This is my third pregnancy. I didn't really pay attention to what I ate during my first two pregnancies. This time I want to do it right and eat healthy. Any suggestions? What types of foods should I emphasize for each trimester? Thank you in advance!
For me, protein was always a big deal during my first trimester! If I didn't get enough I could hardly function and was so headachy & grouchy. So, in addition to what I usually ate, I packed a ton of protein snacks with me to work every day. Some of my favs:
-hummus with crackers/baby carrots/cucumbers (great recipe here)
-smoothie with protein powder
-I'd make a bunch of chicken breasts or tenders to keep in the fridge and snack on them throughout the week
-Also, this page has a wealth of info on it.
If you are looking for more general food/health info, I also really liked The Natural Pregnancy Book.
Mama Bear , Papa Bear and Baby Bear (8/11)
You should select foods that are high in protein, fiber-rich carbohydrates, iron and calcium. You need approximately 200-300 extra calories daily during pregnancy. We recommend substituting nutritionally "dense" foods like dairy products rich in calcium and protein in place of refined sugars and fats.