Morning friends!! Today I wanted to take a moment and talk about how I stayed on the healthy eating track this last pregnancy. Before I found out I was preggo, I had already been focusing on healthy eating and living. I had lost forty pounds and gotten into a great habit of exercising. I started this change when I found out I had pcos back in 2015. By focusing on healthy eating and living, I took back control of my life. For so long I felt that grief and my pcos was ruling my life. A few weeks after my diagnosis, I decided to make a change. I'm so thankful I stood up for my health because less than a year later my pcos symptoms were managed and I was pregnant.
Once I became pregnant, I knew my hard work wasn't over. When I made changes to my diet and activity level, it was not a temporary fix. It was a complete life style change. This life style change needed to continue whether I was pregnant or not. I made a promise to myself and my new little bean that I would do everything in my power to have a healthy pregnancy.
With Libby, I didn't take very good care of myself. I ate tons of processed stuff, had a long, uncomfortable pregnancy. I also ended up with preeclampsia. My red head was totally worth every bit of heartburn, but I knew I could do better. After much research and finding a great midwife, I knew I could have a healthy pregnancy.
The first thing I did was brought good food into my home. As the main meal planner and shopper, I have total control over what food is brought into my home. I meal plan, prep healthy snacks, and eat treats in moderation.
I still had cravings, but I tried really hard to eat well. Was I perfect? Heck know! I still had treats and gave in to cravings, but I kept it all in moderation.
I made an effort to have a smoothie each day, drink a ton of water (I tracked it on a dry erase board), and ate a lot of protein. I also took fish oil, vitamin e, calcium and magnesium, and prenatal supplements.
I also committed to exercise as often as I could. I managed to keep up my workouts till about 30 weeks. After that my whole body hurt... Especially my hips, so most exercises were out of the question. I was pretty proud of myself for sticking with it that long. It honestly felt good to move in my pregnancy (until 30 weeks of course) I had a good amount of energy throughout and I know it was because I tried to fuel myself with good stuff.
Overall I think it was consistency that helped me. I took it a day at a time and tried to do the best I could for my baby and me.
Growing a baby is tough, exhausting, emotional work. Pregnancy is truly a glorious, messy, absolutely wonderful thing and I'm thankful I've been able to experience it. Each pregnancy matters because each sweet baby matters.
I'm continuing with my healthy eating. It's honestly become a way of life. We still have days, where junk food is had, but we make a bigger effort to eat that rainbow each day and give ourselves the best.