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How to Create a Pregnancy Meal Plan | Mother Rising

How to Create a Pregnancy Meal Plan | Mother Rising

How to Create a Pregnancy Meal Plan

Today we will discuss how to create a pregnancy meal plan. Let’s get started!

Why Create a Pregnancy Meal Plan?

Knowing about good nutrition does nobody any good if it is not implemented.

For example, previously we discussed the importance of probiotics in pregnancy. But what good is that information if we don’t DO anything about it?

A common hurtle of healthy eating is a lack of a plan. The times in my life that I have created a plan and stuck to it – we have eaten well, saved time and money.

During pregnancy, creating a pregnancy meal plan is as crucial as ever.

A great way to implement good nutrition is by creating a pregnancy meal plan.

Pregnancy Meal Plan Considerations

Before creating a pregnancy meal plan, here are a few things to take into consideration.

Weekly or Monthly Meal Plans

Will you be creating a weekly or monthly meal plan?

If you’re new to meal planning, I recommend a smaller, weekly plan, however, once you get your feet wet you may find a monthly plan is a better use of your time and energy.

Dietary Restrictions

Do you eat a particular diet?

Do you have gestational diabetes?

Do you have any allergies?

This and more must be considered when making a pregnancy meal plan.

Cooking for 2 or a Crowd

Will you be cooking for just you and baby?

Or do you have more mouths to feed than just your own?

Depending on your crowd (or lack there of) your meal planning will need to adjust accordingly.

Pregnancy Meal Plan Resources

The following are a few pregnancy meal planning resources you may want to consider. They will save you time, which is another barrier many women face when trying to eat well during pregnancy.

Instant Pot

Most are familiar with a crockpot, but have you heard about the Instant Pot?

Both will help create delicious meals, but the Instant Pot takes things one step further.

The Instant Pot is a pressure cooker that takes the (scary) guess work out of using a pressure cooker leaving you with tender, flavorful foods cooked in a fraction of the time.

During pregnancy, creating a pregnancy meal plan is as crucial as ever. A great way to implement good nutrition is by creating a pregnancy meal plan.For example, creating bone broth is so simple in the Instant Pot. Bone broth is a tasty way to get essential BIO-AVAILABLE vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy mama and baby.

It may sound complicated or scary, but making bone broth is actually really simple – especially in a pressure cooker or an Instant Pot.

During pregnancy, creating a pregnancy meal plan is as crucial as ever. A great way to implement good nutrition is by creating a pregnancy meal plan.

Freezer Cooking

Have you considered freezer cooking?

Freezer cooking is a busy mama’s best friend.

Knock out a week or months worth of cooking in one day and reap the benefits all month long.

Once a Month Meals

When I freezer cook, I always use the Once a Month Meals (OAMM) system. OAMM saves me an insane amount of time, which for me is priceless.

TIP:  I always make delicious freezer meals for new moms in my third trimester (to use for postpartum). Please, put SOMETHING in your freezer for postpartum.

I am a big fan of freezer cooking if you can’t tell!

Free Mini Menu

Hop on over to the Once a Month Meals and have a look around. You can even snag a free mini-menu, which is a great way to get started freezer cooking.

Below is a screenshot of OAMM. It’s so easy and so helpful.

During pregnancy, creating a pregnancy meal plan is as crucial as ever. A great way to implement good nutrition is by creating a pregnancy meal plan.

Pregnancy Meal Plan Ideas

The following recipes would be a perfect addition to any pregnancy meal plan.

  • All are freezer friendly and sound delicious
  • Most could be categorized under “Whole Foods”
  • I found many of the recipes through the Once a Month Meals database, which is an amazing resource. Make sure to check them out!

Breakfast Pregnancy Meal Plan

Southwestern Frittata

Chorizo and Egg White Breakfast Burrito

Ricotta Pancakes

Rhubarb Apple Loaf

During pregnancy, creating a pregnancy meal plan is as crucial as ever. A great way to implement good nutrition is by creating a pregnancy meal plan.

Lunch Pregnancy Meal Plan

Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup

Meatless Veggie Bean Burritos

Cheddar Pepper Stuffed Portabello Burger

Mexican Verde Casserole

Easy Lentil, Sweet Potato & Coconut Curry

Panera Black Bean Soup

During pregnancy, creating a pregnancy meal plan is as crucial as ever. A great way to implement good nutrition is by creating a pregnancy meal plan.

Dinner Pregnancy Meal Plan

Hearty Beef Stew

Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti

Turkey Spinach Lasagna Roll-ups

White Cheddar Chicken Pasta

Marinated Grilled Flank Steak

During pregnancy, creating a pregnancy meal plan is as crucial as ever. A great way to implement good nutrition is by creating a pregnancy meal plan.

Pregnancy Meal Plan Beverages

How to Make Milk Kefir

How to Make Kombucha

Classic Green Smoothie

During pregnancy, creating a pregnancy meal plan is as crucial as ever. A great way to implement good nutrition is by creating a pregnancy meal plan.

Pregnancy Meal Plan Snacks

Pregnancy Meal Plan Desserts

Healthier French Silk Pie

During pregnancy, creating a pregnancy meal plan is as crucial as ever. A great way to implement good nutrition is by creating a pregnancy meal plan.

Other Benefits of Freezer Cooking:

If you’re on the fence about OAMM freezer cooking, here are some amazing benefits you may not have considered.

Eat in Season
Each OAMM monthly menu utilizes many fruits and vegetables that are in season. Not only will this help you to eat a healthier diet, this will save you lots of money too!

Learn New Cooking Techniques
I first learned how to make a Béchamel sauce by following one of OAMM’s recipes. It sounded scary, but it was incredibly easy! And now I can add this skill to my repertoire of kitchen skills.

Help a Friend in Need
We all have friends and families that could use a meal every now and then. Maybe they have a new baby, or are incapacitated in some way. Having a stockpile of frozen homemade foods makes helping a friend simple.

Fun with Friends
Want to make some hilarious memories? Do a month’s worth of freezer cooking with a friend. You will NEVER forget it. 😉

Membership to OAMM

Want to try Once a Month Meals? Head on over to OAMM and click around.

Now is your chance to try streamlined freezer cooking. No excuses!

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Free Printable Meal Planner

Also, just for fun, I made you a Free Printable Meal Planner to help you in your journey to a more natural pregnancy. Click, download, print and fill it out. Happy planning!

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