Ok, so I’ve got something a little different for you guys today. When I started my YouTube channel, one of the requests a lot of you had was a “What I Eat I a Day” style video. A couple weeks ago we shared some really exciting news that we are expecting a little babe in March! So today I’m kicking the first one off giving you a peek into a typical day during my first trimester!
This isn’t so much a do as I do, but a real, honest look at some of my cravings and food aversions, and the ins and outs of what else was going on during these first few months! And I also just want to be clear that what was right for me, isn’t necessarily going to be what’s right for someone else! The most important thing is to listen to your body and what you need!
If you’re not able to follow your regular eating habits during your first trimester, that’s ok (hint: my vegetable consumption was way down. haha)! The babe is so small at this point that it isn’t actually requiring a whole lot of nutrition from you yet. That’s not to say ignore everything you know about eating well and nourishing your body. Do what you can! But just a little hug to say if those food aversions are plaguing you like crazy or you’re experiencing morning sickness, don’t stress too much! (a prenatal multivitamin is definitely a good idea to help cover the bases and make sure you’re getting that important folic acid! But don’t take it on an empty stomach! It will only add to the nausea!)
So, as I said, this will look different for everyone, and this is not to replace the recommendations of your doctor or your own dietitian if you’re working with one, but here’s what’s been going on for me!
6:00 am: Coffee, Water, Breakfast
You guys! The first trimester tiredness was REAL for me! I was sleeping anywhere from eight to 10, sometimes 11 hours a night! I would start the day with
- 1 x 8 oz cup coffee ( I was still having 1 cup per day, making sure to stay well below 200 mg/d)
- A big glass of water (so thirsty! As blood volume increases to support blood flow and the development of the placenta and your babe, your body requires extra hydration) – the water drinking is pretty much continuous throughout the day so it’s not specifically mentioned after this.
- Smoothie (although I was lucky not to experience much morning sickness, I didn’t always feel great, cold foods to start the day definitely hit the spot! I especially noticed a craving for fruits that are high in Vitamin C – particularly raspberries and oranges )
My Morning Smoothie: Raspberries, Chia Seeds, Greek Yogurt, Coconut Chunks, and unsweetened almond milk
Note: Vitamin C requirements increase from 75 mg/d to 85 mg/day during pregnancy
Snack: Ryvita Crackers, cheese & an apple
Other go tos: Larabars, grapes, oranges
1:00 pm Lunch
As I mentioned the nausea wasn’t too bad but there were definitely some aversions. Unfortunately veggies were one of them but there were a few ways that I found them easier to get in. I also noticed that I definitely craved more carbs than usual (tiredness, growing baby, this totally makes sense!) And one of my faves…Sourdough bread!
Lunch: Sourdough toast, ½ of a small avocado, two eggs, sauteed spinach
3:00pm Afternoon Snack
Mid-afternoon, I’m usually at my desk doing some work, and it’s time for another snack.
In the afternoon I tend to go for something sweet like this or a little snack mix like nuts and dried fruit…maybe with a bit of chocolate in there 🙂
5:00 pm Time to get dinner started
With my need for some major sleep I was definitely eating dinner a bit earlier (going to bed around 9- 9:30 vs. my usual 11:00pm)
Another weird aversion has been a lot of protein foods, particularly chicken. Luckily I’ve still really been enjoying seafood (and the extra Omega- 3s are good for baby’s brain development!)
Dinner: Baked Garlic Salmon, Brussel Sprouts with Parmesan Cheese, and Baked Potato
My go to is usually salmon with a sun-dried tomato aioli, but lately plain has definitely been better so I just did this one with some olive oil and minced garlic.
8:30 Evening Snack
Snack: Frozen Raspberries and a few sour candies
Another craving has been for sour! Like I mentioned, fruit like raspberries, any citrus – oranges, grapefruit…, pineapple. And as a treat I love the little sour candies. They’re like sour soothers but small pieces.
Other snacks: Toast or rice cakes with peanut butter, apple and peanut butter, yogurt with a bit of granola.
I was having an evening snack most nights, otherwise I would notice that I’d wake up hungry in the night and it would actually keep me awake. Some nights I would actually get up and have a banana, a Lärabar or some yogurt but it was always nice it I could sleep through the night!
So that pretty much sums up my First Trimester What I Eat in a Day! I hope you guys enjoyed following along. If you have any questions or tips, and stories of your own to share I would love to hear them! Leave me a comment below or over on the video!
If you can relate to any of this, these weird food aversions, cravings, or maybe you have had some morning sickness, I have something just for you! Here is a free copy of my Everyday Smoothies to Nourish and Glow!
Even if you’re not pregnant, you’ll love these recipes. They’re super balanced to help keep your blood sugar stable which is great for nausea but also for energy in general for anyone. I hope you enjoy!
As always, happy eating!
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