The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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"During my third trimester, I probably saw my Chinese delivery guy more than my OB/GYN." Does this confession sound familiar? If there’s a ever a time to cut yourself some cook-from-scratch slack, it’s now—as long as you make healthy choices. These simple swaps satisfy quickly, without sabotaging your diet.
One of my favorite ways to start the day is with a super-satisfying bowl of oatmeal. Packed with soluble fiber, nutrients, and whole grain carbohydrates, oatmeal is a simple and delicious way to boost your health and energy while you’re expecting and after the baby arrives.
Bonus: It’s a great “Mommy and Me” breakfast for you and your future toddler, too!
Do you find yourself craving sweets during your pregnancy but avoid them because you’re trying to eat healthfully? I’m a big believer in the phrase “everything in moderation,” and love concocting sneakily light desserts that only seem indulgent and decadent.
Pickles and peanut butter, ice cream with hot sauce or bananas and ketchup, pregnancy cravings can conjure up all kinds of fabulous and freaky food combinations.
The Duchess of Cambridge, who is due any day now, is said to have picked up a serious Indian food habit in the past few months and is enjoying all things spicy.
She has ordered takeaway vegetable curry, rice and flatbread from a local store on a few occasions recently.
Now that you’re pregnant, it can feel like you’re missing out at dinner and cocktail parties. But that doesn’t mean that you have to sip a boring glass of water or cranberry cocktail at every gathering. “There are a lot of innovative non-alcoholic cocktails,” says Ryan Koemans, the general manager and sommelier at The Farm at Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah. “Even if there’s no options on the menu, ask the server if the bartender can suggest some options.”
Summer’s here! Time for barefoot feet in the sand, lazy days by the pool, a frosty frozen cocktail in your hand... You might be thinking, “Sigh. Not till next summer for me,” but hold on! Just because you may not be consuming alcohol while expecting doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a fun umbrella drink too. (Actually, you might deserve one more for being pregnant over the summer!)
Best known for her role as Delinda on Las Vegas (which ran for five years on NBC; currently on TNT) and her Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue appearances, Molly Sims is expecting her first baby (a boy) with producer husband Scott Stuber. Born and raised in Kentucky, Sims, 39, has been modeling since 19, and also is an ambassador for Operation Smile, an international children’s medical charity. Here, Sims reveals her unexpected craving, her favorite baby gear and what her parents got right.
Emily Deschanel’s character on the Fox TV series Bones, Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan, is decidedly awkward in social situations; Deschanel is anything but. An outspoken vegan committed to animal-protection organizations like Farm Sanctuary, Deschanel, 35, and her husband, actor and writer David Hornsby, are expecting their first child this fall.
Singer-songwriter Jewel Kilcher grew up in Alaska and began performing with her parents at 6; when they divorced she continued her life onstage with her father, then left at 15 for a solo career. At one point she was living in her van in San Diego and playing at a local coffee house, when local radio stations discovered her deep, pure voice and soulful poetry. Record labels started courting her.
Aversions (and Cravings)
Being repelled by certain tastes and smells is common. “Your digestion is slowing down, so some formerly appealing foods become intolerable,” explains certified nurse-midwife Lisa Kane Low, Ph.D., R.N., a faculty member at the University of Michigan School of Medicine. Ignoring an aversion may only make you feel sicker, so don’t feel you have to eat something just because you think it’s good for you.