first trimester: my eats and what I did for my workouts

by purelytwins

Hello luvs,

It’s Lori again. Michelle is really liking these days off from blogging while I write up these pregnancy related posts 😉  Which actually works out perfectly as she has a lot going on. I am happy to help out.

Thank you again for all the sweet comments on my first trimester post.  Today I am sharing more about my overall first trimester in terms of what I ate and what I did for my workouts?

*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. What I am sharing today is from my own personal research and my own body. Everything works differently for different people. Please consult with your doctor before trying anything new while being pregnant. 


What I ate (food cravings) during my first trimester?

Let’s talk about food first. Everyone always likes to see what others eat (me included).

flourless brownies

I still craved my sweets – made up several batches of our flourless brownies to enjoy at night.

I craved chocolate a lot during my first trimester. Well, I always want that so not sure if that is really pregnancy related.

new chocolate cake

Here is a nice chocolate cake recipe that we made twice since it was that good. It will be coming to the blog soon.

Overall I must say I did not have any HUGE or WEIRD food cravings. Just every once in a while I would crave something a little different.

Luckily for me I like to cook and bake so making something I was craving was easy.

lori almond bread

Me enjoying our paleo almond butter bread with lots of coconut oil on top. 

My first few weeks my eats were normal.  Really during my whole first trimester my eats have been pretty normal. Our purely fitters have seen that through our food logs that we share in the club area.

Again I would just get random cravings every now and again like…

grain free pizza roll

Pizza. Here I enjoyed some pizza rolls with my post-workout meal  😉

plantain pizza

And more pizza.

I went through a week of wanting pizza and cheese (more comforting carby meals).

Hence all the plantain pizza and cheese related recipes recently.


My dinners were pretty normal besides this unique plate. As I went through a period of craving peanut butter.

peanut butter

Peanut butter was really hitting the spot for me.

Peanut butter was all I wanted that is why I made up peanut butter blondies as I ate one or two a day it felt like for a week.

enjoying homemade peanut butter and jelly

Even made up homemade peanut butter and jelly using our plantain bread.

OMG so good! I’ve already made this three times! Sometimes it was my dinner.  Michelle and I will share how we made our homemade PB&J here soon!

savory eats

I also craved savory hearty meals like savory waffle sandwich.

And this past week I just started to crave pickles.


Pickles along side a delicious dinner.

eating ice cream

And went through some ice cream cravings. Here I am licking a bowl of coconut banana ice cream.

chocolate thin mint french toast

And of course more chocolate and ice cream was consumed with our chocolate thin mint french toast! My favorite!

I know from the looks of it I did not have normal eats. But I did. My diet was still high fat with moderate carbs and proteins. My body craved carbs but overall I was able to keep my normal eating habits. My body never felt better.  I listened to my body and sure I enjoyed a few cravings, but I think that is important too. Life is about balance, even if you are pregnant. You have to make good choices but it’s okay to have a few fun things too!  Got to keep those emotions sane 🙂

Not sure what my second trimester will look like in terms of what I will eat. I am excited to find out.  So far my eats are still fairly normal. Keeping it real foods based with some fun!

Did I eat more than normal knowing I was pregnant?

When I first found out that I was pregnant I caught myself snacking a lot more. I realized that after some reading you really don’t need to increase calories while being pregnant, especially during the first trimester. So I stopped most of the snacking and continued with my normal 3-4 meals a day.  I kept my overall calories pretty normal to what I was already eating. Again if I felt extra hungry a certain day, I would eat more. But usually I felt pretty content.

Am I still drinking coffee? 

I am a huge coffee fan. And after finding out that I was pregnant I immediately cut back on my caffeine intake. I switched to decaf coffee. I know there are studies showing that having one 8oz cup of regular coffee is fine. So I might start having that soon. But so far decaf has been fine for me. I do miss my normal coffee flavor. Think I might go to half-caf. I just like the coffee flavor, I know I am weird.

What I did for my workouts during my first trimester.

I was very lucky and had my normal energy levels the majority of the time.  Once I reached about 10 weeks is when I started to get tired in the afternoons, when I usually took an hour nap.  Besides that I was full of energy.

Like I mentioned before that,  I took two weeks off from working out in January, once Michelle got back home from traveling we started our normal routine in filming workout videos for our online club. Therefore, I started to work out again like normal.

But… I kept my intensity lower. I did not push myself as hard as I normally would.  I will share next week more thoughts on taking a break from working out and if that helped me get pregnant as many of you have asked me that.


I was felt great during my workouts. In some of the workouts that we filmed for our online club I did do some modifications and/or went slower than Michelle (purely fitters you probably noticed that).

