How To: Pregnancy Nutrition Advice

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Pregnancy Nutrition

Looking for pregnancy nutrition tips? Read fit mom, Joanne’s, advice below.

Hey there! My name is Joanne; I am a lifestyle blogger over at I am obsessed with fitness, sharing recipes, running and shopping. I live in New York City with my husband Jon and our little morkie named Beans. Jon and I are 20 weeks pregnant with our first child.

As soon as I found out I was pregnant I knew I did not want to have to change too much about my fitness and nutrition routine. I started to research right away on how I could continue my life the way I have been living it. I purchased a few books on pregnancy and was relieved that I did not have to make to many changes.

The biggest changes that I had to make, was to get rid of all of my workout supplements. According to my OBGYN those all had to go with the exception on the whey protein shakes that I drink daily.  I then needed to get rid of my regular vitamin and added a prenatal version to my daily routine.

The OBGYN had told me the things that I cannot eat:

  • No more than 2 cups of coffee a day
  • Deli meats
  • Unpasteurized cheese
  • Sushi


That answered, the not to eats but I was still not sure on what I should be eating. I searched on the Internet and found a great book: Eating for Pregnancy written by Catherine Jones and Rose Ann Hudson. This book helped me with planning daily meals. I knew I had to add additional calories to my regular diet but needed a guide to show me how to do that and do that without eating unnecessary calories.  There were also some really yummy recipes included as well.

I was unsure on how many servings of what food groups did I need to have a day to go through pregnancy in a healthy way. After a lot of research here was what I got:

  • Whole grains 6-8 servings
  • Fruits and veggies fruit 2-4 veggies 3-5 servings
  • Meat or Meat substitutes 2-3 servings
  • Milk and dairy 3-4 servings
  • Fats and oils to be used sparingly


Taking this information I came up with meal plans that worked for me. I am asked frequently on my blog what does my typical food day look like. I am going to share that with you guys today.  I aim for about 2000 calories a day  while pregnant. I try to keep them good ones! Here is what today looked like for me:

  • Breakfast
  • 1 cup of whole grain cereal
  • 1 apple with peanut butter
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 cup of coffee
  • Lunch
  • Smoothie made with: 1 scoop whey protein
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • Snack
  • Baby carrots, celery
  • ½ cup hummus
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • Dinner
  • Roast chicken
  • 1 small baked sweet potato
  • ½ cup broccoli
  • Mixed greens salad
  • 1-cup skim milk
  • Snack
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt with fruit

That is what a typical day looks like for me. Do not get me wrong it does not mean that I do not have a treat now and then. I did have candy over Halloween but I also want to make sure my little peanut is getting all of the proper nutrients they deserve. Please remember you are not eating for two, we only need 300 additional calories a day while pregnant. Enjoy an extra snack a day and you have completed you requirements for the day! Please stop by and check out my blog:

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