So I am almost 6 months pregnant…and as you have noticed, my blog posts have become few and far between (I am so rubbish!)
But, in between researching all things baby, and trying not to vomit everywhere…I have, more recently been eating some lovely food!
So first thing’s first: a gluten free diet in pregnancy is something that is really important to continue with if you have coeliac disease or an intolerance. Keeping yourself well should be a number 1 priority, and if you’re well, baby should be well too. So try really hard not to make any shortcuts (if that is something you do on occasion), but equally, try not to worry unnecessarily if you do slip up. (Although telling a first time mum not to worry is easier said than done).
For the first 3 months I started out with great intentions to eat lots of salmon (Omega 3) and broccoli (good source of folate) however, morning sickness had another idea and floored me with a limited appetite and daily nausea and vomiting! My main enjoyment during this time was marmite (supermarket own brand equivalents are generally gluten free) on toast, and at lunchtimes marmite and cheese sandwiches with crisps in sometimes for the inner child in me.
Evenings were better although I never ate that much, generally a handful of whatever my husband had cooked, if I could stomach it at all. Sadly throughout this period I felt very guilty for not keeping up my fruit and veg intake (I’m normally a stickler for this) but as many mum’s have told me – it’s important to eat what you can!
Dry crackers also kept me full(ish) and I particularly like these which I have only recently seen on the market from Schär! They’re a bit like ritz crackers and so yummy!
Recently I’ve been trying to get better at breakfasts to give myself a good start to the day. Cue my favourite pancakes with fruit (very easy to make the night before), porridge and good ol’ bacon and scrambled eggs!
The best breakfast – pancakes with yoghurt, blueberries and banana
Now I’m feeling less nauseous I can stomach a little spice and more flavour – see the curry we made recently!
Lentil curry with salad and beef & coconut curry with cauliflower pickle
Also recently, I’ve been able to sample John Lewis cake selection. As well as pre-wrapped honeybuns cakes, the supervisor was able to tell me that they always have 2 cakes that are made with no gluten containing ingredients. the disappointment here is that you have to ask which ones – they are not allowed to mark them as gluten free because the cakes are made in a working kitchen where gluten is present. However, I decided to go for the carrot cake anyway, which was amazing. I shared it with my.husband but if you were feeling indulgent I’m sure you could manage it all…
A selection of the food that’s made me happy recently!
We had a first class journey on coast Virgin trains recently and there was a great menu there – see above for the salmon and quinoa salad. It was small, but it was free so I can’t complain! I supplemented my ‘meal’ with a waitress chicken wrap (which I had bought ‘just in case’)to fill me up!
Very blurry picture of the menu which denotes items with NCGI
You can also see some of our home baking and usual home comforts of cheese on toast- I’m so glad I have my appetite back!
I have around 3 months left of pregnancy so I aim to eat as much goodness as I can, especially as the winter months approach. I need lots of energy and vitamins! I’ve also been drinking herbal teas and found out yesterday that nettle tea is a good source of magnesium and iron so its a good alternative to black tea in pregnancy!