I’m nearly 23 weeks pregnant with my third child, and I’m completely obsessed with my pregnancy diet. My first two kids were born over a decade ago (yes, this is indeed our surprise baby!) and I wasn’t as preoccupied with gaining weight at all. I think it’s because we’re more informed about health and nutrition than we were 15 years ago (at least I am).
For the first four months of this pregnancy I gained less than one pound. I wasn’t intentionally trying to keep my weight gain so low; it just worked out that way. But last week I had my five-month check-up and in four short weeks I managed to gain a whopping 11 pounds, placing me at 12 lbs total weigh gain to date. I’m okay with this number, but certainly don’t want to see an increase like that each month, so I will continue eating as well as I can despite the increase in my appetite.
So here’s a glance at what my pregnancy diet looks like:
For my fix of veggies, I roast them and turn them into soup because it’s the only way I can safely devour my nutrients. I eat soup daily, sometimes by the bowlful or in a mug, so I can sip it while I’m working at my desk. It’s definitely my most requested food right now.
Because I’m in the thick of the second trimester I’m focusing on adding lots of protein and calcium to my diet, so eggs, chicken, cheese, yogurt, and milk are staples these days as well. My favourite snack is fresh apples with sliced aged cheddar, or pumpkin quinoa muffins, which are great for on-the-road snacking.
For dinner, I’m enjoying lots of beans, roasted meats, pastas, and risottos. I’m still feeding a hungry tween and teen so I eat small amounts of their hearty meals. Then I snack again a little later and usually opt for some hot cocoa (extra calcium) and/or air-popped popcorn.
Now it’s your turn! We’d love to hear from you even if you aren’t currently expecting. What does/did your pregnancy diet look like? Did you suffer from any crazy cravings or serious food aversions? Did you have any dietary challenges? What are you doing to keep you well fuelled through this long nine-month stretch? Did you notice if your diet change/cravings were different based on the gender of your baby?