I decided yesterday it was finally time to get started on streamlining my wardrobe (point c in mission) as I’d been putting it off (due to the scale of the task) and beginning to moan to Mike ‘I’ve got nothing to wear’. After he got cross with me, he instructed me to throw loads of things out (‘you know all the things you brought here 2 years ago and I’ve never seen you wear’) and go buy some new clothes that I will wear. I had a sulk and then realised this is music to my ears!

I got started and soon realised that this was going to be an all day job – most of my stuff was, well, stuffed into my ‘wardrobe’, which is more a falling to bits ikea rack. But I also have boxes with sports clothes (including a 9 year old argentina sweater that I might wear?), holiday clothes (with things I haven’t worn since I was 21, 9 stone and living in Singapore), and clothes which were on a 6 month warning about a year ago. So I set about trying everything on to sort into ‘wear now’, ‘mend then wear’, ‘put away until after baby weight has been lost’, and ‘charity shop’. The result is a much neater rack that isn’t caving under the weight of forgotten clothes.

At about 2 I was starving so I went down stairs to make lunch and decided to put on SuperScrimpers. Well, that totally put the spanner in the works for  my shopping spree! It made me realise that I do have some nice clothes – loads I had assumed I couldn’t fit into, others I had just forgotten about. So my job for the rest of the day (and I’m still not quite finished now) was to find the clothes I like and see what I can wear them with, here’s a little taster (I couldn’t be bothered to take photos of everything, so it’s not the greatest selection of phone photos!).

  1. This is a top I probably bought about 8 years ago from New Look. I had to seriously squeeze my boobs into it (there’s no side zip) but once on it felt very flattering over my tummy, so it can stick around for a while.
  2. Aww… my 2011 summer of love dress – I got this from Next for our honeymoon and loved it so much. If I can still fit it when the sun’s back out I will be so happy. It’s even got a little racing back.
  3. Shoulder pads! This is a jumper I got from topshop when we first started the business because it was sailor-y (the company was called Sailor Girl Ltd) – it got discarded to the back of a draw I think because one of the buttons was loose. So lazy. Look how cute the back is.
  4. This is a top Alex gave me a wee while back when she was doing something similar with her wardrobe. I thought it was a bit too boobalicious but if I move the buttons (which currently sit directly over my nipples, most embarrassing) down onto the stripy bit, I think it’ll be a nice little top to knock around in. The jeans by the way, are a god send – size 10 (!) and stretchy from topshop. I have 3 pairs in different colours and I think they will fit for quite some time.

So… no shopping spree. Aside from my very sorry looking underwear draw (see below), I have clothes. I just need to remember what I’ve got and wear some of them. What an idea!

Sorry Underwear: The before shot is after I already emptied it of about 10 bras, now even the leftovers don’t fit. In the after picture you’ll see one lonely white, non-wired bra that is insanely itchy and some pants. I am going to get measured and this is at least something I can have a spree on!

I’ve been working on research into exercise – the myths, advice, what feels best to me, etc. There’s loads of information out there so I’m trying to pull it together, get rid of the contradictions and develop my exercise plan for a post that will hopefully be really useful for anyone who is pregnant and wants to keep exercising (which btw should be everyone who is pregnant – there are so many benefits! God, I’m annoying myself…).

At the weekend, Gabriella was poorly (major snot storm every 15 minutes) so we didn’t end up going to the gym. We hit the housework instead (yuk – Mike was a slavedriver and my fuse was SHORT) and then went visiting (and eating) for the rest of the weekend. To cut a long story short, I ate and did no exercise and I didn’t like it.

To make up for it I’m adding extra little sessions to my workouts this week. One of my favourite at home by myself exercise (what am I talking about, it is my all time favourite and I offer no apology) is my Davina exercise DVDs, and this afternoon I decided to do to both the leg and the arm sections of one of them (with the warmup and cool down it’s about 45 mins). I wasn’t expecting company for an hour or so but Mike and Gabriella turned up half way through the arms section and my quiet workout quickly turned into a spectator sport. Gabriella then ran off to find my smallest weights so she could join in (so cute). After a little snack and by the time we were stretching even Mike had joined in to see if he could also get his knees on his shoulders (like Gabriella, not me). A bit surreal but it turned out to be a nice bit of family time.

