If you haven’t heard, we have some big news at Cast Iron Idaho. We are expecting a baby, sometime around March 29, 2012! Marty and I are super excited about our growing family. Not to mention my growing belly, and what to feed it!
So far, pregnancy has been wonderful. Besides the inherent joy in growing a new little one, pregnancy requires moms to actually take care of their bodies at a higher level than usual, including things like not drinking, not skipping meals, exercising regularly, and going to bed early. All of these make me feel amazing!
Pregnancy these days also comes with a long list of rules for eating. Sushi, certain cheeses, excessive caffeine, and other things are prohibited, and your body needs extra of other things. I read a great book called What to Eat, Before, During, and After Pregnancy, by Judith E. Brown. It goes into a lot of detail, but the big-picture message is; When pregnant, moms need an extra 300 calories a day. This isn’t much, but women need almost double the amount of protein, and extra calcium and iron. So, those 300 calories should be protein-rich.
We’re continuing to eat our regular healthy diet, but pumping up my meat intake a little, and trying to satisfy my extra hunger with protein-rich snacks. So far I like raw almonds, apple slices with peanut butter on them, and plenty of yogurt and cheese.
We also heard on NPR that the little guy/girl can develop tastes for certain foods later on, based on what mom ate during pregnancy. So we are trying to feed him/her the foods we want him/her to like. Like kale.
Early on in pregnancy, I had no nausea (lucky!) but had headaches more frequently than usual. Since I couldn’t take Ibuprofen, it was hard to kick them. So, I came up with a natural headache tonic, suggested in one of my pregnancy books: One quart of water and about a tablespoon of powdered ginger. Less if you don’t like it too spicy. Shake and drink very cold. It’s delicious, and seemed to help relive the headaches. Maybe I was just dehydrated.
Anyway, enough rambling. You’re probably not pregnant, and I’ve been pregnant long enough to know what you really want to know:
Cast Iron Baby FAQ:
Q: How are you feeling? A: Awesome! See above.
Q: Do you know if it’s a boy or a girl? A: It’s a little too early to know, but we’re not going to find out til it’s born! Surprises are better!
Q: What did Marty say? A: A lot of things, but he’s excited.
Q: Where are you getting prenatal care? A: Treasure Valley Midwives. Check out their webpage.
Q: Names? A: We’re taking suggestions. Marty likes flower or tree names. I’ve vetoed Dandelion and Cedar Bark.
Q: Are you accepting donations of used baby goods? A: Why yes. We haven’t had a baby before and will need to get some things. People have given us some things already. Things I think we need: cloth diapers, car seat that isn’t expired, stroller that attaches to a car seat and/or jogging stroller, co-sleeper, baby carrier, bumbo seat, breast pump, crib bedding, moderate amount of clothes and baby blankets. And probably a million things I haven’t thought of. Marty does not want any plastic toys, only wood or cloth, and books. He doesn’t want the little one gnawing on petroleum products just yet. If you haven’t a clue about babies and want to send us something, send me some new music to listen to while I’m in labor. Workout music? Soothing music? Dunno! Music for the baby would also be great. What do your kids like?
We are excited about this adventure!