So far I have been able to keep up with what I usually do for my workouts with doing a mix of HIIT, interval training, bodyweight routines, jump rope and weight based workouts. All things I love and enjoy doing.

pregnancy side plank exercise

I look forward to my workouts as I feel they have helped me with keeping my energy levels up during the first few months of pregnancy. And I know I am lucky and was able to stay active during my first trimester as others I know cannot even move.  For those that are having morning sickness or feeling blah during your first trimester, it is okay to take it easy. Just move or walk when you feel good. Keep it easy.  And know that you will feel better soon and you can pick up with working out again for the rest of your pregnancy.

What do I plan on doing with my workouts moving forward?

IFor those of you that are pregnant or going to be pregnant I would love to be able to train with you during these special 9 months.  I will share tips and lots of fun, challenging yet attainable pregnancy workouts..

The biggest thing with working out while being pregnant is that whatever you were doing before you got pregnant you can still do. Of course don’t go too hard or too heavy as you aren’t trying to make any new records. You are just trying to stay strong and healthy for your growing baby. That is what I promote in all our workouts.

I do believe every pregnant woman would benefit from some physical activity during the 9 months. You don’t have to do HIIT or interval training like me, if yoga, walking or running is your thing that is fine. Just always listen to your body. Stop if things ever get to be too much.

I just like the strength I get from interval workouts. I know that by me staying active while being pregnant will benefit me and the baby in the long run.

 Don’t fear working out while being pregnant. There are more and more studies showing how important being active during pregnancy can be beneficial.

I am not sure how long I will be able to keep up with my current workouts but I am going to keep going until my body tells me otherwise. I will share more about working out and being pregnant throughout the next few months. As I continue to learn more I will share more.

I also want to make a note that if you don’t really like working out,  or don’t have the energy to workout… DON’T feel bad.  I know that if I did not feel well I would be resting more and sticking to just walking and stretching. Just always do what feels right for YOU!

For me, I love what I do and to me that’s what is important. You have to like what you do in terms of workouts and what you eat! Always be purely you! Don’t compare yourself to someone else’s journey.  I hope that by me sharing my journey just helps inspire and motivate you to find what works for you.  Realize that pregnancy is a huge accomplishment on its own.  Just take care of yourself and the baby inside of you. Don’t let others bring you down or make you feel bad.  We are all different and will go through different things. Stay happy as this is a very special time. Let’s all support each other!

Moms – did you workout while you were pregnant? Did you find it helpful to you?  Did you have any weird food cravings?

Do crave anything unusual from time to time?

What are your workout plans for the day? What recipe have you been making and enjoying lately?

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Meghanne Reburn April 2, 2014 - 9:36 am

That chocolate cake looks amazing. I’m not pregnant and you’ve got me craving some frosted cake 🙂 Lots of women experience carb cravings in the first trimester. There are some interesting theories about this, one includes a preservation theory…meat and proteins can harbour lots of harmful bacteria that could damage a little one during early development while carbs are usually pretty safe…interesting stuff. Lot’s of women crave cereal too. Did you ever make any of your grain free cereal recipes?

purelytwins April 2, 2014 - 9:47 am

oh yes I did make up some of our vanilla puff cereal 🙂 enjoyed that a few times too! so interesting how the body works!

Caitlin April 2, 2014 - 10:25 am

yay! i am loving these posts! i love the pictures of chocolate desserts and peanut butter. i have a feeling i will have those exact cravings.

question- did you not push yourself as hard as you normally would because you were tired, or just that you didn’t want to somehow compromise the baby, or some other reason?

purelytwins April 2, 2014 - 11:32 am

Caitlin, great question. I would say a little bit of both. Some days I felt great, but did not want to risk anything.

Jojo @ RunFastEatLots April 2, 2014 - 10:33 am

I don’t have weird food cravings, just crave sweets! I made a pumpkin layer cake yesterday and posted the recipe on my blog 😛 so delicious!

purelytwins April 2, 2014 - 11:33 am

sweets all the way 🙂

Sara @ LovingOnTheRun April 2, 2014 - 11:03 am

Really love these posts and how open and honest all the information is! Thanks for sharing!

purelytwins April 2, 2014 - 11:38 am

Thank Sara, glad you are enjoying them!

Danny April 2, 2014 - 11:44 am

I love how your sharing your pregnancy journey. I’m not pregnant, but your recipes can help any healthy girl with cravings. I’m so excited to try the cake.

purelytwins April 2, 2014 - 2:12 pm

thank you Danny 🙂 oh yes cake is great for everyone.

