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"During my third trimester, I probably saw my Chinese delivery guy more than my OB/GYN." Does this confession sound familiar? If there’s a ever a time to cut yourself some cook-from-scratch slack, it’s now—as long as you make healthy choices. These simple swaps satisfy quickly, without sabotaging your diet.
With tomato salsa, beans and avocado, this pizza is like an open-faced quesadilla. Black beans are a low-fat source of protein and fiber, and avocado delivers folate, a B vitamin that helps prevent neural-tube defects. Avocado has also been linked to a reduction in morning sickness. Related: Your Guide to Healthier Pizza (3 More Recipes)
A winter squash spread replaces tomato sauce and packs vitamin A to help boost your immune system during pregnancy. Kale adds vitamin C, which aids in the development of your baby’s brain. Related: Your Guide to Healthier Pizza (3 More Recipes)
The crispy thin crust of this pizza is a wonderful contrast to velvety soft smoked salmon. Similar to fresh, smoked salmon contains loads of omega-3 fatty acids. Studies show that loading up on marine-sourced omega-3s during pregnancy can reduce the incidence of depression symptoms as well as the risk of a preterm or low-birthweight baby. Salmon also provides hard-to-get vitamin D, which helps your baby build strong bones and teeth.
With fewer than 2 grams of saturated fat in 3 ounces, sirloin is one of the leanest red meats. But what it lacks in fat, sirloin makes up for with plenty of iron, a mineral moms-to-be need to help stave off pregnancy-induced anemia and deliver oxygen for your baby’s development. Spinach also provides iron, which helps develop red blood cells. Related: Your Guide to Healthier Pizza (3 More Recipes)
Making pizza dough from scratch isn’t as complicated as you might think. This no-fail recipe produces a wonderfully thin crust. But if you’re short on time (or too intimidated to make your own), stop by your local pizzeria and ask if they’ll sell you some of their dough to take home. Whether homemade or from the grocery store, be sure your dough includes some whole-grain flour for a larger dose of pregnancy must-haves, such as fiber and vitamins.
One of my favorite ways to start the day is with a super-satisfying bowl of oatmeal. Packed with soluble fiber, nutrients, and whole grain carbohydrates, oatmeal is a simple and delicious way to boost your health and energy while you’re expecting and after the baby arrives.
Bonus: It’s a great “Mommy and Me” breakfast for you and your future toddler, too!
Do you find yourself craving sweets during your pregnancy but avoid them because you’re trying to eat healthfully? I’m a big believer in the phrase “everything in moderation,” and love concocting sneakily light desserts that only seem indulgent and decadent.
Pickles and peanut butter, ice cream with hot sauce or bananas and ketchup, pregnancy cravings can conjure up all kinds of fabulous and freaky food combinations.
The Duchess of Cambridge, who is due any day now, is said to have picked up a serious Indian food habit in the past few months and is enjoying all things spicy.
She has ordered takeaway vegetable curry, rice and flatbread from a local store on a few occasions recently.
Now that you’re pregnant, it can feel like you’re missing out at dinner and cocktail parties. But that doesn’t mean that you have to sip a boring glass of water or cranberry cocktail at every gathering. “There are a lot of innovative non-alcoholic cocktails,” says Ryan Koemans, the general manager and sommelier at The Farm at Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah. “Even if there’s no options on the menu, ask the server if the bartender can suggest some options.”
Summer’s here! Time for barefoot feet in the sand, lazy days by the pool, a frosty frozen cocktail in your hand... You might be thinking, “Sigh. Not till next summer for me,” but hold on! Just because you may not be consuming alcohol while expecting doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a fun umbrella drink too. (Actually, you might deserve one more for being pregnant over the summer!)
Best known for her role as Delinda on Las Vegas (which ran for five years on NBC; currently on TNT) and her Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue appearances, Molly Sims is expecting her first baby (a boy) with producer husband Scott Stuber. Born and raised in Kentucky, Sims, 39, has been modeling since 19, and also is an ambassador for Operation Smile, an international children’s medical charity. Here, Sims reveals her unexpected craving, her favorite baby gear and what her parents got right.