The minute we decide to embark on the road to motherhood we are bombarded with dos and don’ts about the foods we should and should not be consuming and from the moment we announce those two little words ‘I’m Pregnant’ an overwhelming deluge of popular opinion and varying perspective follows.
Motherhood is such a joyous experience. However it comes with so many pressures and those pressures regrettably begin the moment we utter those two special words.
For as long as I can remember I have always had an interest in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a love of cooking and eating fresh nutritious foods.
I also love red wine, extra dark chocolate and every variety of cheese I can get my hands on.
The expectations I had of my first pregnancy were that I would be able to adapt that lifestyle further and what would follow would be nine amazing months of delicious healthy foods and a post pregnancy body that would bounce back in no time. Who was I kidding?
That sentiment soon vanished when six weeks in all I wanted to eat were carb loaded foods and the mere thought of vegetables and proteins turned my stomach. The healthy eating went totally AWOL and throughout my pregnancy I put on four stone, suffered severe heartburn, morning sickness, indigestion and constipation. I slept with a bottle of Gaviscon next to my bed and spent the last two months of pregnancy on prescription paracetamol for hip pain.
I lost the weight and I am now healthier than I have ever been. My love of juicing, eating nutritional foods and exercise certainly helped but in no way was it an easy journey. Losing weight in your mid thirties whilst juggling a family and work life is not easy, but it’s also not impossible.
So the idea of The Pregnancy Pantry came to me when after much consideration we decided we wanted to do it all again and extend our little family. Like so many women I had some serious reservations. The weight gain, morning sickness, heartburn, and a very energetic toddler thrown in to the mix was going to be a challenge.
However the second time around I decided to do it differently.
I wondered if it was possible to avoid or at the very least reduce many of the pitfalls of pregnancy simply by ensuring I consumed a balanced diet packed full of nutritional foods but also combined it with the delicious snacks and treats I instinctively knew I’d crave. So, I set to work combining three of my biggest passions – baking, eating, and writing to create sugar free healthier versions of those delicious treats in the hope I could have the best of both worlds.
The first six weeks didn’t go entirely to plan and I did waiver on a few occasions. I think our bodies crave what they need but I persevered through it and amazingly suffered no-where near as much as I did the first time round and halved my weight gain.
I had never eaten, let alone heard of flour free pancakes when I started on this quest but they became my go to choice of breakfast during my pregnancy. Bananas are a natural antacid offering relief from acid reflux and heartburn and feature heavily in a lot of the baking I do. Their high fibre can normalise bowel motility and stabilise blood sugar levels to reduce morning sickness and nausea. AMAZING!! If the Banana can impact so positively on pregnancy I started wondering what possibilities I would find in other fruits and vegetables packed full of nutritional goodness that I could incorporate into baking.
So The Pregnancy Pantry was born. All recipes included on my site are packed full of the vitamins and nutrients and many of them are gluten free, dairy free and all are free of refined sugars.
I really hope you enjoy the site and I welcome any ideas and recipes you may have.
Here’s to a hopefully healthier and happier way we can enjoy our experiences of pregnancy.