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Iron, protein, and vitamins A and C, make this steak the perfect prenatal dinner. Pair it with a folate and calcium-rich spinach salad for the ultimate pregnancy power meal. Bonus: It’s so delicious you won’t even miss your usual glass of Malbec. Related: 5 Ways to Rock Your Pregnancy Diet
When you find out you’re pregnant, you can almost feel your to-do list Growing from XL to OMG. There are books to read, rooms to redo, an almost absurd number of things to buy—and on top of it all, you’re supposed to morph into a responsible, even-keeled, fully actualized adult in nine months. Hellooo, intimidation. “Many women are afraid they’ll be found inadequate when it comes to pregnancy and being a mom,” says Laurel Schwartz, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in Stamford, Conn.
“They end up wasting the whole nine months worrying about falling short.”
If you indulged a few too many pregnancy cravings during your first and second trimesters, it’s not too late to turn things around in the homestretch. In fact, the third trimester is the perfect time to get on track—the foods you eat now can impact your baby’s health long after she's born, according to a new study published in Cell.
Recipe by Kelsey Nixon • Photo by Sara Remington
This chicken soup gets an infusion of extra hearty, home-style flavor, with a simple trick. Simmer the rotisserie chicken and fresh herbs in store-bought stock, while you prep and cook the veggies for the soup. Then, add one of several optional ingredients to customize the bowl to your taste. Related: The latest Easy Soup Recipes on Pinterest!
Every Sunday during our family summers up in Maine, we would spend the morning feasting on pancakes. Sometimes we made them with heaping handfuls of wild Maine blueberries, but the sweet caramel of bananas and buttery pecans has always been my favorite. My mom would get up early to get the batter started, and by the time my siblings and I came down, there would be perfect cakes lining the griddle. We piled them high, poured on the maple syrup, and then went back for seconds . . .
This protein-packed whole grain dish, featured on The Chew, will keep you full for hours. Here’s how to make it at home. Related: Daphne’s Favorite Prenatal Eats
“Smoothies are a great way to get a huge dose of nutrition and not think about it,” says Daphne, in the February/March issue of FitPregnancy. Here, how to make one of her favorites. Related: Quick and Healthy Smoothie Recipes for Pregnancy
Daphne’s been making this twist on traditional Turkish lentil soup throughout her recipe—she calls it “super nutrient-dense” and adds that “you can’t f--- it up…sorry, screw it up.” It’s cozy and filling and, yep, super easy. Make it tonight! Related: Daphne’s Favorite Prenatal Eats