10 Meals for a Future Momma
Betsy just crossed over into the third trimester of pregnancy (read the Nugget announcement) and, as you might have guessed, the first two trimesters weren’t always a walk in the park.
One huge area that I was positive (like, absolutely) that I would be able to nail is providing her with meals. After all, feeding people is kind of what I do. If I can’t feed my own wife during cravings, sickness, and other strange pregnancy states, I should probably just hang up my blogging boots.
Four months ago I was ready and, I thought, armed with the following theories about feeding a pregnant momma:
– How hard could it be? She’s going to be hungry all the time. (NOT TRUE)
– She’s growing a human. She needs to eat a lot. (NOT TRUE)
– Just find out her cravings and then it will be easy to satisfy them. (NOT EVEN REMOTELY TRUE)
Aversion to Food Stuffs
Betsy and I were somewhat mentally ready for the dreaded morning sickness of pregnancy. Bets was ready to feel gross on occasion and I was ready to play around with different recipes to find something she could enjoy.
What we weren’t exactly ready for was a lingering four month slog where Bets couldn’t eat a shifting field of foods. Some days it was almost hour to hour. Some days it would be super specific (no eggs allowed) and some days it would drift into the vague abyss (no cooked vegetables… like none at all).
Try to find a recipe on my site that doesn’t include any cooked vegetables. It’s pretty damn tough. I struggled with that one.
Betsy and I weren’t really ready to go public with the news so I wasn’t writing much about this issue, but now that it’s out there and most of the sickness issues are behind us, I thought it would be fun to share some of the recipes (and tips) that actually worked for us.
Maybe this list of Meals for pregnant Women will help you now, or in the future.
And, by all means, if you happen to have some recipes that helped you or your significant other get through the first few months of baby growing, please leave a comment!
Tip 1: Think Smells
One big rule I learned is to not just think about how a food tastes, but how it smells. This not only includes the finished version but in all of the food states.
One of Betsy’s biggest aversions was to cooked onions. Or more specifically, her aversion was to the smell of onions cooking.
Smells are very different than flavors and it helps to be aware of strong smells that might be off-putting.
Tip 2: Think Textures
This is actually a good rule for cooking in general, but many times I think Betsy wasn’t against the food exactly, but the texture of the dish.
She tended to do well with super-crunchy dishes or creamy things. So a really fresh crunchy salad was totally fine or a big bowl of creamy potato soup.
Of course, not every person will be the same, but it’s helpful to try to identify what textures work and then find other dishes that have those textures.
MEALS FOR PREGNANT WOMEN – TEN RECIPES THAT WORKED FOR US
Here’s an example of 10 of the recipe types that worked really well for Betsy, after much trial and error.
After many weeks of struggle, we finally landed on this as a lunch that Betsy could easily eat (and enjoy). The wrap would change a bit each week, but her favorite was basically this marinated chicken, grilled, and wrapped with really crunchy lettuce, crunchy bacon, tomato and avocado.
It seems like it’s very common to struggle with breakfast if you are pregnant. I feel like Betsy didn’t have more sickness in the morning. It was more of a constant annoyance, but breakfasts definitely were an issue. We landed on oats as a cure. The good thing about oats is they are completely bland and you can change them up depending on the food aversion of the day.
We would tend to go with some sort of berry and a nut butter most days of the week.
Okay. Ignore the Brussels sprouts on the above photo because that was a big NO GO in our house. But, pizza was generally something Betsy could eat as long as didn’t have a ton of vegetables on it.
Crispy crust and gooey cheese was very doable for her. I did not complain.
Our meal plans would be day to day, but on many days it seemed like meat was the answer. To be honest, we aren’t enormous meat eaters. Sure, we are far from vegetarian, but we eat a pretty wide spectrum of things including veggies, meats, legumes, tofu, etc. You know this if you’ve read Macheesmo for a while.
But, some days over the last few months, meat was the only thing that Betsy craved. Luckily, I can make a pretty mean steak so WE MADE IT THROUGH.
After we exhausted the chicken wrap situation for lunch, we learned that Betsy could handle a very simple quinoa salad. The one we landed on was actually much simpler than the one in the above recipe. Essentially, I would just cook quinoa and toss it with crunchy snap peas, pumpkin seeds, and a very light dressing.
This worked well and I felt good for feeding her something I could generally qualify as healthy.
After four months of pregnancy, Betsy had actually lost weight. The doctor was very quick to inform us that this was not a good situation.
She prescribed daily milkshakes. Betsy had no problem housing some milkshakes. When she couldn’t overcome, I helped.
Betsy has always been a Tex-Mex fiend and that didn’t really change during her pregnancy (luckily). But, again with the texture thing, she preferred crunchy Tex-mex dishes.
Thinks like tacos and nachos were generally preferred to stuff like enchiladas.
While some days were sweets focused, most days for Betsy involved a salty craving. Good seasoned popcorn was something she could always eat for her entire pregnancy.
It was bland, but salty and had a good texture. That combo seemed to work for her.
I really pride myself on making good pasta sauces and interesting pasta combinations. This was not to time to do this. Betsy craved pasta, but it had to have almost nothing on it. Maybe a super light tomato sauce or butter sauce was fine, but simple was the rule for sure.
For at least a month, the joke in our house was that we were growing a baby with only white foods. Starchy, carby things were all Betsy wanted. Tater tots, fries, pastas, etc. It was a surefire way to make sure she would eat something.
Have any Tips!?
Luckily, we are through the worst of this, but I’m sure there are many out there that are going through this now or will in the future. It’s always good to have a list of ideas of tips and tricks, like this list of Meals for pregnant Women, that might work.
If you have a favorite recipe that was all you (or your sig. other) craved while pregnant, leave a comment!
Let’s feed pregnant mommas!