Hey everyone, I’m Vanessa – Mum, Wife, Baker and Writer.
For as long as I can remember I have always had an interest in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a love of cooking.
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?
Six weeks in all I wanted to eat were carbohydrates (crisps, chips, pasta ) 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.
Fast forward four years and 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. However, the second time around I was determined to do things a little differently.
I wondered if it was possible to avoid or at the very least reduce many of the pitfalls of my first 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 without piling on the weight and causing my body even further unnecessary stress.
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 , halving my weight gain in the process.
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!!
So The Pregnancy Pantry was born. All recipes included on my site are packed full of 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.