"Why's that?" They asked.
"Because I'm eating a lot like him," I replied.
Rewind to early 2014, when my body was my own; when I didn't have a little human swimming around in there, and you'll find that I was eating completely differently to how I am now.
I was a vegetarian. I didn't touch dairy. I had no sugar.
Today, I eat meat every day, I don't shy away from dairy, and in my weaker moments, yes, there is some sugar in my diet simply because it is an effort and a half to keep up with your nutritional needs while you're pregnant, and sugar cravings can be intense.
I was prepared for change when I got pregnant, and I kept an open mind to eating meat, should I feel like I needed it. Turns out I did need it, and I also need a little bit of dairy. Oh, and I need to eat all. the. time.
They say you don't need to "eat for two"; that you only need about 300 extra calories each day while pregnant, but when you get well into your pregnancy, at about week 25, you start to never feel full, like you always need a snack. So it's not like I eat huge meals - I just eat all the time.
A diet that doesn't tend to rely on animal foods is typically one that suits a type A blood type. This may sound a little far fetched to some people, but think about it for a second. The food that we eat fuels us. It becomes us. It becomes our organs, our skin, our blood. The nutrients run through our veins, so it makes sense that what we eat is compatible with our blood type, right? It's one way to explain why people eat so differently - how some people can thrive on animal products and others thrive more on vegetables.
I was eating for my blood type long before I even knew about the blood type diet, and when I found out about it, it all made sense. Why this clean, vegetarian, dairy free way of eating had given me a new lease of life. Why my skin cleared up, why I had more energy, why my brain fog cleared, why my hormones got back into balance. It was because I was eating the foods that fueled my body the best.
My husband, however, is a type O, which is basically the complete opposite of a type A. Type O's thrive on animal products, especially meat, and a little dairy works too.
After the first month or so of pregnancy, I started eating meat again after two years. It wasn't a hard decision to make as I didn't become a vegetarian for animal welfare purposes (although that was a good reason to be doing it too). I became a vegetarian because my body just felt like it didn't need meat. Then I gave up dairy because I found out that it is inflammatory and was one of the leading causes of my acne breakouts.
As my pregnancy has progressed, I have started eating more and more like my husband. I eat meat every day, I've introduced a little more dairy back into my life - though not too much, as it can still flare up my skin - and I also eat a lot of carbs these days.
Which makes me think that maybe, just maybe, this baby is going to be a tall, strong, sporty meat eater like his dad.
I've learnt to trust my instincts a lot while pregnant. From the day we found out we were having a baby, I knew 100% that it was a boy. And while this way of eating is more something I've found interesting than anything else, I think it is so important to trust your instincts when you're growing your baby because sometimes, even though they're teeny tiny and only just learning how to use their fingers and toes and haven't eaten a bite of food the way we do yet, sometimes they know what's best for them and they're always sending their mama signals, letting us know what they need.
"Mama, I need some beef!"