dietary day in the life: 3rd tri edition

March 7, 2012

packing it in
here you go: the 4th and final installment to demonstrate my version of eating for 2 [fine, 1.15 or whatever].

the first 3
first tri

early 2nd tri

mid 2nd tri

insulating the baby
oddly, i was probably hungriest in the first few weeks of pregnancy when the embryo resembled a speck of dust. however, the third trimester is when the baby has her most rapid growth — and therefore when caloric needs are supposed to be highest! getting in enough can be challenging especially if the baby has parked herself in previous stomach territory, but i’m happy to report that this has actually improved for me in the last couple of weeks.

cravings/aversions are a thing of the past. i would say i’m just eating lots of normal things, with a little more dessert than i would normally! ehh, it’s for the baby’s growth and insulation. right? hopefully.

6:30 am [yeah, i slept in]: the usual.

ezekiel english muffin / sunflower butter / berries / decaf espresso

11 am kind of an early lunch — i went for a run after breakfast and ended up working from home for a bit.

amy’s spinach/tofu wrap + apple
11:45 piece of see’s on my way out the door.

3 pm: during conference @ work

6:30 pm: before cooking dinner

pimento cheese dip + crackers

7:45 pm: dinner! this was chicken shawarma from this month’s eating well mag.

loved the cucumber and tahini-based sauce
8:30 pm: dessert = leftover banana pudding!

not so photogenic, but delicious

the next phase?
the interesting thing is that from what i’ve read, the amount of fuel needed for breastfeeding is similar to that in pregnancy — if not a bit higher. so i guess i won’t be ditching the ice cream / etc any time soon . . . and i’m not exactly complaining 🙂 i will be excited for the occasional glass of wine or beer to make its reappearance, though!


  • Reply Lee March 10, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    For the coffee I suggested, maybe we should have a glass of wine when I’m in Raleigh!

    • Reply Lee March 10, 2019 at 7:52 pm

      Oops, that was supposed to say "forget" not "for".

      • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:53 pm

        that would be amazing! there’s actually a very cute wine bar very close to our apartment. (west end in durham). of course, it would have to be night josh got home first!

        if josh isn’t home we could meet up for coffee or . . . there’s always local yogurt 🙂 SO good and definitely a baby friendly establishment!

  • Reply Susan March 10, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    I remember learning in college that you only need about 300 extra calories per day during pregnancy, and about 500 while breastfeeding. And most people don’t realize that 300 calories is only a small snack…crazy.

  • Reply Anne March 10, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    (That last comment (kane hipolito) is junk btw, publicity for guns… ouch)

  • Reply Jenny March 10, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    It makes sense though, if you think about it. Right now your extra calores are feeding a 6 pound baby in a rather confined space. When you are BF, you’ll be feeding a much bigger, more active baby. When your baby is 6 months she’ll be needing a lot more calories than she does now.

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:52 pm

      good point! and since babies needs are in kcal/kg/day you can imagine how much that increases as they grow (and so quickly, too . . .)

  • Reply Susannah March 10, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    I second Katie R…I was hungry in the first trimester with my son, but not a whole lot hungrier in the 2nd and 3rd tris….then when I started BFing, I was ravenous all the time. It was the only time in my life I’ve been able to eat ridiculous amounts of food and still lose weight! I remember one night my mother in law made dinner for us, some stew with pillsbury crescent rolls. I think I ate 6 crescent rolls before telling myself that was enough:) PS the chicken shawarma looks awesome!

  • Reply Katie R March 10, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    I ate WAY more while breastfeeding than during pregnancy. I’m talking eating PB out of the jar because I couldn’t get full! Just a heads up!

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