High Raw Cleanse During Pregnancy

Our family is expecting another addition to arrive in the month of March 2011. I must say that this pregnancy is much easier as well as different than my first.

I had morning sickness for almost 5 months with my daughter, but this time it subsided after 3 months. I craved Burger King whoppers, roast, steak, and Tortino's Pizzas throughout the entire first pregnancy. I have only craved whole wheat bread, mustard, and pickles in the beginning of this pregnancy, as well as mayo and seafoods on occassions.

Of course, hormones have still affected my digestive system, and for the first couple on months of this pregnancy I could only stomach sandwiches on wheat bread- I know gluten!!! Yet, my body  handles it much better than before the pregnancy. Yet, I couldn't even look at a salad, fruit, or green smoothie. Also, my protein came from meat- yes...I said it...meat. Odd because I have no cravings for meat like I did with my daughter, but greens, fruit, beans, and lentils with rice/corn just seemed to upset my digestion even more. So, I ate chicken and fish instead. I asked my doctor why I "digested" the meat better, and he said,

"It only felt as though you digested the meat better but actually meat is much harder on your system. You probably felt better after you ate it because your body had to concentrate on breaking it down more and longer which made the pregnancy hormone that causes queasiness to subside until digestion was finished."

Isn't he awesome! I love my Dr.! Of course he encouraged me to continue on a vegetarian if not vegan diet, and concluded that I should read the vegan friendly diet section in the new and revised version of What to Expect While You're Expecting.

So, thankfully, not long after this visit I hit the 3 month mark and the morning sickness was gone. YEAH!!!! So, I'm pretty much back to my vegan/vegetarian diet (eating meat when dining out and  the vegetarian options give a lack of protein).

The love of green smoothies and able to tolerate fruit again has inspired me to do a short raw food cleanse (3-7 days on mainly raw foods, but including grains and cooked lentils/beans and rice) that will depend on what my body will allow me to do.

During pregnancy, the body requires more protein as well as all other nutrients. I've very content with my present diet simply because I have almost no cravings (now it's just a texture preference for something crunchy or chewy). This in my opinion could only mean one thing, I'm eating a well balanced diet that is well suited for my pregnancy.

The key as always has been variety.

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