Monthly Archives: June 2012

Baby K: 27 Weeks

27 weeks!!! According to most sources, that means that we are in the third and final trimester! I honestly cannot believe that we’re at this point. The first trimester seemed so slow, and the second has flown by! Kevin, Baby K and I have spent this week on the west coast visiting my family that lives here in Oregon.

What’s Happening With Baby?

This week baby is the size of a cauliflower, but since I’m here in Oregon I don’t have a cauliflower to take a picture with, haha. So this will have to do for this week!

According to BabyCenter, baby is now two pounds and 14.5 inches from head to heel! No wonder I feel baby stretch from my ribs down to my pelvis these days! It also says that baby is “sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby’s brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if she were to be born now.” (FYI – BabyCenter uses she/he interchangeably in these updates- we still don’t know the sex!)

How I’m Feeling

I am feeling good – just tired! Since we’ve been away our days are pretty busy with sightseeing, family time, and other fun stuff. By the evening I am totally exhausted and yawning like crazy. We have been getting a ton of sleep though which feels amazing. Since we are (still) adjusting to the three hour time difference, we tend to go to bed early. I usually wake up really early too, but I’m able to fall back asleep for a while. I’m so glad I’m starting to sleep well. I’m going to enjoy this while it lasts!

Other than that I’m actually feeling really great. Most of the time I don’t even feel pregnant, until I look in the mirror and see my reflection. I realized that the last time I wore this Running for Two shirt in my weekly photo I was only 5 weeks pregnant, back when I wasn’t feeling so great. Not too much of a change from the front view – but definitely from the side!


How I’m Changing

What a difference a trimester makes! Let’s do some more comparing of then and now. Here is what I looked like at the beginning of the 2nd trimester (14 weeks) compared to what I look like now at the beginning of the 3rd (27 weeks).

I have noticed that I’m starting to feel achy in certain parts of my body when I wake up in the morning. I think because I’m sleeping so hard, I stay in certain positions for a long time without moving which makes me stiff and sore in the morning. Running and walking helps loosen everything up though.

I also noticed that my balance is worse than usual. I’ve always had issues with my balance and equilibrium from lots of ear infections when I was younger, but lately it’s going even more downhill. I guess this is from me growing and changing where the weight is distributed on my body. I was walking in downtown Bend with Kevin and my aunt a couple of days ago and my foot landed in a small pothole in the ground, which made me lose my balance and fall backward on my butt. I fell very slowly and just couldn’t catch myself in time, but I was fine. I just  need to pay more attention when I’m walking I guess!

What I’m Eating / Not Eating

Since we’re on vacation we have been eating out a lot, which doesn’t always make me feel the best. But the west coast has lots of vegetarian options on almost every menu which is amazing. Now that we’re at my aunt and uncle’s house, we’re able to cook at home more which is good. I’ve been eating a lot of cheese and dairy and it hasn’t been as bad as it used to be. I make sure to take a Lactaid pill with it and it seems to help a lot.

Last night’s homemade dinner- lentil enchilada, salad with strawberries, avocado, and pumpkin seeds, and sauteed veggies

How I’m Staying Active

Well the biggest news was the half marathon I ran over the weekend!

We have also been doing a lot of walking which feels good too. However, I think it’s time to start wearing my maternity support belt. I just feel like I could use some extra support down there lately. I actually found myself holding my stomach the other day while I was running down a hill. So I’m going to test it out on a short run today and see how it feels.

  • Run: 23.1 miles
  • Walk: 6+ miles (lots of undocumented miles in Seattle!)
  • Strength-Training: one quick session of push ups and tricep dips. It’s tough to fit in strength training while away from home!

Walking the River Trail in Bend, Oregon

Week 27 Summary:

  • Weight gained this week: I don’t know. I can’t weigh myself like usual today since I’m not at home.
  • Total weight gained: as of last week it was 17 pounds. I’m guessing at least 18 now.
  • Gifts for baby: A really cute and soft dog that is also a blanket from my aunt!
  • # of days until next doctor’s appointment: 5. This one includes the glucose test (ew!)
  • # of days until mommy’s next race with baby: 7 – a 4th of July 5K!
  • # of baby showers being planned for Baby K: 2. One in Pennsylvania on July 28th and one in Virginia on August 25th. We are so lucky to have such amazing family and friends!!!

For more pregnancy posts, visit the Baby K page!

