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?

Pregnancy Weeks 26-29

We’re officially in the home stretch until we meet our baby boy!

How far along:
29 weeks (this was written a couple weeks ago, I’m currently 32 weeks!)

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Size of Baby:
Butternut Squash (15 inches). Some days I look at my bump and am like “how is there a 15 inch baby in here?!” and other days I feel like there’s two kids in there, haha. I’m such a volume eater (lots of veggies), so I can definitely tell a difference in the size of the bump in the morning vs after a full day of meals when my stomach is jammed up closer to my chest.

Also, as I was writing this post I realized the time on the screenshot from my pregnancy app above — some nights that pregnancy insomnia strikes hard!

Gender:



Boy!

Movement: 



I can definitely tell that he is getting stronger / bigger because his little karate moves can be seen from the outside! This is so funny to watch and definitely makes it feel more “real.” I’m also feeling more of his whole body move vs just an arm or a leg now that he’s starting to run out of room in his little swimming pool.

Sleep:
This has been a little botchy due to my allergic reaction — I’m up every two hours itching like crazy. I feel like if it weren’t for this, I think I’d be sleeping okay! I’m SO tired by the time I go to bed, so I generally fall asleep fairly quickly.

Symptoms:

Just the usual! I’ve had some swelling in my legs so I’ve been wearing compression socks, which are about as sexy as they sound. However, my doctor wrote a prescription for medical-grade ones and the lady at the medical supply store helped me order some that look more like black tights vs granny socks. I just wear them under my jeans and no one is the wiser! I skipped out on wearing them for two weeks when my rash was really bad and definitely realized how much the socks were helping — I’m back to wearing them now and have noticed a significant decrease in the amount of swelling in my calves.

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Other than that, no new symptoms! I feel like I’ve been hungrier than usual but have fallen into a rut where nothing sounds good except fruit, cereal, and peanut butter. I’m trying to push through and eat other things but man, a bowl of Captain Crunch sure hits the spot! ;)

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Bump / Body:

Bump is bigger and is receiving more attention from those around me and random strangers. The whole “comments from strangers” still weirds me out a bit, but oh well! I also had my gestational diabetes test and failed the first one! I had to do the intensive 3.5 hour test and passed that one with flying colors so they said the first one must have been a fluke! SWEET RELIEF. Apparently failing the test has more to do with the hormone balance with your placenta vs your overall health / diet.

Maternity Clothes: 



Haven’t purchased anything new except this jacket because my North Face was getting too challenging to zip! I’ve never had a full-length jacket before and I’m loving the extra coverage on my windy walks into work!

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Cravings:



As mentioned above, fruit (specifically oranges), cereal, and peanut butter. I’ve also been eating a lot of yogurt lately — not sure if this is a craving or if I’m just getting lazy with making meals and have resorted to yogurt + berries + almonds or granola. I was on a cooking kick for the past few months but lately I’m just too tired to stand in the kitchen and make complicated meals, ha ha.

Supplements:



Still on my prenatal, folic acid, prenatal fish oil, and vitamin D. I’ll continue on these after baby as wel!

Fitness:


Just walking a couple miles each day for now! Haven’t been running due to it being winter outside but that will change once our new treadmill arrives!

Missing Most:

Someone had a huge box of kombucha in their cart at Costco the other day and that sounded really good to me. I’ve been making blended protein shakes for Andy lately and I’m craving one so badly! I know that some say you can drink kombucha and protein shakes while pregnant, but my doctor recommending skipping the shakes since there hasn’t been a ton of research on protein powders while pregnant.

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Nursery:



Ha! Literally hardly any progress here other than putting his new dresser in there. We’re hoping to paint his dresser this weekend — still hunting for a recliner and a few other things. We have had SO much going on this fall so I feel like we just haven’t devoted time to this project.

Favorite Products:


Hand sanitizer all day, every day since sickness seems to be spreading like crazy at work and all around us. Andy was sick all last week and I’m still surprised I never caught it!

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Favorite Moments:



Feeling him move more (this is definitely what I will miss most about pregnancy) and just seeing how he always responds to outside noises. He will move when I or Andy talk to him, when we play music, or if he gets startled (he doesn’t seem to like the hair dryer or when I use the ice dispenser on the front of the fridge).

