Chicken Caesar Salad

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So when I first started this blog, the idea was to share recipe suggestions for pregnancy, but the last few weeks haven’t gone as planned with my miscarriage and all so I never managed to get any up.

Anyway this recipe should suit you whether you’re pregnant or ttc!

I looooove Caesar salads, but I’m really not a fan of store-bought dressings so I’ve made my own here. Lettuce is already a source of folate (AKA folic acid though I think slightly different somehow), but I’ve added spinach leaves here as they’re an even better source.

Whilst anchovies might not be top of everyone’s list, they’re full of Omega-3 fatty acids, which they say you should eat in your first trimester so I would say keep them in. If you don’t like the whole ones on top you can take those out but leave the mashed up ones in the dressing – they really do make it much tastier.

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Time to start over

So after all our excitement, before we even made it to the doctor for the first appointment, we got some bad news. I miscarried at 6 weeks 3 days.

It’s hard to describe how that feels. It’s a bit like we had won the lottery and had already quit our jobs and started planning how to spend the money, then two weeks later got a phone call saying actually your ticket was one number out – you had never won at all.

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A miscarriage is a loss of pregnancy before 20 weeks. I always knew the first trimester was the first hurdle we had to get through. One in five pregnancies end in miscarriage, which seems like a huge number – and once you do miscarry, you realize just how common it is. It’s like you become part of a secret miscarriage club. Suddenly everyone you confide in seems to have gone through the same thing, or knows someone who has.

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The do’s and don’ts of trying to conceive

When you’ve been trying to conceive for a long time, it can seem like an impossible mission. You may have seen people around you getting pregnant, without even realizing they were trying, and wonder why it’s not happening for you.

Trying to conceive should be one of the most fun times of your life, but the feeling of not knowing when, or even if, it will happen for you can put a lot of pressure on you and your partner. Unfortunately, sometimes, that pressure can be the thing that’s holding you back.

Every couple is different and has different challenges to contend with, but here are some things that I learnt along the way, which hopefully will help anyone hoping to get pregnant.

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That first week feeling

I’m five weeks into my pregnancy, but only six days into knowing I’m pregnant and I’m already feeling impatient.

Having been trying to conceive for just over two years I’ve had plenty of time to think about what it will be like getting to this stage. I’ve googled every possible thought I’ve had about pregnancy, and scoured mummy forums to find out what the early symptoms are, what’s normal, what’s not normal, how big you get, what you should eat, what you must avoid at all costs. I thought I was set and knew exactly what to expect. But nothing could prepare me for the actual feeling of being pregnant.

Clearblue digital pregnancy test delivering the good news
Clearblue digital pregnancy test delivering the good news

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