RW Summer Running Streak: Week 4

I can’t believe I just finished the fourth week of the Runner’s World Summer Running Streak! I only have a little over a week left! I have really been loving the challenge of fitting in a run or walk every day. It was a little difficult this past week because things were crazy. We spent the first half of the week figuring out things for the house we are trying to buy, and then we traveled across the country to the West Coast on Thursday. However I was somehow able to do some sort of running or walking every day! I even fit in a couple of walks longer than 1 mile, which was my goal last week.

Rock & Roll Seattle Half Marathon

Walking around Seattle

Here are the numbers from this past week:

  • Monday: 3 mile run
  • Tuesday: 3 mile walk
  • Wednesday: 3 mile run
  • Thursday: 2 mile walk
  • Friday: 3 mile run
  • Saturday: 13.1 mile run (Rock & Roll Seattle)
  • Sunday: 1 mile walk
  • Total miles ran/walked: 28.1 miles

28 days down, 10 days to go!

Previous Recaps:

If you are participating, how is your running streak going?

Rock & Roll Seattle Half Marathon

Kevin and I signed up for the Rock & Roll Seattle Full Marathon back in November and planned a whole trip to the west coast around it.  Then we found out we were expecting a baby in January, so my plans tentatively changed to the half marathon instead of the full. However, I knew I would be 26 weeks pregnant at the time of the race and had no idea what to expect at that point in my pregnancy and if I would still be able to run a distance like that.

Fast forward to 5 months later and I am happy and proud to say that I have continued to run and was able to complete my fourth half marathon while pregnant yesterday.

After the race!

Let me back up a little. On Thursday morning Kevin and I flew from DC to Seattle. We arrived around 2:00 in the afternoon, hopped on the Link train to get to downtown, and checked into our hotel. We stayed at Hotel Five, which was on 5th avenue and Blanchard. It was a great location – a close walk to Pike Place market, downtown, and the start/finish line by the space needle. Plus the rooms were awesome!

After relaxing for a little while, we went out to explore. It was beautiful day in Seattle, which I heard is rare, so we wanted to take advantage of it. Our first destination was the famous Pike Place Market.

It was exactly as I had pictured it. Tons of people, fresh flowers, food, and craft vendors everywhere. Right by the waterfront with beautiful views. It was perfect!

We started to get hungry after a while and Kevin knew exactly where he wanted to go for dinner. He has been really into local breweries lately and he couldn’t wait to get his hands on some west coast craft beer, so we headed to The Pike Brewing Company.

Kevin enjoyed some beer and a burger and I enjoyed a delicious homemade veggie burger. One of the best things about the west coast is the amazing amount of vegetarian options that are on almost every menu!


After dinner we went back to the hotel and went to bed early. We were so tired from the time change since Seattle is 3 hours behind the east coast, and just from traveling in general.

The next morning we got up and went for a short 3 mile run, then hopped back on the Link train to hit up the race expo. It was raining pretty hard on and off all day, but we made the most of the day and explored anyway.

The expo was held in the stadium complex at the Event Center. It was HUGE – way bigger than any other Rock & Roll expo we had been to before.

We picked up our race bibs and other important stuff, then we spent a long time wandering around and enjoying all the booths and free samples, and checking out the course map to see what to expect the next day.

The purple route is the half marathon course

Getting his fortune told by a creepy runner robot

Playing blackjack at the Rock & Roll Vegas booth

So Delicious Coconut Milk ice cream sandwiches are my favorite!

After the expo we walked around some more and went back to Pike Place Market in the rain. We got to check out the first Starbucks and the long line of people waiting to go into it!

We also went to some stores so Kevin could look for more beer. I’m telling you, the west coast is his idea of beer heaven!

After all that excitement we went back to the hotel to relax. We checked out all our free swag from the expo. Check out all this amazing stuff!!!

Eventually we made our way to dinner at Purple Cafe and Wine Bar, which was amazing! But I didn’t take any pictures because I was too busy inhaling my roasted veggie and goat cheese pizza 🙂 After dinner we pretty much came home and passed out. The alarm went off bright and early at 5:00 a.m. Well, it wasn’t exactly bright outside. More like dark and rainy. But we got up, got dressed, and put on the oh-so-important Body Glide. I made sure to get it on my thighs, which is the newest place on my body that loves to chafe!


Since we were only about a five minute walk to the start, we took our time getting ready, eating our breakfast, and relaxing.


Eventually we left the hotel around 6:45 for the 7:00 start. It was SO NICE to be able to hang out in our warm hotel room, use our clean bathrooms, and leave late without having to worry about parking and traffic. Staying close to the race start is so worth the money in my opinion!

