If you’re worried that your new pregnancy means you’ll be missing out on super satisfying and delicious meals, don’t even think about it! The tiny human in your bump is more of a reason than ever to enjoy your favorite healthy pregnancy meals and know that they are contributing towards growing the healthiest baby possible. While you might not need double the calories when eating for two, there’s no reason to skimp on the flavor!
We found the best of the best flavorful, totally yummy, and healthy pregnancy meals for you to indulge in the whole nine months. These 30 meals (10 for each trimester) are full of power foods that will benefit you and your little bun in the oven!
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In the first trimester you may only gain one to five pounds, therefore your focus is on a healthy and balanced diet.
Registered Dietitian Stephanie Beaudette M.Ed.,RD emphasizes that “eating for two should not be taken literally but rather we want women to look at pregnancy as a time to eat twice as healthy.”The first trimester may cause a lack of appetite, nausea, and a decrease in energy. For this trimester, we picked meals that pack in the nutrients, have subtle and mild flavors, and are simple to prepare.
If you’ve survived the morning sickness, welcome back to the land of the living! ;) The second trimester should bring with it your energy, appetite, and productivity. Woohoo!
During the second and third trimester, when you are gaining about a pound a week, you will need to add more calories to your diet.
For this trimester, we picked healthy pregnancy meals that might require some more prep (before the third trimester hits and you feel like doing ~nothing~ in the kitchen) and meals with more flavors you may be craving!
Hooray! Your little muffin is almost done baking in that tummy of yours. These meals are similar to the ones we picked for the first trimester, in the fact that they don’t require a ton of preparation. They do have a whole lot more flavor though, and we even threw some higher calorie meals in there to make sure you’re meeting your 450 calorie/day increase.
What can I do when I don't feel like eating?
Unfortunately, many women suffer from nausea, vomiting or excessive fatigue in the first trimester and eating anything, let alone something healthy, may not be high on your list.
For most this improves after the first trimester but until then, here are some tips to help you eat healthy while feeling less than fantastic. And remember to keep taking your prenatal vitamin daily unless advised otherwise by your healthcare provider, and exercise and stay socially active.
How To Reduce Nausea & Vomiting
Small, frequent meals are touted by health care professionals as one way to minimize your nausea during pregnancy. Keep graham or other crackers on your nightstand to snack on first thing before getting out of bed or late at night.
Include some protein with each of your mini meals or snacks. Cheese and whole grain crackers, peanut butter on apple slices or celery, yogurt topped with granola or berries are just a few ideas.
Read Best Foods for beating pregnancy nausea for more tips
I hope that enjoyed these 30 recipes for each trimester of pregnancy. Would you like more easy, healthy prenatal recipes formatted for easy printing? Click here to download Healthy Bump Prenatal Nutrition Guide & Meal Plan
- American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology-Nutrition During Pregnancy
- U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Health