I have always been a pretty healthy eater. I’m not a big meat eater at all, never have been drawn to sweets and I love almost all vegetables. However, early in my pregnancy I didn’t have much of an appetite and was experiencing evening nausea, not morning nausea so at night, nothing sounded good. I knew that I had to eat at night, but the only thing that appealed to me was CHEESE. I ate mac and cheese, grilled cheese and baked potatoes with cheese. Sensing a trend here- all cheese laden carbs! Some of my favorite things also started to turn my stomach at the thought of eating them. For example, every morning I made egg substitute with spinach, onions and bell peppers and I would put it in a whole wheat tortilla. All of a sudden I couldn’t STAND eggs- still can’t hardly stand to look at them! YUCK! Breakfast is mandatory for me, even when not pregnant, so I had to find an alternative. The only thing that sounded good, buttered toast or waffles with syrup. My point is that in general I didn’t eat very healthy my first trimester. I allowed myself that because I was doing what I could to feel ok.
Now that I am in my second trimester and have rid myself of my evening nausea and most of my food aversions (eggs still qualify) I am back to trying to eat much more healthy. I’ve switched out my egg substitute and tortilla breakfast for a Jimmy Dean’s D’light breakfast sandwich which consists of a wheat English muffin, egg white, turkey sausage and RF cheese. It’s doing the trick and apparently the egg sits ok with me because its sandwiched between the turkey sausage and cheese. I’m also trying to pack both my lunch and my dinners with vegetables. I’ve made sure that with every dinner I’m having a salad that covers at least half my plate. I usually eat lunch at work, bring a lean cuisine or get a sandwich. I’m really not even making these changes as a way to prevent the pregnancy pounds, it’s really just the way I prefer to eat. Im not perfect all the time, but I am trying! Hopefully it means this baby is getting all the nutrients from his momma that he needs!