We walked to the start which took place in a park next to the Space Needle. The weather had cleared up and it had stopped raining. It felt great outside and was only in the mid-50s- perfect running weather and a nice change from the 90 degree temperatures in Northern Virginia.

Since we got there right at the starting time, we went to our corral (#13), and waited as they released each wave about a minute and a half apart. I love when races do this, because it makes the course so much less crowded!

Soon we were at the starting line and it was our turn to go!

The course first took us through downtown Seattle. I immediately got pretty warm and took off my light running jacket and tied it around my waist. I didn’t look at my Garmin very much, but we just tried to keep the pace nice and easy. I had a few weird cramps right at the beginning until about the third mile, then they disappeared. They felt like a side stitch cramp rather than a uterus cramp, so I wasn’t worried about it. I just tried to relax, breathe, and enjoy the race.

  • Mile 1 – 10:05
  • Mile 2 – 10:38
  • Mile 3 – 10:37

I started to feel better and get into the groove after mile 3. Kevin and I were running side by side, talking to each other, and watching all the people around us.  The miles started to go by more quickly.

  • Mile 4 – 10:32
  • Mile 5 – 11:08

Right after mile 5 we turned the corner and hit a HUGE hill. I mean HUGE! It looked like it went on forever. I thought I would definitely need to walk up it at some point, but I put my head down and charged up it slow and steady. Seattle in general was much hillier than I expected it to to be! I don’t know why I expected it to be pretty flat. Eventually we made it up the hill without walking. This picture is at the top looking down, but I wish you could tell how steep the hill was!

After the hill we had a very steep downhill. It was so steep that I got really nervous about running down it. I was afraid I would fall forward or someone behind me would fall and push me down. I moved off to the side and ran very slowly (basically walked) down it holding Kevin’s hand. Right after the downhill we turned and were running alongside the water. It was flat and I was happy again 🙂

We passed the halfway point around 1 hour and 10 minutes. At this point in the course, the full marathoners joined us on the course. They were at mile 12 in their race, and Rock & Roll did a great job at keeping them separated from the half marathoners. I thought this was really nice because nothing is worse than when you are running a full at a certain pace and you have to weave in and out of slower half marathon runners (in my opinion!). They continued to keep the full marathoners separate with cones, tape, or barriers for the rest of the race. Good job Rock & Roll Seattle!

Full marathon runners on the right

 We ran along the water for about two miles, and right before we turned up to head back into the city they had a mile to honor the military. On the side of the road there were pictures of soldiers who had given their lives for our country. It was really emotional to see their names and faces. After the photos they had tons of volunteers from the Run to Remember group standing with flags along the course. Kevin and I really liked this part of the course.

  • Mile 6 – 11:14
  • Mile 7 – 10:48

We turned left to go towards the city center and entered a tunnel. We ran underground for a good mile in the tunnel. It was really weird and at the end I started to feel a little claustrophobic, but eventually we saw the light and got out of there.

We could see the city in the distance and I knew we were in the last stretch of the race at this point. I was still feeling great since we were taking it so easy. It was nice and cool and the rain was still holding off on us.

We ran on the highway for a little while and made our way to the Stadium complex that we went to for the expo.

  • Mile 8 – 11:19
  • Mile 9 – 10:54

I was beginning to get uncomfortable because I had to pee really bad and the baby was putting pressure on my bladder. Right after we hit mile 10 by the stadium I stopped at an empty porta potty and immediately felt so much better! Once we got going the lead marathoner went by. He was at mile 23 of his race and he looked great!

For about a mile and a half we ran along the water. It was beautiful and I was loving it knowing that the end was already near. It felt like it was going by so quickly!

  • Mile 10 – 12:02  —> potty break!
  • Mile 11 – 10:55
  • Mile 12 – 10:48

At mile 12 we turned away from the water and started running back towards where we started. Right before the finish line there was another hill! But at that point we were almost finished and I didn’t care. I ran up it as fast as I could, turned the corner, and the finish line was right there!

  • Mile 13 – 10:29
  • FINISH – 2:24:27

Kevin and I immediately got some food and started walking through the amazing finisher’s festival they had set up. I was loving the post-run refreshments they had- especially the mini Jamba Juice smoothies!

They had all kinds of booths and tents set up in the park near an awesome fountain and the Space Needle. We enjoyed the nice weather and hung out for a bit until our stomachs started to grumble at us for breakfast.

