By Schatem Boyd
Blissful second trimester! No joke, this is the only time in my pregnancy I felt normal. Well, as normal as I could, being a human incubator! But really, I was able to eat again and exercise was back to being relatively easy again. (Relish in this, because when the third trimester hits, you just feel gigantic and uncomfortable lol)
Okay, so now that you can handle eating again, take advantage! Especially if you weren’t able to stomach much in the first trimester. So what do I eat, you may ask? Below is a good idea of what a well-balanced pregnancy diet consists of:
Every day of the week you and your baby should have:
- One quart (4 glasses) or more of milk product. Any kind will do – whole milk, low fat, skim, buttermilk, or cheese, yogurt, ice cream (yes, I said ice cream), etc…
- Two eggs, (hard boiled, in French toast, or added to other foods).
- One or two servings of fish or seafood, liver, chicken, lean beef, lamb or pork, beans or any kind of cheese.
- One or two good servings of fresh green leafy vegetables: mustard, collard, turnip greens, spinach, lettuce, or cabbage.
- Two or three slices of whole wheat/whole grain bread, cornmeal, cornbread, or tortillas.
- A piece of citrus fruit or glass of juice of lemon, lime, orange, tomato, or grapefruit.
- Other fruits and vegetables.
Also include in your diet:
- A serving of whole grain cereal such as oatmeal or granola.
- A yellow or orange-colored fruit or vegetable five times a week.
- Whole baked potato three times a week.
- Plenty of fluids, water, juice, etc.
- Salt food to taste for a safe increase in blood volume.
You may substitute proteins, if you wish, being sure your proteins are complete, and that you get approximately 100 grams per day. If you substitute, also be sure all the elements necessary for a well-balanced diet are available every day.
Now let’s talk exercise!
Hopefully if you weren’t working out before your pregnancy, you started something light like I discussed in my “peed on a stick” post. If you were already working out, hopefully you have stuck with it!
Safety is always first when working out. Unfortunately, there aren’t any guidelines for an ideal heart rate during the second trimester, so pay attention to your body. If you aren’t able to carry on a normal conversation while you are working out, than you are probably working out to hard. Make sure to stop exercising if you feel queasy, light headed or feel dehydrated (keep plenty of water with you while you are exercising).
Now, how much should you exercise? Again, listen to your body and remember, exercise is not just about not putting too much weigh on. It is about keeping you and baby strong for labor, keeping your heart healthy and helping your delivery and recovery.
Thirty minutes a day, 3-5 times a week is healthy workout schedule. This can include any variety of walking, swimming, free weights etc.. Try to get at least two days of strength training in. This will not only keep the non-tummy parts of your body looking good but it will also build up the strength your body will need to deliver! Use a weight that feels comfortable to you and remember body-weight exercises, and even band work, are great ways to strength train.
With regards to cardio, change it up so you don’t get bored! Walk, swim, find a machine at the gym you like, whatever, just don’t sit too much. That isn’t good for you or baby!
Hey everyone. My name is Schatem I am a 34-year-old personal trainer, business owner, part-time freelance business advisor and consultant and most importantly, mom to my beautiful 2-year-old daughter. My life is crazy busy with a lot of moving parts. I have become a master at juggling! I love helping people. It is my passion! If I can help someone, it makes my day. When I am not running my business, I am training people, helping them discover their strength and ability to change their body and lifestyle, or I am helping others build successful businesses. With all of this, I feel like my greatest accomplishment is my daughter. It took me 2 ½ years to get pregnant and when I finally got my little miracle, my life was changed forever! I am excited to be a part of this blog, and hope that some of my story will help others!