‘Lactation’ and ‘cookies’. Two words I never expected to type in the same sentence. But if there’s one thing I’ve learnt about being a parent, it’s to expect the unexpected, and well, getting to eat cookies for the ‘good of my baby’ is certainly that. ‘What’s the catch?’ I hear you ask. There is none. These babies are for real.
Morning sickness infusion
Before I got pregnant, I had visions of chowing down on edamame beans and tofu throughout my pregnancy, filling my baby-to-be up with all, sorts of important vitamins that would, with any luck, set her up for a lifetime of healthy eating. All good in theory, but then I hit the six week mark and suddenly morning sickness, or in my case, all-day sickness, meant I was suddenly getting up close and personal with the toilet bowl on an hourly basis. Continue reading “How to beat morning sickness”
One of the best – and worst – things about pregnancy is all the random food cravings. During my first few months nausea really knocked it out of me and the only way to combat the problem was to give in to all my cravings, which included everything from cheese-stuffed pretzels to spicy Cheetos and chocolate ice cream. While I enjoyed this period of excess, I was somewhat relieved by month five when my normal, healthier, appetite returned. After all, while cravings are completely natural, you have to set reasonable limits because the more weight you gain in these nine months, the harder it will be to stabilise it later. Plus, there is some evidence to suggest that babies discover flavours in the womb, and if you don’t want a little one with a taste for fried buffalo wings in brown sauce, it’s wise to reign it in. Continue reading “Healthy foods for during your pregnancy”
Fruits of the forest smoothie
Since reaching my third trimester my appetite has gone into overdrive. After a full nights sleep I’m ravenous in the mornings, which has lead to a breakfast obsession. However, it’s got to be delicious, filling and ready in less than five minutes, otherwise I begin tearing apart the kitchen with abandon. Fortunately I have my Mum Cook Book by Beaba and Beaba Babycook Solo on hand, which contains recipes for women during pregnancy. One morning while frantically flicking through the pages I came across a recipe for fruits of the forest smoothie and it has become my new morning mania. Sucking down one of these awesome fruity smoothies gets my motor running and the best part is it’s ready in a matter of minutes. Surprisingly thick it’s almost like drinking a shake (but not as sweet) and it keeps me full until lunchtime. Anyway, rather than blathering on about how splendid this little recipe is, let me tell you how to do it. Enjoy!
Petit-Suisse cheese with berries and cereal
Hello. My name is Catherine and I am addicted to cookbooks. I’m only half joking here. The truth is that I have a huge cookbook collection and try as I might, it doesn’t look like I’m going to stop adding to it any time soon. Being seven months pregnant, my latest purchase is the Mum Cook Book by Beaba, which contains recipes for fresh, tasty and light treats for women during pregnancy. The recipes are designed for use with the Beaba babycook Solo, a baby food maker that steams, cooks and blends. It’s great news for mums-to-be, because the two combined give those who plan to make their own baby food the opportunity to have a practice run before the little one arrives.