It was so nice to be able to walk only a few minutes back to our hotel. We went to the cafe in our hotel to eat since it was convenient and quick. It ended up being really delicious too! Almost as soon as we got back the skies opened up and it started raining pretty hard. I was so thankful that we finished in time but I felt bad for all the full marathoners that were still out there.

We spent the rest of the day relaxing and then boating with my aunt and uncle when the rain stopped again. The Rock & Roll Seattle half marathon was an amazing race experience and I was so happy to have been able to run it at 26 weeks pregnant. Washington, I’ll be back for you someday to run a full here! My 50 States challenge is waiting… 🙂

Baby K: 26 Weeks

This weekly update is coming to you courtesy of Reagan National Airport’s free wi-fi! We are here waiting for our flight to Seattle. We will be on the west coast for 11 days visiting my family that lives there. After we run the Rock & Roll Seattle Half Marathon we will head to my aunt and uncle’s hometown of Bend, Oregon, and then we’ll spend some time in Portland with my cousin. I have gone to the west coast almost every year to visit but this is Kevin’s first time. We are both very excited!

What’s Happening With Baby?

This week the baby is as long as an English cucumber. Umm, that is huge!

According to BabyCenter, the baby now measures 14 inches from head to heel (hence the huge cucumber) and weighs a pound and two thirds! Baby’s ears are fully developed and extremely sensitive, so he or she probably hears the conversations I have and other noises throughout the day. It is also practicing breathing by inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which helps prepare the lungs for the real world. The Bump also says that the baby has eyelashes now! He or she is also busy soaking up my antibodies to prepare its immune system for life on the outside.

How I’m Feeling

I am feeling much less stressed, relieved, and happy this week. School is finally over which means I am officially on summer vacation for the next 10 weeks! This past weekend we went to my hometown in Pennsylvania to visit my dad and throw my sister a graduation party. Seeing tons of family and friends made me so happy.


In other exciting news, we are now under contract for a house! The foreclosure that we offered on last week didn’t work out, but we put in an offer on our second choice which we also love and it was accepted! We will do the home inspection when we get back from our trip and we are crossing our fingers that everything is okay with the house. This also has me feeling much better and like a huge weight has been lifted. I’m so happy that we will have our own house to bring our baby home to after it’s born 🙂


Finally, the last reason I’m feeling good this week is because we asked our Bradley Method teacher to be our doula! A doula is a person who attends a natural birth and is there for emotional support for both of us, while helping make sure our birth plan is carried out how we want it to be (more on this later!). Since Kevin is my primary “coach,” she will basically act as back-up for him. We are really excited about this because we absolutely LOVE her, and she has delivered her own baby naturally at the hospital I am delivering in so she knows what to expect from the doctors and nurses who may not be on board with natural birth. She is also obviously an expert in the Bradley Method, which is the type of natural birth we are trying to have. We feel very comfortable with her and I know having her there to help us through will be amazing.

How I’m Changing

Baby is definitely growing, and I feel him or her thumping around inside of me all day. The kicks and punches have now gotten higher and go into my ribs occasionally, which feels… uncomfortable. Sometimes I have to push down on the spot to get the baby to move its leg/arm/foot/whatever it is away from there. It’s all good though because I picture how cute it must look moving in there and it makes me happy 🙂 The movements are also getting more obvious from the outside. Check out this video I took last weekend! You can see the movements best at 10, 22, 41, and 51 seconds.

As my stomach gets larger I’m finding it harder to bend over and pick things up. I also occasionally try to get up or move too fast and I’m quickly reminded that I need to slow down. Now that I am feeling very comfortable I forget I am pregnant sometimes! Although it definitely wasn’t hard to forget when I went bathing suit shopping a few days ago. Shopping for a bathing suit is a totally different experience while pregnant. For the first time ever, I didn’t care what my belly looked like. And another plus – I had a large selection to choose from since I needed XL sizes on the top and the bottom. Score!

What I’m Eating / Not Eating

Basically eating more of the same this past week. I finally wrote a long post about my vegetarian diet during pregnancy a few days ago that goes into more detail about my current eats these days.

