What I Ate: 33 Weeks Pregnant

I can’t believe how fast this pregnancy is flying by– if this baby arrives as early as my first did, I could potentially have only 4 weeks left to go. Cue me freaking out a bit!!

mom that is 33 weeks pregnant

In fact, my freaking out has caused me to switch doctors and hospitals this week. Great timing, huh? It’s rather late in the game to make a total 180 like this, but after my doctor’s appointment last week I wasn’t feeling very comfortable with my doctor or her hospital’s standard protocol for a “normal and healthy” birth. There were more interventions than I felt comfortable with, and I know there is a better way because I already experienced it with my last hospital birth.

Luckily, I also recently hired an amazing doula who referred me to a team of midwives who have privileges at a nearby hospital. It’s the best of both worlds! I feel much more comfortable delivering in a hospital, just in case of an emergency, but having a midwife (and a doula) in the delivery room feels like I’m stacking the odds in my favor a bit more when it comes to having a unmedicated and low-intervention birth. And because the midwife has hospital privileges, my insurance covers them just as they would any other doctor. (I feel like this is something I would have never known about had it not been shared with me, so I thought I’d share that tidbit with you, too.) This means I have a busy week ahead of me because I need to register all over again and tour the new hospital, but I’m hoping this last-minute switch will be well worth it.

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been in “nesting” mode lately, thinking up ways to keep my fridge stocked with healthy foods when this new baby arrives. Post-delivery is seriously the hungriest I’ve ever been in my life, to the point where I felt like I could never eat enough, even though I was constantly stuffing my face. This time around, I’ve come up with some easy throw-together meal options that are easy to keep stocked in my fridge and will helpfully keep me satisfied through my round-the-clock nursing sessions. I’ll do a full post on these meal ideas in a week or two, but for now here’s a peek at what I’ve been eating.

smoothie in a cup with a straw, strawberries, package of mixed nuts, and bowl with salad

Morning: Not surprisingly, I’m still on my chocolate smoothie kick– which is also helping me meet my “6 dates a day” requirement. (If you’re not familiar, research shows that eating 6 dates a day in the 4 weeks leading up to delivery has been shown to improve labor, with 96% of the group eating dates going into spontaneous labor, and also having a shorter labor and better cervical dilation.) I make a big batch of my Chocolate Superfood Shake (from the preorder bonus) and boost the date content, which means Austin gets an extra boost of dates, as well. Who knows, maybe it’s good for dads, too?

Mid-Morning: I’ve been bringing some sort of fresh fruit to snack on in the office, and on Monday I also treated myself to a decaf americano on the way to work. (I let myself have decaf coffee about twice a week, because I love the flavor but I don’t think it’s necessarily a “healthy” habit… other days I drink this decaf green tea, which I also love.) When I’m done with the fruit, sometimes I’ll snack on a handful of raw nuts and seeds, too. I had an impulse-buy moment last week at Trader Joe’s and picked up a bag of their individually wrapped trail mix, with a combination of raw almonds, raw cashews, and dark chocolate chunks. It’s a pretty dangerous combo, because it tastes SO good. Lately, I’ve been having half of the pack in the morning, and the other half around 3pm to get me through the rest of the work day.

Lunch: I’ve been driving home for lunch to walk my dog each afternoon, so this lunch bowl was ready and waiting for me in the fridge when I got home. It’s one of the make-ahead meals I’ll be sharing with you on Friday, and it’s so quick and easy. (And vegan!) On a random note, I’ve been eating less meat overall with this pregnancy than I did with my son, and my iron levels are WAY better this time around. (I was anemic last time and had to be put on a supplement– but not this time, even though my diet up to this point feels like it has been 80-90% fruit and carbs.)

Dinner: While I prepare dinner, I usually snack on some pre-cut fruit from my fridge. Lately, it’s been watermelon because I can’t get enough. This week we’ve been doing a lot of salads for dinner, because it’s so hot outside and they’re super fast to prepare. I have the pre-chopped veggies ready to go in our fridge (I chop them over the weekend after grocery shopping), and the dressing is also usually ready, so I literally just throw everything into two bowls and add our toppings. Austin likes different toppings than I do, but it’s no big deal to add different things to different bowls when everything is prepared already. On my salad, I added raw and roasted red peppers, sheep’s feta, chopped chicken (which I cooked in the Instant Pot for 15 minutes on the “poultry” setting), and a Honey Balsamic Dressing. I’m craving this salad again just thinking about it.

I’ve been too full to eat dessert lately (the space is pretty cramped in my tummy!), but on occasion I’ll have a piece of raspberry dark chocolate by Chocolove– I was introduced to this bar on my cookbook photo shoot last month, and it is addictive. (I wish the cocoa content were a little higher, but a small piece usually does the trick for me.)

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Angela

So excited for you!!