And now we’re watching Jodie Marsh: body builder – from my lamo, going to put on weight anyway, exercise regime to Jodie’s super-lean extreme. I want her arms, I think I’d need to push slightly heavier weights than my 1.5kg…but I’ll wait until after Bday for that!

On Friday I mentioned my husband’s rude weight loss (half a stone in 2 weeks), which is clearly not on. On the other hand, it has reminded me that I need to pull myself together and stop eating everything in sight. I’m hoping most of the extra food is going to my boobs (or my ‘page 3 boobs’ and Mike has loving renamed them) given the number of comments I have received about them from friends over the last few days…however, I suspect this is not completely the case, so a healthy eating plan (note: not a diet, critics) complete with carrot sticks instead of chocolate hobnobs (my best friend, Alex, will be pleased. She’s currently on a diet and takes great issue with the slow and savouring pace I use to eat anything yummy) is in order.

To give you a bit of background, I am an avid reader of Women’s Health Magazine, and especially used to love the diet plans – I was forever sending them to the girls at work (for example, this is a three week 1500 calorie ‘abs plan’ complete with recipe links. Loved reading it, very rarely followed it!), not because they were fat but because I loved them so much and wanted to share the joy.

So, for ‘The Ultimate Issue’ (gaining weight very (hopefully) slowly and healthily), I’ve been doing some homework over the weekend to devise a plan, which follows the initial principals in 8 things to love when you’re pregnant. I also wanted ideas, especially for snacks as I’ve fallen into the routine of low-fat soft cheese on toast (with loads of country life melted into the toast first, of course), which a) doesn’t fill me up for long, b) is quite high fat thanks to the butter but I don’t like it without and c) is really quite boring. I tried it with tuna on but that was pretty rank.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, in my hunt I have found a site that has done it all for me at babycentre.co.uk! Horray. It gets better too as it has been planned by the trimester and there are 4 weeks of plans for each trimester. They have thought of everything, including which vitamins (and therefore foods) you should be stocking up on at each stage of pregnancy and have a separate list of snacks. Also, for those of you that way inclined and with time on your hands (me, for example) there is a blank planner so you can do it yourself. I love it.

The only thing it doesn’t tell you is how many calories are in the plans, which I would like to know so I can replace things (for example, I’ve been dying to make a Cook Yourself Thin Mexican Burger recipe but it’s been held ransom for a whole week by an unripe avocado. I will be making it tonight). But, according to quite a few sources, I should be eating the same number of calories as I was eating before I got pregnant. (Ah-ha, this is the source of my weight gain then) So, by this calculation I should be eating about 1700 calories a day and only increasing it by 200-300 calories a day as I reach the second and third trimester. By the way, the overall amount you should put on during pregnancy, as a guide (don’t stress out if you put on more!!) is 25 – 35 lbs.

The other good news is that when I was having a good neb around the site, I also worked out the Vitamin A situation (that being you mustn’t take any supplements with Vit A in during pregnancy, which led me to worry about my orange obsession during weeks 6 and 10). Well, quandary no more…it turns out there are 2 types of Vitamin A:

  • Retinol is good for you but strong, so too much of it can harm  the development of your baby. Liver has high levels of it, hence avoiding it.
  • Betacarotene is the good one and pregnant women should stock up on it in the form of carrots, oranges (hooray!), and green vegetables (broccoli, watercress, and spinach are the examples babycentre give).

So, see what you think of the plans and if you have any suggestions for other plans, do let me know and I’ll love you forever. In the name of Betacarotene, my ex-foe and new friend, I’m off to make some broccoli and pea soup for lunch.

Two things for you today.

Firstly, it is time to talk about weight gain… this morning Mike came down the stairs looking extremely spritely and happy with himself (very impressive given the 4 or 5 hours sleep he had) and announced he has lost half a stone – how depressing! Especially as it seems that in order to keep the weight equilibrium in the house I am putting that weight on. I think dieting when your wife is on a long haul trip to fatdom is just rude. Anyway, I really want to spend some time over the weekend looking at eating plans that help you maintain your weight much longer while stopping your hunger pangs and getting myself set up for the week…I will of course share, probably on Sunday.

Secondly, I had my bikini done today. I said I would and I did. Now, I am not exaggerating when I say this was THE most painful experience of my entire life – this is the first time I have ever sworn while getting it done and I literally begged her to just leave the other side. But thankfully she said things like ‘No,’ ‘what would your husband say?’ and ‘pull yourself together.’ It was good and she was a trooper. Respect.

