When I was a pregnant mum to be I was always shocked over the list of foods and drinks you couldn’t consume. You can’t have foods made with raw eggs, seafood is out of the question, salmon is high in mercury and don’t even get me started about booze.
And before you know it you have 100’s of things you can and can’t do and it makes you wonder how a pregnant woman copes planning her pregnancy diet when so many different things are on the banned list.
Well what I was looking forward to after pregnancy most, was getting back to all my favourite foods again. When you live somewhere like Portugal and a lot of meals are centred on things like seafood and rice and then to go without is hard work. Its like starting again.
I remember the first binge I went for post pregnancy was some sushi. I hadn’t had any for a good seven months and it tasted amazing and it felt good returning to normal.
Then, I found out that with breastfeeding it is not just about cutting out the booze, there is actually a lot more to it and each time you’re feeding your baby you’re passing on what you’ve recently eaten to your baby!
And I was seeing her reaction to what I was eating. She would have a rash after certain foods, bad trapped wind after another and I had never really considered how certain foods (and drinks) can have an affect on a baby.
- Thai Chicken Curry
- Diet Coke
- And the list goes on and on
I actually had Weetabix for the first time when I first started breastfeeding and absolutely fell in love with it, but before I knew it Sofia was showing an intolerance to the wheat just like Kyle does.
Then with the Diet Coke she would have extra trapped wind the day after I had a couple of cans and in particular when I had them on an evening.
Then for obvious reasons she absolutely hated mustard and curries and was always a bit out of it the next day.
And just like as adults when we consume fruit our bodies react because it makes us bloated if we have too much of it.
When you think of it like this when you’re breastfeeding it makes you re-consider your diet quite a lot and that whatever you consume your baby is also consuming-
I am now making small changes in my diet to keep Sofia happy and it is certainly an experience to see how hard it is to change your diet so much. I am also looking at introducing new foods that offer more nutrients especially for her.
I love breastfeeding her and anything that helps her is fine by me!