ALEXANDRA DAWSON STARTED HER SITE, IN MY BOWL, IN 2013, NEVER EXPECTING IT WOULD BECOME HER FULL TIME JOB. NOW, 3 YEARS LATER AND 26 WEEKS PREGNANT, THE LATEST CURATOR IN OUR WELLNESS SERIES IS STILL SHARING THE SECRETS TO EATING HEALTHILY and HAPPILY. READ ON FOR FOODIE-FRIENDLY INSPIRATION.
HATCH/WHAT MADE YOU START ‘IN MY BOWL’? WAS THERE A SPECIFIC SOLUTION YOU WERE LOOKING TO PROVIDE?
I started the site in 2013 after some back-and-forth about what to do with my degree in neuropsychology and essentially wanted to use it as a reference for “future me.” It wasn’t intended to be something for the public, but it grew organically and eventually I had to ask myself, ‘Do I do a residency or do I follow the path of the site?’ For me, it was always about whole body wellness, and holistic nourishment. I am thankful I can share this journey with my readers, as I want it to feel accessible at any stage of life whether you’re a mama or not.
I’ve actually been super lucky, I’ve had a very easy few months and very few cravings or morning sickness. The foods I’ve had the most luck with are smoothies and smoothie bowls. I’ve found since your digestive system doesn’t move as rapidly when you’re pregnant, that blending everything and drinking your nutrients helps it all go through a bit easier. I’ve been trying to eat as intuitively as possible, and trust me, if my body needed something, I would go for it. Even though I stick to a completely unprocessed diet, I still find sneaky ways to get my fix; I eat dessert every night but it’s all coconut cream and frozen bananas!!
HATCH/WHAT WERE YOUR FAVORITE TYPES OF PRE-NATAL EXERCISE?
I completed level 1 of Yoga teacher training and then found out I was pregnant shortly thereafter. My level of activity is very intensive, but in the sense that I’m constantly walking and constantly moving instead of intentional, regimented exercise. I go to yoga 3-4 times per week and find that listening to my body and being mindful of changes is the best thing I can do to maintain an active pregnancy. For my DC friends, I’ve been loving Tranquil Space downtown for pre and post-natal and it’s a great community for moms and dads.
HATCH/WHAT WERE THE MOST IMPORTANT REFERENCES (IN PRINT OR ONLINE) FOR YOU AS A MAMA-TO-BE?
The book, ‘What to Eat When You’re Pregnant’ has been a great resource because it breaks down your three trimesters and what nutirients are specific to your baby’s stage of development. Also, I really love following other mamas on Instagram and becoming inspired by their journeys. Some mamas I really love are @mamawatters, @lilliesandleon, @mmommasgonecity
HATCH/DO YOU HAVE ANY GO-TO PRODUCTS THAT YOU’VE BEEN LOVING DURING YOUR PREGNANCY?
Well, I don’t wear or own any makeup BUT I really love S.W. Basic’s Cream + Exfoliant, and Givenchy’s Dahlia Divine perfume.
HATCH/HOW DO YOU FEEL THAT BEING PREGNANT AFFECTED YOUR APPROACH TO WELLNESS?
It 100% solidified it. When you’re only taking care of yourself, you’re your sole responsibility. Going to appointments and check-ups consistently has helped to remind me that it’s not just me that I’m responsible for now. Every time my doctor tells me how he’s doing, it reaffirms that my actions have, not only an impact on me, but on his total development. I feel so thankful in every way that everything has been so healthy so far.
HATCH/WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CHANGE YOU’VE NOTICED IN YOURSELF AS AN INDIVIDUAL SINCE BECOMING PREGNANT?
I’m really striving to keep my physical opinions of myself as positive as possible. Despite the joy of this new life, that morning when you’re jeans won’t button for the first time is still kind of hard. Pregnancy is so multifaceted; it’s physical and emotional and to me it’s about knowing your body is changing because it’s growing a life, but being mindful of the fact that that affects you is maybe the hardest part. Stepping on the scale at the doctor, isn’t what’s important, it’s this new baby and I think it’s so important to remember that.
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