How My Diet Has Changed During Pregnancy

One of my biggest passions is nutrition, which I covered more in-depth in this post not too long ago. I always figured I’d continue to eat this way through pregnancy — and then once I hit about 6 weeks pregnant all nutrition went out the window for the first 12ish weeks. Thankfully, I didn’t really have a lot of vomiting episodes but I did have a hard time stomaching most foods that I used to love.

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My first trimester basically was a game of “keep the nausea at bay”; I only threw up a couple of times, but definitely felt that swirl of an unsettled stomach most days. During this time, I lived off of the following foods:

  • Baked potatoes

  • Organic chicken nuggets

  • Cereal (seriously, SO much cereal)

  • Toast with jelly

  • Crackers / Kettle chips

  • Pretzels

  • Frozen waffles

  • Smoothies

  • Bagels

Not glamorous, but simple carbs were the only thing that I could choke down. When my second trimester hit, my appetite came back and I welcomed all of the veggies and nutritional foods back into my life with open arms.

It felt SO good to be eating my normal diet once I hit month 4ish or so of pregnancy! We moved into our new house around this time and I was so excited to be able to cook in our new kitchen — I made lots of healthy homemade meals and snacks.

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Some of my favorites during second trimester were:

  • Roasted veggies and chicken

  • Salmon and veggies

  • Greek salads

  • Omelets (usually eggs, cheese, tomato, avocado)

  • Veggie wraps

  • Spaghetti squash with ground turkey and marinara

  • Stir fry

  • Soups

  • Flatbreads

  • Grapes

  • Raw veggies with hummus

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Towards the middle of my second trimester, I started having a lot of issues with low blood sugar (blacking out). I had a few conversations about this with my OB and after continuing to up my snacks and protein, this situation has improved SO much.

Before pregnancy, I ate about six small meals per day — breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack. Now, I eat about eight just to keep my blood sugar levels stable since my blood sugar tanks if I go longer than a couple hours without something to eat. I feel like this sounds kind of excessive but when I say small meals, they consist of things such as carrots with a side of cottage cheese.

I’ve lost a little steam since hitting third trimester — I’m still eating my normal diet but my meals have gotten a lot simpler due to the fact that I’m just really tired by the time I get home from work each evening. Below is a list featuring my current rotation:

  • Salad topped with buffalo chicken

  • Lots of oranges, pears, and apples paired with roasted almonds

  • Organic soups from Costco’s deli section

  • Cottage cheese with fresh pineapple

  • Homemade turkey chili

  • Greek yogurt topped with berries and almonds

  • Oatmeal with berries and peanut butter

  • Breakfast sandwiches (sprouted grain bread, cheese, and an egg)

  • Sprouted grain toast topped with cottage cheese and lots of black pepper (don’t knock it till you try it!)

  • Apples with peanut butter

In short, my diet is pretty similar to pre-pregnancy with the addition of more snacks and more protein so that our little guy can grow big and strong! I do find myself thinking about my food choices more than before and sometimes will force myself to eat something more nutritious than what really sounds good at the moment (aka making chicken and roasted sweet potatoes instead of eating a bowl of popcorn for dinner). :)

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As far as “eating for two” goes, I really haven’t abided by that mindset. I’ve mainly been eating my usual calorie intake (around 2k calories since I’m not on a rigid training schedule anymore) for the first trimester and a half, upping it slightly for the second half of pregnancy, and then just supplementing with extra snacks whenever I’m feeling hungry (my doctor agrees with this approach 100%). As part of a balanced diet, I enjoy a treat on the regular (usually a piece of candy or some sort of dessert) but haven’t been using pregnancy as an excuse to eat junk. It’s important to me to fuel my body in a healthy way that provides our little guy with the best nutrition so that he can develop and feel his best.

Are you a snacker or a three meals per day type of person?
Favorite healthy snack?