Most doctors don’t teach you enough about how you should be eating during pregnancy so today, I want to give you all the answers to your pregnancy diet questions.
I can tell you one thing for sure…..
If you can get yourself to eat healthy consistently throughout your entire pregnancy, you will not gain a lot of weight.
That means you will feel more comfortable, more confident, have more energy, move easier, have a faster delivery and lose your baby weight faster.
Is that not worth it?
I hope you downloaded my Pregnancy Nutrition Guide. If you did, and even if you didn’t, these questions and answers will help you tons.
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5 Answers To Your Pregnancy Diet Questions
1. What if I’m craving “Sweets” really bad?
If you are craving sweets its for one of two reasons. First, you may have gone too many hours without eating. When this happens, you have LOW BLOOD SUGAR. At this point you don’t just CRAVE, your body needs it in order to create homeostasis again. This is a physiological thing so its important for you not to let too much time go by without eating a snack or a meal. Because it is incredibly hard to have WILL POWER at this time and not eat an entire gallon of ice cream LOL.
The other reason is MENTAL. Yep, it’s all in your head. Your body doesn’t crave things that aren’t good for you. Right now your baby needs nutrients, vitamins, minerals. So don’t give in. But there is something you can do.
I always made a super yummy super chocolaty healthy snack to have in my fridge at all times. I love chocolate so I knew if I “craved” anything, it was going to be chocolate. So I would go in My Pinterest Page in the Healthy Snacks Board and pick 1 or 2 to make. Most of the time it was some sort of CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE. So if I did have a “Craving”, I would eat 2 cookies and be done. I felt good about it knowing they were healthy and good for my baby. I was feeding my baby nutrients and I was satisfying my “craving” and working towards “not gaining excess weight.
So take the time to browse around in My Pinterest Page and find some healthy snack recipes you think you will love that will satisfy your “SWEET TOOTH”. It works like a charm.
2. What if I can’t stomach anything & all food seems “gross”?
This happens often towards the beginning of pregnancy. But it becomes a vicious cycle if you just don’t eat because then your stomach empties and you end up feeling nauseous or sick. So, its important to find some healthy “options” to eat when everything seems to gross you out. Because if not, then you end up eating BREAD & CRACKERS for days and days and then you end up wondering why you gained 60 lbs during pregnancy.
Plain foods are good during these times, but also carbs. So how do you eat carbs that are healthy?
Well, here are some great options that have helped me both pregnancies when this happened, as well as all the ladies I coach on my Fit Mom-To-Be Program.
- Brown Rice with melted cottage cheese and avocado.
- Ezekiel toast with cottage cheese and avocado or with almond butter and “real fruit” preserves.
- Lentils or any kind of beans with brown rice.
- Oatmeal Pancakes.
- Egg whites and Ezekiel or Gluten-Free Bread.
- Brown Rice with Edamame.
- Gluten-Free Waffles with cottage cheese and real fruit preserves.
- Home-Made Vegetable Soups (My Favorite Pregnancy Soup).
3. Artificial Sweeteners, can I have them? Can I drink “Diet Soda/Tea” or “Crystal Light”? What can I use to sweeten my food or drinks?
The answer is NO! Artificial sweeteners are not only, not good for you during pregnancy, but they are not good for you period. It is an extremely inflammatory food that no one should consume.
Most “DIET” drinks or “SUGAR-FREE” drinks are sweetened with artificial sweeteners like SPLENDA. Stay away from these. So no diet soda, no diet tea, no sugar free juices or sports drinks.
If you want something with some taste, have some cold water and add some fresh fruit to it. I used to do that tons during my pregnancy and its actually delicious and super refreshing. Sometimes I even used FROZEN FRUIT as ice cubes. It’s brilliant! If you need a tad sweeter, you may add a drizzle of honey or agave nectar. You may also use brown sugar, coconut sugar, agave or honey to sweeten your foods or drinks. Stevia, though a healthy option has not been approved by the FDA to be good during pregnancy.
4. What if I wake up feeling sick and don’t feel like eating?
Sorry to be so hard on you, but you are just going to have to force yourself. If you don’t, you will again be in the vicious cycle of your stomach emptying and then end up feeling nauseous and sick.
Go for bland foods, try gluten-free toast with a little cottage cheese or spread some creamy avocado on it.
The oatmeal pancakes are great when you feel icky. They are pretty easy to eat.
Once you eat a little, you will start feeling better and good enough to then have a full meal. Attempt some eggs then.
But as I have said before, you should not wake up feeling sick if you snack a little throughout the night. Have your oatmeal pancake or protein muffins on your night table and when you get up a million times to “pee”, have a bite each time. I promise, this will make a huge difference.
5. What foods should I NOT eat?
Aside from what your doctor tells you like:
- Raw seafood
- Raw meat
- Un-pasteurized cheese (by the way, most goat, feta cheeses at your grocery store are pasteurized and ok)
- Fish or Seafood (recommended quantity only)
- Caffeine (I won’t comment on this just yet)
Here are a few I would stay away from:
- Deli meat
- Artificial Sweeteners or any food or drink containing it
- Wheat or Gluten
- Too much dairy
6. I’m hungry in the middle of the night, what can I eat that is healthy?
If you are hungry in the middle of the night, eat! The last thing you want to do is be hungry because this will increase your chances of feeling sick in the morning. As well as, if you are hungry, so is your baby.
Just choose healthy options.
With this I recommend the same thing as with snacks. I would make a few healthy snacks that I enjoy or maybe even the Dales Protein Bars, and I would have a few bites. Enough to get rid of the hunger but not enough to sit down and scarf down or BINGE on a whole meal, especially if its not healthy. You will end up waking up feeling sick, stuffed, tired…….. It’s not worth it! Make sure you have plenty snacks in your fridge for moments like this.
I hope this helps you!
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If you are not sure what you need to be eating to get the RIGHT NUTRIENTS FOR YOUR BABY and to make sure you gain the MINIMAL AMOUNT OF WEIGHT (that is healthy, of course), and to make sure you feel good and can lose your baby weight fast, check this out……. My Pregnancy Diet Plan.
I get so frustrated when I hear from the ladies that do My Pregnancy Workout Program because they tell me that the doctor doesn’t give them too much detail or information on what they should be eating, only what not to eat and to control their weight gain.
No wonder most women gain in EXCESS of 30-50 lbs during pregnancy.
If you need some guidance and some comforting, delicious and easy to make meals, take a look at this Pregnancy Diet Plan.