Highs & Lows In My Pregnancy

Now I'm on the final stretch (only 8 weeks to go!) I've been thinking all about my highs and lows from the last 7 months. I'm sure every woman who has been pregnant will say the same but it's just felt like a mad rollercoaster of emotion with plenty of surprises that I wasn't expecting thrown in. Of course despite how I'm feeling I'd never change any of it, even the gestational diabetes, because at the end of it all I'm going to have a little me and Leigh and nothing could be more precious. I'm going to start on the lows and end on the highs, best way to look at life really. Lows Crying Over absolutely everything, including, but not limited to: a can of peaches, my nipples changing colour an

Labour Fears

I went to a Hypnobirthing taster session last week and at the meeting the woman running the course asked us, "What are you worried about when you think of labour and what would you like to feel instead?" Through this entire pregnancy I have been absolutely fine with the thought of labour. Hard to believe perhaps, but I've come into it knowing that it has to happen and that millions of women before me have got through it fine so there's really nothing to be scared about. My favourite programme to watch is One Born Every Minute which amazes people when I tell them because they ask, "Is it not like watching a horror show when you're pregnant?!" I don't find this at all though, I think that desp

Thai Crab Soup Recipe

I've been looking at an alternative lunch time recipe to my current omelette and I think I have found it in this soup. The best thing about broth soups is that you can just chuck all the ingredients in a pan, allow to simmer and 10 minutes later you have a delicious soup. The chilli oil, ginger and lime give this soup a taste of Thailand and the crab meat adds texture. You could bulk it out with some rice or noodles if you so wished but it's just as filling and lovely on it's own. Also, you guessed it, it's GD friednly. Ingredients Red pepper, halved 400ml vegetable stock 1 clove garlic 2 spring onion 1/2 inch of ginger Chilli oil 250ml coconut milk 1 lime juice and zest 50g cabbage

Writing a Birth Plan

Something I decided quite early on was that it was probably better that I didn't write a birth plan... What's that you say? Cara not organising something!? Don't worry! I haven't been able to let go completely but as I am the kind of person that gets VERY stressed if a plan doesn't go perfectly (not exactly ideal conditions for birthing a human) I have decided that it is better just to try and go with the flow and do whatever is best for the baby at the time. This way I'm not setting myself up for any disappointment or feelings of failure. It's funny because something I've heard A LOT is, 'well don't expect your birth plan to go how you want it to!'' or 'Go in to it was an idea of what you

Banana Pancakes Recipe

If you know me you'll know that pancakes are my favourite thing in the whole world. On pancake day I eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lemon and sugar, butter and maple syrup, chocolate and strawberries, I love my sweet toppings and tucking into a giant stack. This year though it's going to have to be a different story - thanks baby.... There is a plus side though. I've been making these banana pancakes for my breakfast and they have been making me almost as happy as a the good ol' sugar and lemon variety. GD friendly, tasty and only 2 ingredients there are pancakes you have to try this Tuesday. Ingredients (makes 12) 2 Bananas 4 eggs Putting it all Together Start by mashing the bana

Gestational Diabetes

On Friday I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes and wow the last few days have left me in a complete spin. Between crying non stop and wondering if I'm failing my baby, it's been a fraught time, obviously enhanced wonderfully by the hormones already in my system. I'm aware that most people aren't pregnant so don't have a clue what I'm talking about so for those of you who aren't in the know here's a definition: Gestational Diabetes (GD) is caused by too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. The amount of glucose in the blood is controlled by a hormone called 'insulin'. During pregnancy, the body produces a number of hormones, such as oestrogen, progesterone and human placental lactogen (HPL

Date & Almond Bites Recipe

If you've been following me on social media you will have seen that I have recently been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Which means carbs and sugar are out the window but protein and fats are in. I've always had a sweet tooth and have also been craving sugar throughout this pregnancy so I am not willing to give up on all sweet things just yet. I've made these snack balls as a healthy treat that shouldn't raise my blood sugar too much but provide the sugar I'm craving through the dates and coconut. Really simple to make, and they last in the fridge for a couple of weeks. Ingredients 220g whole almonds 220g pitted dates 170g almond butter (I made my own by whizzing 200g almonds in a food