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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
* This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are genuinely my own. *