Tips for Menu Planning While Pregnant

Ya’ll know that I’m kind of obsessed with grocery shopping, menu planning, and food prep. But when you’re pregnant, all normalness goes out the window. And as with my first pregnancy, I have bad food aversions (I’m not kidding, just typing olive oil is making me gag) and I’m so exhausted it hurts to think. So menu planning and prepping and all that, doesn’t happen like it usually does. I’ve had to adapt what I usually do, to what I can do right now. It’s all just a season, right? 

So remember mama, even though you don’t feel like yourself and you can’t do everything that you do normally, it’s just for a small amount of time and it’s all worth it in the end. Figure out what works for you and go with it. Instead of all homemade meals, you may need to get take out for half of your family’s meals or have your husband make dinner (although if we did that all of the time, we’d mostly just eat grilled cheese and sandwich bread is one of my aversions (I know, convenient, right?)). 

I get so frustrated with myself for not being able to do what I normally do but I’ve figured out a few tricks and I’ve learned how to make it work for our family. 

Plan for Cravings and Exhaustion 

This was my husband’s idea. Like the first week after we found out that I’m pregnant, I planned our menu as normal. But I shouldn’t have. We walked in the door after running errands that Sunday and as I headed into the kitchen to make lunch, I was suddenly hit with a craving for buffalo wings and Papa John’s pizza and garlic sauce. So we ordered pizza and wings (having a Papa John’s that delivers to our house is seriously dangerous) which meant that we went over budget on food. So now I plan ahead and I plan for 3 take out/husband-made-meals during the week. I never know when I’ll suddenly feel so exhausted that I literally can’t move or when a wave of nausea will hit so it’s best to have room in the budget for take-out or for those times when I’m craving a McD’s double cheeseburger.

Utilize Energy When You Have It

I typically do my grocery shopping on Friday mornings. But since I could be nauseous or exhausted, I’ve learned to be a little more flexible. I might need to wait until the evening or until Saturday to do my shopping and prepping. Just utilize your energy when you have it.

Give Yourself Grace

Most importantly, show yourself grace. It’s so easy to become frustrated with yourself when you can’t do normal, everyday activities, but you’re also growing a little human at the same time. Cut yourself some slack and be kind to yourself (I know, that’s easier said than done with all those hormones racing through you).