There were two major issues that caused this 1) the last time I had it done was in June – eek, embarrassing and 2) I shouldn’t have shaved in between. But I also think there is a secret third cause of the pain… pregnancy, of course. I’ve not looked into this so you readers will probably say, well yes, everyone knows that. But I did not know this and it was a horrific awakening. Despite the pain, I’m going to persevere in the name of tackling the impending hairiness head on, so I have booked myself in for 6 weeks time. It should hopefully not hurt as much (if it does, that’s it, bush all the way to bday) because the hair will be short and thin, and I won’t have shaved. And, by God, I’m taking some paracetamol before I go. Any other tips, please share them as a matter of muff and death.

Now then, this list is not for the faint of hearts and it finally covers, as promised, the illusive extra boob syndrome. So, before I got into it and since the sun was shining (which it wasn’t this morning and isn’t now) I thought I’d go for a walk on the beach (this is the nice bit of Blyth!). It was gorgeous walking along listening to Sigur Ros.

Right that’s enough wooing you into a false sense of security…

Over the Christmas holidays I thought I had better get a handle on this pregnancy thing and find out what’s going to happen to me. This may seem a bit strange but rather than get a sciency book, which tells you down to the blood vessel what will happen, I got a different type of book, one that was more ‘real’ and would tell me about what would happen to, well, me. The book I chose was called ‘Taboo Secrets of Pregnancy: A Guide to Life with a Belly” by Michelle Smith and it was one hell of an eye opener.

I took it away on our mini holiday with my parents and only managed to get halfway through as I either had a pained expression on my face or I looked like I was going to be sick. So I was kindly asked to put it away while it was still the festive season. That aside – there was enough horrifying gold in the first half alone to put together a list of 9 ailments from the embarrassing to the downright horrific for your enjoyment!

9. Hairiness – due to loads of hormones some women get gorgeous locks of thick, luscious hair. However, there is equally a high likelihood that I could start to look like Yeti with hair sprouting from all manner of places…this isn’t exactly awful but it does mean my beautician is going to get a lot of visits and surely the bigger you get the harder it will be to get in all those nooks and crannies? Dear God. You’ll be please to know I’m going tomorrow, may as well get used to it before the mayhem starts (for me and my beautician).

8. Boobs – it starts with them growing a size over night and being insanely sore (oh, I’m pregnant), then I am advised it will move onto giant, and I quote, ‘ veiny blue road maps’. Then finally, if finding a non-hedious, yet comfortable bra weren’t hard enough, it also will need to be able to disguise nipples that will cut glass. Hoorah! This does not end well for someone who was a DD to start with.

7. Gas – Michelle has aptly named this type of gas as a ‘fartle’ because not only do you get no warning but it startles you and the people around you. This ‘syndrome’ affects throughout pregnancy and there is no getting away from it after that either – a friend of mine, who will remain nameless for obvious reasons, told me of an incident after her baby was born when she bent over right in front of some guests and the unthinkable happened – it was almost certainly a fartle and by all accounts very loud. Embarrassing but it gets worse…

6. Poo issues – It sounds like in general when you are pregnant you are pretty much going to suffer from constipation, which is just the worst, most miserable existence  known to woman. The main thing is don’t be embarrassed about it, well do be, but at least do something about it – I had a suspected case a few weeks ago and my good friend, Jen, frog marched me straight to a chemist. Mortifying but I love her for it. The other bit about poo is that you will almost certainly do it on your midwife when you give birth. Hoorah. Sob, Sob.

5. In at 5 we have the closely related Piles – As a result of 6 you will probably get 5, which is just awful. I guess the best prevention is to concentrate on not being constipated. Steer clear of naughty food and eat lots of fruit and veg, also a cup of warm water with lemon juice first thing in the morning is good for all round content-ness (you’ll see what I mean).

4. Varicose Veins – the main problem with this is that it really bloody hurts and in order to control the pain you have to squeeze yourself in to hideous sock/tights things (this will not look great with one of those sexy baby dolls). All descibed in great, painful detail by Michelle in this book. I am hoping that this won’t affect me with my first pregnancy. But a major cause is the amount of weight you are carrying so trying not to put on too much weight is very important!

3. 4 is closely followed by, and in fact related to, Varicose Vulva – you heard me!! This is beyond a joke and sounds amazingly painful not least because there is nothing you can do, besides walking around pushing your bits with your hands, to stop it. I could cry and we’re not even at 1 yet.

