Snacks for First Trimester

Updated on December 01, 2011
A.K. asks from Chicago, IL
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Hi All -

I'm almost 8 weeks along with baby #2. I'm feeling sicker than I did during my first pregnancy. However, generally I feel better after eating something. Are there snacks you found helpful during pregnancy to curb your appetite and keep you feeling good? Or any foods you found helpful to fight off morning sickness?


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answers from Madison on

I was very sick - very pukey all day, all night sick. This is going to sound weird, but the only thing that helped was protein. I am allergic to dairy and meat turned my stomach, so getting 70 grams of protein (crazy amount!!!) was next to impossible. But I found alternative sources of protein - soy milk has about 7-9 grams of protein, so a large soy chai from startbucks had 21 grams - well on my way to 70 - I'd sip on a large iced one (couldn't drink anything hot or it turned my stomach) all day and it helped. I bought the chair and soy milk and started making my own from home. I also snacked on almonds and other nuts, cliff bars are a good way to get protein. If you can eat dairy - cottage cheese and string cheese are good. Oh and peanut butter, a piece of toast with a TBLs of peanut butter - yummy and a lot of protein. Crackers and peanut butter. After I got the hang of keeping full of protein, it really helped, it was hard and nauseating at times but it really did help.



answers from Bloomington on

I had nasuea BAD with both, and worse with the second. I had a lot of crackers and graham crackers, etc. However, after I was through that part, I couldn't go near those items for a LONG time. The association of them with being nasuous was too much.

I did use a lot of ginger gum. You can get it at Walgreens/CVS in the motion sickness area. One brand was Sea Bands. It is little chiclets that are very strong at first and then quickly weaken. That helped me more times than I could count. I couldn't do the PreggoPops. I don't like sour much or suckers.

Good luck!!!



answers from Rockford on

Hi, A.!

When I was pregnant with both of my kids I used to snack on Kashi Go Lean cereal. It has a lot of protein in it and that was key for me because it helped me not be so hungry all the time and helped me not feel so sick.

I hope this helps!



answers from Kalamazoo on

I would drink a slimfast or breakfast drink if I felt too sick to eat anything. Usually after that settled in my tummy, I could handle foods and felt better.
I remeber one time freaking out a nurse by asking her if it was ok that I drink slimfast! She thought I was trying to keep my weight down or something!
Oh - and I also loved bananas with pb.



answers from Chicago on

I had some issues with my first (but not too bad), but with my second the sickness was so bad that I needed medication just to keep food down from week 6 all the way to week 14! However, with my first, I kept a stack of crackers next to my bed so that if I woke up in the middle of the night to pee or whatever, I'd have a cracker. Same thing first thing in the morning. That way, my tummy was not fully empty (which would have made morning sickness worse). That trick didn't work with my second, but not much did--though I did have to force myself to eat the crackers since I knew it would be much worse if I didn't.

For me, carbs worked to stave off the sickness (crackers, bread, stable stuff like that). My sister just got out of her first trimester and she needed huge amounts of protein to not feel as sick (carbs and dairy made her sicker). My OBGYN told me that the only thing that worked for her was mashed potatoes! And my SIL was all fruits and veggies (particularly mango)--everything else made her sick.

You'll more than likely have to try high carb for a couple days and see if that works. Then try high protein for a couple days and see how that goes (snacks of walnuts, almonds, cashews). As you know, your body will tell you in no uncertain terms whether it likes what you're doing.

By the way, I LOVED Lara Bars since they were only fruits and nuts and all natural. They have a nice balance of carb and protein and I would snack on a bar all morning.

Good luck and congrats on the pregnancy!



answers from Washington DC on

Congrats on #2, how exciting. I would always keep granola bars (usually the 90 or 100 calories type) on hand for any creep ups of nausea. I was blessed to only have it if I hadn't eaten enough in the a.m. so those little buggers helped out a lot. Have you considered a slice of toast with pb? That way the toast will soothe your tummy and the pb will offer the protein.
Good luck!



answers from Seattle on

I didn't have morning sickness, but I was STARVING if I didn't snack throughout the day. I always went for high protein snacks: almonds, boiled eggs and yoghurt were my staples.


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