Eating Healthy During Pregnancy
It probably goes without saying, but nourishing your body well during pregnancy is super important! Specific "healthy" foods vary from person to person, but there are still some good general practices to keep in mind.
Please Note: Everyone is different, and what worked for me and my pregnancies may not work for someone else. I am not a medical professional, and nothing in this post is meant to replace the opinions and advice of your specific medical professional. Be sure to consult with your doctor, especially before making any drastic lifestyle changes or consuming anything new.
Eat Healthy Fats & Proteins
Eating well during pregnancy is vital to make sure both you and baby get the vitamins and nutrients you need now more than ever. Fruits & veggies can be good sources of things like folic acid and vitamins A and C, but healthy fats and proteins are essential for building baby's brain and tissues. Plus they'll keep you full and energized, and the iron in lean meats can help prevent anemia.
Watch Your Sugars
Gestational diabetes is a real concern during some pregnancies, even if you don't ordinarily have blood sugar issues. Whether you experience gestational diabetes or not, you may benefit from keeping the amount of sugar (especially added and artificial sugars) you eat during pregnancy low. A low, steady sugar intake can help regulate energy levels, mitigate weight gain, and just help you feel better in general.
That's not to say you can't give in to those ice cream cravings from time to time! Talk it over with your doctor, and be aware what kind of and how much sugar you're eating.
Eat Enough, and Eat Regularly
Your medical professional will be able to tell you what kind of calorie goals you need during your pregnancy based on a number of you-specific factors. Whatever your goals, make sure you're eating enough every day to fuel your body and support yourself and baby. Eating healthy foods at regular intervals can help keep your energy levels up, promote better digestion, minimize blood sugar spikes, and stabilize your metabolism.
Water is pretty crucial even when you're not pregnant, but when you are? Oh, mama. Water will help your digestion stay regular, reduce swelling and aches that come with growing a baby, and just make you feel better overall. Too little water during pregnancy can actually cause some serious complications, so really make a point to meet your water-intake goals every day. Set alarms, buy a cute reusable motivational water bottle, make a chart, whatever works best for you!
Also, please don't sacrifice your hydration because you don't want to have to pee more. It's inconvenient, sure, but it's worth it. Promise.
Take Your Vitamins
A healthy, nutrient-rich diet based in whole foods is the best way to get the important vitamins and nutrients your body needs during pregnancy, but let's be real. Most likely, you'll still need to supplement a little. Be sure to take your prenatal vitamins consistently. Your medical professional can help pinpoint any specific nutrient deficiencies you might have during your pregnancy, but for the most part, a prenatal multi-vitamin will cover all the bases.
My favorite prenatal vitamins are SmartyPants Organic Prenatal Gummies. They’re certified organic and certified vegetarian, non-GMO with no artificial flavors or coloring, and they seriously taste SO GOOD. Way more like a fruit snack than a vitamin.
Some of My Favorite Healthy Foods & Recipes for Pregnancy
Note: I cleared my foods with my doctor, based on my specific body, pregnancy, and health history. Be sure to consult with your medical professional before making any drastic dietary changes!
- Peppermint Tea - a great, natural nausea remedy
- Red Raspberry Leaf Tea - thought to help tone the uterus, stimulate labor, and shorten labor
- Dates - some research indicates dates can help labor go a little more smoothly
- Instant Pot Bone Broth - loaded with natural collagen which is great for skin elasticity and strength, plus repairing and rebuilding tissue
- Seaweed Salad - seaweed is good for constipation and is a good source of vitamins and nutrients
- Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
- Instant Pot Brisket Taco Bowls
- Avocado Salad
- Tom Kha Gai Soup (Thai Coconut Chicken Soup)
- Easy Golden Milk - with anti-inflammatory, immunity-boosting turmeric
- Pan-Seared Chicken Thighs
- Keto Granola with Collagen Peptides
- Egg Roll in a Bowl with Creamy Chili Sauce
- Whole30 Chipotle Beef & Avocado Bowls