What I Ate: First Trimester

Since I couldn’t post everything I’ve been eating for the last few months, without giving away my secret, consider this post to cover “What I Ate When Vegetables Didn’t Sound Appealing.”

I really lucked-out in the fact that I avoided all morning sickness and nausea during my first trimester, but surprisingly, that didn’t mean I missed out on the common vegetable aversion that also comes with pregnancy. For about 4-6 weeks, I could hardly stand to look at a salad. It was a strange experience!

While I did still try to include vegetables in my diet as much as possible, the following is what I ate when leafy greens were not an option.

Green Juices & Smoothies

juice smoothie

For some reason, even when I couldn’t stand to eat vegetables, I could still drink them! I just had to be sneaky about it. In my green juices, I would use mild-tasting, light greens, such as romaine, cucumber, and celery. I also didn’t care for the super-sweet taste of apples or bananas for a period of time, so carrots became my sweetener of choice, paired with lots of lemon to hide the “green” flavor.

In green smoothies, I also had to avoid bananas for a short period of time, so I would opt for sweet and tart fruits like cherries and pineapple, plus a bit of avocado for creaminess. I couldn’t taste the hidden spinach at all!

However, I could still smell Austin’s green smoothies from across the room. He loves making peanut butter and banana green smoothies for breakfast, and both peanut butter and bananas were extremely unappealing to me for a while! Fortunately, I’m over that now.

Eggs & Toast

eggs with spinach and toast

Since food was pretty unappealing, in general, for the first few months, food combining rules went out the window. If I wanted to eat anything, it was a step in the right direction! And for a while, eggs and toast totally did the trick. When I was feeling adventurous, I’d saute my eggs with peppers, onions and spinach to get a helping of veggies into my meal.

toast with fried eggs on top

When I couldn’t handle the vegetables, even in scrambled form, these open-faced sandwiches became my go-to filling snack. I topped gluten-free brown rice toast with sliced goat cheddar and a fried pasture-raised egg for a bland and comforting combo.

More Toast

toast with jelly on topI’m pretty sure I was eating nearly a loaf of brown rice bread each week. Austin brought home a local blackberry jam, and it was delicious on brown rice toast with homemade almond butter.

Fresh Fruit

pineapple chunksIf nothing sounded appealing, I could always talk myself into eating some fresh fruit. I ate a LOT of pineapple! Fresh cucumber slices almost always sounded appealing, too.

Berries with Goat Yogurt

sliced strawberries with goat yogurtAgain, this isn’t properly combined, but it was a great way to get more calories and nutrients into my day. The creamy goat yogurt mixed with fresh strawberries reminded me of one of my favorite childhood desserts– strawberries with Cool Whip! I think I prefer this combo even more.

Potatoes

sweet potato chunks and broccoli on a plateI could eat some form of potato practically every night– and I often did. One of my strongest cravings was for tater tots! I tried not to give into that particular craving too often, so baked and steamed potatoes, topped with grass-fed butter and salt, became a regular occurrence at dinner time. When I was eating a starchy potato, I also managed to eat some sauteed broccoli or cauliflower for an extra dose of veggies in my rather limited menu!

Almond Milk Slushies

almond milk slushieAnother odd aversion during my first trimester? Chocolate. It sounded awful to me! I much preferred my vanilla almond milk slushies, instead.

So, there you have it. I’m hoping the strangest cravings are behind me, so I look forward to sharing more normal meals again in the future!

Reader Feedback: What are YOU eating this week?

*Note: I don’t want to bombard you all with pregnancy-related posts, so I’ve created a separate area for this topic. For more pregnancy posts, please see my new Pregnancy section. I will update this topic with new posts periodically as I progress!

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AbiKale

I had a similar experience my first trimester. I remember crying at my desk at work because my typical afternoon carrots and hummus tasted horrible! I put greens in my smoothies daily and put veggies in soups to make them more palatable. When I entered my second trimester and was able to eat a full salad, I was so happy!

This week I’m eating lots of orange and pineapple fruit cream (blended fruit with almond milk, coconut oil and raw honey). Perfect as our weather gets warmer. I’m also eating fresh avocadoes.

Thanks for the Pregnancy Section!!

Tiffany

Congratulations! I loved pineapple when I was pregnant as well, polishing off one every other day! This continued throughout my entire pregnancy, good to see I wasn’t the only one πŸ™‚

    Jil

    I was a pineapple fanatic during my pregnancy! By the time my third trimester rolled around, I was eating three pineapples a week! But then we came home from the hospital and my in-laws went grocery shopping for us. My mother in law brought me a pineapple and the poor thing eventually went bad because the craving absolutely disappeared. So strange! I’ve not really eaten any pineapple since and that was over three years ago!

