What I Eat | Late 1st & Early 2nd Trimester

Happy Monday, friends!  I’ve received some requests to share what I’ve been eating recently now that I’m pregnant, so I thought I’d bring you along on a typical day.  The size, types, and timing of my meals has remained fairly consistent throughout the second half of my first trimester and the first part of my second.  I split my daily nutrition up into five or six meals.  I am hungriest during the meat of the day, starting about an hour after I wake up until somewhere between 3 and 5 PM.  After that point I don’t have much of an appetite at all.

Please keep in mind that everyone’s nutritional needs are different.  I am in no way an expert on nutrition or health.  I strongly suggest talking with your health practitioner about what might be best for you.  I am just sharing what’s worked for me lately.  Here’s a look at my day in food broken down by meal:

Meal 1

what i eat meal 1 july 2015

As I mentioned, I typically eat my first meal of the day about an hour after I wake up.  Lately I’ve rising naturally sometime between 5:45 and 6:45 AM.  I do my morning ablutions, then take my dog, Winnie, for a walk.  I also make sure to consume 20 ounces of water during this time.  My breakfast usually consists of eggs.  I’ve been all about hard boiled eggs, lately, especially since it’s summer and I haven’t been in the mood for a piping hot breakfast.  I boil about six or eight eggs up every few days and keep them in my fridge for quick meal prep.  My go-to meal 1 lately has been two hardboiled eggs with salt, one slice of Ezekiel bread toasted with butter, a side of fruit (watermelon is a current favorite), and a small glass of orange juice.

Notably, I haven’t been interested in tea at all since very early on in my pregnancy.  I’ve been an avid tea drinker for my entire adult life, so it’s a bit strange for me not to want my morning cuppa.  While my preference for hot tea does tend to wane a bit in the summer, it usually doesn’t flat out disappear.  I’m not sure if this is just a warm weather phase or not.  It will be interesting to see if my taste for it returns come fall.

Meal 2

what i eat meal 2 july 2015

My appetite returns in a big way every 2-3 hours during the day.  In between meal 1 and meal 2, I like to get in my workout (which I will post about in more detail in the weeks to come) and get myself ready for the day.  I drink another 20 ounces of water in this time.  Like meal 1, my meal 2 doesn’t change much from day to day.  I’ve been on a cottage cheese and berries kick since before I even knew I was pregnant, and this preference hasn’t changed since.  I pretty much eat this every day.  My meals after this point tend to vary a bit more.

Meal 3

what i eat meal 3 july 2015

After another couple of hours and 20 more ounces of water, I’m more than ready for meal 3, which is lunch.  This is generally when my appetite is greatest and when I eat the most in one sitting.  My meal 3 changes almost every day.  Sometimes it’s leftovers, as shown above (scrumptious shrimp fajitas made my talented hubby).  Other times I’ll have a salad or sandwich that my sweet husband picks up from a local place for me (he’s really the best!).  I used to have difficulty digesting raw vegetables, including lettuce, which was always a bummer because I love salads.  Since becoming pregnant, however, my digestion has changed for the better and I am now able to process these things once again.  Hurray!

Meal 4

what i eat meal 4 july 2015

My afternoon noshes can either consist of one mega snack or two smaller ones.  The photo above is an example of a mega snack.  On this particular day I ate my lunch (meal 3) at noon, which filled me up until 3 PM.  Sometimes I’m hungry again at 2 PM, in which case I’ll have something like veggies and hummus or cheese and crackers and then my sweet treat around 4 PM.  When I hold off until 3 PM I am usually hungry for both at the same time, so I just combine them.  Lately I’ve enjoyed having a glass of milk with my sweet treat.  By the way, pudding and oreos are amazing together!  I make sure to drink another 20+ ounces of water before and then after this meal.

