What we eat.

Originally written:   November 2, 2010 – What we eat.

I think I’m about 5 weeks now. I called to schedule an appointment, but the clinic I would like to try is closed on Fridays. So that didn’t work out. Since we won’t be living in Knoxville much longer (only a few months) I would like to try the women-centered clinic (I don’t know if that is the right term for this building. lol.) since it isn’t a long time commitment. That way I know if it is the kind of thing I would like to continue using when I move up north. Reading all of That Wife’s blog posts about birth and how she did things really made me think about the options that are available. But at the same time – I’m not sure if a home birth is really for me. It does sound idyllic, and like something I would do – but at the same time, I am the most overweight I have ever been in my entire life – and I wonder if that puts me at high risk.

Since finding out I was pregnant, I have been a lot more diligent about what I’m eating – and I’m doing really good. I don’t want to say “having a baby inside of me is motivating” but I can’t really find the words. It’s kind of selfish of me, to be honest – because what makes me want to eat better is that I don’t want to gain too much weight while I’m pregnant. For people who weigh as much as I do the recommended weight gain is only 15 pounds, but I know the only way that is going to happen is if I am super diligent about what food I put into my body. I know I can’t cut calories any more, but I can make sure that every calorie I eat is the best one I can get.

This is a medically approved diet, since I haven’t been to the Dr. yet – so things may change, but right now…

All Day:

– tons and tons of water.  This means I am constantly making bathroom trips as well, but I want to stay hydrated!

– Pretzels. I always carry a baggy of pretzels around with me. They are very filling, low in calories and they don’t get crushed in my bag. If I find myself with the munchies I just grab a few, and then spend the next 20 minutes picking the pretzels out of my teeth. Pretty. I know.

For Breakfast:

– 1/2 cup oatmeal with raisins (or chopped peaches and sometimes a teaspoon of brown sugar).

– Piece of fruit.

– Yogurt.

– Small glass of orange juice.

– Vitamin.

Mid Morning Snack:

– 1/2 cup cheerios (in a baggy!).

For Lunch:

This has been the hardest meal to adjust to. I’m still trying to figure things out. Typically I would eat a sandwich or tuna fish with crackers, but since lunch meat and tuna are both out – I am struggling to find things satisfying enough, and that are portable and don’t require cooking. Any suggestions are welcome!

– Chicken salad in a tortilla, or on whole wheat bread.

– Fruit.

– Pretzels.


If I’m at home:

– Soup

– A few crackers

– Fruit

– Small salad

For Dinner:

I can’t write down a specific menu for dinner, because it varies by the night. Three to four nights a week we have some kind of home made soup. I have made this soup, by Draya over at Say Anything. It was delicious! So here are the varying menus:

-Vegetable soup.

-Whole wheat toast.



– Chicken or Pork.

-Green veggie.


Maybe I’m going to be a little bit more diligent about keeping up with my food blog now…

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  1. Yay for soup and babies!!! I totally started changing up what I eat too now that I'm prego. I too am the highest weight of my life stage and being pregnant I'm VERY aware of how much weight is okay to gain. My dr. said 15-25 lbs is ideal for me and so far, so good. 20 weeks in and I've only gained 6 lbs. So I think you'll do good as well. The baby in the belly really does make you more motivated to watch what you eat.

  2. FYI – you can microwave your lunch meat to kill listeria (http://www.babycenter.com/406_is-it-safe-to-eat-deli-meats-when-im-pregnant_1246923.bc), so if you want to splurge once in awhile you can do it that way. Also, I've read a little fish each week is okay (http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-body/nutrition/is-tuna-safe-during-pregnancy/), especially if you choose low mercury choices. Of course, I understand if you decide not to eat any of those things, but I wanted you to know some options!

    I've not had a home birth, but I have had a midwife each time. If we were to have another, we will have to plan for me to be ready to deliver at home alone just in case, because my last two came so quickly (and the last was less than an hour!). Best wishes in choosing the best option for you and your baby.

    I wish you a healthy and happy pregnancy.

    1. Thanks! I figured that microwaving it is fine. My doctor actually told me that the danger comes from deli meats that have been sliced at the deli – meaning there may be cross contamination between the meats. She said that meat that is from like, Hillshire Farms is perfectly fine/safe to eat just the way it comes. I still microwave it just in case.

      I'm not a big fan of fish – so it's not such a big loss for me to have a reason not to eat it. I did read that it is okay to have it once or twice a week though.

      I'm up in the air about a home birth now. I've already had some "complication" with my health – and so I am thinking that perhaps this time a hospital birth might be the way to go right now, but to have my pushy mother (who's had five kids) be there to back me up in what I want, so that I don't feel bullied by a doctor. We'll see though. I have yet to find a doctor in Virginia and I won't need another appointment for a few weeks. 🙂

      1. I'm glad you're doing well, despite your complication. I loved my midwives–they were backed by an OB in case of an emergency, but I only saw a doc once for a consult for a complication after the birth of our first. Thankfully it worked itself out completely. The midwives got me through some minor bleeding episodes (I had them with all three pregnancies–lucky me!), a transverse baby (which would have almost certainly ended up in a c-section with a doctor), but there is definitely a time to use a doctor over a midwife. I wish you the very best.

        1. Yeah – I'll just have to do a bit of research. It will be easier once we've found a place to live, so I can pick some one/place close. Right now we're staying with relatives while we house hunt!

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