Healthy Pregnancy 2 – 18 Weeks

How far along? 18 Weeks

Baby Size: According to “The Bump” baby is the size of an artichoke.

Weight gain: 9lbs. Not sure what’s going on with my scale? I doubt I am actually fluctuating so much.

Maternity clothes? I found some maternity jeans that are long enough for me this week! It felt like a victory. They’re still pretty big but I don’t care. I’m sick of leggings.

Belly Button in or out? Out

Best moment this week: Feeling baby’s kicks get stronger.

Miss Anything? I’ve had a little cold this week, which zapped me of any energy I was finally starting to gain. So, still missing energy.

Movement: Mostly flutters still, but I did feel a pretty strong kick one night while I was laying down.

Food cravings: Chili has been a huge staple the last few days, though that may be more a function of convenience than cravings. Either way, baby is getting some hearty meals!

Gender: We should find out next week, though it will be two weeks until it’s on the blog as we want to share with family first.

Looking forward to: Feeling stronger movement and finding out if we are having a boy or a girl.

This week has been about getting in a lot of nutrients as I continue to climb out of the fog of the first trimester. I only have 10 weeks left to enjoy some energy, and after having a cold over the weekend, I just want to nourish my body and energize it as much as possible. Protein has been a struggle for me this pregnancy, especially from meat sources. I don’t have clear aversions like I did with my son so sometimes I am up for a turkey burger, and sometimes the thought of it makes me want to barf. It’s hard to tell what I’ll be able to eat day to day. Below are a few of my favorites from this week.

Crockpot Chili

  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1lb ground bison
  • 1 orange pepper diced
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 2-4 carrots diced
  • 2 white potatoes peeled and chopped
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • Cumin
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic salt
  • Oregano
  • Minced onion

Cook beef & bison until pink no longer shows. Throw everything in crockpot on low for 6-8 hours. I like to top my with Greek yogurt in place of sour cream. We had homemade biscuits on the side.

Protein Packed Greek Yogurt

  • ½ C Frozen berries
  • ½ C Plain Greek Yogurt (I’ve been using 2% so I can ensure fats for baby’s brain)
  • 1 Tbsp Protein Powder (Snickerdoodle is my favorite, but almost any flavor will do)
  • Puffins Multigrain cereal

Heat berries in microwave for 1:00. Pour over yogurt and mix in protein powder. Top with enough Puffins for some crunch.

Protein Pancake

  •  1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 scoop protein powder (again, I used snickerdoodle, but most flavors will do)
  • Unsweetened almond milk to batter consistency
  • Cinnamon for taste

Mix and pour over heated, greased pan for one giant pancake. I topped with peanut butter, and heated mixed frozen berries.

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