How I’m Staying Active

Walking at a park in PA with Kevin

I am loving the freedom that comes with summer vacation! I have been running, walking, and doing Body Pump to my heart’s content now that I have the time. However, sometimes I wake up a little too late to run outside, so I’ve been confined to the treadmill a few times. Surprisingly, I didn’t hate it! Although I did get my first comment from a stranger about my running. A lady in Body Pump class came up to me and told me she saw me running on the treadmill. She felt the need to tell me she didn’t think I should be doing that. I was really caught off guard and didn’t really know what to say. I just told her that my doctor says its fine and that I’ve cut back a lot from what I usually do. She was an older woman so I’m assuming she just doesn’t know that it’s okay to exercise while pregnant. Still, I don’t really think it was her place to make a comment like that to me when she doesn’t even know me at all!

Another new development in my running: chafing in new places. Specifically in between my legs. Ouch! I need to start putting Body Glide there. But other than that, running still feels pretty good! I haven’t had to wear my maternity support belt yet but I am bringing it with me to Seattle just in case. We are running a half marathon on Saturday and I think I may wear it just as a precaution.

  • Run: 16 miles
  • Walk: 5 miles
  • Strength-Training: 2 Body Pump classes


Week 26 Summary:

  • Weight gained this week: +1.2 pounds
  • Total weight gained: +17.0 pounds
  • # of kicks to the ribs: SOOO MANY
  • # of days until mommy’s next race with baby: 2! It will be my fourth half marathon while pregnant!
  • Best part of the week: Waking up on Monday morning and not having to go to work!

For more pregnancy posts, visit the Baby K page!

My Vegetarian Pregnancy Diet

People always talk to me about my diet once they find out that I am a vegetarian, but I have had so many more questions about it since I’ve been pregnant. Some of these questions include:

  • “Are you still a vegetarian?”
  • “Do you have to start eating meat now that you’re pregnant?”
  • “What are you craving? Do you crave meat now?”
  • “Do you plan to raise your child as a vegetarian too?”
  • “Are you sure you’re getting enough protein?”

I know that the people asking these questions are just curious and genuinely care about me and the baby’s well being. But I’m not going to lie – they do get old. I get tired of explaining and defending myself and my dietary choices. Especially when the questioners are insinuating that I’m doing my baby harm by not eating meat and/or not getting enough protein. I literally had someone comment to someone (not me) that my belly wasn’t big enough because my diet lacked protein. Yes, I’m serious! Are you kidding me? This offends me because I try very hard to make sure I eat a well-balanced diet and I have been making an extra effort to eat more protein during my pregnancy.

Anyway, we will get to all of that in a minute. Before I talk about my current eating habits, I want to start with the first trimester, because what I ate during that time was TOTALLY different than what I’m eating now due to constant nausea and lack of energy. However, my doctor said the first trimester is about getting calories and getting them to stay inside you, so I wasn’t too worried about it. Here’s a little glimpse of some of my favorite food choices during this rough time. As you can see it was heavy on the carbs and not so much on the veggies!

Bagel and eggs, I lived off these two foods for a long time. But there’s spinach in there too!

Need I say more? I love these salty things even when I’m not pregnant!

A bunch of different cereals mixed together with almond milk – STILL LOVE THIS!

Pita chips with hummus

Grilled veggie panini with baked zucchini fries – I really tried to eat veggies, see!

Macaroni and cheese. Or any other food from my childhood!

Soft pretzels. Salty carb perfection!

Anything salt and vinegar – especially chips!

Once I hit the second trimester and my aversion to almost all vegetables went away, I started eating more normally. Some things remained – like my love of salty food, carbs, and eggs. However, I did pay more attention to certain aspects of my diet – especially protein. I started eating more beans, nuts, whole grains (rather than the white bagels, pretzels, and chips I lived off of in the 1st tri), two eggs a day as recommended by the Bradley Method, and even some dairy despite my lactose issues. Here’s what my diet looks like now.


Most days I have oatmeal made with banana and almond milk, with either fresh raspberries or blueberries and nut butter (almond or peanut) stirred into it. I had this all throughout the first trimester too. I used to put raisins in it before pregnancy, but I developed a really strong aversion to them in the first trimester and now they still make me gag. So fresh fruit it is!

I also drink a little bit of coffee. This is nothing compared to what I used to drink in the morning. It is the smallest cup of coffee you can make with the Keurig. It was hard to get used to at first, but I know it’s important to stay under 200 mg of caffeine per day during pregnancy.

On the weekends, I sometimes have my “special” breakfast, which is one of my favorite things ever – a bagel with 2 eggs and hot sauce. This one also had avocado on it. I seriously LOVE eggs during this pregnancy.

Lunch & Snacks

A typical lunch that I pack for myself looks like this.

