Yesterday I wrote about being pregnant and vegan, and my thoughts on prenatal vitamins.
Today I wanted to share with you my midwife’s recommendations and my thoughts about cravings during pregnancy.
When I told my midwife that I was a vegan and I also was not interested in taking prenatal vitamins, she suggested that I try to drink nettle tea regularly, which I did :) the way she told me to make the tea was to boil about 2 litres of water and steep a small handful of dried nettle in the water overnight, strain in the morning, chill and drink during the day, with some lemon juice to taste.
Nettle tea helps during pregnancy by flushing the kidneys, nourishing both mother and baby, and due to it’s high magnesium content it can help with leg cramps. You should continue to drink nettle tea after the pregnancy also as it helps boost milk production while breastfeeding.
However *disclaimer* I am not a doctor so please consult your health practitioner before adding any herbal supplements to your diet, nettle can interact with other medications.
Now I also want to share my thoughts on cravings during pregnancy – yes, pregnant women are notorious for apparently waking in the middle of the night urging their husbands to go out and find them a pickle sandwich or some other obscure food. Well, in reality it isn’t always quite that dramatic but most women do find their desires can change when it comes to eating during pregnancy. While some foods, which they might not have enjoyed pre-pregnancy, are suddenly very desirable to the pregnant woman, there are other foods which she may have loved before but now she feels an aversion to.