2. Generalised Vulva Engorgement – this has beaten Varicose Vulva to the coverted second spot because a) its name b) it is pretty much a dead cert by all accounts that you will get it and c) Michelle’s description of what it is…”two lumpy bratwursts stuck between your legs.” Need I say more.

1. And finally we have, Growing Extra Boobs – It’s hard to believe but Michelle actually knows people this has happened to, and thank god they told her so she could tell us! Apparently they are living out life minding their own business as  ‘skin tags, tiny moles, or just some general don’t-know-what-that-thing-is’ but with the extra hormones they just ‘pop out’! And, if that weren’t bad enough, some even develop milk. When I was talking to my best friend about this, while horrified, she also confided that she has a skin tag on the back of her neck! She is now considering adoption in fear of developing a neck boob.

So, there you have 9 awful things that, please dear god, will not happen to any of us (make a sign of the cross, touch some wood, throw salt over your should – shit which shoulder?! – etc.) xx

This weekend I rekindled my love of the Cook Yourself Thin cookbook (circa 2007) thanks to my mum who lent me the book. I used to watch the episodes religiously, and don’t forget this was in the days before sky plus (well for me anyway) so it meant I had to make sure I was free on that night so I could watch it. Old school.

Anyway, yesterday I started a twitter account for the blog (@mumsdays – please follow me!) and responded to a question from one of the Cook Yourself Thin chefs (@GizziErskine) who then responded to me! She asked me – which risotto? To celebrate this momentous occasion and my first experience of a ‘celebrity conversation’ particularly with one of my heros, I’m going to share my favourite 5 CYT recipes:

5. Beetroot Chocolate Fudge Cake – I’m not much of a sweet tooth but I have made this a few times. It is a pain in the arse and dude you are going to get friendly, beyond friendly, with beetroot but the end result is moist and delicious (and significantly lower calories than your average chunk of chocolate cake).

4. Singapore Curried Noodles – Morrisons have a lovely range of ready meals including Singapore Curried Noodles – it’s so delicious and this is just as good, and dead easy. Put more prawns in though!

3. Chicken Katsu Curry – for anyone who was a fan of Wagamama’s Katsu (which by the way is about 1200 calories! Whoops. And, I say was because they recently ruined it), this is the recipe for you. The sauce is gorgeous and the whole dish is 700 calories less than Waga’s. The only thing I wasn’t completely sold on was the cornflakes on the chicken but Mike liked it and so did Gabriella (I did here a non-curry powder sauce and she loved it too), so it could be a pregnancy sensitive pallet thing?

2. Chilli Con Carne – This was beyond delicious. I always thought it was a cinch to make, which it is, but adding a couple of these spices and it was a total revelation. I mean who would have thought cumin would work? – it smells funny. I missed out the chilli, sounds a bit stupid as it is then just Con Carne, but it meant Gabriella could eat it too and she loved it.

1. Skinny Keema Curry – This is my all time favourite. I’ve made it loads of times for family, friends, just us and it never fails to impress. I’ve made it with minced beef but I prefer it with diced lamb or chicken. Make it now!

These are all from the Channel 4 website, as I don’t know the copy right rules of the book but if you can get a hold of a copy, do it’s ace! It covers also sorts of good ideas for replacing naughty drinks and snacks, in addition to recipes for all occasions – I had prawn risotto last night and ho fun beef tonight, which was the good stuff.

It’s official, I am the frump of Frump Town. So time to revisit my mission, and as a reminder my top priority was to be happy and healthy, and to do this I am meant to do something I like every day – this includes (bare with me, I’m getting there) doing pampering things that make me feel good. But, now it has become an emergency! Thankfully I have finally bought myself a razor after leaving mine at my parents’ cottage at NY, but to get me out of this frumpdom I need to do my nails, eyebrows, bikini, etc. etc. Too late to book anything now, so that’s a job for tomorrow.

In the meantime, after sorting through my underwear and packing most of it away for the foreseeable future due to my ever expanding boobs, I am also feeling exceedingly unsexy. So I’ve been on the hunt for sexy nighties that despite my expanding waistline I’ll still feel attractive in…at first I thought I may as well get maternity stuff but Mike pointed out that I have at least a month or 2 before I’ll need that so I should make the most of ‘normal’ clothes.

