The Perfect Pregnancy Diet

Pregnancy is NOT the time to diet. It’s not the time to eat for three either. Eating for two is fine but your diet needs to be rich in whole foods rich in nutrients to create a healthy balanced plan to nourish you and your baby.

But what should you eat and how much? It’s easy to get it wrong, which is why I signed up for the Doll Curves Perfect Pregnancy Plan, especially as I hit my last trimester – the all important one, when my baby is growing bigger and getting ready to face the big wide world.

Founded by Celebrity Personal Trainers and Fitness Models, Sarah McLean and Lydia Rees, my Doll Curves plan gives me weekly nutrition advice to keep me healthy and well during my last trimester. It also reminds me that I only need to eat an extra 200 calories a day – the equivalent to a large banana!

Here is a round-up of what I’ve been eating over the last week and why it’s so good for me…

Breakfast

Banana Breakfast Smoothie
Blend ¼ gluten free oats, ½ cup of CO YO coconut yogurt, 1 banana, ½ cup Kara coconut milk, 2 teaspoons of honey, ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon.
The benefits; Bananas are great at reducing fluid retention and swollen ankles – a common side effect in pregnancy. ‘They are also rich in potassium and the perfect energy booster,’ says Sarah.

Snack
120g Unsweetened Greek yogurt with blueberries
The benefits; Yogurt is full of ‘good bacteria’, which helps balance the good/bad bacteria within the body. ‘Yogurt is also rich in protein and calcium, which is good for you and baby’s growing bones,’ says Sarah.

Lunch
Annabel Karmel’s Chicken Pitta Pockets 
Chicken, ½ avocado and watercress pitta pockets with chopped tomatoes and a side salad.
The benefits; Avocados are loaded with folic acid, vital for forming your baby’s brain and nervous system, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6, which can help your baby’s tissue and brain grow. Watercress can also help aid digestion, while the protein in chicken will help every cell in your baby’s body to grow and develop.

Snack
Hummus on organic unsalted rice cakes with chopped vegetables and 20g unsalted almonds, brazil nuts or walnuts.
The benefits; Raw vegetables will keep your immune system strong and the unsalted rice cakes with hummus are a great source of slow release carbohydrates and protein.

Dinner
50g wild rice with ½ cup streamed green vegetable and Annabel Karmel Salmon with tomato salsa
The benefits; ‘Wild rice is rich in fibre and has an excellent effect on the gut wall,’ says Sarah. News has it that women who eat oily fish, like salmon during pregnancy are also more likely to have brainy and sociable children. Just make sure you don’t have it more than twice a week.

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My Day and Pregnancy Food Diary

I thought I would share my food and training diaries with you. Now I’m in my second trimester all my cravings seem to have disappeared and I’m near enough eating what I used too.
So here are my food diaries for you. They aren’t perfect but I’m hoping they will help other people eat well and keep me on track too!

Wednesday 18th Sept
1/2 apple before gym
7:30-9am – Gym workout. Weight circuits and uphill walking
9:30am Sunwarrior protein shake with natural greek yog, coconut water, chia seeds, banana and almond butter. 30g oats.
11:30am Berries and nuts
2:45 Chicken, salad and sweet potato wedges
4:30 Bounce ball
6:30pm Mint choc Nakd bar
8:30 Chill con carne with organic lean beef and vegetables. Greek yogurt with Cherry Compote to finish.

Thursday 19th Sept
7:30am Blueberries
Gym – 7:45-9:15 – TRX and stepper for cardio
9:30am Sunwarrior protein powder with banana, coconut water, chia seeds and almond butter smoothie. 35g oats.
11am I then had some chocolate. I do have an excuse though – bubs hasn’t kicked all day so I phoned the NHS helpline and they told me to have some sugar (Cudburys Heroes were my choice of chocolate!!!) and lay down on my left side for a an hour or so and relax. I think that woke her up but the kicks are very light so I’m hoping all is well in there.
12pm – two clients until 3pm

3pm – apple and a few slices of hard goats cheese

6pm chicken with salad followed by Greek yog and cherry compote to finish.

I then had a nice relaxing bath, did my house work and had an early night to a belly full of kicks and baby mo met. Utter bliss 🙂