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).
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.
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.
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…
Pizza. Here I enjoyed some pizza rolls with my post-workout meal 😉
And more pizza.
I went through a week of wanting pizza and cheese (more comforting carby meals).
My dinners were pretty normal besides this unique plate. As I went through a period of craving 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.
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!
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.
And went through some ice cream cravings. Here I am licking a bowl of coconut banana ice cream.
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.
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?