A quiet Falliday
In the holiday spirit

What I'm eating during pregnancy


Before finding out I was pregnant, Chris and I were primarily eating a vegan(ish) diet. I wasn't sure how I'd eat when I was pregnant and was open to either sticking to a mostly vegan diet or going vegetarian depending on how I felt. When I started feeling symptoms of morning sickness in the first trimester I also developed aversions to most foods. At that point it was so hard to find anything I wanted to eat I decided to eat a vegetarian diet to give myself more options. More than a few times I went to Trader Joe's just to walk the aisles looking for anything that seemed appetizing. So glad that's over!

I also want to make sure I eat enough protein (70+ grams per day for pregnant women!) and at first I didn't want tofu, beans, lentils or any vegetarian "meats" that were my usual go-to sources for protein. By adding Greek yogurt to my diet I can easily get an additional 22+ grams per day (1 cup of the Trader Joe's non-fat Greek yogurt has 22 grams of protein). Getting enough protein is something I've been really focusing on and I feel that only recently I've been able to consistently hit the 70+ grams per day.

{yogurt and tofu for me, seasonal fall beer for Chris}

Some of the things I'm eating to help get to 70+ grams/day:

  • Greek yogurt (with honey, toasted almonds and sliced banana)
  • Tofu
  • Eggs
  • Peanut butter
  • Lentils (the steamed lentils from Trader Joe's make a quick lunch)
  • Smoothies with protein powder 

During the week I also track my diet on myfitnesspal primarily to keep track of protein but I also like seeing how much sugar and sodium I'm eating. I haven't been concerned with how many calories I'm eating because I think I'm doing a good job listening to my body -  I'm eating a healthy diet, try to eat small snacks throughout the day and don't let myself get too hungry.

To me, eating for two means that now, more than ever, it's important to eat a healthy and balanced diet. I eat sweets or dessert if I want them but stick to a reasonable portion and keep in mind that a pregnant woman only needs an additional ~300 calories/day in the second and third trimester. That's a snack of yogurt, a small bowl of oatmeal, or an apple with peanut butter.

So far I haven't had any weird cravings. My biggest craving seems to be for fruit so I always try to have plenty around and I'm pretty excited for all the winter citrus. I feel like my appetite has only recently come back to normal and I'm really enjoying most food (except burritos!) and cooking again. So glad to be back to one of my favorite hobbies! I'll be interested to see how my appetite and cravings mights change over the next few months.