Some type of salad, usually spinach, carrots, onion, bell pepper, jalapenos (love my spicy food lately!), avocado, other assorted veggies, and some kind of protein like beans or a hard boiled egg. I eat the salad with a hummus sandwich and some type of dressing. Earlier I loved honey mustard dressing and now I am loving Annie’s Goddess dressing. In addition to my salad and sandwich I pack lots of snacks, like nuts (I especially love pistachios and cashews), fruit, hard boiled eggs, a larabar, and a piece of fruit or two. I don’t necessarily bring all of this every day. On days that I run in the morning I bring more and if I don’t I bring less. But I usually do end up eating everything I bring over the course of the day.

Here are some of my other lunchtime salad creations.

Spinach, veggies, avocado and black beans with salsa dressing

Spinach, peppers, onions, carrots, and hard boiled egg with honey mustard dressing

Spinach, avocado, onion, and roasted chickpeas

Spinach, strawberries, mango, onion and roasted chickpeas with cinnamon dijon vinaigrette


Dinner is where we get creative. Since I still love my carbs (and Kevin does too), they have remained pretty heavy on the rice, pasta, bread, chips, etc., but I still think we get in a decent amount of veggies and protein as well. As you will see we have a very deep love for all kinds of Mexican food and try to make it at home often!

Early in the second trimester – panini with sweet potato fries and a SALAD! I was so proud of this accomplishment.

Roasted tomato basil pesto with spinach over whole wheat pasta

Roasted veggie bowl with brown rice, roasted chickpeas and soy sauce

Bean, corn, avocado & tortilla lasagna with collard greens on the side. YUM!

Veggie quesadilla – spinach, onion, avocado, bell pepper, tomato, cut up veggie burger (we were out of beans), and cheese inside.

Veggie and chickpea stir fry with brown rice and Mama Pea’s Mmm sauce

Vegetable, egg, and cheese frittata with roasted potatoes

Mexican salad with roasted chickpeas, corn, roasted red pepper, avocado, homemade baked tortilla chips, and cilantro lime dressing

Roasted chickpea tacos with guacamole and collard greens

Whole wheat pasta with cilantro avocado sauce and broccoli

Homemade Chipotle burrito bowl – cilantro lime rice, black beans, sauteed veggies, guacamole, salsa, and chips!

I don’t have a picture of these for some reason, but we also eat a lot of lentils and quinoa for dinner which are both great sources of protein!


Since I’m hungry for dinner when we get home for work around 5, I am usually hungry again before bed. I haven’t really wanted many sweet foods, so my “dessert” (or dinner #2) have been things like cereal or a fruit smoothie made with almond milk and protein powder. These foods keep me full throughout the night so I don’t wake up hungry but they aren’t so heavy that they give me heartburn or indigestion.

As far as the question about if we are going to raise our child as a vegetarian – Kevin and I have talked about this a lot. We both feel strongly about our children eating a vegetarian diet when they are young. That is the way we currently eat in our home. We have no meat in our house, even though Kevin isn’t 100% vegetarian and occasionally eats meat when we go out. We have both felt the benefits of a vegetarian diet and we know how good it is for our health, and we couldn’t imagine any other way to raise our babies. With that being said, once our children are old enough to make decisions about their food choices and if they become curious about meat, we would be fine with letting them try whatever they want. We don’t want them to feel that certain food is “off-limits” or “bad.” We want them to have a good relationship with food, and ultimately develop their own ideas about what they want to eat and do not want to eat. However, until they are old enough to decide those things, we feel that it’s our job as parents to set a good example for our children with what we eat in our home, and provide them with the nutritious and healthy food that they need to grow.

My doctors and my Bradley Method teacher have both told me that my diet is excellent, and that they wish they had more of their patients/students eat the way that I do. I have to keep a log of my protein for my Bradley classes and I always exceed the 80 grams a day requirement. Some of the non-vegetarians in class aren’t even able to do that! My plant-based diet keeps me full and gives me energy to continue to exercise and get through my busy days. It is also fueling me for labor and delivery and helping me nourish a healthy baby. I feel good about the way that I eat and I don’t see myself changing my eating habits anytime soon. In fact, I am definitely going to continue to eat an increased amount of protein after I have the baby because I have seen how good it makes me feel. My diet isn’t perfect, and of course we also have nights where I eat cake and ice cream and we go out to dinner and overindulge. But I’m proud of how hard I’ve worked to stay healthy for this baby and I am going to continue to do the best I can for the remainder of my pregnancy and beyond.