We also had two showers last month — I’m 28 weeks in the photo above!

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It’s also been fun to stroll through the baby departments of stores whenever we’re out shopping — it still just seems so surreal that we will have a baby in our house in less than two months!

Can't Wait For:



Kissing his little face! I had a dream the other night that he came early and when he was born, he popped out in little printed pajamas, haha! I also can’t wait to see who he looks like and what color eyes he will end up having since mine are blue and Andy’s are brown. My guess is that he will have a lot of hair since Andy and I both have tons!

Second Trimester Favorites

The second trimester flew by so much faster than the first — I’m currently 30 weeks pregnant and it’s hard to believe that our little guy will be here in a little over 9 weeks!

My second trimester felt SO different from the first trimester — I was less tired, but still way more exhausted than my usual energetic pre-pregnancy self. However, instead of sleeping constantly, I was able to scoot by with a nap a few nights per week. Sleeping became more challenging until I ordered this little gem which has helped a ton! I’ve been back to my regular diet and it feels SO good to be eating lots of veggies, proteins, and fats instead of simple carbs. Although, those frozen waffles during the first 13 weeks did taste realllllly good.

Below are some of my favorite items that helped me through weeks 14-27! If you missed my first trimester favorites, you may check them out here!

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Snoogle Pillow
Hands down, one of my favorite pregnancy items! This pillow makes it so much more comfortable to sleep on my sides since it supports my back, knees, hips, and neck. The best part is the little curl at the end that goes between your knees — pregnant or not, I have this weird thing where I can’t stand having my knee bones touch when I’m trying to sleep.

Maternity Jeans
I’ll say this forever — it has been worth every penny to invest in quality maternity jeans. I love this pair and recently scooped up this pair when Nordstrom restocked them in my size! Having denim in some of my favorite brands has really helped me to feel like myself while choosing outfits for the day. Early on in my pregnancy, I tried on an off-brand and they just did not feel good to me — so saggy and didn’t fit right at all. These fit like a glove and let’s be honest, I’ll probably wear them post-pregnancy until my body goes back to its “new normal”.

Epsom Salts
We’ve been purchasing these at Costco and storing them in a glass jar on the edge of our soaker tub — they’ve definitely helped with sore feet / muscles at the end of the day.

Ice Cold Water
I’ve been SO thirsty this whole pregnancy but I’m actually really thankful for this because it forces me to make sure I’m drinking enough water all day. It’s usually the first thing I reach for in the morning.

Running
This has helped me feel more like myself, too! Fitness is so important to me and it’s been so encouraging to still be able to comfortably run a few miles with baby on board!

Grapes
I was on a kick with these for so many weeks in a row — they just hit the spot and Andy always purchased the crispiest ones from Costco for me. The grapes phase is over now and I’ve reached a point where I can’t get enough oranges — some days I eat three of them, ha ha. I’m wondering if this is just my body’s way of protecting me against the cold / flu germs!

Smoothies
Fruit smoothies have been my go-to lately, too! I usually toss a cup of frozen organic berries, half of a banana, some spinach, and almond milk into the blender for a snack!

If you’ve been pregnant, what were some of your 2nd trimester favorites?
Favorite fruit?
I think I love citrus best but berries and apples are a close second!

Pregnancy Weeks 22-25

I feel like these weeks are just flying by so quickly lately. Just next week I’ll be in the third trimester, which I’m so excited for since it means we will be in the home stretch and it involves all of my favorite holidays!

How far along: 


25 weeks (I planned to have this post up last week but things happen! I’m currently 27 weeks).

Size of Baby: 


Carton of milk! (13.5 inches)

Gender: 


Boy!

Movement: 


We have an active little guy — his kicks and punches have gotten a lot stronger over the past few weeks and I’ve usually been able to guess his position based on how hard the movement is. He also rolls around a lot and has started moving in response to sounds. For example, I was walking to work the other morning and a vehicle drove by while blasting its radio and baby started moving around really quickly! Not sure if he was startled or dancing to the beat but I found it pretty funny to see how outside things affect him. I’ve also started seeing my belly move when he kicks really hard, which is so fascinating to experience.

