It’s important to get started eating a healthy, nutrient dense diet before pregnancy but I also think it’s challenging to get in all of the proper vitamins/ minerals on diet alone. Once you become pregnant, the baby will quickly start to use up your nutrient stores so it’s very important to have built a solid base (I recommend getting started on a supplement protocol at least 3-6 months before trying to conceive- and this includes both future moms and dads!) and also make sure you are eating as nutrient dense as possible.
Below is the list of supplements that I took prior to getting pregnant and continue taking during my pregnancy. We each have individual and unique needs, but this has worked very well for me.
Before I get into this next update, I want to thank everyone who has reached out to me about my last post. Also, I am doing fine, baby is doing fine, and overall I am feeling much less anxious/ stressed. But I wanted to be honest in my last post and bring to light something that isn’t talked about that much- that this process is not necessarily easy for everyone and therefore some of those fears/ anxious thoughts don’t just end the day you see a positive pregnancy test. And I also want others who are struggling on their own journey to know they are not alone- and I’m always here to talk!
So, over the past 15 weeks or so I have been hiding a big surprise! I am pregnant! I am currently 15 ½ weeks and honestly feeling pretty darn good! In fact, feeling (surprisingly) good during this pregnancy has been a big form of anxiety for me. Almost everything I read/ heard from others was that they felt horrible, had to take naps throughout the day, experienced nausea, morning sickness, you name it. And while I had a few brief periods of feeling a little nauseous, some cravings/ aversions and a bit more tired than normal (mostly I just didn’t feel like doing much in the evenings- but honestly, this isn’t that unusual for me haha) I felt great!
So, confession time. I’m not really eating “keto” anymore. While I whole heartedly agree with the benefits of a ketogenic diet, being so strict wasn’t really working for me. You see, I’ve done a lot of work over the years trying to be less restrictive and less “black and white” and “one size fits all” when it comes to food. And, as I learned as a Nutritional Therapist, I think a variety of diets can be healthy for a variety of people. Not everyone feels their best eating one particular way. And so while I learned a lot of great lessons from eating keto, and a lot that I will still incorporate, I’m going to move back towards my “real food” approach and not put as many labels on what I eat.
As the weather turns cooler, I find myself moving back towards warm drinks in the morning. I gave up coffee over a year ago to try and help with some adrenal fatigue I was experiencing. If you are interested in learning more, this article gives more details on how coffee could be contributing to adrenal fatigue, but essentially as a “Type A”, overly stressed out individual, coffee wasn’t doing me any favors. So I gave it up over a period of a few weeks, and I’m amazed to say that after a few months, the craving has gone away almost entirely. I did have a few decaf cappuccinos in Italy (because you really can’t say no to the coffee there), but in terms of caffeinated coffee or beverages I haven’t had any in over a year.