My baby: The beginning

It started like this; the my government job, while secure and well-paying, is stagnant under the current political climate, so one day I said, maybe I’ll just get pregnant. I was half joking, half serious. We had a trip to Europe planned in July, but we figured it takes awhile to actually get pregnant, so we might as well start trying. If I’m a couple months along for our trip, it’s not the end of the world. So I plugged some numbers into an online ovulation calculator, made sure I was taking my folic acid/b12, and we got to work.

About 10 days before my period was due my breasts started hurting. REALLY hurting. I looked at my husband and said, I am pregnant. He did not believe me. The day before my period was due I said, I’m going to take a home pregnancy test. I’ve taken tons before, often mistaking PMS for pregnancy symptoms (if only I’d known how different it really feels!). The first line showed up, and then, faintly, the second line. Honestly, I didn’t have any thoughts about it. I just stared at those two lines. Finally I went downstairs and stood in the kitchen holding the stick and shaking a bit. Steph still didn’t believe me. How accurate are these things? He asked.

I made a doctors’ appointment for the next Tuesday. She confirmed it, some blood was taken, forms were filled out (yep, my baby’s already been through bureaucracy), I was informed about tests for spinal defects and downs’ syndrome, and I was encouraged to get a flu shot. We made an appointment for a month from then, and I was sent on my way.

I was in a bit of a daze, to be honest. It’s a strange feeling when you first find out. It’s an “everything has changed, but nothing has changed” feeling.

We told our families over Christmas. That may seem early for some people, but I’m glad we told, it made it seem more real. It was only after New Years that I started feeling strange. We were having New Years breakfast, and suddenly I looked at my beloved hash-browns and thought, if I eat that I will puke everywhere.

Hello morning sickness!

The last three weeks have been a constant struggle between deep, unrelenting hunger, queasy nauseating morning sickness and an inability to foresee what I will want to eat or what might make me feel sick. Luckily I have not actually had any vomiting, but the nausea is constant, and draining.

In a way, I am thankful for the “morning sickness” (which is ironically most prevalent in the evening) because it is forcing me to focus on the moment, and not the monumental change my life is undergoing.

So what have I been eating?

So far, there have been no questions about my diet. My blood work came back with low iron (which I’ve had all my life, even when I ate meat) so I’m on an iron supplement for now. A woman at the health food store tried to convince me to by fish oil to get my DHA Omega-3 (she actually said, “you want to have a smart baby, right?”). I must admit, my confidence waved slightly at that remark. But I bought a vegetarian DHA supplement, had a good cry at home, looked at some websites and felt better. 

I have also not been attracted to junk food at all. Infact, when my husband ordered a pizza last week, I thought what the heck, and ordered a small vegetarian for myself. I took 2 bites and gave the rest to him. It tasted like cardboard and milk. It was disgusting. So far, my body has been very good at steering me away from bad food. My body has not allowed me to eat mushrooms or onions or any strong herbs (my lovely husband made a simple barley stew the other night, thinking it would be good for me, but he put in thyme in it and I couldn’t go near it). The only thing that really really tastes good right now is a spinach salad they make in the restaurant at my work. I crave it. I could eat it day and night. Isn’t it funny how I have low iron and I crave spinach? It goes to show that if you listen to your body it will take care of itself.

I am tired a lot too, but that is slowly getting better. Needless to say, I haven’t done much exercising, but I’m hoping to change that once I stop feeling so darn sick all the time.

My next doctor’s appointment is tomorrow, so I’ll be able to give you an update on my iron. The supplement I’m taking now, in case you’re interested in called Florvit and can be found in any health food store that sells supplements.

In the meantime, here is one of the recipe’s I have been religiously making. I have no idea if this tastes good in reality, but to my pregnant taste buds, it is heaven.


One can of lentils (liquid and all, although you can rinse if you are watching your sodium), plus one can of water. I always add tomatoes to my lentil soup, because tomatoes and lentils love eachother!


I added some leftover wild rice, apple cidre vinegar, a touch of dijon mustard, and a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Really, add whatever sounds good to you!


Bring all that goodness to a boil. Add salt and pepper to taste. I used my trusty blend wand because I can't handle chunks of food right now, but normally I just leave it as is.


I suggest to enjoy with a nice toasty piece of naan bread. Mmmm...I'm starting to get hungry again...

And finally, because there are un-baby related things happening in my world:

Our new house build has begun! It is definitely the worst time of year to be starting this (so happy about the 15 cm's of snow forecast for today!) but at least it's a start!

Have a great Tuesday, I hope you are enjoying food more than I am!

About Sarah Tombler

I live in Ottawa, Canada with my husband and our twins. I work for the Public Service, and I have been a vegetarian for 18 years. Over the years, I have started to understand that what we eat effects us, through mood, weight and positive thoughts. I am working towards cutting most animal products from my diet, in an attempt to live a life of compassion, and to do what I can to help this small planet of ours. I also love letting people know that the secret to happiness may be as simple as what we put in our bodies. View all posts by Sarah Tombler

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