Surviving The First Trimester While Eating Gluten Free

Surviving The First Trimester While Eating Gluten Free

Surviving The First Trimester While Eating Gluten Free | oak and spoon

It’s no secret that the first trimester of pregnancy can be rough. Wether you have morning sickness, nausea or are just dead tired it’s not fun. I was super nauseous for weeks along with extreme fatigue – side note: I have no idea how people don’t know they are pregnant. I would think I was severely sick and dying (ok, that’s a bit dramatic). I also lost my appetite which was terrible because I couldn’t keep up with the blog! So finding food that seemed somewhat appealing was tough. 

I’ve made a list of the items that helped me get through the dreaded first months. Having celiac at this time can be tough (I really want a doughnut badly) but you can find alternatives to the saltine cracker. 

Glutino Multigrain Bread – I love this bread and I loved it even more during the first trimester because it’s an easy snack and fills up your sour tummy. I’d top it with natural peanut butter, banana slices, a drizzle of honey and chia seeds on mornings I could handle it. I loved it and I still do. 

Grapes – My fave fruit and the one I ate the most at this time. Finding healthy things to eat is important but can be hard when you have aversions to certain food groups (it was green vegetables for me for awhile). 

Glutino Table Crackers – The gluten-free saltine alternative! I would carry these with me so I wouldn’t get too hungry (hunger = more nausea) between meals. 

Gluten-Free Pasta – Whatever your fave pasta is could be a real life saver. I really like Wal-Mart’s store version which I believe is only available in Canada. Dressing it with some butter (vegan/lactose fee) and a few veggies and/or meat you find appealing at the time can be an easy lunch or dinner. I craved it with pasta sauce and when we were all out of that… pizza sauce. Desperate times!

Gin-Gins – I love ginger. Pickled ginger, ginger in my tea, in cookies, in a stir fry. You name it ginger, I like it. The hard or soft candies are amazing for upset tummies regardless if you’re pregnant or not. Keeping these in your bag can really keep the nausea at bay.

So there you have it, the somewhat minimal list of things I found appealing during the first trimester. I know if I ever choose to have another baby I’ll know of a few things I’ll be able to stomach during those rough few weeks! I’m curious to know, what was your go to food while you were pregnant? 

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Our Sweet and Simple Nursery

Our Sweet and Simple Nursery

 

Our Sweet and Simple Nursery | oak and spoon

Photographs by Amanda Simpson Photography

I’ve been wanting to share Smith’s nursery since before he was born. Putting together his room was one of my favourite parts of my pregnancy. Vanessa and I have a very similar style and that has come in so handy – our wedding was super easy to plan because of this. We knew we wanted to keep it simple, nothing flashy or bright colours. We are not looking forward to the days of big plastic toys that seem to litter the home of anyone with a toddler. Just not our style or how we plan to raise our little guy.

Sticking to a neutral pallet that would be suitable for a boy or a girl was important to us. Not that any colour is more masculine or feminine mind you.  Putting meaningful pieces into his room was really fun. Like the small wreath I made during my “two week wait” before we knew if I was pregnant. I used seeded eucalyptus that was left over from our wedding (I also made one that is over our bed).

Our Sweet and Simple Nursery | oak and spoon

The classic Ikea crib was something we knew we wanted for the nursery. There was no need to go fancy on something he wouldn’t even be sleeping in for a few months anyway.

Our Sweet and Simple Nursery | oak and spoon

Our Sweet and Simple Nursery | oak and spoon

Our Sweet and Simple Nursery | oak and spoon

Our Sweet and Simple Nursery | oak and spoon

I’m not sure if I could pick a favourite part of the nursery but the whole room just makes me feel good. Before Smith arrived we spent time in the room, dreaming and sitting quietly thinking about the little person that would make this room his. 

Our Sweet and Simple Nursery | oak and spoon

Our Sweet and Simple Nursery | oak and spoon

Our Sweet and Simple Nursery | oak and spoon

A huge thank you to Amanda from Amanda Simpson Photography. I am so happy we have these photos to cherish of the nursery and of our new family for many years to come. I couldn’t recommend her more if you’re looking for an in-home lifestyle photographer.

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Oak + Spoon is Growing!

Oak + Spoon is Growing!

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but it’s been pretty quiet around here the last few months – and I have a REALLY good excuse, promise!

Oak + Spoon is Growing!

My wife and I are expecting our first child!

Our little one should be joining us in early October – a little Libra like us (yikes!). The first trimester was pretty rough with almost constant nausea and extreme fatigue. The very last thing I wanted to do was cook or bake. The very idea of food was gross. I was so disappointed because I totally let this blog sit without any love. The good news is I’m into my second trimester and I like food again! The nausea left around week 12 and I’m doing pretty well keeping it at bay (couldn’t/can’t let myself get too hungry or there is no coming back from it).

Oak + Spoon is Growing!

So while I was down about my lack of appetite and poor blogging practices I thought maybe I should just add to oak + spoon instead of focusing solely on food I’m going to add a bit of lifestyle. More photography, maybe some fashion (I’m super stoked about having a belly + showing it off), and a few DIY things. I’m always trying to focus on one thing but my head really doesn’t work that way and I should probably stop doing that to myself. I’d love to start posting more “personal” photos on Instagram so be sure to follow me @oakandspoon 

Here’s to the future my friends!

PS. How did you find being celiac and expecting? Crazy cravings for glutenous food? I’d love to know!

*The brussels sprout in the announcement photo is because of our last name – it’s a nickname my wife and her sister endured as kids. In fact, they both have a brussels sprout tattooed on them!

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