My Pregnancy Diet; 26 weeks pregnant

Wow, another week passes, and another inch on the waist. I’ve certainly got a little bump now – and brought my first pair of maternity jeans and maternity tops. Why I didn’t do that sooner, I will never know. They are soooooo comfy! I brought a lovely collection of bits from Next and couldn’t recommend it enough. I feel like I’m embracing the bump now rather than trying to dress it in baggy clothes!!

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I’m still following the Gluten Free diet and loving the benefits. I feel more energised and less bloated. Two common complaints in pregnancy, so how fab is that!?

Here is what I have been eating over the last few days. BFree foods, you have been a life saver!

Breakfast:
Banana & Peanut Butter Smoothie
1 banana
2 teaspoons of peanut or almond butter
Handful of spinach
Tbsp of flaxseed
300ml of water or almond milk
Snack: Chopped apple with peanut butter
Lunch: Roasted Red Pepper and Hummus Pitta
Snack: Sugar snap peas with GF Hummus
Dinner: Chicken & Broccoli Bake (serves 4)
4 Chicken Breasts
Head of Broccoli
Tin of coconut milk
Chicken stock: ENSURE STOCK IS GF
2 slices of BFree brown loaf (for bread crumbs – blitz in blender)
Chop up chicken fillets and fry in pan with a teaspoon of coconut oil until
white. Add in Broccoli for 3-4 minutes. Add in tin of coconut milk and chicken
stock (use 100 ml to mix stock). Place the mixture in an oven proof dish and
sprinkle breadcrumbs on top. Bake for 40 minutes. Sprinkle with a handful of
mozzarella cheese after 30 minutes for the final 10 minutes of baking.
Breakfast:
½ a soft avocado
2 eggs
Sprinkle of Himalayan sea salt
DIRECTIONS
Pouch 2 eggs. Slice the black pudding into thin pieces and cook on the grill,
mash when cooked. Mash the avocado. Toast the BFree loaf, top with the
mashed black pudding, then the avocado and top the mixture with a soft
poached egg and a sprinkle of salt. Serve with rocket.
Lunch:
Chicken Salad
Snack: 4 squares of dark chocolate
Dinner
BFree Pizza
Tomato puree
Hard Goats cheese
tomato,
roasted red peppers,
prosciutto ham.
Spread 1-2 teaspoons of tomato puree on a BFree wrap and add toppings of
choice. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Serve with Side Salad.
Snack: Bag of popcorn
Breakfast: (MY FAV!!!!) 
Simple delicious Paleo Pancakes
1 Medium sized Banana
2 Eggs
1 tsp of baking soda (ensure GF)
Mix 2 eggs, baking powder and chop one banana and blitz in food processor
until smooth. Fry on pan like you would any pancakes – keep them small as
they will be easy to flip. These are delicious served on their own or with a
tablespoon of honey or maple syrup / or a dollop of greek yoghurt and some
berries.
Snack: 4 GF oats cakes topped with almond butter
Lunch: Omelette (2 eggs), with 1/2 pepper,mushrooms, onion, garlic + 2
Snack: Handful of trail mix & a piece of fruit
Dinner: Medium Salmon darne cooked in parchment with a squeeze of lemon
juice + medium sweet potato ,chopped into fries and sprinkled with salt,
pepper & olive oil + cup of broccoli
Dessert: Gluten free cookie. Keep your eyes peeled for the recipe for this 🙂 

Have you booked your Babymoon yet?

I was recently lucky enough to go on my babymoon. At 26 weeks I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to get some sunshine and relaxation before the airlines ban me from flying. I find flying uncomfortable at the best of times, let alone with a bump and already swollen ankles.
Me and my hubby booked the seven-night Babymoon package  at the Kempinski Hotel in Barbaros Bay, Turkey. Knowing it was my babymoon, I was really expecting to be surrounded by other pregnant women, enjoying the same package as us. We wasn’t. I was the only pregnant lady there (I think) and we were truly looked after. 

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In between relaxing around the pool and paddling our feet in the turquoise Aegean Sea, I had a treatment every day, ranging from a 50-minute pregnancy massage to a 80-minute facial in their exclusive spa.

Daddy-to-be had a few massages thrown in too, to help relief his tired body, and give him some much-deserved TLC after looking after me for the last six months.

I also had a wonderful new treatment called Watsu. Now I’ve been to a few spas in my time, but never heard of this, which is a holistic therapy, that immerses the body in warm water and allows the water to gently stretch the joints. It’s hard to imagine, but you basically tie mini floats around your legs and let your therapist gently rock you and twist and turn you as the water supports your body, while stretching out your limbs.

The idea is that the warm water (about 92 to 94 degrees) relaxes your muscles whilst you floating in the water takes pressure off of the vertebrae and your joints and so they can be manipulated easily and any aches and pains can be soothed and relieved. It was a very relaxing treatment, although I did find it hard to let go at first and let my therapist swoosh me around in the water. It lasted 50 minutes and by the end I felt weightless and totally away with the fairies. I would most certainly like to try it again.

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So would I recommend that you go on a babymoon before your little one arrives? Absolutely! Apart from coming back with a renewed sense of energy, I have a glowing tan to match my glowing and growing bump, I feel totally prepared and excited to face my third trimester and I’ve had a chance to read a few books that have helped prepare me better for my pregnancy and labour (Like Effective Birth Preparation by Maggie Howell and Your Pregnancy Companion by Zita West, to name a few.)

Me and my husband have also totally reconnected and talked lots about what’s to come, whilst spending some quality time together without work and nursery decorating getting in the way.