Diet & Fitness: How I’m Staying In Shape During My Pregnancy

So many of you guys have asked me for ages to show you my diet and fitness routines, so today I’m showing you how I’m staying fit and healthy during my pregnancy. To be honest, my lifestyle hasn’t changed that much since I’ve been pregnant. There are obviously certain things that I’ve had to cut out like caffeine (although I do have one cup of tea in the morning and a decaf iced latte some afternoons), alcohol (I’m enjoying my one glass of red per week and oh my gosh – it’s heaven); sushi (I can still have California rolls, according to my doc, so that’s awesome), but I am eating relatively similar to before in terms of portions and cravings. I’m working out around four times per week, whereas before I would try to hit the gym or a class five times per week. Before pregnancy, I was always very health conscious, but I still gave in to a sweet tooth or pizza craving every now and then, and you guys know I love my cocktails – I’m a big believer in balance. It’s the same since I got pregnant – I want to give the baby as many nutrients and possible, but I don’t try to be perfect. I am pregnant after all, and cravings are par for the course. In the early stages of my pregnancy I had cravings for carb-loaded, salty, savory, cheesy things – which I gladly gave into. Now that I’m entering my third trimester, I’m back to my (mostly) normal self.

I try to incorporate tons of fruit, veggies, and healthy breads and grains into my diet. I love shopping at the farmer’s market on Sundays to grab local organic foods. I’m finally learning how to cook, so I’ll often pick up something fresh to make during the week. I drink dairy, albeit in smaller portions, and I eat real bread, real pasta – yes the dreaded gluten is in my diet at least 3 times a week! I love fish, seafood and chicken, but don’t eat that much red meat. I always need something sweet after dinner: either a chocolate yogurt, some ice cream or my childhood fave – a banana mashed with milk and topped with cacao powder. Read below for my typical diet during the week, and make sure to watch my full Vlog to follow along for every meal and every workout class I did last week! I’ve also linked some of my favorite (maternity & non maternity) fitness wear at the moment for you to browse.

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My Typical Breakfast:
PG Tips tea with 1 sugar and Lactaid Milk
Slice of pumpernickel or rye toast with marmite spread or coconut peanut butter
or
Steel Cut Oatmeal/Purely Elizabeth Oatmeal with Lactaid Milk or Almond Milk
Topped with bananas and maple syrup

Mid-morning/snacks:
About three times a week, I love my decaf iced latte with regular milk. It’s an absolute treat. I also love Trader Joe’s chocolate yogurt – it totally reminds me of being a kid.

Lunch:
Is usually spent out, on the run. I may have a lunch meeting at a restaurant or cafe (where I would probably get a salad, bowl, or avo toast), or I may be on a shoot and have to grab something quick and handheld. If I’m at home, I’ll usually have leftovers, or maybe a sandwich with deli meat and avocado (if you’re preggers, make sure to zap your deli meat in the microwave for 30 seconds to get rid of any potentially harmful bacteria – my doctor told me to do this).

Dinner:
I really go for it at dinner! We tend to have whatever we want. Whether it’s supper out at a restaurant, at a work event, or a home cooked meal with friends at home. You guys know I’m not the world’s best cook, but I am learning how to make some simple recipes here and there – like balsamic roasted brussels sprouts with grapes and walnuts!

xx,

Louise Loves

10 responses to “Diet & Fitness: How I’m Staying In Shape During My Pregnancy”

  1. Karen Ettinger says:

    Freebie Fridays!

    Good to hear the deli meat goes into the microwave 30 sec to kill any bacteria

  2. Yuanqing He says:

    Love it! Also #freebiefridays

  3. Paola says:

    Hello Louise,
    my diet is like your…is very very similar but I’m a little bit more fat (lol).
    But I dont understand how many times did you ho go to run?

    Kiss
    Paola

  4. Tugce says:

    I adore your positive attitude!

  5. Maria Grazia Conti says:

    I find you absolutely powerful! You’re an ispiration to me!! Love you!

  6. Maria Jose Verdu says:

    Subscribed! I love it!

  7. Lex MG says:

    Oh! How odd: I was under the impression that caffeine was OK during pregnancy. Not from personal or direct experience, but I used to be part of a discussion forum and one of our regular members would give us regular updates on her pregnancy, and she said she looked into it (online plus doctors) and came to the conclusion that the was NO definitive proof of ANY problem with intaking caffeine during pregnancy. Now you have me doubting that info. Also, that was about 10 years ago. Maybe new research shows_ _ _. Still, I would think it would have made headline news. Maybe I missed it.
    Anyway, thanks for continuing to post often ! Salutations.

  8. Asma blagui says:

    Love you

  9. Kristiel says:

    I did it I sign up and hoping I will win

  10. Jessie says:

    Pregnant women should not drink ANY alcohol. I cannot imagine your doctor hasn’t told you about that and don’t see how one can be so irresponsible.

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