pregnancy nutrition

Bulletproof Dandelion Tea

Dandelion is a great herb for both when you’re trying to conceive and already pregnant. Not only is it good for the body, it has a bitter, earthy coffee flavor, so it’s a good caffeine free substitute if you’re missing the real deal.

It is a gentle liver cleansing herb, helping the body get rid of toxins (such as hormone disrupting chemicals), making it an excellent herb for women who would like to get pregnant.

If you are already pregnant, dandelion can help reduce swelling, fight fatigue and minimize constipation.

This morning drink resembles a bulletproof coffee, without the coffee! It is good for anyone, not just pregnant women. It supports hormone balance in the body (which women need at all stages of having children) and provides protein from collagen, natural energy from maca and healthy fats from the coconut oil and ghee.


Bulletproof Dandelion Tea



1 TBS Dandy Blend (herbal coffee replacement made from dandelion)

2 TBS collagen (I used Great Lakes)

1 tsp maca

1 tsp cacao powder

½ - 1 tsp ghee

½ - 1 tsp coconut oil

Dash of cinnamon

Monk fruit extract to taste (optional)

⅛ cup almond or coconut milk

1 ½ cups hot water



Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and mix until combined and frothy, about 1 minute.


Clearly still not over college basketball. Go Nova!

Clearly still not over college basketball. Go Nova!

Pregnancy Update - Second Trimester


Happy to say that my pregnancy took a major turn for the better during the second trimester. All in all - I feel really great! The most noticeable setback (which isn't even a real issue) is that I am insanely clumsy. Seriously, I'm constantly dropping, breaking and spilling things. You will rarely see me without the remnants of the days lunch on my clothes. Other than that, no real complaints! I attribute this stellar pregnancy to being on a Nutrition Response Testing program, a healthy diet and regular movement.  Here's an update on how I'm doing:



During the first few weeks of the second trimester, I still felt nauseous. But it didn’t last long. One day, at around 15 weeks, I woke up, got up immediately and started going about my morning (keep in mind, for the past 15 weeks getting out of bed was a major struggle).  It took me about an hour before I realized that I actually felt good! The switch between feeling horrible and feeling great was so sudden. I haven’t really felt sick at all since 15 weeks and my energy levels have significantly improved.

In terms of how my body appears, I no longer feel “chubby” and I actually feel pregnant. Most of my body is exactly the same except for the fact that I have a bump that is growing (and my giant boobs :).  My bump does seem pretty small and I’m still carrying low. It didn’t actually start to feel big until about 26 weeks. For my growing bump, I’ve been applying Earth Mama belly oil everyday in hopes to reduce stretch marks :)

Weight gain is almost 30 lbs. It slowed down a lot from the beginning. It definitely doesn't look like I've gained that much, but that's probably because the majority of my weight gain is in my boobs and belly.

From about 20-23 weeks I experienced significant right butt cheek/right leg pain. I think this was due to a minor car accident I had (everything is ok!) and not 100% due to pregnancy. This was incredibly frustrating because my ability to walk and change positions significantly decreased.  I adopted the pregnancy “waddle” a little earlier than I expected! Thankfully this went away due to some rest from exercise and regular chiropractic adjustments. I now experience a little low back pain but nothing major or debilitating.



I can’t say that I have experienced any crazy cravings. I do love burgers more than before, but that’s about it. I really love nut butters, but that’s something that I loved prior to pregnancy. I don’t really have many aversions either. I used to love salmon and eat it frequently, but now I really am not enjoying it, especially when it’s not cooked through all of the way. Another thing I used to love was Mexican food. But that is not entering the rotation these days either.

For the most part, my old diet is back, although I am eating more carbs. I try to make sure these carbs are limited to starchy vegetables (ie, sweet potatoes) and sprouted whole grains. In addition, I am  focusing on eating enough protein and fat at every meal. Not only does this help keep my blood sugar levels stabilized and keeps me full for a significant amount of time, but eating healthy fats is essential for brain development. I’ve been getting fats in my diet by eating avocados and avocado oil, coconut oil, grass fed butter, ghee, extra virgin olive oil, egg yolks, nuts and seeds. I wish I could say I’ve been eating a lot of salmon and fatty fish but I just don’t like it right now :(. To make up for this I am supplementing with Cod Liver Oil and DHA.

For breakfast I’ll have a smoothie, yogurt bowl, Ezekiel english muffin with peanut butter or a sweet potato with coconut butter or almond butter and cinnamon. Lunch is usually a big salad with roasted veggies, hard boiled egg and avocado (chips or crackers usually find their way in there somehow :). Dinner is more varied, but a normal night includes some kind of protein with a vegetable. I am definitely eating more meat these days. I don’t find that I am overeating, but I’m definitely eating more than I did previously.



After I stopped going to Orange Theory, I started doing more low impact workouts. I have both  Barre3 and YogaGlo online subscriptions. I try to do each workout 3 times per week. Like I said in my first trimester post, I attempted to continue running outside like I had in the past, but my body just wasn’t having it. My hips just felt so off. During my butt pain phase, workouts significantly decreased. However, once the pain started to subside I got right back into it. I’ve also been trying to walk as much as I can, especially since the weather is now starting to warm up.



My mood significantly improved during my second trimester. For the most part, I feel great mentally. I’m happy and I genuinely love being pregnant. Sometimes I can be a little sensitive but I don’t think it’s any different than prior to pregnancy.  

I got back into the groove of meditating and did a lot of work on my mental and spiritual health. This worked wonders!



Thankfully, the 3am wake up calls stopped during the second trimester. Sometimes I’ll wake up at 5 without setting an alarm but I’m ok with that. However, my sleep is interrupted 3-5 times a night due to frequent urination. If I thought I peed a lot before, I had no idea! I am generally able to go right back to sleep, for which I am very grateful.

One other minor struggle I have endured attributes to the fact that I have been a stomach sleeper for my entire life. Sleeping on my side definitely took some getting used to. I bought a Snoogle to use for extra support while sleeping and it’s been life changing! I highly recommend this pillow.


Nursery/Prepping for Baby

Not much to tell! Really dropping the ball on this one :)


Bradley Method

I attended a natural childbirth class once a week during February and March. To say I learned a lot is an understatement. I knew I wanted to give birth naturally, but this class helped to solidify the beliefs I already held and gave me the tools I need to make an unmedicated birth reality. This deserves a post by itself. Stay tuned!

I'm Pregnant!

Ever since I a took Lifecycle Nutrition class about 3 years ago, I've been anxiously looking forward to getting pregnant. At the time I felt like I was crazy, but I found everything about nutrition from pregnancy through early childhood insanely fascinating and couldn't wait to apply it to my own life. I just knew that once I had some "street cred", I'd be able to make a huge impact in the health and wellness world.  

So, my friends, this phase has finally come!  I am 14 weeks pregnant and couldn't be happier. I have to admit, eating healthy is a lot easier said than done during the first trimester. I was constantly sick, had difficulty exercising (let alone getting out of bed) and my diet was basically thrown out the window. It felt like the only thing I could stomach was bagels with cream cheese! Even though it was difficult and frustrating, and the nutritionist in me was cringing regularly, I learned a lot about honoring my body and going with the flow. Let's just say attempting to force feeding myself salads and smoothies did not end well. :)

Thankfully, those days are just about over. I'm now in my second trimester and finally starting feeling good. I'm also starting to eat like my old self, so recipes and nutrition posts will be coming soon. I also plan to share a lot on here about all things pregnancy, birth and life as a new mom. If there are any topics you would like me to write about, please let me know. I am so ecstatic to be going through this journey and am looking forward to sharing it with all of you!