Sleep:
I’ve been SO tired lately — I fall asleep fairly quickly but the mornings have been a struggle to get out of bed. I’m also up a few times each night to use the bathroom or get a drink of water — I’ve been keeping a huge cup of ice water on our bathroom counter throughout the night and I’ve found that it’s usually almost empty by the time I wake up in the morning.

Symptoms:
Just the usual ones — achey feet, really tired, super thirsty. One thing I think I’ve forgotten to mention in past recaps is that ever since the beginning of pregnancy, I’ve had a really stuffy nose that doesn’t seem to improve no matter what — so strange! No new symptoms though!

Bump / Body:
The baby bump is officially here to stay! I feel like the bump first really appeared around 18 weeks and now it’s more defined.

Maternity Clothes: 


I’ve discovered that maternity clothes aren’t my favorite and it’s hard to find ones that fit well when you’re petite. What has been working really well for me is purchasing maternity basics (long and short-sleeved tees) and then continuing to wear my favorite jackets, vests, and cardigans. I’ve found that these favorites still fit as long as I wear them under the bump rather than keeping them high-rise as I did pre-pregnancy.

Cravings:


Nothing really! Been eating a lot of soups lately with all of our chilly weather though!

Supplements:


Still on my prenatal, folic acid, prenatal fish oil, and vitamin D. 

Fitness:

I’m still running 4 days or so per week and going for walks whenever it’s nice out. We’re hoping to get a treadmill next weekend so I can continue running as it gets colder outside.

Missing Most:
Kombucha and not worrying about what I’m eating in terms of “is this cooked enough?” haha.

Nursery:


This still has a ways to go — we did order him a crib sheet, but we definitely need to do some major decorating in there. This is going to be one of my main priorities for the month of November. We also got him a bassinet so he is all set to sleep in our room for the first couple months after he is born!

Favorite Products:


This forever and ever. I’m also still using this and so far it seems to be working really well!

Favorite Moments:


I just love when he moves around — it’s not only reassuring that he is okay, but also so fun to get a little glimpse of who he is. He moves around when we read books to him and play music and we are really looking forward to doing these things and more with him once he is born!

Can't Wait For:


Decorating the nursery and for his arrival!

Things I've Learned About Pregnancy Thus Far

So, maybe I’ve been living under a rock, but there were a few things that I discovered once I was pregnant that I definitely didn’t know before. Also, please take all of this with a grain of salt and know that I have really been enjoying my pregnancy and enjoy being pregnant so much more than I thought I would — symptoms and all! :)

1. Once you hit the middle of your 2nd trimester or so, you’re advised to avoid sleeping and laying on your back. Now, clearly I knew stomach sleeping was off the table for obvious reasons but when you only have two sides to alternate on and both of your hips hurt, things get a little dicey. Thankfully, this pillow is a lifesaver and I’ve been able to maneuver it so I can get comfortable in a few different positions.

2. I never really got the pregnancy acne on my face, but my belly has definitely had a few weeks of bad breakouts. I never even knew that this was a thing — I’ll take it over facial acne any day but it was just so strange looking and definitely unexpected!

3. Your feet will hurt after standing for long (and short) periods of time. We have wood floors throughout the majority of our main floor and I’ve gotten into the habit of wearing slippers similar to these whenever I know I’ll be standing in the kitchen for awhile.

4. I recently learned that babies can cry in the womb. I was so sad when I found this out — it just breaks my heart that our little guy could cry and we wouldn’t know it or be able to comfort him. This point right here is a pretty clear example of how real the pregnancy emotions are as well! ;)

5. Not everyone throws up from morning sickness. Mine was more of a constant carsick feeling but I only threw up once and then had some dry heaving / throwing up stomach acid a couple times. I was SO thankful for this especially while working for a small company with a bathroom that was very far away from where I sat.


6. The fatigue is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before — I swear I could have slept all day, everyday. Naps were (and still are) my BFF.