Meal 5

what i eat meal 5 july 2015

My last meal of the day is dinner (meal 5).  My appetite wanes significantly after my last afternoon snack and I am barely hungry at all come dinnertime.  This has been the most noticeable change in my pregnancy diet.  I’ll eat about half of what I used to pre-pregnancy for dinner (although I am eating more during the day than before so it works out).  My husband Don usually takes charge of meal prep for dinner.  We don’t go out often unless with family and friends since I’m not really into dinner lately.  Don rotates through our usual favorites, including chicken and veggie pasta, shrimp fajitas, turkey tacos, turkey burgers, and the like throughout the week.

I don’t eat anything after dinner anymore.  I’m usually super full even after a light supper until breakfast the next morning.  I’ll drink another 20 – 40 ounces of water before bed for a total of 120 – 140 ounces of water.  I realize this sounds like a lot, but considering my average pre-pregnancy was 100 ounces a day, these numbers are right on track with what’s healthy for me.  Everyone’s needs are a bit different!

If you’d like to see vlog-style footage of what I eat in a day, check out this video:

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I eat lately.  I’d love to hear about your current favorite meals or snacks if you care to share!  Check back Wednesday for my weekly pregnancy update if you’re interested.
I hope your week is off to a great start!

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12 comments

12 thoughts on “What I Eat | Late 1st & Early 2nd Trimester”

  1. Jen, you eat well on a daily basis so I don’t think you’ll have any problem keeping your baby healthy! So excited for you both!

  2. After having lapband surgery a few years ago, I found that I could eat lettuce or any type of raw leafy vegetable anymore… since I still craved salads, I had to find a way around it. First is the “Healthy 8” vege mix at Trader Joes – second is a bag of broccoli slaw – both serve as a good base for my salads and I add some lean protein and maybe other veges and I don’t miss the lettuce at all!

  3. Hi Jen!
    You look great, truly glowing, and are eating so healthy! I was wondering, are there any foods you are staying away from now that you are pregnant? I know there are the typical doctor recommended foods not to eat, but is there anything you personally have chosen to avoid? Thanks so much! You are an inspiration and I value your opinion!

    1. Just avoiding the standards, really – unpasteurized dairy, raw or undercooked meat or poultry, caffeine and alcohol.

  4. Thank you for sharing this! I’m currently 24 + 5 and find it absolutely fascinating how much our appetites change and evolve while we’re pregnant. In my first trimester I dealt nausea and all manner of food aversions – I hated meat and vegetables and basically only wanted carbs for every meal. Once I finally liked food again I went through a phase of having intense cravings for very specific foods that would last about a week before changing suddenly to something else. I felt like a crazy person! 🙂 Within the last few weeks I’ve been having the opposite problem… other than my standard breakfast (a sandwich with egg whites, sausage and cheese on a homemade English muffin) and a few staple snacks, I never know what sounds good to eat. Like you my appetite tends to be biggest during the day and then decrease rapidly at night. I tend to eat lots of small meals throughout the day, which works well since I can’t eat too much at any one meal without feeling uncomfortable (this, despite being ravenous). My husband and I love to cook dinner together in the evening and the portion sizes I serve myself have gotten smaller and smaller!

  5. Thanks for sharing this with us! I found it very helpful since I am 12 weeks pregnant and need inspiration. Everything looked soo good!

  6. I also posted in your comment section on Youtube, but I wanted to make sure you got this post. Did you know that you can purchase a home “fetal monitor/doppler” from Amazon? They are inexpensive and worth every penny. My daughter bought one for her second pregnancy because she had some anxiety like you. She was able to listen to her baby day or night and any time she felt the need. Sounds like this device could really help your uneasy feelings. Don and Winnie can listen too. Sending love and light…

    1. I have heard of this, but ultimately decided not to after consulting my doctor. I know many have loved using theirs!

  7. Hey Jen,
    Can you point me in th direction of the video where you talked about the 2 pregnancy videos you are currently using is listed or relist them for me please. Glad you’re doing so well, not too much longer before baby girl is here!

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