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My experience with eating healthfully during pregnancy

Posted Sep 15 2012 10:08pm
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10 comments Sep 12/12 Baby, Healthy Eating, Pregnancy

 

Before becoming pregnant, the foods and supplements that I put into my body obviously only impacted me…unless you count the fact that wine makes me act silly and lack of food makes me grumpy.

Now that Michael and I are expecting a baby boy, I’m very much aware of the fact that everything I consume impacts my little man in some way or another as well.

 

 

During my first few months of pregnancy, I had horrible morning sickness.

Bagels and crackers became my best friends because they were literally all that I could successfully eat.

 

 

After that passed, I only wanted fried fatty foods.  If you looked in my grocery cart during that time, you’d probably think I was preparing to cook for Homer Simpson.

Truth be told, this was kind of upsetting to me.

I felt horribly guilty about the fact that I wasn’t eating fruits and vegetables (or even quality grains).

Luckily, the morning sickness eventually passed, and I started to crave healthy foods again.

One day, I sat down and made a list of foods that are good for the baby’s development.  From there, I made a conscious effort to sneak many of those foods into my daily diet.

I’ve followed the list pretty closely throughout the past few months and thought that I’d share it with you today.

 

 

  • Beans, such as chickpeas, lentils, and black beans, for fiber, protein, iron, folate, calcium, and zinc.
  • Strawberries and blueberries for vitamin C, folate, fiber, and potassium.
  • Avocados for folic acid, potassium, and vitamin C.  I swear that I eat one avocado a day.  I love them!
  • Sweet potatoes for vitamin A.   These were actually something that didn’t make me sick during that first trimester, so I ate lots of them during that time.
  • Oatmeal for fiber, zinc, and vitamin B (another food that never made me sick).
  • Greek yogurt for calcium.  Being lactose intolerant, I’ve been concerned about getting enough calcium during my pregnancy and have actually been taking calcium supplements (always consult with your doctor before doing the same).  I was pleasantly surprised though when I discovered that I can tolerant Greek yogurt just fine.  It has opened up a whole new world for me…not to sound dramatic or anything. ;)
  • Spinach and kale to promote good eye health- I’ve been adding both to green smoothies and omelets, so hopefully, the baby’s eyesight will be better than his mommy’s!
  • Eggs, walnuts, flaxseed, and salmon for those omega-3s and DHA which are essential for brain development.  Can you believe that about 70% of energy supply during fetal development is devoted to brain development during pregnancy? This could explain why I’ve been craving eggs like crazy for the past few weeks!

 

Aside from eating good foods, it is obviously very important to take prenatal vitamins.

However, when my morning sickness was at it’s worst, I also had a really difficult time keeping my prenatal vitamins down.  In fact, they made me feel downright miserable.

I tried so many different brands along the way before finally settling on one that was sent to me called BrainStrong.

 

I chose to stick with this brand because it contains adequate levels of DHA, and DHA deficiencies in mothers can impact brain development in the fetus.  It is also a complete prenatal multivitamin with the highest level of folic acid and DHA available without a prescription.

Despite the rocky first trimester and some sugary cravings, I really feel as though my diet has been very healthy and balanced throughout my pregnancy and that makes me feel pretty good.

 

Moms and mommies-to-be, did you find that it was difficult to eat healthfully during pregnancy?  Did you crave healthy foods at all?  I am actually surprised that a lot of my cravings were for fruits and other healthy things.  They don’t show those cravings on television or in movies!

Have a great day!

[Please note: Although I was compensated for this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always.]

 

 

 

  1. At the beginning of pregnancy I craved healthy food and a lot of carbs and towards the end I definitely craved sweets. However, I still tried to keep it in check!

  2. I love that you made a list like this. I think it’s easier for me to eat healthier in general when I concentrate on eating MORE of healthy things instead of less of less-healthier things.

  3. Hi Erin! For my first son, I ate a Burger King double cheeseburger for breakfast everyday. Obviously, I had no intention of eating healthy with this pregnancy. But I was young then, and I did slightly better the next go round. With my second son, I craved fatty foods. This time, it was shrimp po-boys and cheeseburgers I loved. But third time was the charm. With my girl, I was much more conscience of eating healthy foods, and large amounts of vegetables. I did not crave fatty foods with her, but I did crave sweets. I normally am not a desert person, but with my third pregnancy it was all hands on deck to prepare me a sweet treat! It is great fun to remember those times, and my kids love these kinds of stories.

    • Hi Melissa! I absolutely love that you ate burgers for breakfast. I’m sure that the kids think it was all hilarious. I cannot wait to tell my little guy that I dragged his dad to Krispy Kreme at 10 pm. :)

      • Yes, try to remember the craziest moments, because the kids love to hear them told over and over again. By the way, Krispy Kreme was my sister’s favorite pregnancy craving spot!

  4. You are a GREAT Mama and starting the healthy development in the womb is AWESOME:) You are just glowing in your post on your 1st baby shower! Have a Beautiful Day:)

  5. When my SIL was pregnant she too had horrible morning sickness though she could only eat junk food (I think it was donuts). She mentioned this to her doctor who said not to be too concerned and to just eat whatever she could keep down. You’ve included a great list of healthy foods hopefully it will help others. Stopping by from SITS.

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