Tuesday, February 10, 2009

RIP, August Lally

Over the weekend I began bleeding, was admitted to hospital and after a scan and two days in the ESSU (emergency short stay unit) I was told that our baby had died some time ago and I was in the process of miscarrying.

I was given medication today to speed up the process. At the moment I'm in a lot of pain (in many ways) and am doped up on strong painkillers as the rest of the foetus passes out of my body.

We called her August. I'm not ready to talk about this just yet but I will write something when I am.

Monday, February 2, 2009

A Day in the Stomach of an Impregnated Vegan...

I'm sure there's probably one or two people who are curious as to what I actually eat each day, and how I possibly stay healthy - and especially through a pregnancy.

Well, if you do a bit of reading and research, you'll quickly find that it's relatively easy to get all your nutrients without eating animal flesh or byproducts.

But for those who are wondering what I do eat, here's an average menu:

Breakfast: Muesli with soy milk and a banana, glass of juice or cup of naturally decaffeinated tea. If I'm feeling extra hungry, a slice of wholegrain toast with peanut butter as well.

Lunch: This can be anything from bean nachos with corn chips and a tall glass of soy milk, to a huge salad with nuts and seeds and toasted lebanese bread with hommus for dipping.

Snacks: I snack on fruit, chopped up vegetables like carrots, slices of bread and peanut butter, hommus and toasted flatbread, nuts and fruit smoothies.

Dinner: I am a huge fan of stirfries at the moment. So, well marinated and fried tofu with heapings of fresh vegetables served over brown rice if I'm good, basmati if I'm not. Also, I love spaghetti bolognaise made on nutmeat on wholemeal pasta.

Sweets: Soy icecream is nice for a treat, as are oreos, skittles, fruit smoothies (a healthier option), dates, dried apricots and other dried fruit.

So that's pretty much a day's food! I also take a prenatal vitamin and vegi-caps of omega supplements, just to be on the safeside.