Inches 2 Style

A blog on fashion, motherhood and personal development.

MATERNITY DIARIES: Of Diets and Cravings

Hi all!
At 25 weeks, I have managed to keep my weight gain at a constant 2kgs at every doctor’s appointment. This has come with much discipline as regards what I eat and how I manage my cravings.
In my first trimester, I used to eat all the time. I would have breakfast consisting of weetabix, tea, toast, at times I would add an egg. Then an hour or two later, I would eat a sandwich. The next eating installment consisted of fruits at which point it would be time for lunch. After a hearty lunch, I would have fruits then have something to eat at 4pm and at 6pm followed by dinner at 7/7:30p.m. This wasn’t the end of my eating for the day. I always woke up in the middle of the night for some nourishment of some sort usually bread or a banana.
As soon as my mum realized how much I was eating, she put a stop to it with one reprimand. She told me to control the cravings and if I felt hungry, I should eat fruits avoiding bananas and avocados as much as possible. This reprimand, which I know was filled with love, helped me start eating healthy. Now I eat fruit and weetabix for breakfast, at 10 o’clock I sometimes have tea and toast. Then I have lunch at around 1pm with a fruit at about 4pm. Dinner follows at 7pm and occasionally I wake up at night for a fruit depending on how well I ate my dinner.
One of the most important things I have learnt about eating well is that it starts mentally. Once I told my brain that it would have to make do with three meals in a day and the occasional snack, I stopped eating all the time. Another thing that has helped me tremendously is keeping away from temptation as much as possible. I love junk food, but these days, I only indulge once in a while as a treat. 

As for cravings, like any expectant woman, I do have cravings. Most of the time, my cravings are more of the fruit and vegetable variety. From time to time I will crave a samosa, fries, cookies, cake, chocolate and crisps. I however control these cravings by waiting for sometime before buying myself any of the things I’m craving so that when I do get say a packet of crisps, I will eat that one packet and be satisfied.

Other aspects of my diet that I have taken a keen interest in are my fluid intakes. The doctor asked me to drink plenty of water, at least 3 litres a day! This is the biggest challenge for me because I live in the cooler parts of Nairobi so I don’t get thirsty that much. I have to make a conscious effort to drink plenty of water. Another fluid that I am trying to drink more of is milk. I don’t like milk at all. I can eat yoghurt, ice-cream and even cheese but milk out of a packet is like giving me a punishment. But when I noticed that my teeth were getting sensitive, I was advised to increase my calcium intake. It’s important for me and also for the formation of the baby’s bones. I avoid caffeinated drinks like tea, coffee and coke.

 These are my dietary experiences so far? What other tips have you heard/practiced? 

Leave your comments below or on Facebook or Twitter. Thank you for stopping

 Happy Monday!



Share on Google Plus

About Audrey Masitsa

Audrey is the founder, writer and stylist behind Inches 2 Style. You can read more about her here and hire her for personal shopping, stylist and wardrobe consultations here .
    Blogger Comment
    Facebook Comment


Post a Comment