Third Trimester Healthy Eating
*I want to start this off by saying that I have never been super health conscious and I am definitely not a doctor. I am only telling you what I do and what has worked for me to stay strong and healthy throughout this pregnancy.
That being said, I love greasy food and I am not ashamed of that. Now, I am not saying that I go out everyday and stuff my face with Burger King and McDonald’s, but when I eat greasy food for dinner or from a fast food restaurant I try to eat in moderation.
When you’re pregnant you should be focusing on eating for the baby growing inside of you, not on what you’d be eating if your body were only yours still. Grease is one of the worst things to consume during pregnancy, not only because of the severe heartburn it causes, but also because it isn’t good for the little one growing inside of you.
I don’t typically incorporate healthy things in my diet, such as fruits and vegetables lol 😔. I do eat a vegetable with dinner and a banana with breakfast usually, but that is about as much produce as I get. Which, I will say I am ashamed of lol, but I just don’t like fruits and only like cooked veggies, so it is hard for me to stay motivated to eat these things when I am only worried about me.
Meal Replacement Smoothie
So how do I incorporate these things into my diet when I’m pregnant if I don’t like them? Well, I do LOVE sweet things. So once a day I drink a meal replacement smoothie.
This not only curbs my mid-afternoon sweet tooth, but it includes a lot of fruits and veggies that I would definitely not get in without this yummy smoothie!
This smoothie includes protein, fruits, veggies and since it is liquid you are of course getting hydrated 😉!
Meal Replacement Smoothie
- 1 Package Carnation Essentials Powder, any flavor you prefer
- 1 1/4 cup frozen mixed berries (1 Purple)
- 1/2 banana (1 Purple)
- 1 1/4 cup baby spinach (1 Green)
- 2 1/2 to 3 cups almond milk
Add 2 cups milk, powder and spinach to blender and blend until it is all liquid. Then place your berries in and liquify that as well. You will have to add 1/2 to 1 cup more of milk at this point depending on your preference of thickness because it will be very thick and hard to blend the banana without extra milk. Add the banana and make sure that is completely blended. Pour into your glass and enjoy!
Weekly Meal Plan for Third Trimester
I have been trying to keep my calories between 1700 and 1900. Also, I do use the 21 Day Fix containers to keep myself on track with calories, but I am far from a hardcore 21 day fix user. I personally believe as long as you keep your portions reasonable then you should be fine.
The dinners are something the whole family will eat because my time right now is limited and making my own meals on top of my three children and husband’s meals is an added stress I do not want. Obviously I change these dinners every week, but my snacks and other meals roughly remain the same.
During pregnancy you may find it is harder to resist “eating for two” and by making sure you are trying to stick to a caloric goal it is easier to maintain a good weight gain and to avoid overeating, which leads to heartburn.
I do of course go outside of these caloric numbers throughout the week occasionally and I am completely fine with that. I have only gained 18 pounds this pregnancy and just hit my 30 week mark so, not too bad. This is my daily goal though and I am pretty good at sticking to it. You can also print this Third Trimester Meal Plan out if that is easier for you!
Workout Plan for Third Trimester
I do workout regularly and usually do pilates or yoga. During pregnancy though I obviously have to modify what I am doing, especially during the third trimester.
I really like to take it easy because everything is so easily over stretched and my body hurts enough without the added pain of an intense workout.
Since I hit 27 weeks I have been consistently doing a simple workout routine. I only do about thirty minutes a day Monday through Friday and it actually eases a lot of my pains and keeps me energized.
Again, I love Pilates and Yoga so that is why I do these specific workouts, but obviously you can do whatever you feel comfortable with and what your doctor has said is safe for you. I did include links to the videos I’ve been working out with. I occasionally do some yoga before bed to ease hip pain and psoas pain, but typically this routine is it!
Monday – Yoga
Tuesday – Full Body Workout
Wednesday – Yoga
Thursday – Pilates
Friday – Yoga
I know the third trimester is usually the hardest to get through. You’re in pain, tired, feel like you are the size of a whale and you probably cannot sleep. Incorporating a healthy diet and a simple daily workout can ease a lot of those troubles though. What are some things you do to get through this last trimester?
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