And I think my eyeballs almost popped out of my head about this date thing. I had no clue! Going to read up on it now. 🙂

    Megan Gilmore

    My prenatal yoga teacher recommends dates for EVERYTHING. Leg cramps? Eat more dates. Constipated? Eat more dates. Low iron? Eat more dates! Ha ha.

      Margaret

      Yes! I love that my two favorite food bloggers post on each others sites…and they are both pregnant…and they both inspired me to eat tons of dates during my pregnancy (which ended in a quick an intervention free delivery!) ♡♡

Sam

I completely agree about switching providers if you aren’t comfortable with your current doctor. I was 26 weeks pregnant when we discovered I had a bonus baby growing in there. I was dropped by my midwife because she didn’t do twin delivery and I was left scrambling to find someone who would take me on who didn’t view me as high-risk or an automatic c-section. I really trusted my gut and went with a home birth midwife. She was the only person who I felt would give me a chance to have an intervention-free birth. My daughters were born 4 minutes apart with 4 midwives, my 3 y.o., and my physician husband in attendance. I really believe that being comfortable with the people around you is the first step towards a positive birth experience. Best wishes!

Amber

Did you transfer to Research? If so, you made an EXCELLENT choice. I transferred there at 38 weeks pregnant (eek!) for a number of reasons, and it was the absolute best decision I made during pregnancy. I can’t tell you how glad I am now that I made that decision…my birth would have turned out completely different at St Luke’s South. (Because, Despite my daily date-eating and red raspberry leaf tea-drinking, my labor last 48 hours. ) Wishing you a wonderful birth, whenever it happens.

Carole

I was so ravenous after my first baby also, I wanted to eat 24/7!! I just had my 2nd baby recently (he is 3 mos) and it wasn’t as bad this time around. Regardless, I’m still looking forward to your throw together meal ideas as having a 2 1/2 year old and 3 month old makes food preparation a challenge!

carolyn

are you working out? If so I’d love to hear what you are doing

    Megan Gilmore

    This time around, my “workouts” have involved standing on my feet in the kitchen for 4+ hours a day while I develop new recipes for my cookbook… so not that exciting. I do take a prenatal yoga class once a week, but that’s the only formal exercise I’ve had time to do other than walking my dog. You can check out my prenatal workouts from my first pregnancy for more ideas, though: https://detoxinista.com/2013/05/prenatal-workouts/

Linda

Good for you for following what your heart is telling you and being an advocate for yourself! I had 3 sons born with midwives (at home) and I never felt so empowered. Pregnancy is not a disease, and a healthy low risk woman is more than up to the task.
I am in my 4th week of no sugar/no flour and doing pretty well. I enjoy your cookbook and blog, and I always like to see what you are eating. I am looking forward to trying some more of your recipes.
Keep up the good work and we all will look forward to hearing the continuing story of your pregnancy, birth and family.

Megan

The dates worked for me! I just delivered on the 9th at home in water and it was amazing. I did eat 6 or so dates daily the last month of pregnancy and I didn’t even know I was in labor… it was so strange. After my water broke at 8 cm I pushed for less than an hour and he was here ☺ (that part not so painless though)

    Megan Gilmore

    Congrats! That’s so exciting to hear. I think the dates did wonders for me during my first labor and delivery, too. (I don’t think anything can help with the pushing part… LOL)

Katherine

Interesting observation about iron levels – I was vegetarian during my first pregnancy, pescetarian during my second, and full meat eater during the third, and my iron levels were much better in the vegetarian pregnancy. Good luck for the labor and birth!

Jennifer

Hi Megan! I see that you’re using the Instant Pot – I just bought one, but haven’t used it yet. I’d love some feedback on how you’re finding it/what you’re using it for? Any advice appreciated 🙂

    Megan Gilmore

    I’ve been using the Instant Pot most often for batch cooking– like cooked chicken breasts to top on salads or use in stir fries, or big batches of quinoa for our Make-Ahead Lunch Bowls. It’s been too hot for soups lately, but it works great for those, too.

      Jennifer

      Thanks Megan!

Milissa

My last pregnancy was during the summer of 2012–one of the hottest on record in St. Louis. I gave birth on August 12th of that year and remember craving watermelon. I easily consumed two good-sized ones per week all by myself! Right now, I am into large salads with my own creamy roasted red pepper dressing. My latest favorite snack is a dense, chewy chocolate-covered bar. My own recipe site is almost ready to share and both recipes will be there:) I pray you have a quick, easy natural, drug-free birth with all the support laboring and birthing mommies deserve, and of course a healthy, screaming baby ready to latch on!

Marquelle

At what week did you start increasing your daily date-quota 😛 That’s such a great thing to know!

    Megan Gilmore

    I believe they recommend increasing your intake 4 to 6 weeks before your due date. I started a little earlier this time around, because my son arrived 3 weeks early. 😉

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