When I was pregnant with my first child I got obsessed with eating. However, I was very worried if the food I consumed was good for the baby and so I made a list of foods to avoid like raw milk or raw meat, unpasteurized cheese, sodas and sweet beverages. Things slightly change when you are breastfeeding. You should avoid foods that can make your baby gassy (which will prevent you from sleeping at night), like spicy food, citrus fruits (lemons, oranges, grapefruit), some vegetables (onion, cabbage, cucumbers), etc. Restraining from most of these foods was no problem for me at all. The problem was with the sweet cravings. More specifically, I craved pancakes all the time during the pregnancy. There are tons of easy and simple pancake recipes that I use all the time. The question was: are pancakes good for you during pregnancy and breastfeeding?
Pancakes and Pregnancy
The good news is: there is nothing in pancakes that is bad for you. Pancakes are a cooked meal so there won’t be any unsafe raw ingredients in them. Furthermore, pancakes can even be good for you if you know how to add healthy ingredients and what to avoid. For example, you should know that baking powder is bad for the baby. Instead of baking powder, use low fat yoghurt to get thick and fluffy pancakes. You should also avoid eating dishes that are too greasy. To be safe you can grease the pancake pan with olive oil or even coconut oil instead of sunflower oil.
What about weight gain? Weight gain is normal. To be more specific, a total of 25 to 35 pounds for women who start their pregnancies with a healthy weight is normal. I wasn’t in the normal range when I was pregnant. I was enormous. I regretted it later. It was very difficult to lose that pregnancy weight. None of my old clothes fitted me for a long time. I couldn’t even tie my own sneakers. A year after my daughter was born I still looked pregnant. I had to start a strict food regime to lose weight. To avoid such distress in your life choose low-fat ingredients for your pancakes that are also good for you. It is best to replace regular flour with whole wheat and regular sugar with honey.
As for the fillings and toppings, here are the safe ingredients you can put in your pancakes:
- Fruits like pumpkin, bananas, apples and pears;
- Cheeses like cottage cheese , cream cheese, mozzarella;
- Vegetables that are not “gassy”;
- Meat, as long as it is well cooked. Avoid chicken unless it is home-grown and from a reliable source because it can be full of hormones that are bad for your baby. Choose turkey or beef instead.
Play with Pancakes
You can find lots of healthy pancake recipes on the net for your needs during this special period in your life. Besides the healthy recipes I decided to pick a recipe called Pregnant Pancake, first because I loved eating it when I was pregnant and second because the pancake is stuffed and looks pregnant J It is healthy because it is made with whole wheat flour and full of proteins because of the walnuts.
And just for fun, have you ever considered using your left over breast milk from the freezer in the pancakes? Before you call me crazy consider the fact that breast milk is full of nutrients (if it is good for your baby it must be good for you too). Try it sometime. Just replace the regular milk you put in your pancake recipe and see what happens. Your kids can eat these pancakes too.
Even vegan pregos can enjoy their favorite sweet treat! Find out all you need to know about vegan ingredients and incorporate them into your favorite pancake recipes.
Remember, it is ok if you want to eat something sweet and unhealthy from time to time, like Nutella or chocolate bars. The trick is to keep your diet balanced and nutritious for the baby and for yourself. And don’t be too obsessed with food. Try to relax and have fun with your bundle of joy.