From Cloud 9:

1. Beauty Night: Honeymoon Red – £24.99

2.Rene Rofe: Ruffle mesh Chemise – £28.99

3. Shirley of Hollywood: Satin and Mesh Ribbon Babydoll – £34.99

Ever So Sexy: White Classic Babydoll – £32.95

Bedtime Flirt: Halter Chiffon Babydoll – £32.95

HotMILK also do some really lovely babydolls with sexy mama in mind. Hooray, from the frumpable to humpable!

The other issue is new bras – I’ve been searching for a nice wireless bra for bed (note not during the day, these bras make my boobs look all kinds of wrong – I can’t handle the low or in my armpits look). I bought an alright one from M&S a wee while ago and when I put it on with my matching white briefs (pack of 5 from Marks, I am officially my Grandma), I nearly cried. Remarkable, my husband was hot for me in them (probably due to the overall lack of sex he’s been suffering), but seriously where are the decent wireless bras at? They are either nursing (I am seriously NOT ready for that. Also, what if you don’t want to breastfeed are you doomed to have the huge and the hideous collection of non-nursing bras until after the baby weight miraculously vanishes from your boobs??) or cover more boob than I ever thought was humanly possible – surely it’s just an ugly croptop? I’ve found a couple at Babes with Babies (not especially keen on the name but the clothes look lovely: comfy and simple).

1. Organic Cotton Sleep Bra – £29.95 (in the sale) it does double up as a nursing bra but I can handle this one as it doesn’t have the clips.

2. Supersoft Sleep Bra – £35.00

So, the hunt goes on – any suggestions would be extremely useful!! As for everyday bras with cute matching pants? It’ll be a trip to get myself measured as soon as possible, probably when I get my bikini and eyebrows done!

This is the final part of my directory on what to love, hate and avoid during pregnancy…this last section is really up to what you do with it. At the risk of sounding patronising, I’ll repeat what I’ve already heard a lot since becoming pregnant: ‘listen to your body’. So this is a list of the things that are not strictly bad but not necessarily good either…

AVOID

  1. Booze – this is a controversial one as there are 2 camps: the one that says it’s fine; and, the one that says there is scientific proof that it can seriously harm the development of your baby. I think that the odd glass of wine is OK but certainly do not get drunk is the word on the street. As with some of the hate stuff, I’ve gone from really liking a glass of wine to not particularly liking it at all and might have 1 small glass every couple of weeks or longer.
  2. Caffeine – I used to live on proper coffee, so I thought this was going to be impossible to give up but again I’ve gone off it a bit, which is good because I always thought caffeine wasn’t great for you. Apart from chocolate, of course.  NHS say it’s OK to have a certain amount every day (say 2 mugs of tea and a can of pop). But generally no one really knows the impact on your baby so I’m going with I’m not really sleeping as well as I used to so I’m avoiding it anyway.
  3. Sushi – I have just discovered that the home-made sushi I used to make could have poisoned me and/or given me worms. You can only have sushi if it is frozen first (for at least 24 hours to kill the worms), ah ha! So Yo! Sushi is still on the menu but don’t do what I used to do and just get it out of the supermarket packet and shove it on some rice.
  4. Eating for 2 – this is much harder than you think. I am hungry all the time at the moment, so this is where TUI eating and exercise really comes into play. Over the next week or so I’m going to be sharing some menus I’ve found, discuss how much weight is OK to put on, and share my exercise plan, that you can follow if you like (and your doctor says it’s OK).

The elephant in the room is smoking, but although I don’t smoke, I’m not going to lecture anyone about it. If you do want to understand the risks and/or give up, click here for advice.

I have collated this advice using the NHS website’s pregnancy care planner and pregnanthealth.com.

As the second part of our Love, Hate, Avoid food series, now we come to hate…As I mentioned previously, I’m with the NHS on most things and if they say there isn’t scientific proof that something will harm baby, then the rule isn’t going in my list of things to hate. It will probably go in my Avoid list, which is when you can make your own mind up. As a result this list isn’t too long…

