Post # 1
I am 13 weeks pregnant and I’m starting to feel like a bit of a slacker in the food department! I always thought that I was a pretty healthy eater (eating low fat things, trying to cut back on the bad stuff). But since I’ve gotten pregnant I’ve found eating healthier to be so much harder. I have food aversions to a lot of the healthy things I used to like, like fish and chicken on most days. I used to like beans as a source of protein but now it just makes me blow up like a balloon. I get home from work exhausted and all I want to do is eat a box of spaghetti! (But I do force myself to cook it’s just a matter of eating the good stuff when it’s in front of me.) I’m even a slacker for lunches, packing something frozen or fast.
Any suggestions? What are some good dinners you make? Some good lunches? What do I absolutely need to avoid for the health of the baby? Can I still indulge in my frozen healthy choice pasta lunches?
Post # 3
I’m 27 weeks and have been eating lean cuisine and other frozen entrees for lunch the entire way through my pregnancy. I just keep an eye on the sodium content, because some of the frozen meals can be full of salt. If I’m extra hungry at lunch, I also grab a salad from the cafeteria at work (or have spinach and other salad items at home so I can make one at home).
I’ve had to forgo the broccoli (definite aversion) and really just try to eat as well as possible. Yogurt, fruit, celery with peanut butter, peanut butter sandwiches (for the protein), oatmeal, etc.
And then I don’t beat myself up when I want to have a slice of pizza and some apple crisp, followed by popcorn . . . because hey, I’m only human!
At the beginning, I tracked what I was eating (based off the pregnancy diet in What to Expect when You’re Expecting) so I could see where my main nutritional holes were. After doing that for about a week, I realized that I was hitting most of the nutrition markers, and I stopped being so concerned.
Post # 4
I’m interested in this too! I’m only almost 6 weeks but it seems like I have aversions to basically all vegetables. I’m usually a really healthy eater and that’s been really hard for me.
Post # 5
I found this to be really difficult during the 1st trimester. I didn’t want to eat much, and when I did it was usually empty carbs — pasta or a bagel. At that point it was really important that I take in some calories (b/c I was losing weight), so I tried not to stress too much about what I was actually eating. Once my apetite started returning during my 2nd trimester I tried my hardest to go back to making healthy choices. I try to always include vegetables in my meals, and I keep a ton of fruit on hand for when I’m craving a sweet snack. Apple slices or bananas w/ peanut butter have become my new best friend for snacking between meals.
Post # 6
For those who love pasta- Barilla makes a pasta that has added omega 3 and protein. Barilla Plus, I think? It comes in a yellow box. Give it a try- it will satisfy the pasta craving but also sneaks in a little bit more protein.
Post # 7
The first tri was brutal on my healthy eating habits. Protein and veggies made me gag. All I wanted were white carbs. But my OB said it’s more important to get calories that you can stomach well than to force yourself to eat something and then throw it up! And a lot of carbs are now fortified with folic acid, iron, etc. so you might be getting more nutrients than you think. But I ate my fair share of frozen entrees in those months, just because I had no energy to cook. I just tried to make sure it was something semi nutritious – Amy’s meals were good for me. I also found that adding cheese or ketchup could help me get down a few scrambled eggs. For spaghetti – I was usually able to add some spinach, or broccoli, or mushrooms chopped up small, and I felt better about it. And V8, even the kind that’s half fruit, helped me too. Your digestive system will thank you for whatever fiber you can get 🙂
And it has gotten way easier in the second tri, so have hope!
Post # 8
My husband is a big proponent of juicing. It’s an easy way to get in fruits and vegetables that you may not feel like eating one by one, so you may want to try that. My husband makes sure to add in “superfoods” like kale and spinach. As long as he throws in some banana, strawberries, and berries, it actually tastes great! A big glass of juice is the first thing I consume when I wake up.
I don’t buy frozen/ready-made foods. I make a big dinner every night and eat the leftovers as lunch the next day. I snack on fruits, cereal, cheeses (hard), and nuts.
It helps that I haven’t developed any aversions to anything and don’t have any nausea so I can basically eat anything. Also helps that I’m married to a health freak. If he caught any frozen meal containers in the trash I would get a lecture!
My big weakness is dessert…so I just don’t bring that stuff in the house.
Post # 9
I’m huge on fruit for snacking. So far, I haven’t had any adversion to any kind of fruit, and I love it. It also helps with the (TMI alert!) constipation.
As for lunches and dinners, I try to stay as balanced as I can. I’m only 9 weeks, but some days, I’m so nauseous that I’m just happy I’ve eaten something. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are my savior right now. It’s the one thing that I can stomach pretty easily. My big weakness is anything salty…so popcorn and potato chips are my cravings.
Post # 10
Try adding more peanut butter to your diet. And don’t forget cheese is a protein as well as a dairy product. Try some string cheese and peanut butter crackers.
Post # 11
@2PeasinaPod: Oh my gosh, I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich today for lunch, too! 🙂 It is one of the only things appetizing for me right now. I had that, a yogurt and a few pretzels.
I’ve been craving white carbs the last few weeks. And fried, greasy foods. Pizza I could eat all day, but the thought of veggies turns my stomach. I’ve been eating healthy breakfasts, lunches and snacks and then whatever the heck I want for dinner. (Not healthy, generally) That’s how I’ve gotten through the last few weeks since the hunger, plus nausea started.
Post # 12
I’ve found that many of my aversions are making me stray from a healthy diet too… But I find ways to sneak nutrition in!
Ronzoni makes a pasta that provides a full serving of vegetables for every 1/4 cup of uncooked pasta that you make. I think it’s called Healthy Harvest or Garden Delights? Something like that… that makes me feel better about plunging into pasta for my carb overload lol. I’ve been totally turned off to broccoli, so I’ve been having string beans instead (and raw snow peas, which have been YUM to me).
My midwife told me not to stress too much about my intake in the beginning… she said she didn’t care if I survived on water and potato chips for a while, as long as I was able to keep something down! 🙂 Now that the MS isn’t so crazy, I’m able to make healthier choices and I try to keep them in the house.
Post # 13
Try shakes- I make one with milk, two big handfuls of spinach, peanutbutter, a banana, and sometimes a little Greek yogurt. It tastes like peanut butter and bananas- yummy!
Post # 14
In My Humble Opinion, the first trimester when you only want to eat like 3 foods, you get a free pass. Just take your prenatals, have a glass of milk now and then, you’ll be fine.
Post # 15
During the first trimester, just eat whatever you can unless you have no food aversions/ morning sickness. Try not to be too hard on yourself and simply throw in some fruits and vegetables when you can.
Sort of off topic: I noticed a lot of people mentioning peanut butter–anyone worried about eating it in the 3rd trimester? Apparently eating peanuts and peanut products in the 3rd trimester is linked to a slightly higher risk of LO having a peanut allergy. I’ve generally avoided them just to be on the safe side since I hit my third tri.
Post # 16
@eryepye: I have never heard of that, but considering the fact that I had Gestational Diabetes it was highly recommended that I eat peanut butter all throughout the day. If it were in any way linked to it I doubt the endocrinologist and the midwife would have recommended it.
EDIT: I also wanted to add that programs like WIC would not peanut butter to expectant mothers if there were a risk to the child. It would open them up to law suits.