Friday, June 6, 2014

How to Be a Food Blogger During First Trimester of Pregnancy

 You might have noticed I have been blogging a bit less lately.

Well that is mostly due to the big news Miles (our dog) shared recently - we are expecting our first child!

Being a food/nutrition blogger during the first months of pregnancy can be tough! The last thing you want to do is think about food. Spending an exuberant amount of time in the kitchen testing recipes and staring at the same food pictures for hours is torturous.  For me food blogging simply didn't happen those first few months of pregnancy.  In fact I am still working up to get back into the kitchen more at 18 weeks pregnant.

Around week 5 the nausea came with a vengeance and did not let up until around week 14.  There were some weeks I went days without eating vegetable and basically lived off of carbs.  Should I even admit that I think I had cake for dinner one night?!  I ate some really random combination of foods during this time.
I had to travel to a conference amidst the crazy nausea!  First off my roommate was also pregnant, and also suffering from severe nausea.  We were quite the duo!  One night I met up with one of my best friends, whom I hadn't seen in a few years, and could hardly enjoy the meal.  I warned her I was going to order a random meal consisting of sides and appetizers, but she didn't take me seriously until she saw my calamari, grits, and sliders sitting on the table.

So enough about me!
If you become pregnant and suffer from nausea or morning sickness how do you keep your food blog going?!
Here are some tips that I learned during the process:

1.  The moment you find out you are pregnant spend as much time in the kitchen as possible.  Take advantage of the valuable time until the  nausea and other pregnancy symptoms hit.  I had no idea when the nausea was coming so I didn't take advantage of the week or two of before the symptoms hit.

2.  Get guest bloggers.  Thinking about experimenting with guest bloggers? This is the perfect time to offer some of your favorite bloggers an opportunity to share their content on your blog.  Try to schedule at least one guest blogger per week.

3.  Post recipe "round-ups".  There is nothing wrong with reposting the recipes you have already created.  Think of fun themes that can tie a few of your recipes together and compose a post with several recipes (ie. your favorite chocolate recipes, the perfect recipes for 4th of July, most popular recipes from 2013, etc).

4.  Make very simple recipes.  Create recipes that consist of only a few ingredients and don not require any type of cooking.  Good examples would be salads or yogurt recipes.  I posted Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding.

5. Share recipes that you have been saving for later.  Fortunately I had a few recipes in the computer archives that I had not gotten around to posting.  I was extremely thankful for these recipes!

Good luck!
Your family's dietitian,
Kristen Smith

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