The Green Mom Pregnancy Diet – 1st Trimester

I don’t know about you, but for me…the first trimester sucks! I am tired all the time and have that underlying feeling of nausea all day, but yet I am hungry too. If you think about it, its kinda cruel. Plus, who the hell came up with the term “Morning Sickness”? I feel sick all day long.

So, if you are like me and are “green” all the time those first 16 weeks or so, here are some of the things I have found that help get through this phase of your pregnancy.

Eat first thing in the morning

Now I know you may not want anything to do with food first thing in the morning, but trust me when I tell you that the sooner you get something into your belly the better you will feel. Stay away from dairy because that is hard to digest and is not the best way to set things off.

My favorite breakfast is some really good whole wheat toast (I love Alvarado Street Sprouted Grain Bread) with some all natural peanut butter and either some juice or a smoothie of some sort. Fruit is very easy to digest and the natural sugars will give you a little boost. Plus all the vitamins are great for you and your growing little bundle.

The morning smoothie is also a great way to get your prenatal supplements down. I have a hard time swallowing pills and having a nice thick smoothie really helps. An easy way to make a quick smoothie in the morning is to freeze some keifer or yogurt in ice cube trays along with some fresh fruit on a cookie sheet.

Then, when you get up, all you need to do it throw some of the fruit, a few frozen cubes of yogurt and a little juice in a blender and bang-o, you’ve got a rockin’ smoothie in no time.

Stay away from coffee

This is one of the hardest things for me. I LOVE my morning coffee but you really shouldn’t drink it when you’re pregnant, plus it dehydrates you and aggravates any nausea you may be feeling. If you really need it, cut it with decaf and some creamer and don’t finish the mug. Bit by bit, try to wean yourself off of it all together.

Stay away from heavy, rich or fried foods

Basically, you want to eat only things that are easy for your body to break down and digest. The richer and fattier the food, the harder it will be on your stomach. Actually, this goes for your whole pregnancy due to that fact that once the morning sickness passes the heartburn can start to kick in.

Plus, fatty fried foods will only pack on the pounds. As tempting as it may be to say “The hell with it, I’ll lose the weight later” , don’t do it. I was so thankful that I resisted those junk food cravings because it made my recovering after my birth go that much faster.

Drink, Drink, Drink

Nausea and fatigue are also symptoms of dehydration (as well as a dull headache). The better you keep yourself hydrated, the less you will feel nauseous and tired. Now I’ve had a strange aversion to plain water with my current pregnancy that I did not experience with Evalee. I have heard of other moms experiencing the same thing.

So what I did was add just a splash of juice (orange, mango, cranberry) with a little ice and it made all the difference in the world. I caution against drinking just juice or any sort of sugary drink in the place of water. Many beverage can rob your body of water such as iced tea, lemonade and worst of all SODA!

Soda is liquid sugar, avoid it at all costs – now and forever. Diet soda is even worse. But I’ll save that for another post.

Now, I don’t say this to brag but rather to give my information and bit more credibility… I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight two weeks after giving birth. I attribute this to a few things: I ate right, I stayed as active as I could and I breastfed.

I know it may seem like common sense to take care of yourself when you are pregnant but that can mean different things to different moms to be. And above all else, take your supplements. I forgot to take mine one morning and I paid for it for the rest of the day. My nausea and fatigue were even worse.

Find a good quality, whole food, ideally organic prenatal supplement and I would also recommend a B-complex and an Omega 3/6/9 supplement. Not only will these help your growing baby, they will help your energy level and overall health.

If anyone has any other tips and tricks for staying healthy and fit during pregnancy please leave them below.

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