Evidence that I have a very good mother. May the last paragraph cheer you as much as it cheered me.
I can’t say I remember the emotions of pregnancy that much but I do know a lot about challenging emotions.
What one chooses to eat can have a big impact. You are on a roller coaster of hormonal increase, i suggest deleting as much as possible all forms of homones your body is not making. I suggest eat organic meat, cheese, milk only be careful what seafoods you eat, use Natalie’ list and aviod scavengers (ie., scallops).
Use organic and if you can get it, raw milk. Try greek yogurt by FAGE, it is a real, cultured yogurt with lots of good didestors (Delish!)
NO soybeans or soybean products, most are GMO and all have phytoestrogens.
Looking for a nurturing carb? Buy organic whole or steel cut oats. Throw some in a pot at night; cover with water; Rince in the AM; Cover with water and cook for about 15=20 mins. So chewy and nourishing. Add yogurt/ milk or butter and maple syrup, maybe some pecans and raisins. Yum!
When I equivocate about buying organic anything b/c of the price … i remember that, overall, organic foods have 25% more nutrients than conventional. Plus a lot of pesticdes really mess with hormones. Do you have a list of the dirty dozen and the cleanest bunch in your wallet?
Breakfast is the nutritional foundation for the whole day. Getting enough to eat within 2 hours of rising, esp. protein, can set up your whole emotional day and eating pattern day.
Look at the palm of your hand. The size and thckness indicate the size of your protein serving for lunch and dinner. Now add up to the first knuckle. That’s the size for Breakfast. NOW add Cougar Dan! Try 2 -3 eggs, a strip of unprocessed bacon, a handful of spinach, 1 cup oats and decaf tea. Sounds like a lot. Well, think of yourself as a cow in a field. Pick the choicest morsels, chew thoroughly and enjoy the sunshine.
Organic Animal fats are good for you and essential for Cougar Dan. Rule of thumb – Use Extra virgin olive oil or butter for table use; Cook with butter (low temp) or unrefined organic coconut oil or lard (pork/bacon fat) (higher temp). Do not use oil with the word refined. When cooking, if oil/butter smokes, throw it out and start over (it has turned into a transfat.)
Eat lots of raw and cooked whole organic vegetables and fruit. One modest glass of organic or boidynamic red wine is good.
No caffeine. Caffiene miscues the adrenals and messes with the brain. It is destabilizing.
Lastly, I’m sure you will eat some processed foods, that’s Ok. Just don’t count them as food/nutrients. Sugar, bread (sprouted grain is ok), cake, muffins, chips, pasta, fruit juice, crackers, french fries, popcorn, cold cereal…. Eat ’em but DON’T COUNT ‘EM. That may give you a temporary full feeling but there not fueling your body engine. You could just as well eat the box.
Very Lastly, You come from good maternal lines. Grossmom, Nanny, Nana, Sally and I all carried our babies easily. Our pregnancies and births were unremarkable. No C-sections. Most of us nursed (except Nana) and had plenty of milk. That first little bit we all felt tired and queasy and at term everyone feels, well, big and uncomfortable. The middle months are awesome. You come from good stock. This will be a fun and deeply atisfying journey. As the days pass you will feel better and better and more and more beautiful. Pamper yourself.
This is a wildly, exotic time. Give your belly a lovey rub for me.