HATE

  1. Unpasteurised dairy or some types of cheeses – I LOVE blue cheese, squidgy cheese, smelly cheese, etc. But it is all out of bounds. Now I have never become ill from eating cheese, and I mean never. However, IF you were to become ill from this type of cheeses or unpasteurised milk/dairy, you would be in big trouble (baby-wise), and for that reason I don’t mind giving it up a jot. Plus, I also had that risotto issue when I was earlier in my pregnancy so I think you naturally go off the things that are bad for your baby…?
  2. Mercury – sounds obvious but give it a miss – it’s found in things like shark (damn, a favourite in our house), marlin and swordfish so avoid them all together. It’s also found in tuna but not in such high doses so you can eat up to 4 cans of tuna a week or 2 tuna steaks.
  3. Raw egg – I thought the link between raw egg and salmonella was just an Edwina Currie thing but apparently raw eggs (including things with it in, such as home-made mayonnaise, I shall have to save giving that one a go for another year!) are still off the menu. Again, I LOVE a good runny poached egg but I can’t say I’ve missed it. Another thing I didn’t know was that sprouts have also been linked with salmonella. Great to find out just after eating my fair share at Christmas…my sister-in-law even eats them raw but she’s not el preggo.
  4. Mud – regardless of any ridiculous cravings you might get, do not eat mud. It’s got bad bacteria in it, so also make sure you wash all your fruits and veg – mushrooms are probably the worst for this. And, go and see your doctor if you do want to eat mud, I’m guessing you are missing something from your diet!
  5. Vitamin C – Now this one was the most surprising. The minute I found out I was pregnant, I thought I should go and have a Berocca or something. Fortunately I didn’t as you can’t have any supplements with Vit C in as it can harm the development of babs. I am hoping it’s still OK to eat oranges as for a while they were all I wanted (visit to the Midwife on Tuesday so I’ll let you know). The main thing to avoid food-wise is liver (I did NOT know it had a lot of Vitamin C in) and, therefore, paté, which is off the list anyway for having a similar bacteria as blue cheese.
  6. Paté – Gutted, I love paté, see above.

So, there you go, my list of things to definitely NOT eat. It may go against your nature to hate them but try for the next 9 months. Foods to Avoid (or limit – it’s up to you) tomorrow.

Yesterday was a busy day, with school pickups and seeing a lovely friend of Alex’s and mine through the business but still I would have thought I had time to do all the things I had wanted to. Instead I seemed to have lost the day to CV writing and Lamb Tagine – which was gorgeous but, man, it took an age to make! If anyone has any tips for preparing butternut squash quickly, please pass on. It is now my nemesis.

Anyway, so TUI eating… I wanted to start with the dos and don’ts of eating while pregnant because a) babs comes first in all of this, so we must follow the main principals, and  b) there is so much advice out there it’s hard to keep up with everything so I’m compiling together into a list of Love, Hate and Avoid, starting today with LOVE.

LOVE

  1. Protein – dubbed all the time as the ‘building blocks of life’, it has been recommended to eat about 80 – 100g a day. It has been suggested to measure this, but I would say as long as you have some in every meal (and snack if you can), plus drink milk, etc., that should be fine.
  2. Folic Acid – It is advised this is taken before you even get pregnant to prevent a defect known as spina bifida. I didn’t do this but started as soon as I found out I was. 400mg should be taken daily up until you are 12 weeks.
  3. Vitamin D – Take 10mg everyday throughout pregnancy and while breast feeding for healthy mum and baby bones.
  4. Pasteurised Dairy Products – aim for 2 or 3 helpings a day and go for the lower fat varieties so you get the protein without the fat.
  5. Seafood – the general assumption is to avoid any shellfish but if it is cooked (or frozen in sushi’s case) first, it is alright. It is important to have 2 helpings of fish (make one oily) a week including salmon, mackerel, sardines and trout. See Avoid (or Limit) for Tuna.
  6. Fruit and Veg – as long as it’s thoroughly washed eat loads of this stuff – the advice is 5 a day but the Japanese recommend much more so I say have more, it’s full of goodness and nutrients, and can help with loads of ailements (this is what Hippocrates meant when he said ‘let food be thy medicine’). I’m going to share my favourite homemade juices soon to help you get more and to cure any issues you might have!
  7. Breakfast – have a healthy breakfast to avoid snacking (on bad things!) during the day. I would plan your meals too to avoid having to make do with rubbish when you’re hungry/nauseous.
  8. Carbs – we should be eating this at every meal. Hoorah, this is music to my ears! But keep it wholegrain where you can (your bowels will thank you).

I have mainly used the NHS website for gathering this advice, with a springkling from other blogs (listed at the end of the series). The reason for this is because some advice, I feel, is a bit over the top and you could end up not eating anything with any flavour, which I believe is not necessary.