First Trimester Foods
Perhaps the best news to receive after finding out you’re pregnant is when friends make it through their 12 weeks of waiting to announce their own pregnancy. It’s so comforting and exciting to know that your friendships will pursue and be shared by the next generation. Not to mention the fact that it won’t just be you and your partner trying to figure out how to raise a child on your own! And so for this post, here are just a few things that helped me through my twelve weeks of hibernating. What you also learn is that everyone is different. Some of us feel okay and some of us feel completely down and out, nibbling on saltines for dinner, weeks on end. It doesn’t matter if you’re having a girl or a boy or if this is your first pregnancy or second. All that matters is that you do what is right for you and your growing baby.
First trimester godsend snacks, meals and beverages
Refreshing ways to settle your nauseous tummy
- Sparkling Water with Lemon
- Ginger Tea
Odd snacks (but man did I love them)
- Cottage cheese (Friendship Brand) drizzled with Tabasco Sauce and scooped up on Triscuits
- Plain yogurt with sliced banana, chia seeds and a drizzle of honey
- Siggi’s Yogurt
- Rice cakes with almond butter
- My New Roots’ Chunky Chocolate Buckwheat Granola
B is for…
- Bean Soup: Especially black bean and lentil (The Juice Press makes a fantastic Red Lentil that I ate weekly. I also really like Juice Generation’s Lentil Soup.
- Ben and Jerry’s Greek Frozen Yogurt: Blueberry Vanilla Graham is insanely good (I realize this is loaded with garbage, but it made me really happy).
- Breakfast: Almost daily for lunch, I would make an egg sandwich on an Ezekiel English Muffin with a Dr. Praeger’s frozen spinach pancake and a slice of sharp cheddar cheese. There were also nights when all I wanted was bacon (Applegate Farms has nitrate free) and pancakes or waffles.
- Broccoli: steamed (because I had to have something green with the other items in this category!)
- Burgers: I loved Bare Burger’s Roadhouse: pepperjack, country bacon, hass avocado, sweet apple grilled onions, red piquante peppers and smoked paprika mayo on grass-fed beef and a multi-grain bun. I also splurged at Shake Shack a couple of times.
- Burritos: I couldn’t get enough rice and beans, not to mention sour cream and guacamole.
Here’s the good news: miraculously, at week thirteen, symptoms of nausea truly seem to dissipate…so hang in there and good luck!!