Moms to Be: What do you eat for lunch?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I love pita pockets- I fill them with chicken ceasar salad, ground turkey, spinach & avocado and Greek salad minus the feta. 

Lately I’ve been eating sliced tomato, avocado and mozarella grilled cheese with balsamic. I use sliced italian bread. So satisfying! 

Post # 17
3223 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

This thread is making me envious. I can’t imagine having time to eat a full lunch with sandwiches and salads and other things. I’m a teacher, so my lunch consists of whatever I can shove in my mouth in 10 minutes or less in the middle of a loud, disgusting cafeteria while my kids bother me over and over again. This week it’s brown rice and steamed mixed veggies with lemon juice and salt. Usually it’s a piece of fruit, maybe some nut butter, a cheese stick, and crackers. I try to switch up what the fruit is so I don’t get bored. Sometimes instead of a cheese stick I eat some carrot sticks. Other weeks it’s leftovers, depending on what was for dinner. I used to eat way healthier/lighter calories before baby and now I need carbs and tons of protein to get through the day. 

Post # 18
994 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I’m not eating deli meat (major sad face) so I switched my lunches up to salads. I usually get pre-packaged salads from Trader Joe’s or Costco – I look for the ones that are on the lower-cal side because some of their dressings can really rack it up. Then I always snack before and after lunch with string cheese, crackers, and fruit. Also always keep a protein bar in my desk if I need something extra.

Post # 20
4232 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I’m 32 weeks pregnant with baby #1. Since about 20 weeks (when I was told I was putting on a little too much weight too quickly due to excessive carb consumption) this has been my average eating routine:

For breakfast I have two hard boiled omega eggs. I will either have a decaf coffee with a bit of cream, or a glass of grapefruit juice.

For lunch I make myself a large smoothie consisiting of frozen fruits (type changes regularily), some cucumber, kale and unsweetened almond milk.

I’ll often have an afternoon snack of maybe an apple, or a tin of salmon mixed up with a dab of low calorie mayo (don’t judge until you try), or some cheese on toast if I’m dying for those carbs. If I’m not overly hungry but still wanting a little ‘something’ I have a cup of decaf orange pekoe with a little milk and honey.

Dinner is either chicken or fish (prepared as low sodium as possible) paired with two steamed veggies (rotated variety).

…it’s after dinner where I get into the ‘naughty’ stuff like frozen yougurt, dark chocolate (bonus points if it has sea salt), or a lovely sharp cheddar cheese on triscuits!

PS: I’m 5’10 and my pre-pregnancy weight was 190lbs. At 20 weeks I was 222lbs and told to slow things down a little. As of my appointment at 31 weeks I am 235lbs and my doctor says I am doing better now weight gain wise.

Post # 21
836 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I’m also 10 weeks.  I have really only been eating what I crave, because I pretty much live nauseaus. I don’t want anything meat these days, so protein has been an issue for me.  I’ve started boiling eggs at the begining of the week and bringing them to snack on.  Sometimes I have a bag of popcorn for lunch.  I mostly just have to snack all day, which often doesn’t lead to an actual lunch.  I’ve been snacking on butter free popcorn, almonds, boiled eggs.  For dinner all I’ve been wanting is noodles with butter or grilled cheese lol. I went to my second doctor appoinment yesterday and had lost 5 lbs in the past month….whoops. My doc told me to drink an ensure everyday.  Haven’t started that yet tho…

Post # 22
11051 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

weightwatchers152 : I’ve been making vegetable chilli, freezing it into portions, I get around 3 from the batch I make and then defrost it and re-heat it at work. I was having jacket potato with it, but I don’t know what it is about jackets but I feel really sleep afterwards, tried it with some leftover mash the other day and that was lovely. 

Post # 23
390 posts
Helper bee

A bit off topic, but how can the OB say deli meat is a danger to eat because of possible listeria but not ice cream?

Last year there were THREE different manufacturers with recalls on ice cream because of listeria outbreaks…

Post # 24
646 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

weightwatchers152 :  You might be better off cooking a chicken or a beef roast for your lunch sandwiches due to the chemicals in deli meats. Also make sure that you are getting enough healthy fats in your diet (butter, avocado, olive oil, full fat dairy over low fat). Fat is very important in brain development.

Post # 25
534 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

My OB says no deli meat even if it’s nuked =/ He did say that I can buy a rotisserie chicken and tear it up and eat shredded chicken by itself or on a sandwich or salad, and it doesn’t have to be heated. I’m going to start doing that this week.

Otherwise, I bring a myriad of mixed and matched snacks (a hard boiled egg or cottage cheese, cheese and crackers, apple and peanut butter, veggies, hummus, etc.). Alternatively, I am a high school teacher and my cafeteria always has homemade soup, so I often get that with a roll and a cheese stick and veggies.

I will also add that the veggies listed above were mostly consumed between 4-8 weeks … from 8-12, I have eaten almost exclusively bread and dairy lol. I’ve barely looked at a vegetable since Christmas – for some reason they make me gag. But I lost weight between my 6 and 12 week appointments, so whatever.

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