Thursday, 17 November 2011

One more vegan pregnant in this world - Part II

As you know I was very late to write about the first trimester and decided to not to the same with the second one (well, I'm a little bit late again, have to admit...). Everybody says the second trimester is the easiest one and I have to agree with that even considering that my first one was really calm.

What exactly changed during this period? Not too much I have to say in regards to my diet. I kept taking my supplements and in the end of the sixth month I started to feel hungrier so I was eating more but I was still feeling great. I'm still not drinking coffee and limiting my ingestion of caffeine in general (just drinking some organic cola from time to time and chocolate, can't stop eating it). But I'm not doing that great with sugar. It doesn't mean I'm consuming that much of it but I was craving sweets a lot during the fifth month.

I've tried to add flax seed oil to my meals but it makes me feel a little bit sick so I'm trying to keep it at least for two meals a week, not that much but still a great source of Omega 3.

The biggest change is that this is the time when you actually see your belly growing and start to feel your baby movements and that's why I think it is such a special period. Also, I started with Pre Natal Yoga classes and they are great. A huge preparation to labour day (through breath techniques and poses to help you to keep moving your pelvis during pre-labour and labour) and an important exchange of experience. It's amazing to be surrounded by moms-to-be once a week.

Sometimes I think if I'm overdoing with all this supplements and I know a lot of vegan moms-to-be don't change anything in their diets and don't take any supplements too but I don't know I just prefere to sin by exaggeration than by the lack in this case. But as I've written before every pregancy – and every person- is a different experience. All I can say is this is working for me. The combo of eating well + taking supplements + keep exercising as much as I can is being the base of a quiet pregnancy and my blood tests are all good.

I'm now getting close to the end of this journey and get ready for the next fase of my life and I feel good. I don't feel like I'm pregnant forever like some moms-to-be feel and I'm glad I still have some weeks to prepare myself for the big day. Day by day I'm getting ready for the arrival of my little boy.


Anonymous said...

That's awesome. Particurlaly excited about the yoga part. People say it is really great during the pregnancy. Alanis Morissette (did you know this?) is vegetarian and also did yoga while pregnant. Actually, she did it before and kept doing. I heard she and her brother (that is her yoga teatcher) will release a book about it.

Last weekend I was watching "I Love Lucy", the episodes that she's pregnant and I could not stop thinking how weird and hard it was back them, not knowing what we can know now about the baby etc. You know what I mean?

Anyway, just wanted to say again how happy I am for you both and that this little guy (that we are all expecting, really) is going to be very special :)

Jenny said...

I've always liked being pregnant and wonder why so many people comment when they see me, "I bet you're ready for it to be over with." I think it's a time to rejoice and appreciate, and I always miss the little kicks and jabs inside me after they're gone. Thanks for sharing.

VeganLinda said...

Sounds like you are having a wonderful pregnancy! It is such an amazing time and I'm glad you are enjoying it. I found ground flax seeds easier to eat while pregnant than flax seed oil (I loved the oil pre-pregnancies). Yoga was such a helpful part of my pregnancies (before and after too, but during really was the best). Love to hear your experiences!


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