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Hi Everyone,
Please help I have been struggling to fall pregnant and finally just found out I am 4 weeks.
This is my second pregnancy but my first born sadly passed away.
I just want some help on ideas of what other mums ate during pregnancy.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. I just want this baby to be healthy. Please help. I am so anxious.

Posted anonymously, 13th May 2015

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  • Following guidelines on what to eat and what not to eat during pregnancy, take a multivitamin, and try not to stress. I hope all went well for you and baby.

  • I hope that right now you’re sitting there cuddling an active, healthy toddler.

  • I really hope all went well for you and your baby.

  • I ate what i craved, but i stuck with toast, cereal and a piece of fruit for breakfast, snacked on fruit and nuts throughout the day, fresh salads for lunch, stir fries, slow cooked meals, fresh veggies. i also had a bowl of ice cream. try taking a good pregnancy vitamin

  • You will be hungry and nauseous. Eat little and often. Have some healthy snacks with you. Carry fruit, nuts, seeds, a sandwich, some crackers, popcorn for a change. You can’t eat enough fruit or veg as this will help with any constipation issues. Continue exercising how you were before pregnancy. Don’t try to lose weight or start any new sports in pregnancy. Rest when you can.

  • Congratulations! Such happy news but I can understand why you’re feeling anxious.

    When I was trying to fall pregnant I was also losing weight (through exercise, diet change and portion control) so I was fairly well practiced with eating well before I managed to get pregnant. I had cut out alcohol and coffee and was mainly drinking water and the occasional herbal tea. I was also taking my pregnancy vitamins on a daily basis.

    For breakfast I would normally eat weetbix and low fat milk, occasionally toast with jam or cheese. On weekends I might have had a fried breakfast. Lunch was salads or sandwiches. Snacks were fruit, nuts/ seeds, cheese and crackers. Occasionally I would have naughty snacks like 2 minute noodles or something from the bakery (spinach and fetta filo parcels – my favourite!). Dinners were pretty standard.

    I avoided raw or underdone meat, sushi, uncooked ham, soft cheeses (uncooked) etc. I also tried not to use pregnancy as an excuse to pig out on junk food. I did eat it but not excessively. I just didn’t want to have to deal with excess pregnancy weight if I didn’t have to.

    Good luck with your pregnancy. I hope it’s an easy time for you and that you and your baby are healthy and safe throughout.

  • How exciting for you! And also how stressful. Basically, eat a varied diet, don’t deprive yourself either. If you feel like ice cream for breakfast out of the blue, then have it. Just don’t make a habit of it. Lots of free fruit and veggies, meat and fish. Avoid pre packed stuff, make as much as you can. And keep moving, don’t go all sedate just cost you’re preggers. It’ll all work towards a healthier Bub and a healthier you

  • You have to stop stressing, that is a good start. Just don’t eat the stuff your not allowed to eat while pregnant. Make sure your meat is cooked well and eat a healthy diet.

  • Congratulations! When I was preganant I ate my usual healthy balanced diet, I avoided listeria risk foods- nsw health had a good brouchure but so many kids hospitals do also I also avoided too many fish meals, switched my salt to iodised and took folic acid.

  • I stayed away from soft cheeses, deli meats and soft boiled eggs. I ate lots of fruit and veg, fish and red meats. ( cooked all the way thru) nuts and seeds quinoa
    Hope this helps

  • Best thing you can do for you and baby is to not stress! (& dont stress about being stressed!) Your diet too should be simple, dont make things more complicated than they need to be, Stock up on snacky type foods, you may find yourself wanting to eat smaller meals more frequently & this can be as easy as cruskits & cheese or lots of fruit, all you really need to avoid are the big no’s like raw sushi, soft cheeses and pretty much anything processed by hand and packaged (Like supermarket salads, pre-made sandwiches, deli products)

  • Congratulations! If you are not keen on fruit (I read below), you can try smoothies and fresh juices made at home. I have a Blitz2Go smoothie maker and I wish I’d had it when pregnant as I found smoothies (banana based) something I could stomach for breakfast.
    I had poached egg on grainy toast for lunch often and found it filling. I also loved mashed avocado with a little chilli sauce on grainy toast with cheese as a tasty, filling lunch or snack. Lean meat or fish and lots of veggies (I loved sweet potato when pregnant) for evening meals. I must say though, I went through a stage where I craved ham off the bone and chocolate milk with my third!

  • That’s so exciting for you. I’m so so sorry for your loss and so happy for you that you have been blessed again. There is heaps of great advice from mum’s here already so I won’t repeat it but I will be praying for you.

  • Someone said they are softserve in pregnancy, this is on the list of “do NOT eat” due to high levels of listeria. Lunch ideas salads with tuna, pasta bake with chicken (depends if you have to travel, ie to work with your lunch – I use an insulated lunch bag and put it in the fridge straight away and nuke it within an inch of its life to reheat it) I also took frozen meals (the ones from the supermarket and they are all terrible but easy), dinner leftovers, sandwiches (fresh salad, cheese, tuna), soups (pumpkin, lentil and veg, etc) .

    Dinners suggestions- well cooked meat and veg, stir fry, roasts, there are some great recipes on michelle bridge’s site but not sure if you can access them for free – healthier version of nachoes using toasted mountain bread instead of corn chips, healthier version of butter chicken, ‘chilli’ (mince, kidney beans mexican style)

    I eat heaps of fruit and never worried about quantities

  • I’m sorry for your loss but congratulations on your current pregnancy. During pregnancy I try to eat well but after the 6wk mark morn sickness can start as it did for me so I just ate what I could manage. Vegemite on toast or weetbix. Ideally think about the food pyramid and getting a variety of fruits and vegs. I did the michelle bridges 12 wk body transformation diet for pregnancy and breastfeeding and one of the breakfasts was untoasted muesli with grated apple crushed walnuts natural yogurt and cinnamon, or berries and natural yogurt with walnuts. Dont be too hard on yourself though, a health professional told me the baby will take the nutrients it needs out of whatever you eat. The nsw food authority has info on what not to eat and information on fish and the frequency to eat each type of fish (to avoid high levels of mercury).

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