In the first trimester, I was nauseous most of the day/night, so I ate what I could, when I could. I was still trying to make nutrition top priority but nutritious foods made me sick, literally. The thought of vegetables was horrifying; still can’t figure out what that was all about. As a result, I gained new fat stores pretty quickly in the hip/thigh areas.
In the second trimester, I got my groove back. The complete opposite of the first trimester, ALL I wanted were fruits, veggies, and healthy foods and I gained a healthy amount of weight; ~1lb/week. I felt really healthy for the most part and it was a nice feeling after weeks of nausea!
Now that I’m in my THIRD TRIMESTER (almost there my friends!!), my appetite has changed…once again. In the first place, I get full very quickly (the majority of the time). I know I’m still eating enough because I’m still gaining ~.5 lb/week, but I’m finding it super easy to take one bite too many and then feel like I’ve had 2 Thanksgiving dinners. So I’ve been trying my best to eat smaller meals (probably more like snacks), more frequently throughout the day!
So what are the best foods to eat in the third trimester you say???
In the third trimester, as the baby’s growth becomes more rapid, it’s extremely important to make sure you are getting your fill of nutrients; particularly protein, calcium, omega-3′s, iron, zinc, choline, fiber, and LOTS of water!!! Although the prenatal vitamin will round out your bases for you, it’s still important to make sure the calories you eat are nutrient-packed! Below are a list of foods I’ve been packing in as much as possible to get the above said nutrients!!
- Fruits-—REALLY craving berries! Strawberries are in the peak of their season (almost on the outs though *tears*) and not only do they taste AMAZING, but they’re also a rich source of vitamin C…a nutrient that helps our bodies absorb iron…so important to get enough iron as our blood volume increases!!
- Veggies—-I’m LOVING the Farmer Markets around here. I’ve found an AMAZING Amish farm that has the BEST organic produce for cheap! I’m able to walk away with HUGE… HUGE heads of lettuce for only $2.50. Can’t beat it!! Dark leafy greens are rich in nutrients like folate and calcium!!
- Meats—Throughout pregnancy, I’ve been eating more meat than I ever have in the past 10 years. Thankfully, there are plenty of places to find grass-fed beef and pastured chicken around here! While I don’t go for beef or chicken more than once/week, burger season has hit me hard; they just sound so good! Beef and poultry are good sources of iron, zinc, and omega-3′s (if they are grass-fed)! Omega-3′s are crucial for baby’s brain development!
- Whole grains—-Even though my internal temperature has been on FIRE, oatmeal has been my number ONE for breakfast and sometimes snacks. It’s easy to make and the perfect way to add a lot of variety; fruits/nuts/seeds/etc. Oats pack loads of B-vitamins and FIBER!! A great way to keep your energy up and digestive system going!!
- Seafood-—-I’ve definitely been trying to get my daily dose of omega-3′s. We try to eat Wild salmon at least once a week and Wild Planet brand tuna. I’ve also been including chia seeds and/or ground flaxseeds in my cereal and munching on walnuts whenever I can!! I want my baby to get as many healthy fats as possible!
- Eggs—Eggs are not only a good source of protein, but they can also be a good source of omega-3′s and choline! Choline is a nutrient that gets depleted in pregnancy but that is SO important for proper brain development of baby! Make sure you are eating the WHOLE EGG to reap all the benefits!
- Dairy—Since becoming pregnant, I’ve definitely upped my dairy intake. While I don’t go overboard, I am including plain yogurts at least once per day and some cheese here and there. However, I would still say my main sources of calcium are plant based!!
- Sweets—I haven’t had a horrible sweet tooth in this trimester and that is a blessing. I limit myself to about one sweet treat per day or less (pretty normal). That might consist of a small cookie, a couple tablespoons of chocolate chips, or a small brownie.
- Restaurants—Bleck. I’ve had almost NO desire to eat out lately. The main reason (I think) is because nothing seems to agree with me when we go out! I get serious indigestion when I eat out (most of the time) and it doesn’t matter if I eat a salad or a piece of pizza…the same result. So I’ve had some aversions for going out to eat (with good reason no?).