This topic is probably the one I've received the most questions about. FULL DISCLOSURE: my certifications are fitness and exercised based. I am not a dietician or nutritionist. However, I did receive my degree in Public Health and Nutrition, and I work for a company as a health coach, andddd I am 23 weeks pregnant haha...so there's that.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about health and fitness in general, it’s that everybody is different. There are basic rules that I believe work for anyone, but there are also SO many questions where the only suitable answer is,“it depends on the person”.
This is especially true regarding pregnancy. Every pregnancy is different, so really listen to your body to determine what works best for you and your baby. This is what I have found that (through trial and error, I might add) works best for ME.
1. AVOID THE "EATING FOR TWO" MINDSET
I love using this saying as a joke (ask my husband, he’s totes over that joke btw). I am not, and I'm preeeeetty sure no one else is, eating for two human beings. Yes, we are nourishing our bodies at the same time as our babies…but babies are not FULL grown human haha.
I’ve had so many people tell me, “now’s the time to eat whatever you want, you’re going to get fat anyway!” What in the?! First of all, how dare you. And second, now is the time to eat the best because my little growing babe is relying on me to fuel it properly. For me, pregnancy is no way means “letting myself go”. If anything, I care more about what I put into my body than ever before.
2. DRINK WATER
Okay this picture isn't water (it's actually Matcha), but hydration is extra important when you're pregnant. It helps your body absorb all the good nutrients so they can be transported to el placentao. It also keeps everything nice and, uh...regular (if ya know what I'm sayin). I gotta be honest, due to the hormonal changes, bloating and constipation are part of pregnancy, and water helps keep everything movin' and groovin'.
3. MAKE THE FOOD YOU CRAVE AT HOME
Jordan and I ate out a lot during those first few months of pregnancy because the smell of food cooking/the thought of cooking food made me so sick. As soon as I starting feeling better I got right back to the kitch because I can stay in complete control of what goes into my body (and my baby’s body).
I’ve craved ketchup like no other during this pregnancy so instead of indulging in that craving at In N’ Out, I make turkey burgers and roasted sweet potato fries, and eat them with ketchup. It's a healthier version of what I'm craving, and it does the trick!
4. PACK SNACKS
I get nauseous and very sick if I don’t eat every 2-2 ½ hours. Everywhere I go I pack snacks with me. I feel like I’m constantly planning out what I’m going to eat next haha. But if I don’t I start throwing up…srsly, that happens, or go overboard when I have access to food again #yikes.
I make sure there’s some type of protein and healthy fat with every meal…especially with my snacks, because it sustains me and keeps my energy levels up.
5. FOCUS ON NUTRIENT DENSITY
Prenatal vitamins help give you an extra boost of nutrients your baby needs, but it's not meant to take the place of healthy foods. I focus on getting lots of colours into my diet to ensure I'm getting all the vitamins and minerals muh babe and I need. Reds, purples, oranges, green, white, yellow, etc. The more colourful, the better!
6. IT'S OKAY TO INDULGE TOO!
Our bodies are going through SO much during these 9 months. We’re literally creating a living being from scratch. It’s exhausting and I think we DESERVE to enjoy food during pregnancy. This is tough business!! Also, our body needs extra calories to support the new life (roughly 300 extra calories a day during the 2nd trimester, and 500 during the 3rd trimester).
It’s okay to splurge every now and then. No one is perfect. There have been days all I want to eat is pizza…and I make sure to march Jordan out of the door and to get pizza haha. And that’s fine! Because I'm giving my body what it needs the rest of the time. Find a balance that works for you!