7. You can literally smell EVERYTHING — people’s deodorant, if someone has smoked in an area in the last 24 hours, and anything food-related. First trimester is a little challenging when you’re feeling nauseous and food smells seem exponentially stronger than before.


8. Not everyone has food cravings — I had a couple odd ones in the first tri, but otherwise I eat my typical diet and have found I don’t really crave anything in particular.


9. Due to the added blood volume, your veins are a lot more visible than before. I have fair skin, so it looks like a map of my circulatory system all over my body which is actually pretty cool.

10. Last but definitely not least is a story I want to share because it’s something I wish I knew early on in pregnancy. Just a heads up, there is a bit of TMI shared below, so consider this your warning. :)

I wish I would have known that you can have bright red spotting and your baby can still be 100% okay. I went to the bathroom at work one morning during week 10 of my pregnancy and noticed some brown spotting — more than I had experienced in the really early weeks (weeks 5-6). I called my clinic and my doctor was on vacation that day so I talked to another doctor on call. She said it was fine as long as it wasn’t bright red; still a little worried, I went about my day when a few hours later I had red spotting. Cue the panic.

I immediately ran outside (I worked for a small company and there wasn’t anywhere to make a private phone call) and called the clinic in a panic. I was bawling and could hardly catch my breath as I talked to the nurse. The clinic was about to close for the day so she suggested going to the hospital for an emergency ultrasound. I was so freaked out and crying so hard — not wanting to go back into the office with a tear stained face, I called my creative director (I had told her about my pregnancy around 5 weeks and am SO happy that I did) and asked if she could bring me my purse and keys. She came outside, gave me a hug and helped talk me off the ledge. She also brought Kleenex, paper towels, and some water for me (seriously, she is a saint!). She offered to drive me to the hospital, but I declined and said I would be okay to drive there since Andy was meeting me at the ER. I cried the whole way to the hospital — so scared and so worried about our baby’s wellbeing. I thought for sure we had lost the baby — and was so confused because I figured we were almost in the clear at 10 weeks. 

Upon arriving at the ER, they checked me in and took vitals and I remember feeling so overwhelmed and wishing that we could do all the logistics after an ultrasound. They brought me to a room and had me change into a gown and hop onto a hospital bed saying that a doctor would be in shortly. I was so nervous and worried as we waited for what felt like forever until a nurse came in to draw blood. Finally a doctor came in and did an ultrasound — I was literally holding my breath as she turned on the machine and squirted the gel onto my abdomen. We instantly saw our little baby on the screen waving his little hand, almost as if he was saying “hi mom, I’m okay!” I immediately felt a sense of relief wash over me and I started laughing nervously because I was so tense from the afternoon. Seriously, so much weight was off of my chest once we saw him wiggling around on the screen. 

The doctor on call wasn’t an OB so she wanted me to follow up with my clinic, but said I most likely had a small tear in my placenta and that’s what was causing the bleeding. She told me to take it easy and go home to relax for the rest of the evening once they drew my blood to check HCG levels and a few other things. 


The next morning (Friday), I got to work and was bleeding more than the day before. I grabbed my bag and ran out the door — calling the clinic on my drive home to tell them I was coming in whether I could get an appointment or not. After about 30 minutes, they called me back to see one of their doctors since mine was still out of town. She did an ultrasound and baby was moving around with a strong heartbeat so she echoed what the ER doctor said about a possible tear in the placenta, told me to go on pelvic rest (aka taking it easy), and that the small tear would most likely heal on its own in a few weeks. She wanted me to see my OB once she got back in the office just for a follow up but she didn’t foresee any future issues.

I saw my OB once she was back in the office after the weekend — she performed yet another ultrasound and baby was still doing great. She told me to take it easy for the next couple of weeks until I saw her again for my 12 week OB appt. She said no running, no strenuous exercise, and to relax as much as I could until then. I remember feeling nervous every time I went to the bathroom over those next couple of weeks — scared that there would be blood, but whatever the issue was cleared up on its own because I never had any other issues after that. I passed my 12 week appt and blood work with flying colors and Little Pang has been doing well ever since!

What’s something you learned during pregnancy?
Were any of these points above new to you?