If you are back for more about my First Trimester woes, welcome!
(If you haven’t read Part 1, click the link below)
A. Helpful to current pregnant mamas struggling with morning sickness.
B. Provided insight to my followers as to why I was absent for the last few months.
C. Showed the world that I’m not perfect, and don’t claim to be..
D. All of the above.
Since I opened up with my morning sickness struggles, I also wanted to share with you my meal schedule for the first trimester. My morning sickness started at roughly 6 weeks and lasted until 13 weeks, 2 days (yes, I praised the day it stopped). 7 weeks of eating what I normally consider “garbage” but was my saving grace. No, I did not hurt my baby with my food choices and I’m thankful I didn’t experience too negative of a reaction to these foods. I made my choices and decided to connect zero guilt to those choices.
For the record, I am not telling my followers to rush out and purchase these items, no no no. I am offering my support and giving suggestions for what my choices were. I always tried to choose a “heathier/Paleo/locally sourced” option with each craving, if it permitted.
6:00am – Right out of bed, eat a bowl of cereal with macadamia nut milk
- Cereal: Van’s Cinnamon Heaven (my kids claim these take just like Cinnamon Toast Crunch – so good! Nature’s Valley Cinnamon Sunrise
- Milk: Milkadamia Unsweetened Macadamia Milk
8:00am – Bagel with cream cheese
10:00am – Old-fashioned glazed donut and a small smoothie or piece of fruit
12:00pm – Lunch: either Kraft Mac n Cheese, soup, or BLT sandwich
2:00pm – Granola or Fig Bar and Banana
4:00pm – A handful of cookies
6:00pm – Dinner: This varied every night. I usually didn’t decide until about 30 minutes before. Options were: Jet City Pizza (local pizza joint with GF crust, minimal cheese and added vegetables),
Newman’s Own pizza, Sushi, or Burgermaster (locally sourced Grass-fed burger on gluten-free bun. Don’t ask me how this was okay, it just worked).
8:00pm – Paleo Granola with macadamia nut milk and sliced fruit
9:00pm – Prenatal vitamins
10:00pm – Homemade banana bread
Some other tips that helped with my morning sickness:
- Prenatal pills right before bed (set your phone for a reminder). I did a LOT of research on pre-natal pills, and the Honest Brand combination offers everything I need to nourish my body for baby. To sign up to receive your monthly shipment, click HERE.
- Eat smaller portions, like, kid-size portions. When we would eat out, my husband and I would share a dish, and then he would order and additional side.
- Eat dinner after family if necessary. There were times I couldn’t eat when dinner was served to my family. The times I forced myself to eat, I would feel even more sick. Instead, eat when you are ready, even if that means eating at bedtime.
- PROTEIN! Since protein is so important during the first trimester and the thought of meat repulsed me, I need to get creative with incorporating it into my diet. Enter Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. I added it to anything I could think of (even my kombucha – which looked horrible, BTW). I added it to my milk with my cereal, smoothies, tea, and banana bread mix.
- Peppermint gum.
- Fresh Air. A walk around the block first thing in the morning helped tremendously.
I am thrilled to report that since my morning sickness ended, I have been able to re-incorporate meat, vegetables and eggs again (YES!). I still can’t stand the sight or smell of chicken, but I’m okay with that, I know it’s temporary. I do allow myself some “bad” cravings, but I am much more aware of the fact that I don’t “need” them. My current food obsessions are:
- Turkey BLT’s on a gluten-free bun
- Pork stuffed portabella stuffed mushrooms
- Coconut Bliss Summer Berry Swirl
- Fresh peaches
I hope these tips will help mamas struggling with morning sickness. I have to admit, I always had this belief that perhaps pregnant mamas were exaggerating their condition for whatever reason; boy, was I wrong, SO WRONG. Morning sickness is real, it’s difficult to grasp and I would never wish it upon anyone. Remember, give yourself some grace during this time. If you need permission, you just got it.