So, I am no saint when it comes to my diet during pregnancy and, like anyone, I occasionally indulge in sweets and "naughty" foods. But, even before pregnancy I generally tried to eat healthy. I’m grateful that I’m one of those people that actually enjoys fruits and vegetables, so it doesn’t take as much effort for me as it might for others.
I’ve not had any weird cravings so far, but I am hungry more consistently then I was before I joined the ranks of the preggos. (Though, slightly less so now that I am in my second trimester.) So, I usually eat five to six small meals and snacks throughout the day.
In one of my first posts, I mentioned using a calorie tracker. This wasn’t to keep me from eating too much—it was the opposite! But I have since stopped using that. First of all, it was difficult to remember. Second, I found it more stressful than helpful.
So, instead I try and keep a food journal. Now that I no longer have a problem getting enough calories, my goal has been just to make sure that I am getting the variety of foods that I need. My midwife gave me a guideline of how much fruit, veggies, calcium, and protein I should be aiming to get in a day. (I can share that chart with you if anyone is interested.)
While I am certainly not perfect, I do my best. Here is an example of what my diet looked like for the last three days.
Breakfast: Half an avocado on a slice of 100% whole wheat toast with a fried egg on top
Mid-Morning Snack: Plain Cheerios with Honey Oat Cluster Granola added, a banana, blueberries, and fat free organic milk (see pictured to the left)
Afternoon snack: Apple
Lunch: Banza Chickpea Pasta with olive oil, garlic, avocado, spinach & kale, onion, eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, jalapeno, and a little parmesan on top (see pictured below)
Dinner: I went out to eat with my dad and my brother and they had a craving for wings, so I did the best I could with the menu and I got a turkey club sandwich on a ciabatta bun with fries. And I ate a couple of their wings
Breakfast: 2 fried eggs and a banana
Snack: a small bowl of the same vegetable pasta I had made the day before (see pictured to the right)
Lunch: pan-seared salmon with a honey, garlic, jalapeno, turmeric, and lime sauce (see pictured below)
After-lunch Snack: orange
Late afternoon snack: I finished off what was left of the vegetable pasta
Dinner: oven-roasted chicken with roasted potatoes
Breakfast: plain Cheerios with Honey Nut Oat Granola clusters added, strawberries, blueberries, banana, and fat-free organic milk (see pictured below)
Lunch: Half an avocado on a slice of 100% whole wheat toast with a fried egg on top
After-lunch Snack: Apple
Late afternoon snack: bowl of creamy chicken corn tortilla soup with about a third of a mini baguette
Dinner: romaine salad with carrots, peas, tomato, quinoa, red onion, black olives, and I was feeling a little bad so I didn’t have my usual balsamic and oil for dressing and I used about two tablespoons of green goddess dressing instead
As you can tell, I don’t hit every button every day. Protein and, especially, calcium are the areas where I usually fall a little short. But I am pretty good about getting my fruits, vegetables, grains, and good fats. Writing it all out helps me see that more clearly. For instance, seeing this, I might decide to add a glass of skim milk a day or maybe some pinto beans to my pasta on the days I don’t eat fish/lean meat… that should do the trick.
To make up for what I don’t get in my foods, I take supplements as well. In addition to my daily allergy medicine, I take:
But, I hope this is maybe of use to at least one person out there! Please do consult your doctor or midwife to find out what is best for you.
As usual, I would love to hear from you! What does a day in the life of your stomach look like? Do you take any extra supplements besides the normal prenatal vitamin?
I'm Kelsey! Proud Iowan native, world traveler, writer, wife to the most incredible husband, and now soon to be mother