H20

Drinking water is super important, especially when you are pregnant. In the 15 weeks I have been knocked up my body can’t seem to get enough water. I am so thirsty all the time! Which makes sense because your body is working over time to create a new life. So it only seems right that your body needs some extra fuel to keep it going. My doctor recommended that I drink between 8 and 10 glasses of water (juice and soda don’t count) everyday. Drinking water can help with morning sickness, dizziness, fatigue and it can help prevent stretch marks, urinary tract infections and gestational diabetes (all common during pregnancy). So there is no good reason not to be getting your 8 to 10 glasses a day.

The problem that I was having was that I was just getting sick of drinking plain ol’ water. I was thirsty, I knew I needed it but I was just so tired of it. So here are a few ideas to spruce up your water. It is a amazing how much easier it is to drink water when you are actually enjoying it. I bought a small pitcher that I keep at my desk while I work. I make different flavors of water every day. These are just a few of my favorites.

Water Flavors:

Strawberry Slices + Basil Leaves + Water

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Lemon mint flavored water

Cucumber Slices + Mint Leaves+ Water
Cucumber Slices + Mint Leaves + Water

Smoothies Smoothies Smoothies

I love smoothies! Ever since I have been pregnant I can’t seem to get enough of them. They are fun, filling and easy to drink on my drive to work. Plus, they are a great way to mainline vitamins and nutrients! Every morning I whip one up with hemp protein powder, flax oil, soy yogurt, assorted frozen fruits and some walnuts for good measure. This is an easy way to make sure I am getting my protein, probiotics and omga-3s all in one.
A couple of my latest finds with my favorite reusable bag
A couple of my latest finds with my favorite
reusable bag

I was going to my local health food store every morning and buying a smoothie but they started to add up at almost 6 bucks a pop. So I decided it was time to get a blender to call my own. However, at this point in my life I was not ready to invest in a Vitamix(370$ plus!). So I picked up the Oster BLSTPB-WBL My Blend 250-Watt Blender on amazon for under 30 bucks. It is a great little blender that makes your smoothies right in your to go cup. It really is a neat little machine.

You can find frozen fruit anywhere but the my favorites so far have been the Berry Medley and the Organic Tropical Fruit Blend from Trader Joes. I also really like the AÇAÍ Smoothie Pack from Safeway.

Here are a couple recipes to get you started:

A couple of my latest finds with my favorite 

reusable bag

The Every Day

• 2 tablespoons hemp protein powder
• 1 squirt of flax oil
• 3 tablespoons soy yogurt
• 1 1/2 cups frozen fruit
• A few walnuts
• Enough water to cover the mixture

The Sunday Special

• 2 tablespoons hemp protein powder
• 1 squirt of flax oil
• A few walnuts
• 1 Banana
• 1 table spoon peanut butter
• Enough chocolate coconut milk to cover the mixture

Live Fast Dye Your Hair

Like a lot of girls growing up in Northern California listening to Black Flag, Minor Threat and the Circle Jerks I have always bleached my hair platinum blonde. This was a bit of a problem when I first found out I was pregnant. Harsh chemicals and developing life forms do not mix. Most dyes, not just bleach, contain harsh chemicals and when applied directly to the scalp can enter your blood stream, which is also now your baby’s blood stream. This can be especially harmful during your first trimester when your baby is developing.

This is where you call in the experts your doc. and a knowledgeable hairdresser. I first consulted with my doc. and she pretty much told me what I expected. Bleach when applied directly to the scalp is bad for the above mentioned reason(it can get into your blood). Highlights, that do not touch the scalp, can be an option but there is still a small risk involved. Most women choose to wait until the second trimester to highlight their hair, when there is much less risk involved because your baby has developed and is now just growing. The best and safest option is to forgo all the chemicals and go with a semi permanent that has no ammonia or peroxide. This option is safe at any stage of pregnancy. So I talked to my wonderful hair dresser and she confirmed that this was the safest option. Since I could not use ammonia or peroxide there would be no way to lighten my ever growing dark roots. So good bye Marilyn hello Betty! I went from almost white blonde to a medium brown to match my roots.

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I strongly believe selfies are only ok if there is a dog involved

 

 

 

 

 

Make sure you choose a hairdresser that you trust and that knows what they are doing. The woman I go to is the mother of two so she knows whats up. You always need to let them know you are pregnant and what your needs are(no ammonia or peroxide) because some semi permanent dyes still have the harsh chemicals. Also make sure your hair dresser knows about your cruelty free lifestyle and is willing to work with you to find products that fit your morals. I live in California so most people are pretty understanding. If you live somewhere else you may have to call around a bit more.

As far as home dying I can’t really speak too much to that. I tend to err on the side of caution and go to a professional. Keep in mind that some semi permanent dyes still have the harsh chemicals. If you do decide to dye your hair at home make sure you are using semi permanent with no ammonia or peroxide. I would even call a salon or beauty supply store and ask for recommendations. Again lightening will not be an option. You are limited to your shade or darker if you choose this route.

At the end of the day as hard as it was to give up being blonde I felt like I made the right choice with the least risks possible. Talk to your doctor and they will help you make the right decision for you.

Hello World

My name is Christina and I am one knocked up vegan. At the time of this post I will just be reaching the beginning of my second trimester, or at least that is what the app on my phone tells me. I live in a small beachside town near San Francisco, CA with my boyfriend and our two rescue dogs. We are both vegans and looking forward to raising our first vegan child. This blog is to share my experiences with other vegans getting ready to become parents. For a lot of us we are (or will be) the only vegan parents we know! So this is my way of reaching out to all of you out there. We can go through this together!