Nora

Congrats Megan! I didn’t read the Tuesday post and am just now learning of your pregnancy. I wish you the best in these upcoming months. Your baby will have great nutrition with a mom like you! Keep posting recipes though if you’re aren’t too tired πŸ™‚

Hayley

Congratulations! I’ve had 3 children and had violent morning sickness with the first. I lost 12 lbs before gaining any weight at all… then I packed on 60 lbs in the last 3 months! LOL! Nothing but French fries appealed to me. (You can see where the 60 lbs came from.) It is certainly a weird experience to go from loving pretty much any vegetable to not being able to even look at one. I was thrilled when I finally could hold down decent food. I wish you much luck, health and happiness! It is an amazing journey!

Lyzz Kirk

I missed the announcement, but congrats! I’m 18 weeks myself, and unfortunately for me avocados just have sounded terrible since becoming pregnant! Thankfully I’ve been enjoying lots of green juice and smoothies all along. Glad to hear you’re doing well!

Kristi

Congratulations! Can’t wait to read your pregnancy posts too! πŸ™‚

Megan Lane

awww congrats lady!!

Lauren

Congratulations Megan! I had similar experiences during both of my pregnancies….aversions to foods I normally loved! I found it hard to even look at vegetables as well, AND I also craved pineapple. Maybe you’ll have a girl like me. πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to read more about your upcoming months!

Jackie

I couldn’t stand veggies when I was pregnant. I lived on oatmeal, egg salad and lemonade for the first three months. Egg salad and lemonade were by biggest cravings. Today I really don’t care for either. Weird. Enjoy this time – it is magical.

Judy Taylor

Best to you, Megan. I wondered what was up when your what I ate today didn’t pop up regularly. You will flourish and have a very healthy baby. Cheers from a mother of three, grandmother of three and great-grandmother of two. Children are a gift that keeps on giving!

Petra

Congrats! I had green veg aversion when pregnant as well. I could not force myself to eat spinach or alfalfa and similar sprouts. It tasted like iron. Now I have 18 days old beautiful baby girl πŸ™‚

bethany

congratulations, megan! out of curiosity–are you taking any other supplements other than those you posted on your tuesday post?

zosia

Congratulations, Megan. I wish you nothing but good health and happiness. Sending light your way!

Sarah

Congratulations!!!! Many blessings to you.

Kathleen

Congratulations on your pregnancy! πŸ™‚ I have a question for you about stevia during pregnancy. I’m also pregnant in my 3rd trimester and have been avoiding stevia completely due to the research I’ve done saying pregnant women should not consume it. I have not been able to find much on the subject other than that so I’m wondering if you know anything that says otherwise.

Matt

Hey Megan. You know with all the smoothie recipes you were posting and what went in them, I had an inkling something was a little different. Fewer “greens” than usual. I figured you had gotten burned out on the green smoothie thing for a while and just wanted to to provide us-all with a little variety. And some variety that’s turned out to be: a baby! Be well.

Heather

Congratulations Megan! So excited for you. Motherhood is an AMAZING experience. My boys are 7, 7, and 5 and during my twin pregnancy I was horribly sick for the first 20 weeks. Somehow I still managed to gain 75 pounds by the end of it all – yikes! (I don’t recommend that as it was tough to lose it all…but I did). Grapefruit was my saving grace during those 20 weeks – the taste, the smell, everything about it helped my nassau. Wishing you a wonderful pregnancy and a babe that will come out loving greens!

Liz

I love hearing about the progression of you pregnancy and I am thankful that you would share….I look forward to more:)

We move Friday so I have been eating a lot of simple, throw-together meals, either a green smoothie or chia pudding for breakfast, wrap w/ seed cracker at lunch, and dinner has been an assortment, either a wrap or a couple of banana, coconut muffins (recipe inspiration thanks to you!)….yum!

Mary McAndrew

I’m so happy for you! Congratulations! I wish I knew then (22 years ago)what I know now, back when I was pregnant for the first time. I had morning sickness for 5 months, sounds bad but popsicles saved me from being sent to the hospital for hydration. But I avoided alcohol and any medicine. I wish I had known about smoothies then.
Good luck!

Abbi*tarian

Congratulations!

Laura

Funny, I had no idea. I thought I saw plenty of salads on your “what I ate” days. But maybe I was wrong! So congrats, and congrats on some very good secret keeping!

And, a completely random question: was there a blender that you thought got great reviews but was pretty inexpensive? I thought you wrote about one not too long ago, but can’t find it.

Thanks!

Summer

Yup! I had no nausea or sickness with either of my pregnancies, but the carb craving was out of control! I just tried to keep it gluten free and marched on. Now, in the 2nd tri, I’m getting back on the grain-free wagon. All the best!

