St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and I’m already trying to figure out if I have anything green in my maternity wardrobe that I can wear that day. One of my favorite St. Patrick’s Day pieces of clothing is a running shirt from my favorite running shoe store in my home city, St. Louis, Missouri that has shamrocks on it and says, “Kiss Me, I’m a Runner” on the back. Sadly, I don’t think that shirt’s going to fit me this year.
35 Week Pregnancy Update
I’m 35 weeks pregnant now, and since I’m not feeling my best or my strongest, you don’t get a pregnancy bump photo this week. Why am I not feeling my best? Well, our whole family was hit last weekend with a horrible stomach bug that landed me in the hospital.
I only spent one night there, but the doctors and midwives asked me several times if I was sure I was ready to leave. Because my husband and our daughter were also sick, and because he was scheduled to leave the country on a work trip on Monday, I wanted to get back home as soon as I could.
I spent less than 24 hours in the hospital, but that was enough for them to pump me with enough I.V. fluids to speed my recovery a bit.
During my bout with the Horrible Virus of 2016, I lost a lot of nutrients and fluids. According to my doctor at my 34.5-week checkup this week, my blood pressure was low, and I’m “very anemic” again.
The return of my iron deficiency means going back to the things we know work: eating lots of leafy greens and red meats, and not mixing them with calcium (think: hamburgers, not cheeseburgers).
Leafy greens aren’t the only green thing on my mind this week. St. Patrick’s Day is just a few days away, and there’s something about all of the silly St. Pat’s traditions (wear green or be pinched, etc.) that make me smile.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
So in honor of everyone’s favorite green holday, the rest of today’s post will be all about green foods. Let’s start with green pancackes. These pancakes, made with spinach, are loaded with iron, protein and carbs (which you definitel do need during pregnancy!).
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Any recipe that starts with “soooo quick and easy!” is worth a look, as far as I’m concerned. This recipe for fresh pea soup has vitamins A, B, and K, and it’s high in fiber and protein. Anything this creamy should also be easy to digest if your digestion has slowed down in pregnancy. I haven’t tried this yet, but I might just have to give it a shot on the 17th!
Get the full recipe for fresh pea soup on FittaMamma.com!
There are plenty of reasons to eat greens during pregnancy, even if (or maybe especially if) those greens come in the form of whole foods like spinach, kale, and other leafy greens. You can read more about how greens are one of the ways to increase iron in your diet right here.
Looking for other tips for healthy nutrition during pregnancy? Check out this post by nutritionist Sarah Barber that features all sorts of foods that are great for pregnancy, but that you might not have thought of incorporating into your diet.
I hope you and yours have a happy St. Patrick’s Day, and that this post inspires you to work a little green into your diet this week!
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