• Amy M.

Super Pregnancy Nutrition

What I Hated

While pregnant with AJ, I started having food aversions in the first trimester and they stayed the entire pregnancy. The following foods are the ones I could not eat during my pregnancy because it either made me sick or it was absolutely disgusting to me:


Meat (except fish)


Yellow rice (disgusting after taste)


What I Craved

POTATOES!!! Baked potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, potato salad!

Occasionally I would crave my spicy foods (I always love spicy food anyway) and fruit. I went through a strawberry phase until I got sick of them and then a green apple phase until I got sick of them!

I also craved tons of spinach and collard greens and turnip greens and mustard greens. Mostly spinach. Lots of spinach. My husband doesn’t care much for spinach so I had spinach all to myself.


My Food List

I became very conscious about what I ate and wanted to make sure it was extremely healthy. I looked at it as whatever I ate, my baby would eat, so what did I want my baby to eat? I wanted him to eat vegetables. I wanted him to eat anything that would give him all of the nutrients he needed to thrive and didn’t have unhealthy things added to it. Below is a list of the foods I ate.


Fruits

-apples

-oranges

-strawberries

-pineapples


Veggies

-SPINACH (frozen)

-collard greens

-mustard greens

-turnip greens

-corn

-broccoli

-green beans

-peas


Meats (when I could handle it)

-meatballs (beef)

-burgers

-chicken tenders

-fish, salmon


Sides

-mashed potatoes

-roasted potatoes

-baked potatoes

-baked sweet potatoes

-potato salad (especially)

-macaroni & cheese

-spaghetti


Drinks

-water (SmartWater)

-Orgain protein shake (chocolate)

-lemon & blueberry smoothie

-fresh lemonade

-orange juice (w/calcium/vitamin D)


Other

-salad (romaine & iceburg lettuce)

-chips & salsa

-bagel & strawberry cream cheese

-oatmeal

-eggs (w/Omega-3 fatty acids)

-cereal (w/almond milk)


Supplements

-Nature’s Plus prenatal vitamins (LOVE THESE)

-Omega-3/DHA (liquid)

-Folgard (folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin B12)


My Sample Daily Meals

Breakfast

-Oatmeal & fruit

-Orgain protein shake


Snack

-Fruit (apples/strawberries/peaches/oranges)

-Water


Lunch

-Omellette sandwich & fruit

-Water


Snack

-Popcorn (no butter)

-Water


Dinner

-Spinach & baked potato

-Water


Snack

-Chips & salsa

-Water


I’m not saying that these are perfect meals. This is just what worked for me and my cravings. I tried to keep eating every few hours because if I went too long, I would feel like I was dying of starvation and that made me feel like I was depriving my baby. In actuality, the baby was probably fine. He probably got what he needed and I was just left starving like I hadn’t eaten anything in 9 months!!! I’m interested to see if I have different or similar cravings in my next pregnancies!

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