I had every intention to post more often about this pregnancy, but here I am in my third trimester and I haven’t had a lot to say about it this time around. I feel like it has flown by! It probably helps that I’ve been preoccupied with writing my second cookbook and have been working in my office full-time, so I just haven’t had the chance to think about what my body is going through– which is maybe a good thing? It’s amazing how our bodies can do so much on auto-pilot.
(This picture was taken at 27 weeks– I haven’t been taking them weekly!)
That also means I’ve done nothing special in terms of working out. If you’ll remember, I consistently did modified barre workouts up until 35 weeks with my first pregnancy. (Not to mention, I walked my dog 2 to 3 miles everyday.) This time, I don’t think I’ve formally worked out more than three times in the last 7 months. I hope to change that in the near future, but I’ve only got two more weeks to work on final recipe tweaks for my next book, so I’ve been trading-in exercise for standing in my kitchen for several hours each night. Hopefully it all evens out, especially considering that I do lift and chase a 30-pound toddler around my house pretty regularly. Lately, we’ve been swimming at the pool after work, which wears the whole family out!
Weight-wise, I’ve gained a little more this time, but I also started off about 10 pounds lighter than I did when I first got pregnant with my son. (Perhaps due to breastfeeding? We’re still going strong over here.) So, I’m about the same weight I was at this point in my pregnancy last time. I only get on the scale at the doctor’s office, so it’s definitely not something I’m concerned about. I eat when I’m hungry, and trust my body to grow how it needs to.
In regards to food, my taste buds are totally back to normal, which is a relief. During my first trimester, I think there was a point where I was eating two bagels a day. I only wanted bread and fresh fruit for nearly 3 months! Once I got out of that phase, normal foods have gradually started sounding more appealing again, and now I’m back to craving my usual smoothies and salads. I think the fact that the summer heat has kicked-in is also helping, because heavier food simply doesn’t sound as appealing when it’s hot and humid.
Here’s a peek at what I’ve been eating this week:
Morning: We’re still in our smoothie habit most mornings, and if it were up to my husband we would have the Chocolate Superfood Shake (from the preorder bonus) every single day. I compromise and usually make it for us about 3 times a week. Other mornings we’ve been testing smoothies for the new cookbook, to make sure they’re perfect. I have started using the same smoothie supplements I used in my last pregnancy, including Vital Proteins collagen and Pure Hawaiian spirulina. These supplements may not be necessary, but since I had such a positive birth experience last time (and great skin!), I figured it wouldn’t be a bad idea to repeat what I did.
Mid-Morning: I usually get a little snack-y around 10am, so I’ve been snacking on two to three handfuls of raw mixed nuts to get me through until lunch. It’s usually a mix of brazil nuts, cashews, almonds, and pecans. (Brazil nuts taste like dirt, but they’re a good source of selenium and you only need to eat ONE to get your entire daily dose, so I’ve been eating exactly one per day.)
Lunch: I try to pack my lunch as often as possible, and salads have sounded amazing lately. I think it’s the heat! This one included a whole head of romaine lettuce, red bell pepper, sheep’s feta and some organic chicken that I cooked in the Instant Pot, topped with a homemade balsamic dressing. I also ate some un-pictured red grapes, which are PERFECTLY in season right now. They taste like candy!
Snack: After making those vegan ice cream cookie sandwiches this weekend, I took the leftover cashew butter cookies to work to keep in our office freezer. I’ve been having one every day around 4pm when I need a little extra push to get through the last hour of my work day. After work, I pick up my son and take him to the pool with Austin, and then after swimming we picked up a couple of green juices on the way home. Green juice is another thing that didn’t sound appealing during the first half of my pregnancy, but now I crave it! (And my son loves it, too.)
Dinner: I’ve been testing and re-testing recipes every single night, so dinner was a freezer meal experiment of a vegetable-based “Baked Ziti.” The recipe is already perfected for the stovetop, but I’m seeing if there are any recipes that I can freeze without cooking first to include super-easy freezer meal and slow-cooker options in the cookbook, too! Crossing my fingers that I can figure a few out…
I’m so tired at night, I have no energy or desire for dessert in the evening. I could easily go to bed at 9pm these days!
Reader Feedback: What are you eating this week? Does the heat have you craving different foods?