy/emotional/scary/amazing journey that is motherhood. In Nutricia, I found out about the importance of your baby’s first 1,000 days of nutrition, which starts from pregnancy up until your child’s 2nd birthday. It’s during these 1,000 days that your child’s organs, tissues, and brain grow and develop, and getting the right nutrition during this time sets the right foundation for your child’s health and well-being for the rest of his or her life.

I want to do this as much as I can for my baby and it’s really helpful for me that Aptamom bars contain important nutrients that I need during pregnancy, and that they’re also yummy and easy to eat on the go. I started adding this to my diet as an ingredient to my drinks and dishes, just to make eating a little more fun and delicious again. I came up with three recipes for preggo mommas out there and I hope you have fun and enjoy them as much as I have!

RECIPE 1: Aptamom Açai Smoothie Bowl

WHAT YOU NEED:

– 2 to 3 frozen bananas

– 1.5 tsp Açai powder

– 1.5 cup fresh coconut milk (or cream)

– Ice

– Fruits of choice, sliced, to top

– Aptamom Cereal Bar in Berry Mix, chopped, to top

– Dried blueberries to top

– 1 tsp chia seeds to top

HOW TO MAKE IT:

1. Blend the frozen bananas, Açai powder, fresh coconut milk, and ice. Pour into a bowl.

2. Top with your sliced fruits of choice. I used mangoes, kiwis, strawberries, and passionfruit.

3. Top with your chopped Aptamom Cereal Bar in Berry Mix.

4. Finish off with dried blueberries and chia seeds to top.

RECIPE 2: Apta-Salad

WHAT YOU NEED:

For the salad:

– Fresh greens, chopped

– Melon, sliced

– Strawberries or blueberries, sliced

– Aptamom Cereal Bar in Berry Mix, chopped

– Feta cheese (pasteurized if you’re pregnant!)

For the dressing:

– Olive oil

– Balsamic vinegar

HOW TO MAKE IT:

1. Throw in the ingredients of the salad together.

2. Top with your dressing of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

RECIPE 3: Aptamom Banana Shake

WHAT YOU NEED:

– 1 cup of milk of your choice (I use almond milk)

– 2 to 3 frozen bananas

– 1 Tbsp nut butter (I use almond butter)

– 1 tsp maple syrup

– Cinnamon powder to taste

– Aptamom Cereal Bar in Raisin and Chocolate, chopped

– Bananas to top, sliced

– 1 tsp flax seeds to top

– 1 tsp chia seeds to top

– Maple syrup to top

HOW TO MAKE IT:

1. Blend all the ingredients together and pour into a glass.

2. Top with sliced bananas, flax seeds, chia seeds, and a drizzle of maple syrup.

You can watch the vid below to see more of my Amsterdam adventure and to check out how I did these three recipes. More photos below also and more recipes on Instagram when you search the hashtag #SolennCooking. Enjoy!

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