Please keep in mind I am not an RD. I’m simply sharing how I fuel for optimal energy during a healthy pregnancy as a personal trainer and toddler mom.
Whether it’s the summertime temperatures or the fact that I do not suffer from morning sickness, I have been able to eat a lot of veggies, fruits and lean protein during this pregnancy without skipping a beat.
While I am growing a baby, my appetite hasn’t been obnoxiously huge (yet). However, I do feel the need to eat frequently. I graze throughout the day. Keeping the portions on the small side, help me feel less bloated as baby takes up more room in my belly.
Here’s a little more on how I fuel for a healthy pregnancy.
How I Assemble a Meal
- Protein – making sure I eat enough protein definitely impacts my energy levels and satiety. Some of my favorites include eggs, chicken, tuna, cottage cheese & yogurt.
- Veggies – eating fiber is important, especially when you’re pregnant. My go-to’s include baby carrots, snap peas, cucumbers, spinach.
- Healthy Fats – I do not fear fat! My favorites include avocado, hummus, & nut butters.
I often snack on fruit because it’s so tasty this time of year! And, our garden is currently spewing tomatoes and zucchini, so I have been using them in many dishes.
And, my friend made this protein packed zucchini bread with our garden veggies.
Snack-y plates for lunch continue to be an easy dish, with a side of duck face, of course!
Vitamins and Supplements
If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, incorporating a prenatal vitamin into your routine is beneficial. I’m using GNC Prenatal Program which includes a multi-vitamin plus Iron, calcium, and DHA.
Expecting mommies, I can’t encourage you enough to find a probiotic (I use this one). Constipation is an unfortunate side effect of pregnancy, especially as baby grows bigger and compresses your organs, making it more difficult to go. I took a probiotic during my first pregnancy and swear by it!
I don’t exclude caffeine from my diet (in reasonable amounts), especially with Puredge Energy. Caffeine is naturally derived from green and black tea. And, I have a toddler! I need some caffeine!
It doesn’t have the same edge as Pro-Sculpt, but am not using that while pregnant.
I always have a protein bar in my purse when hunger strikes, which is often now.
These bars are made with the good stuff, no artificial ingredients, so I often share with Jada.
While I strive to eat healthy a majority of the time, there’s always room for splurges! Don’t feel guilty for treats now and then.
As a reminder, you should always consult your doctor regarding vitamins and supplements during pregnancy.