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.
Meats (when I could handle it)
-baked sweet potatoes
-potato salad (especially)
-macaroni & cheese
-Orgain protein shake (chocolate)
-lemon & blueberry smoothie
-orange juice (w/calcium/vitamin D)
-salad (romaine & iceburg lettuce)
-chips & salsa
-bagel & strawberry cream cheese
-eggs (w/Omega-3 fatty acids)
-cereal (w/almond milk)
-Nature’s Plus prenatal vitamins (LOVE THESE)
-Folgard (folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin B12)
My Sample Daily Meals
-Oatmeal & fruit
-Orgain protein shake
-Omellette sandwich & fruit
-Popcorn (no butter)
-Spinach & baked potato
-Chips & salsa
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!