One only has to do a quick search on Pinterest to find a million infographics concerning how much extra food a pregnant woman should eat. The common advice is 300 extra calories per day, and there are usually a few examples of what 300 calories amounts to.
And while this may be a good starting point, everyone is so different and I truly believe we each have to listen to our bodies and work with our healthcare providers to determine what is best for us. But even so, those infographics do not provide much information on what a full day of pregnant eating looks like.
So I thought I would provide a look at what a full day of eating for me was during my second trimester. Remember, this worked for me, my activity levels, and my body and baby, but hopefully, it can provide some ideas and inspiration for any of you mamas-to-be who are looking for it!
6 AM: Decaf Coffee with Vital Proteins Collagen, Coconut Oil & Cacao Powder
I used to start my morning with an adaptogenic concoction, but I decided to give up all adaptogens during pregnancy. However, I still like to start my morning with something warm that is easy to digest before my workout. Thus, it is back to basics: Bulletproof Decaf Coffee with 1 tablespoon cacao powder, 1 tablespoon coconut oil and 1 scoop collagen powder. This gives me the energy I need for a workout (and quiets my rumbling stomach) without being so much that working out is uncomfortable.
8 AM: Breakfast + Vitamins
After my workout, I make breakfast. This is usually 2-3 eggs scrambled in 2 teaspoons ghee, sweet potatoes, and some sort of vegetable. I will occasionally add avocado if I am really hungry.
This is also the time I take my vitamins because I have found I digest them better earlier in the day. I take one prenatal (serving size is 3), a probiotic, a couple drops of vitamin D3, and either a Vital Proteins Liver Pill or 1 tablespoon cod liver oil.
10 AM: Snack
Usually this is 1/2 GoMacro Sunflower Bar or if I am really hungry, two slices of gluten-free bread with sunflower butter, banana slices and hemp seeds.
1 PM: Lunch
90% of the time lunch is a nourish bowl. It includes 1/2 to 3/4 cup of lentils, brown rice, wild rice, quinoa and/or sweet potatoes reheated in a fat source like ghee or avocado oil + 2-3 cups of vegetables including greens + 20 grams of protein from fish, chicken, or lamb.
3 PM: Smoothie (sometimes)
On days I am really hungry, I make a large green smoothie with plenty of healthy fats from coconut oil and chia seeds or a more “dessert” smoothie like my Coconut Date Smoothie.
Sometimes, I am not hungry for this at all, and will just have an earlier dinner. I may eat a handful of Jackson Honest Potato Chips if I have salt craving.
6 PM: Dinner
Dinner is usually another Nourish Bowl, or sometimes tacos with veggies, protein and avocado.
8:30 PM: Snack
If I skipped my afternoon snack, I may find myself hungry post dinner. My absolute go-to right now is a spoonful of sunflower butter (no added sugar) and organic red grapes. I also sip on my pregnancy tea (aka red raspberry leaf tea) either cold with a splash of unsweetened cranberry juice or hot with a teaspoon of honey.