From a Healthy Pregnancy to a Healthy Body Post-Delivery

Pregnancy is difficult and it can sometimes result in many changes to the body which are hard to get rid of.

This post is about my experience during pregnancy and after delivery. I hope that I can share some healthy tips that can help moms-to-be keep healthy during this journey so they can meet their bundle of joy stronger and happier than ever. Since I do not workout in the gym, I counted on my healthy diet to get me back in shape as fast and healthy as possible

PictureIt is the time you are pregnant when everyone wants to feed you and give you millions of advice which can be overwhelming, especially since it was something new to me and I was far away from family and friends.

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The most common thing that I heard was that you are eating for two people so you need to eat more.  Some would say,  “Give her the biggest piece, she is pregnant”, or  “Are you craving some sweets?”, or “Don’t worry,  just eat you are pregnant after all.” I also had my colleagues giving me extra chocolate and dessert everyday during work since I am the “pregger”. I will not lie to you, it was kind of tempting and nice to not worry about what to eat and how many calories I indulged in.

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                                                                                                     “33 Weeks”

At some point of the pregnancy, I had to take a sugar test for gestational diabetes.  The results showed that my sugar was a little high. Luckily, I didn’t have it but it was a warning to me to watch my sugar intake.

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                                                                                                  “34 Weeks”

The doctor didn’t seem to worry much about it but he told me to limit my sugar. I didn’t want to end up having anything to worry about other than shopping for the baby :). I decided to go on a low carb diet. It is also worth mentioning that vitamins and  prenatal vitamins were upsetting my stomach and I am lactose intolerant so I had to make sure I got all the necessary vitamins, calcium, fat, protein in my system to keep healthy and have a healthy baby.

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                                                                                                    ” 36 Weeks”

Here’s  a list of my diet during my pregnancy:

Breakfast: One Banana + 2 Hard boiled eggs with butter or mayonnaise. I also sometimes sliced the eggs and added a little salt and olive oil on top.

Lunch: I sometimes ate left overs from the night before or just made a salad and occasionally a ham and cheese sandwich.

Here are some lunch recipes:

Egg and Potato Baked Frittata

Spinach Quiche

Chicken and Rice Soup

Fatoush Salad

Arabic Salad

Yogurt Cheese Salad

Dinner: Every night for dinner, I had to make a dish with meat in it. I love steak so I ate that often.

Here are the recipes that are most nutritious .

Eggplant dish, middle eastern style Moussaka, or Sheikh Al-Mahshi

Green Beans and Chicken

Broccoli Stew

Spinach Stew

Beef Stew with Peas, Carrots and Potatoes

Syrian Beef Stew

The Art of Beef Stew

Stuffed Grape Leaves

Stuffed Eggplants

Stuffed Potatoes

Stuffed Zucchini

Potato and Beef Gratin

Ground Beef Zucchini

Steak

Kafta in a Tray (Syrian Meat Loaf)

Green Pepper Taco

Eggplant-Beef Gratin

Rice and Peas

Pork Chops and Rice Vegetables

Chicken/Egg Ball

Rice and Chicken

Chicken and Potato

Roasted Chicken

Chicken Liver

Chicken Alfredo

Chicken and Rice Yogurt Casserole

Chicken Kiev (Butter-Stuffed Chicken)

Chicken Veggies Stir Fry

Chicken Pizza

Chicken Eggplants

Eggplant Parmesan

As a snack, I enjoyed eating olives and a piece of chocolate on the weekends.

Plenty of water helped me a lot. My daily walk was getting less and less as I grew bigger and bigger :).

I know it is hard to give up carbs and temptations, that is why I had a nice slice of pizza or some delicious ravioli once a week.

I made sure to stay away from dessert and caffeine. I only enjoyed a cup of chamomile tea at night while watching my favorite shows :).

After I had my beautiful baby, I made sure to stay on the low carb diet to make sure I stay strong after the delivery and get used to being a mom with all the sleepless nights.

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                                                                          This Photo is after 5 weeks of delivery

Being a mom is a beautiful thing that I never knew about until I became one. It is not easy  and it is for sure tiring. It taught me that women are the strongest creatures on earth. Today, I am sharing my experience to help moms to stay healthy and beautiful as they are.

Although, I am not a workout person, I made sure to swim whenever I could plus I would do a 25 minute kettle bell workout as a total body workout now and then.

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2 Responses to From a Healthy Pregnancy to a Healthy Body Post-Delivery

  1. Mitzie Mee says:

    Thanks for sharing all those recipes. Even though I’m not pregnant, I’m sure I’ll like them:)

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