This one’s for all of my expecting mama friends! While I know it’s not so bad for a lot of women, I had such a hard time figuring out what to eat during the first trimester with my nausea, exhaustion, and headaches. Although I’m feeling much better now that I’m in the second trimester, I wanted to share what my favorite (and not so favorite) eats were during that season of pregnancy!
*This is a list of my personal favorite first trimester meals during my current pregnancy! Please keep in mind that everyone is different and every pregnancy journey is different. The list below is a part of my story and is in no way medical advice. Also, please always consult your doctor for any medical advice regarding your pregnancy 🙂
First Trimester Cravings and Aversions
I really struggled with wanting to eat healthy during the first trimester. I remember searching the internet (because the internet knows everything, right??) looking for tips on what to eat during the first trimester, but the answers I kept getting just weren’t realistic for me. I couldn’t fathom eating a salad and could hardly get vegetables down! While I wanted to give my little one the best nutrition possible, all I could seem to eat (and craved) were beef and potatoes, comfort food, and fried food (although I couldn’t stand the smell).
Thankfully, this list (with the help of steak + mashed potatoes and hamburgers + fries) really helped me make it through.
Here’s a list of my go-to recipes & meals during the first trimester!
Pancakes – I typically only made these on the weekend, but loved these Healthy Sweet Potato Pancakes!
Eggs – Loved eggs for breakfast since they’re loaded with protein and help with that morning nausea (at least for me). I often ate these scrambled, fried (cooked fully), or made them in recipes like these 10-Minute Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Tostadas, Skillet Sweet Potato & Kale Hash, or The BEST Healthy Breakfast Tacos!
Sushi – I know, I know. The FORBIDDEN. But I wanted it so bad. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of vegetarian sushi out there and it’s good! Gimme all the spicy mayo to go with it 😉 You do what you have to do, friend.
PB&J – Need I say more?
Pre-Made Meals – These Steak & Potato Meal Prep Bowls saved the day sooooo many times in the first trimester!
Breakfast Sandwiches – I really liked keeping these breakfast sandwiches on hand for those times I was crashing. The protein and carbs really helped me during some of my most nauseated times!
Popsicles – Although I wasn’t a big fan of sweets during the first trimester, these Strawberry Chia Seed Popsicles were great for the nausea! I loved that they’re just a tiny bit sour and cold. Perfect for that season!
Peanut Butter – This is always a great snack, but I really loved eating peanut butter straight out of the jar or taking these peanut butter snack packs with me on-the-go. This Apple Cinnamon Peanut Butter Breakfast Toast recipe was also one of my faves!
Preggie Pop Drops – This isn’t a snack, but I HIGHLY recommend these for anyone who’s dealing with constant nausea during the first trimester. You can buy these Preggie Pops here! They were a life saver for me! Although they are basically candy, I do appreciate that the flavors are made with essential oils and the colors are made from natural sources.
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