Michelle

Yay yay yay for all of you!! congrats

Ayanna

Hello and a BIG CONGRATS to you!!

I am interested to know what brand and where to purchase the brown rice bread. I am doing a juice cleanse, and I am very interested in eliminating gluten from my diet. Thanks.

Estela

Congratulations! I had my boy almost 11 yrs ago but I still remember the pregnancy nightmares like it was yesterday. I remember that tuna salad with lots of veggies was my favorite lunch salad, especially in the summer until I got pregnant. Unfortunately, the aversion to tuna salad lasted long after pregnancy and in the almost 11 years, I think I have only been able to eat 2 or 3 times. Also my tasting buds changed a lot during pregnancy, food didn’t taste normal for a couple of years.

Good luck and enjoy the journey!

Kala

Oh how I wish you became pregnant when I did in October. Now in my third trimester, these recipes would have been so helpful in my first! They all still look delicious.
I had the same cravings for pineappleβ€”any fruit really: grapefruit, strawberries, kiwi. If it was juicy, I wanted it.

Sandra

Hi Megan,
Did you take any supplements during your pregnancy? I’m already taking extra folic acid, vitamin D and B-complex in addition to my prenatals. Wondering if you have any experience with choline and also any recommendations on which fish oil to take during pregnancy??

Cherry

Thank you for all the spectacular info! I just found out I am pregnant and I can’t stand hardly any of the veggies I normally eat piles of. Broccoli is really unappealing right now. However, reading your article here reminded me that there are cucumbers, and pineapple. Both of those sound very appealing to me! Also, brown rice bread with blackberry jam sounds AMAZING and I also am not too interested in chocolate right now either. I suddenly want to devour oranges and almond milk is not too appealing. Thank you so much for this helpful article. πŸ™‚

Sakshi

Hi,

I am reading a lot about of avoiding unpasteurized green and fruit juice during pregnancy. We usually make juice at home from organic vegetables. Is it safe? I am still waiting for my first doctor’s appointment so not sure yet.

    Megan

    I couldn’t make a recommendation for you, so it’s completely up to your own discretion. I personally chose to consume raw juices throughout my entire pregnancy, but I don’t see how making my own juice at home would be any different than eating the same raw fruits and vegetables whole– it seems that the risk of contamination would be the same, either way. But, that’s just my opinion! Good luck with your pregnancy!

Carley

Hi Megan,

Did you soak your fuits/veggies in a vinegar solution before consuming? I eat a lot of salads and green smoothies/juices, but I just found out I’m pregnant and am now wondering if I need more thorough cleaning, aside from just a good rinse under the faucet, which is what I normally do.

Thanks and I’m very happy to know about your site and all its good info.

Kathy

I didn’t particularly have an aversion to vegetables, but I did feel pretty nauseous, and made gluten free bread a staple. Bread, mayo, open faced scrambled eggs for breakfast a lot. (or corn tortillas.) I also couldn’t stand onions, coffee (gave me cramps instantly), or chocolate (boo). I really just wanted to eat french fries and mayo. It got much better in the 2nd trimester. Interestingly I switched from preferring red meat to chicken, which isn’t usually the case. All the gluten free breads and crackers made my eczema flare up after a few months, and luckily by then I was able to go back to mostly grain free eating.

Sydney

Just found this, mid way through my first trimester and feeling like eating is just sitting in the ‘too hard’ basket. This makes me fee a lot better!

Currently the best I can do is home made sweet potato chips and avocado smash. Also obsessed with watermelon. That’s when I’m not craving toast, pasta, rice and every other carb I gave up months ago…

    Laura Burdick

    I’m also in the middle of the my first trimester and eating is now my least favorite part of the day instead of my favorite :'(

    I’ve found that my morning sickness is a vicious cycle. I’m nauseous so I’m not hungry and don’t want to eat, then my stomach starts growling and I become even more nauseous.

    Really cold pickles and melon are the easiest thing for me to eat right now. And peppermint tea of ice.
    I can’t wait to enjoy food again!!

Holly

Hi Megan,
What brand of brown rice bread and goat great yogurt do you eat?

Thanks!

    Megan Gilmore

    I like Food For Life’s brown rice bread– it’s usually sold in the freezer section. The goat yogurt I find is usually Redwood Hill Farm or Capretta brand.

Emily @ The Southern Belle Blogs

I know this post was like 5 years ago, but I found it doing a google search (I’m 14 weeks pregnant). I”m glad to see that it’s not just me – the thought of any vegetable during my first trimester made me queasy so I compensated by eating lots of fruit (which I was craving). Also french fries. :-/

    Megan Gilmore

    I ate lots of fruit and bagels during both of my pregnancies! I craved tater tots like crazy, too! LOL

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