First Trimester - My Prenatal Nutrition
I made it through the first trimester - and relatively unscathed! While I did have severe exhaustion at about weeks 8-10, I didn’t have any morning sickness or food aversions. The last pregnancy, I had some strong food aversions - I couldn’t even look at grilled chicken or a salad without wanting to throw up. I also had a few days of morning sickness - though I never actually threw up. I did feel sick to my stomach a few times but my best friends who were also pregnant were really sick and feeling terrible so I felt pretty blessed!
As you know, my life revolves heavily around health, fitness and nutrition. I workout 5-6 days a week and try to eat whole, natural, unprocessed foods as much as possible because I LIKE TO. I love feeling energized, focused and fueled and that’s what managing my nutritional intake does for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love pizza and bagels and fries, but I don’t love how I feel afterwards, how I sleep that night, or how my body moves during a workout fueled by those foods. So, the majority of the time, I’m sure to eat high unsaturated fats, wild protein if possible, and complex, fibrous carbohydrates.
I’m going to do a separate post on my fitness routine this trimester, so keep a look out for that!
But let’s see what actually happened when I started feeling the overwhelming exhaustion of growing a human being, the hormonal shifts, and the food cravings of the first trimester:
This time around, I couldn’t believe how great I felt….at first. Without food aversions, I was able to eat pretty close to my normal eating habits and macros…at first. I tracked macros almost up until week 6 or 7 and then quit and just ate the normal stuff without really thinking about quantity because I was pretty hungry. There were a few days I was extremely hungry and a few days that I just ate whatever, but overall, I was psyched knowing that I was consuming whole, natural and nutritious foods! The reason I follow macros is not primarily for weight management, but for hormone regulation. When I have been dedicated in following macros for a few weeks, my hormones are evened out, my mood is stabilized and my sleep is so much better! With all the hormone imbalances, increases, and fluctuations withe pregnancy, keeping them regulated as best I can is my main goal.
Then week 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 hit and things went a little (ok, a lot) off track! I took a two-week trip to Texas and ate all the things (Whataburger, Chick-fil-a, Taco Bueno, Torchy’s, etc.) and had no regrets - except the way I felt going to bed each night — so full and uncomfortable. I did however manage to eat one healthy meal at Spiral in Fort Worth - a fully vegan restaurant and snapped a pic of Tanner and Teddy at the door. I didn’t love it, but I think everyone else did!
Then, just before I was headed back, I think I got food poisoning and was feeling pretty nauseous. I think it was food poisoning and not morning sickness because it came on like a tidal wave immediately after one particular meal, but I could be wrong. I held it together on the plane ride home (which was TORTUROUS because I felt like I could throw up at any second and Teddy was eager to get off my lap and walk/crawl around the cabin—shout out to the lovely Alaska Air flight attendant who saw my pain and brought me a barf bag, ginger candies, and took Teddy for a few minutes). The minute I got home spent the next 3 days puking. I ended up in the ER for due to severe dehydration and consumed copious amounts of saltine crackers and gatorade the next few days. Then I think I did get morning sickness and was sick for a few more days. That took me right into the second trimester and just like that, I feel SO MUCH BETTER.
The only things I really craved this time around were hot and spicy pickles, and snow cones. I don’t know what it is about hot and spicy pickles, because I never was really into them before, but I find my mouth watering when I think about them. And then don’t even get me started on snow cones!!! I LOVE SNOW CONES. And I can’t find one to save my life here in DC. Yes, there’s a Rita’s water ice in the city, but I’m not schlepping to the city for Rita’s—get real. Luckily, I had a two-week trip to Texas in there and I got a snow cone almost every, single day. And it was everything I dreamed it would be!