I am currently about 4.5 months pregnant, and have been asked to blog about my pregnancy. I know that every pregnancy is different, and in general, most women's experiences are so varied, but hopefully this will be helpful in some way to someone out there.
I live in Toronto, Canada, so pretty much all of our produce has been imported all winter. I'm looking forward to June when we'll be able to get more local produce! So far throughout this pregnancy, I have been eating mostly raw, probably about 95% raw - for the most part green smoothies in the day and salads at night. Although I do "binge" on the occasional "raw treat" containing nuts in the evening (if I have a craving at night, it's for "fat" or chocolate - I've been keeping myself off the cacao until recently I caved and had raw chocolate tarts that were delicious), or I may snack on the raw buckwheat grawnola that I make for my son (happy to share the recipe). The other 5% is dinners on Friday nights at my parent's house: my mom makes a cooked vegan/vegetarian meal (sometimes she makes wild salmon which I won't eat) and a salad that includes olive oil in the dressing. She is tired of me giving her "lectures" so I don't bother anymore. I used to sample the kasha/bean salad/quinoa (or similar dish), but over the last few months I have lost my taste for them and now at her house I eat mainly salad (even though it has olive oil on it *gasp*, and sometimes unsoaked nuts *oy*), I will also have a few baked vegetables (like cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, sweet potato - and the sweet potato usually has sea salt on it). Also, I had "cooked soup" once or twice recently with my husband, and rarely I may have a few steamed vegetables during the week. For the most part I like to try to stay as low-fat raw as possible, because it makes so much sense to me. My husband just bought tempeh, wanting to make "tempeh bacon" and I will probably eat it too when we make it (with tomatos and avocado over greens, maybe in a raw wrap as a sandwich!) If it works out, we will likely try "eggplant bacon" next time (in the dehydrator) - which he also agrees is probably a better choice than tempeh.
My foray into raw started less than a year ago, and I only learned about LFRV last August (2011). I slowly transitioned myself more towards that diet over the next few months. I did it mostly because, from what I read, it made so much sense. I never had a weight problem, I didn't have any medical issues that were bothering me. Although, I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease a few years ago - which only came on a few years ago and I had 3 or 4 flare ups over a period of about 1.5 years - and the doctor wanted to put me on prednisone (which is a pretty heavy drug). At that time I changed my diet to a whole foods (cooked) vegan diet and have been symptom-free ever since. When I started eating more raw last year, I was still symptom free and feeling fine (and still feeling good!)
In my first trimester I was averse to salad, so I would end up blending lettuce with fruit to make it a smoothie. Although at the time I did not know I was pregnant. The aversion to salad was definitely a clue, but the "pee-test" (the stick from the pharmacy) was negative twice, and I believed it! Other than the salad, I had no other aversions.
These days I'm still averse to eating "savoury salad" (lettuce with tomato, cucumber, celery, which my husband eats). I think it's because I would just use lemon juice as dressing, and that salad is tasting bland to me. I might prefer it with a more flavourful dressing which would probably involve garlic and seeds or almonds, but instead I have been enjoying my salad with fruit: romaine or whatever lettuce we are using with orange/mango/blackberries/sweet corn (frozen - so probably not exactly raw since I think they flash boil it), and lime juice. Although I still eat my mom's salad on Fridays - I think she adds mustard powder and garlic powder for added flavour. I feel fine after dinner at her house so i don't think it matters.
Even though not "80-10-10 approved", I do enjoy dehydrated foods sometimes, maybe a couple times a week or less, but I still keep them low-fat. I went through a short phase a few weeks ago where I was loving raw (dehydrated) burgers made with beets, carrots and cumin and wrapped in a swiss chard leaf, topped with tomato and avocado. Lately I'm loving raw (dehydrated) wraps with tomato, cucumber, and lots of sprouts or watercress or similar, spread with avocado or miso and sprinkled with mustard powder and cumin. (I know that miso and spices are not part of 80-10-10 but I love them on my wrap and I feel fine eating it). I also love raw (dehydrated) pizza, which I've had a couple of times in the last month (I use zucchini, chia and a small amount of buckwheat in the crust and the rest is nut-free, although once I used a few pine-nuts to make a "cheese" topping.)
In general, I may have some fruit in the morning (like chopped banana or chopped mango with berries) and then a green smoothie later in the morning, but more often I skip the fruit and just make a green smoothie. This is easiest for me because I spend the days with my 2 1/2 year old son, and I don't have the time to sit and eat a bowl of fruit in the morning. So I make a smoothie and take it with me wherever we are going that morning. I put it into a stainless steel thermos that holds about 4 cups. I may also bring a few mandarin oranges for myself since they are easy to take along. We come home at lunch time and I often make a second green smoothie that I will drink while my son is having his afternoon nap. (I can't make it after I put him down for the nap because I don't want the Vitamix to wake him up). If I don't make that second smoothie, I might not eat until about 2 or 3pm, and then I might have 8 -10 kiwis, or 8 or so mandarins, or a "banana-berry bowl" (chopped banana with berries), or similar. I try to aim for the green smoothie more so that I am getting in the greens.
This is my second pregnancy. At the time of my first pregnancy 3 years ago, I ate more SAD (maybe salmon or pasta during the week for dinner, breads/cheese/etc., chicken at my parent's house on Friday nights. Thankfully my mom no longer makes chicken). I never ate many vegetables, and certainly not very much fruit. That first pregnancy was relatively symptom-free, as has been this one. I never had any morning sickness. The only symptoms I had (both times) was some back pain, aversion to salad in the first trimester, and getting tired by 8pm during my first trimester and going to bed at that time. So I do not notice any differences between the two pregnancies, despite my change in diet.