Raw Pregnancy



My Pregnancy Journey with Isaballe

When Hamish and I decided to start a family, we had not idea how quickly it would happen!

I concived Isaballe on the night we decided to start a family and in some ways that came of a bit of a shock. Maybe it was that we were both 100% Raw? Maybe it was the forces of the full moon in play! But I knew the moment we conceived, it was like a lightening bolt moment, maybe it was the universe sending us the spirit of Isabelle!

My plan was to have a Raw pregnancy as I had been 100% RAW for 22 months prior and I wanted to continue as on my RAW journey throughout my pregnancy, having heard of many benefits including it being a relatively quick and pain free labor.

However what happened 6 weeks in to my  pregnancy shook my raw identity to the core!

At 6 weeks into my pregnancy I started to have severe raw food aversions and unfortunately some of these aversions were my green smoothies, my big yummy salad, anything GREEN basically! I started craving toast, cheese and eggs. I had been a 100% RAW Vegan for 22 months and here I was craving cheese.

I did not want to eat any raw food for nearly the first trimester, the only thing I could eat was fruit.  The smell of wheat grass shots would make me want to be sick, to the point where I couldn’t be in the same room when Hamish was making our regular wheat grass and juice

So I did my research and asked other Raw Women had they experienced this?

To my surprise what I found is that many women who are 100% RAW when fall pregnant  have massive RAW food aversions. This gave me a lot of comfort. Here I was 100% RAW Vegan Sarah wanting tomato and cheese toasties something I thought I had emotionally and physically given up some time ago.

It was a great shock to not only to me but also Hamish who could not believe what was happening, especially as we had talked about having a RAW pregnancy. I felt that my identity as Raw foodie was being challenged to my core!

However what I did learn very quickly is to never judge a person and their journey in life!

Sure looking back now, I cant even imagine eating these foods right now, but then I clearly remember the urge and the need to consume them.  I was also extremely fortunate throughout my pregnancy that Hamish was supportive and committed to making sure that I received the best nutrients (even though I was faced with so many food aversions) I could! 

At the six month mark into my pregnancy I was starting to crave RAW foods again, not all the time but slowly by the third trimester in my pregnancy I was eating salads again, loving my green juices and green smoothies!  So that by the time Isabelle was born I was back to a very high raw diet!

What I did eat during my pregnancy though was the following Raw Oats with Almond Milk for breakfast, lunch I tried to have salads, but often it was a salad sandwich I needed the bread to get the salad into me. I did eat a lot of fruits while pregnant, and I craved avocados to the extent I would eat nearly one a day!

One of my biggest cravings was vegetable green curries. I never ate meat through my pregnancy and I always chose organic cheese, and we had chickens which were feed organic scraps ( we used to give the eggs to guests ) so I knew these were a sustainable choice.

I choose sprouted bread instead of white bread where I could. And stir frys were my dearest friend with buckwheat noodles.

What I would recommend to any mum who is faced with not being able to do a RAW pregnancy is be gentle on yourself. Let your body guide you. And try and be wise on your cooked food choices – I always ensured that any wholefood that passed through my lips was Organic.

During my pregnancy I swam twice a week and the week and to be honest it is one of my greatest pregnancy memories.

My Laboring Experience

In Australia our hospital systems are very different to what I hear it is like in other countries. And luckily for Hamish and I we had found a very beautiful doctor who was 100% behind me in my birth plan!  And that was a water birth. In our hospitals here it was very much looked on in a positive way!  Hamish and I live about an hour from a hospital, so a home birth was out of the question in case anything was to go wrong. But to be honest I was very happy with the hospital and staff we had chosen.

Isabelle was 10 days late and I was induced and my planned water birth didn’t go to plan!

Looking back I wish I had have waited a few more days instead of being induced?  I was extremely fortunate that this was the only intervention.

Isabelle was born to a 6 hour labour, It was one the most amazing moments and experiences of my life.  She latched on a few minutes after being born and is now a healthy breast feed baby!  I couldn’t  and still cant believe I have created this gorgeous little being who I have to say is the most chilled out little bubba you could ever imagine!

I demand feed and Isabelle and she slept with us for the first week,  but I couldn’t sleep with her next to me and by week three we decided to put Isabelle in her bassinet. She slept next to our bed for the first three months.  She now Co-Sleeps with us and I continue to breastfeed her. She will determine when she wants to stop breastfeeding. ( since writing this Issy self weaned at 22months)

We also plan to have another child, and that delivery is going to be a bit different – I will do a Lotus Birth or delayed Cord Clamping. This is where the umbilical cord is not cut ( or waits until the cord stops pulsating) and is instead kept attached to the baby to naturally fall off. I wish I had known about this before I had Issy  – but I know now and that’s the main thing.

I am very happy to share my not so RAW  journey or talk to any Raw mums out there who are about to embrace their pregnancy – be it Raw or not!  Drop me a line – sarah@therawfoodmum.com