Post # 1
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
Just as the title says- did you make any big changes to your diet while you were pregnant (other than the typical no alcohol and no fish with too much mercury).
I am not pregnant or TTC right now, but I was always thinking that when I get pregnant some day, I should start eating healthier (If I haven’t done so already). I’m curious how others may have changed their diet, both to being healthier, and maybe switching diet ideologies (omnivore, vegean, vegetarian). I’ve heard a few tales about vegetarians craving meat during pregnancy, for example (a la Phoebe from Friends).
So, what has your experience been?
ETA: Sorry, there wasn’t room for pescatarian options, btu we’d love to hear from you, too!
Post # 2
gingerkitten: No big changes in what I eat, but I’m generally eating less junk.
Post # 3
gingerkitten: First trimester- there were a couple weeks where I couldn’t stomach much. Looking at veggies and salads made me sick (normally I love them)- and I relied heavily on carbs for food, even though I had been eating “carb-light” prior to getting pregnant.
After my food aversions were gone- I’m generally eating what I feel like- but trying to keep it relatively balanced. So I definitely allow myself a burger and fries if I ma craving it….but I’ll also sit down with a salad or bowl of broccoli daily. Could I be eating healthier? Yes. Could I be eating worse though? For sure.
Post # 4
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
nadnuk: MrsEME: Yeah, I think “less junk” will be my game plan- mostly because when my mom was pregnant with me, she frequently indulged her craving for fudge covered oreos, which made my heart race! The doctor told her to stop, and she stopped eating them… just before she went to the doctor anyway!
I don’t know that I’ll have more willpower than she did, but I’d like to try!
Post # 5
gingerkitten: Omnivore here! Just like pp, I also went carb crazy in my first trimester. Once my food aversion was gone, I stuck to lots of salads, enjoyed my sweets and tried to limit my sodium intake but other than that, I just tried to keep my diet balanced. In my second and third trimester, all I craved was fruit. In any shape or form! My son is a total frugivore now and it’s pretty funny.
Post # 6
gingerkitten: I will say that for my first pregnancy, I couldn’t eat beef. It made me puke every single time I ate it. It was so weird because I would crave it, but knew that I’d regret eating it.
Post # 7
Yeah, I ate way more carbs and fatty foods during pregnancy than normal (before pregnancy I ate mostly vegetarian but ate pretty healthy). Wings and McDonalds/fastfood always sounded excellent (I rarely ate fast food before lol). Veggies sounded absolutely terrible for a long time. I did eat more meat than normal, and I craved milk the entire time (normally not a big milk drinker)…I think I went through 1.5 gallons a week. Actually I’m still BFing a 7 mo old and I still get cravings for fatty foods (which I eat) although I’m much closer to being back to normal.
Post # 8
I didn’t change a thing with either of my pregnancies apart from in the first trimester when I had a lot of food aversions/morning sickness-then I just ate whatever I could stomach. I’ve been a vegetarian for 15+ years and so far (3rd trimester with number 2) no meat cravings.
Post # 9
I’m a vegetarian (about 6 years now) and currently 20 weeks pregnant. I’ve had an occasional, fleeting desire (not strong enough to call it a craving) for meat (mainly hot dogs, weirdly enough!), but have never wanted to indulge it and its passed super quickly. My diet has mostly remained the same, except for trying to add a few extra calories (extra egg in the morning, or instant breakfast drink in addition to regular breakfast, more nuts, etc.). I do have a sweet tooth, and have let myself indulge that a little more than usual.
The only time my diet was drastically different was the first trimester. I still didn’t eat meat/fish, but I had a serious vegetable aversion, which is crazy because I looove vegetables. I was pretty sick, and ate whatever I could stomach. For me, that was mainly eggs, toast, and potato products.
Post # 10
I’m a longtime vegetarian, and did not majorly change my diet when I got pregnant. The only big change is I make an effort to have protein at every meal (and protein-rich snacks) and to try to stay better hydrated.
Post # 11
gingerkitten: I have actually started eating slightly LESS healthy since I’ve been pregnant, out of necessity. Pre-pregnancy, I was was an omnivore who ate pretty much exclusively whole foods, with the occasional cheat day. But there’s no way I would ever have made it this far (almost 12 weeks) if I was only allowing myself plant-based carbs – toast, Saltines, and Goldfish have all been lifesavers. From weeks 6-10 I was really just eating whatever I had to eat to get by, and mostly takeout, since I couldn’t stand for more than a few minutes without getting dizzy, especially while hungry – burritos, lo mein, baked potatoes, a steady stream of Indian food. It’s gotten a lot better now and I am mostly back to a somewhat normal, mostly home-cooked diet, but it’s definitely a lot more carb-heavy…I have toast with cream cheese before I leave for work, snack on Goldfish or cereal with milk and fruit, and just eat a lot more carbs with meals than before. Oh, and baked goods…I used to never indulge, but lately I’ve been allowing myself pastries or cookies when I really crave them. I mean, you only live once…
Post # 12
I’m halfway through and have added meat after being veggie for 20 years. I’ve had to get creative to get enough protein in. I also do a bunch of kale smoothies for iron and vitamins. You need 70 grams of protein/day and my veggie diet wasn’t even coming close. At first I was kind of grossed out by the meat, but the thought of depriving my little one of nutrients he needs to grow is enought to make me eat damn near anything! I haven’t had any morning sickeness/aversions or cravings though.
Post # 13
When I was 19 I went vegan, and stayed vegan until about a year and a half ago when FI and I started eating eggs again (we are 28 now). This was a GREAT change, and made me think I should have been eating eggs all along. About 2 months before I found out I was pregnant, we started experimenting with eating (sustainable and low mercury) fish. About 3 months into the pregnancy, I started having recurring dreams of myself eating meat. In my 7 years of being vegan, I had less than a dozen dreams of eating meat. So, after having probably a dozen such dreams in the span of a month, I figured my body might be trying to tell me something. Started eating some various organic, local, free-range meats and have been doing so moderately throughout my pregnancy. I think for need of calories and protein, I have actually been craving a lot more carbs and protein than vegetables, which seems so backwards for me, so have had to be mindful about that throughout.
Luckily, I eat barely any junk food, try to bake alot to satisfy my sweet cravings, and have remained dairy-free because I just can’t stand the taste of cheese and milk.
After I have babe (3-5weeks from now), I would like to slowly get back to a vegetarian or pescatarian diet depending on how I feel during breastfeeding. But I can’t deny that eating meat has definitely served me well in this time.
Post # 14
i dont fit any of your categories. I was strict paleo and couldnt eat paleo after pregnancy because of nausea, etc. now I eat all foods but try to keep it healthy. however, i eat more carbs than I know is healthy
Post # 15
The poll didn’t have an option for me. Before I got pregnant my diet was always extremely healthy and mostly vegetarian, with some fish and chicken thrown in. I kept that up for the first couple of weeks, but now I’m so nauseous my diet has gone down the toilet. Hello, mac and cheese and mashed potatoes. Goodbye vegetables. 🙁 Hoping I can revert back to healthy once I start feeling better.