Kiko April 2, 2014 - 1:28 pm

I’m at 32 week right now with 2nd child, and I been workout through whole pregnancy expect a few weeks off because morning sickness at first trimester. I’ve been workout 6 days per week, and now I’m still doing T25 with modify moves, cardio & weights. I found workouts can keep me feel good, more energy, so I’m planing doing it until give birth. No big food Cravings, still eating pretty health.

purelytwins April 2, 2014 - 2:13 pm

wahoo Kiko!! love hearing this! keep up the great work 🙂

lauraagarwilson (keepinghealthygettingstylish) April 2, 2014 - 2:20 pm

I think it’s really great that you mentioned about it being ok not to workout, I really couldn’t do much in my first trimester and I felt really bad, especially when you start and compare yourself to other pregnant women. That was a habit I stopped pretty quick! We are all so different and I think it’s important to recognise that. In my first tri I just wanted cheese on toast!

purelytwins April 2, 2014 - 3:50 pm

totally agree Laura as we are all different! thanks! cheese and toast that sounds yummy 😉

Georgia April 2, 2014 - 2:23 pm

I’ve been craving carbs like crazy (not preggers) but I’m just going to go with it… Every meal I have to carbo-load, so keep those cravings recipes coming!

purelytwins April 2, 2014 - 3:51 pm

love it Georgia! yes go with it! and oh we will 😉

Jessica April 2, 2014 - 6:31 pm

LOVED reading about your eats. I’m super interested in what supplements you are taking or chose to stop taking and what prenatal (if any) you decided to take.


purelytwins April 2, 2014 - 6:52 pm

thanks Jessica, I will be answering those questions soon 🙂

manveet April 2, 2014 - 6:52 pm

Thank you so much for these posts! i’m 10 weeks pregnant and love seeing your eats. I’m not really having weird cravings either just different things everyday..which is no different then usual. i do always crave the foods you show on daily eats…brownies here i come!!!

purelytwins April 2, 2014 - 8:34 pm

haha love it!! glad you’re liking them 🙂

Meg @ A Dash of Meg April 2, 2014 - 7:13 pm

i am loving these posts soooo much sis. i hope we can FaceTime/Skype soon so i can officially congratulate you <3

purelytwins April 2, 2014 - 8:34 pm

yes I would love that! I will text you soon!

Laura @ Mommy Run Fast April 2, 2014 - 10:26 pm

You’re so fortunate to not have the first trimester fatigue! I was taking naps almost every day for awhile there. 🙂 But I definitely agree that exercise helps keep energy levels high, and is SO good for the mom and baby. Glad you’re feeling so good!!

purelytwins April 3, 2014 - 6:59 am

yes very lucky, thank you Laura!! naps have been nice 😉

Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries April 3, 2014 - 9:57 am

Love reading about all the details surrounding your pregnancy! I’m glad you were able to still eat and exercise fairly normal throughout your first trimester – that’s great! I was SUPER nauseous those first several weeks, so I basically just ate whatever I could keep down (i.e. lots of white bread and crackers). Thankfully the nausea went away at the end of my 1st tri, so then I was able to amp up my nutrition throughout the rest of my pregnancy. I had to majorly decrease my exercise to get pregnant in the first place, so I mostly stuck to yoga, walking, and moderate strength workout during pregnancy.

Lauren @ Sweat The Sweet Stuff April 3, 2014 - 10:46 pm

Congrats again Lori! It will be so awesome for other moms to be to look to you for inspiration. I definitely agree with you about working out and that whatever you were doing before is fine to keep doing. Also for the cravings it’s good that you can make healthy versions of it. I know that’s what I’ll do some day too! I like seeing what other mom-to-be’s are doing so it gives me a good idea of what to do (or not to do in some cases) for the future when I decided to have a baby. Keep up the good work! you Rock! 🙂

Lizzy April 4, 2014 - 11:04 am

Congratulations!!! I too am pregnant (due just a few days after you!) with my first baby! Its so refreshing to be able to connect and relate to other active/healthy young women going through what I am. I find there are not many blogs out there about a fit pregnancy. I look forward to your pregnancy posts, workouts and recipes!

purelytwins April 4, 2014 - 12:06 pm

glad you found me Lizzy 🙂 and congrats to you!!! yay!! xo

Kara @ life as a lemmon April 5, 2014 - 7:40 pm

Thank you for sharing your journey!
When I was pregnant with my now 2 year old, I taught yoga and Pilates the whole time. I was able modify as I grew but it was amazing how good it made me feel and helped with labor and recovery. Keep it up!

purelytwins April 5, 2014 - 7:55 pm

awesome Kara!! so happy to hear that! and thanks 🙂 xo

Cristina April 6, 2014 - 1:50 pm

Congratulations!!! I’ve been following your blog and workouts, I find you girls very motivating! I have a 11 month old, he is very active and starting to walk already. I worked out during my whole pregnancy. I was in Africa until third trimester. It was hot and nasty but sill kept myself active playing tennis. When I came back to US I walked a lot and went to the GYM (lots of squats & push-ups too…). I can’t wait to see the postpartum recovery workouts from you. I’m still working on getting a strong abdomen. I wish you a wonderful pregnancy!


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