Entering the third trimester! 28 weeks 4 days prego, yay!
It’s been a while since I posted something in this blog… I have been busy, and also suffering from morning sickness. Finally it’s gone (kind of) but it has been very hard. I was throwing up every few days and I was getting worried if I got enough nutrients for my little one. It also gave me little energy so I could not really do good workouts like before, but I have been keeping up with some weightlifting routines 2-3 times a week. The little one has been kicking a lot, somehow he doesn’t want me to swim! He has no problem with me running on a treadmill. Very strange…. I don’t know why people say swimming is the best thing for pregnant women. After 10 minutes of freestyle swimming, no matter how easy I swim, he begins to stretch his arms and legs and I just cannot continue at all!
28 weeks pregnant – my iPhone app says my little one is as big as an eggplant, but I have no idea how big that is. In Asia this veggie is pretty small – how big is this in the US??? Anyways, he is big enough to be able to kick hard and make scary lumps all over my belly. Soon I should be able to see his footprints!
Here are some remarks I wanted to make regarding my pregnancy & lifestyle.
I am still on a moderate carb diet, consuming a lot of fat. My macros are like this on average:
Fat: 65% Carb: 20% Protein: 15%
Fat – fat I eat mainly comes from grass-fed ghee I make at home, olive oil, MCT oil, and fat from grass-fed beef and wild caught salmon. I take krill oil to supplement Omega 3.
Protein – what can I say, I don’t have much craving for meat and fish at all. I do aim to eat at least some protein in one main meal, but I don’t force myself to do so. I started eating a lot of grass-fed milk kefir and that also has some good protein, but I tend to eat that at night (both probiotics and casein are best taken before going to bed). Anyways, the amount I take fluctuates between 60-70g daily.
Carb – right now I take just over 50 g net carb every day. Not doing cyclical now, I think it is better to support the pregnancy to fuel myself with glucose on a daily basis to support the hormone production. However, my carb mainly comes from complex starch like sweet potatoes and Japanese pumpkin. I stopped eating rice when my morning sickness stopped. I still eat some fruits but now I ‘process’ it with water kefir in order to reduce the amount of fructose inside. It is so refreshing and lovely, and it provides you with probiotic bacteria and yeast!
On average I take just over 1,900 kcal. I have been gaining weight very gradually, the last scan showed that my little one weight around 1.2kg already. I gained approx. 5kg the last 7 months! I think that is healthy. My mother told me that she gained most of her weight during the last 2 months so I should be prepared!
On the internet, most of the website says I should be gaining between 11 – 15kg! But come on, really???
Being on a low carb diet helps me NOT to have sugar cravings like many of the women are experiencing. I strongly recommend making water kefir soda with fruit flavor – it is a great way to get refreshed by tasting the fruity flavor but not actually consuming sugar.
The fermentation process consumes the sugar from the fruits, you can leave some OR you let it ferment until all the sugar is gone then add some sweetener. It is really amazing, and I will write a separate post about my experiments with kefir grains very soon.