Healthy Pregnancy – 35 Weeks

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How far along? 35 Weeks

Baby Size: A coconut

Weight gain: 19lbs

Maternity clothes? Yes, and I found my bellyband, so I am able to wear some jeans with that.

Belly Button in or out? Out

Best moment this week: My doctor’s appointment! I got to hear his heartbeat and find out how he is positioned. He is head down!

Miss Anything? Being able to sit in an upright position for more than ten minutes.

Movement: He’s very squirmy, and we finally saw a foot sticking out (usually we see a full limb like a leg, vs a hand or foot).

Food cravings: No cravings to speak of, though I do appreciate anything that is easy to make/can pop right in the microwave.

Gender: Boy!

Looking forward to: Slowing down over the next few weeks, and finishing food prep.

This week I began my food prep for when the baby arrives. I know he will be receiving most of my energy, but I also know it will be so important for me to be eating well in order to pass nutrients to him and to have the energy to give him the best care I can. With that, I know eating out/delivery food will not meet those needs. So far I have prepped vitamin packed loaf, and banana pancakes. Here are the recipes:

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Vitamin Packed Loaf

I shamelessly snaked this recipe from my sister-in-law. I use a food processor/blender for all of the vegetables, onion, and eggs.

  • 1 pound ground meat (I use bison, but beef or turkey will work also)
  • 1 cup chopped vegetables (I used 2 carrots, ½ green pepper, ½ yellow pepper, and red cabbage)
  • I cup almond meal
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 6-oz can tomato paste
  • 1 red onion finely diced
  • 3 gloves minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper

I spread this into an aluminum loaf pan and popped it in the freezer. Once it is thawed out I can simply put it in the oven at 350 for one hour. Easy!

Pancakes

  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • Spinach

Blend everything in a food processor and cook on griddle or whatever pan you use to make pancakes. Once they cooled I popped them in the freezer in zip lock bags with three pancakes each (ready to heat portions!).

I am still planning to put together meals that I can put straight in the crockpot. I want to make sure I am getting plenty of vitamins after birth for baby and me, instead of letting myself fall into the very comfortable habit of take out meals. Though we will have family in town the first month or so, I am sure we will all be tired from the baby cuddles. If we don’t use the food at first, it is frozen, so I can use it at my leisure! Our little guy is my reason to be healthy! I will not let lack of planning be an excuse to compromise our healthy and wellness.

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