Pregnant chowhound needs help
Hi all. I'm newly pregnant for the first time (~ 9 wks), and feeling rather queezy & barfy. I'm normally a fruit & veggie lover, averaging about 7-8 servings daily. Right now, I'm having a really hard time getting any at all. Just seems so unappealing. I've been eating frozen grapes, but that's about all I've been able to handle. Anyone else have this problem? Any clever suggestions to make them more palatable? Besides the nausea, I'm suffering from a fair amount of heartburn, so I think that might be the major issue here. Mild & tasty veggie ideas, maybe? Any other pregnancy eating tips would also be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Congratulations on the pregnancy! Can you drink w/out it bothering you? Vita-mix has a powerful blender that grinds up the whole vegetable or fruit so you're getting all the nutrients. Or, make a big pot of soup w/ veggies and then use a hand blender to blend it to a thick soup. If you can eat frozen grapes, try frozen peas, too. Good luck with it!
I recall not being able to stomach strong vegetables like broccoli or dense proteins like chicken breasts. Perhaps mild, starchier veggies will be more appealing -- butternut squash baked with a bit of maple syrup, sauteed carrot coins, soups, etc. Would they be more appealing cut into small pieces in a savory stir-fry sauce? You'll probably feel better soon so don't stress too much about getting all the nutrients right away -- just take your vitamins and eat what feels right, as long as it's not non-stop ice cream!
I am about three weeks away from delivery so I feel your pain.
I had a much easier time than you but I did have some food aversions and the heartburn, though that did not come until the sixth month. Here are some suggestions that got me through...
I woke (wake) up everyday and had cereal and milk... I switched off between all types of cheerios... my new fave is Fruity Cheerios and organic 1 % milk... sat very well with me. I also took my vitamin with low acid OJ (it is Tropicana) about half an hour before...
I eat scooped out bagels with cream cheese and tomato mid morning. For some reason this also sits well with me and never gets boring. Egg salad and chicken salad are also good toppers for lunch. Soups are hit or miss, try to find one that appeals, heartburn sometimes goes along with soup, except matzo ball for me.
I eat breakfast for dinner a few times a week, eggs with or without cheese, english muffin, etc. You decide how you prefer them but they are perfect evening food during pregnancy. My husband sometimes sautes (sp?) veggies for me to go alongside and they go down better.
A few things I constantly have around to munch on are:
Cottage cheese (put your fruit in it to make it easier)
Yogurt (same as cc)
Dole fruit cups
Whole wheat bread
As for getting all your servings of veggies...I found cooking them a bit more than you are used to helps them go down easier. Carrots, cauliflower, edamame and aparagus for me. Sometimes I roast them and put some maple syrup on at the end under a quick broil. Stir fry your veggies but go lightly on the soy and such...
Lastly, now that winter is here, you can stew, braise, slow cook everything in one pot. Throw over potatoes or rice and everything tastes delicious and warming.
P.S. Stay away from fried foods, that was the bane of my existence.
Congratulations. Almost every pregant woman I know has struggled with fresh produce in the first trimester - whether they're nauseaus or otherwise - for most, they crave one thing - carbs! Most of those women feel better and start craving more fresh produce come the second trimester. Don't beat yourself up too much about it. Here are a few suggestions that may be more palatable: juices and smoothies, cooked/stewed fruits, fresh grapefruit and oranges (citrus often appeals), oatmeal or granola topped with berries, baked potato or roast veg (squash, asparagus, etc.), baby carrots, edamame and soups. Hang in there!
I had food aversions well into my sixth month (but don't worry, yours will surely pass much sooner). I found that the prenatal vitamins made me really ill, so I got the chewable kind and nibbled on one the whole day long to mitigate the effects.
I drank a lot of mint tea which seemed to help a bit with the nausea. Also a bit of chocolate before eating. Basically, I just went with the aversions and didn't fight them. The foods that went down okay for me were: Ate a raw fruits and vegetables (for whatever reason the raw ones didn't bother me as much), especially strawberries, cherries, melon, and carrots. Also mashed potatoes, tofu, hummus, yogurt, almonds, garbanzos, noodle soups, matzo ball soup, black beans... And, sadly, that's about it.
For what it is worth, the above foods are my almost-five-year-old's favorite foods (He cried this fall when he realized that strawberries were going out of season...).
Don't worry too much... When your body needs the calories in later months, you'll be able to really enjoy eating again.