10 Healthy Pregnancy Meals For Each Trimester - Mumberry

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!

Table of Contents:

 

1st trimester Meals

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.
  1. Creamy green smoothie – The Petite Professional

 green smoothie for healthy pregnancy meals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. The Best Everyday Smoothie – Thriving Home

 smoothie recipe for Healthy Pregnancy Meals

 

  1. Cinnamon Spice and Pear Smoothie - Mumberry

 smoothie for Healthy Pregnancy Meals

 

  1. Simple Garlic Lemon Zoodles – Champagne Nutrition

 zucchini recipes for Healthy Pregnancy Meals

  

  1. Banana Cinnamon Zoats – PopSugar

 zucchini recipes for Healthy Pregnancy Meals

 

  1. Zucchini, Banana, and Flaxseed Muffins – Martha Stewart

 zucchini recipes for Healthy Pregnancy Meals

 

  1. Avocado Toast – What’s Gaby Cooking

 avocado toast for Healthy Pregnancy Meals

  

  1. Turkey Burger Pitas with Avocado & Feta – Ambitious Kitchen

 turkey recipes for Healthy Pregnancy Meals

 

  1. Healthy Pan-Grilled Chicken and Squash Nuggets – Indulge in Nutrition

chicken nugget for healthy pregnancy meals

 

  1. Skinny Chicken Salad – Skinny Mom

 chicken salad for healthy pregnancy meals

 

2nd trimester Meals

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!

  1. Sun Butter, Banana + Chia Seed Toast – The Skinny Fork

 toast recipes for healthy pregnancy meals

 

  1. Raspberry Banana Smoothie – Baker by Nature

 raspberry smoothie recipe for healthy pregnancy meals

 

  1. The Pregnant Gal’s Brunch Enchiladas – Mumberry

 brunch recipes for healthy pregnancy meals

  

  1. Spinach, Egg, and Avocado Stuffed Sweet Potato – Hello Glow

sweet potato recipes for healthy pregnancy meals 

  

  1. Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowl – Minimalist Baker

 cauliflower recipes for healthy pregnancy meals

  

  1.  Healthy Pesto Tomato and Broccoli Pasta - iFOODreal

 pasta recipes for healthy pregnancy meals

 

  1. Zucchini and Corn Quesadillas – Damn Delicious

 zucchini recipes for healthy pregnancy meals

 

  1. Turkey & Kale Baked Ziti (Greek Style) – My Texas Kitchen

 kale recipes for healthy pregnancy meals

 

  1. Crockpot Chicken Veggie Quinoa Soup – Chelsea’s Messy Apron

quinoa recipes for healthy pregnancy meals 

 

 

  1. Grilled Chili Lime Chicken Fajita Salad – Café Delites

 salad recipes for healthy pregnancy meals

 

3rd trimester Meals

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.

  1. Breakfast Egg Muffins – Hurry the Food Up

 breakfast recipes for healthy pregnancy meals

 

  1. Sweet Potato, Black Bean, & Egg White Breakfast Burritos – Ambitious Kitchen

 sweet potato recipes for healthy pregnancy meals

 

  1. Blueberry Pie Overnight Oats – The Kitchn

 oatmeals recipes for healthy pregnancy meals

  

  1. Vanilla Latte Protein Smoothie - Celebrating Sweets

 smoothie recipes for healthy pregnancy meals

 

  1. Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole with Butternut Squash and Cranberries – Well Plated

 casserole recipes for healthy pregnancy meals

  

  1. Creamy Broccoli and Chicken Quinoa Casserole – Cooking Classy

 casserole recipes for healthy pregnancy meals

  

  1. Chinese Chicken Power Salad – Mumberry

salad recipes for healthy pregnancy meals 

 

  1. Late Summer One-Pot Minestrone – In My Bowl

 soup recipe for healthy pregnancy meals

  

  1. Caprese Stuffed Chicken Foil Packs – The Wholesome Dish

 chicken recipes for healthy pregnancy meals

 

  1. Baked Chicken Parmesan Over Zucchini Noodles

 

zucchini recipes for healthy pregnancy meals

 

 

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.

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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

In Conclusion

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  A Day of Recipes for Each Trimester

 

References:

  • American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology-Nutrition During Pregnancy
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Health

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