Updated: Apr 1, 2019
I found out I was pregnant in the very beginning witch was week 6! In the beginning sound it very strange actually because I didn't know the weeks start to count from the day of the last period. So than to suddenly hear you are over a month pregnant was quite surprising. And then I start thinking about everything I did on these last week as I went diving, did Acroyoga, went climbing - yes I know my hobbies are not really allowed during pregnancy - and even had couple of beers and wine...ops. But I guess almost every pregnant women do things witch are not supposed to and during these first weeks and everything goes well afterwards...at least I was eating healthy and thank god not raw meats!
And so as I started reading and studding about what to do and what to eat as I mentioned before, I realized I was eating pretty much good just had to increase the intake of good vitamins and elements.
The main ones I found out are the main ones from week 5 to 8 of pregnancy for the developing of the baby are folate, choline, vitamin B12, potassium, magnesium. phosphorus, and vitamin B6.
And where to find those? On plant based foods off course =) such as Sunflower seeds, bananas, avocados (I am craving them now a lot), chickpeas, tofu (finally learned how to cook those to taste really good!), quinoa, broccoli (careful with those if you don't want to have lot of gas!), spinach, pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, lentils, sweet potatoes, nutritional yeast. Everything witch taste good!! And can be super creative and possible to do simple meals everyday!
This is an example of a Breakfast smoothie bowl I had a lot during this weeks. Usually I don't have smoothies because doing to Ayurveda smoothies are not appropriate to eat because they are cold, you don't chew the food to prepare the digestive tract and it is a mix of many things...but instead I don't use frozen fruits, but fresh ones only and I don't blend all the way and add my toppings to chew the smoothie! And believe me it goes much better in the stomach.
Banana-nut smoothie bowl
1cup of almond milk (I do my own almond milk but sometimes I buy either unsweetened Silk or Cailifa)
1/2 cup of fresh blueberries
1 tbsp of almond butter
1/2 cup of organic spinach
1tbsp of flex seeds
Topped with 1 tbsp of white chia seeds (sometimes I add coconut flakes to my topping too)
This is another typical lunch I had during my second month of pregnancy. Another tasty, satisfying vegan meal filled with all good nutrients baby and mom to be need! I eat kale often anyways because I love it and this way to prepare on my opinion is the best and so so easy...kale nowadays is o the "black list"..I mean it is in the list of the vegetables with high amounts of pesticides =( so I am only buying organic. So, how to prepare? After wash well, cut in chunks, chop one garlic head. In a frying pan heat a small spoon of olive oil, add the garlic and after the kale, some salt and black pepper, toss for about 3 min and it is done!
Pumpkin and chickpeas dhal:
1 cup of chopped pumpkin (or squash)
1 cup of cooked chickpeas
-1 1/2 cup of coconut milk
spice mix (cumin, coriander, turmeric and fennel)
dash of black pepper and salt
1 tbsp coconut oil
roasted cashew nuts
Heat the coconut oil, add ginger and fry for 3 min; add coconut milk and spices, cook until boil and add pumpkin; cook for about 25min until pumpkin is cooked and after add the chickpeas. Serve with basmati rice and the kale. Yamiiii