Anna Kaiser is a super-fit celebrity who regularly works with celebrities like Karlie Kloss and Shakira. Lucky for all of us, she's shared her go-to pregnancy meal plan. But is it a safe one?
The woman who helped celebs like Shakira, Kelly Ripa and Karlie Kloss get their post-baby bodies likely knows a thing or two about how to build a healthy diet that'll keep you lean—that's why we were excited to see that Anna Kaiser, trainer to the stars, shared a diary detailing her pregnancy with PEOPLE, and she even shared an exact breakdown of what she ate on that particular day.
In so many ways, Kaiser is the perfect person to divulge this information for other preggos of the world. She seems incredibly strong and healthy, and she experienced the nausea and exhaustion so many other women face in their pregnancies. (It's so much harder to eat well when all you can stomach is sugary cereal, ya know?)
"It's important to eat a variety of foods during pregnancy, both for the extensive amount of nutrients the body needs to support the growth of your child and so your baby is exposed to all the different flavor profiles post birth," Kaiser said of her diet.
But is Kaiser's diet healthy for the average woman? Does she take in enough calories to keep a pregnant woman and her baby going? We asked Kameelah Phillips, M.D., an OB/GYN at Lenox Hill Hospital, for her expert advice. The good news? Kaiser's plan gets the stamp of approval from her—for the most part, at least.
"I like the idea that she is grazing throughout the day and not packing all of her calories at the beginning or end of the day. I encourage grazing to prevent episodes of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or extreme hunger when it becomes harder to make reasonable food choices," Dr. Phillips told Fit Pregnancy. "A protein is present to help provide the building blocks she and the baby need. She may consider some protein at breakfast if she is hungry, but the early protein shake is great to hold off lunch hunger and cravings...She builds in hydration to the meals or snacks. This is important for women who have nausea and vomiting which can cause dehydration and weakness. It also important to help minimize cramping some women experience from dehydration. Pregnant women often underestimate how much fluid they are taking in so I like how hydration is a daily commitment."
While Kaiser is doing a lot of things right here, Dr. Phillips does point out a few tweaks real women could make. For example, Kaiser mentions that she builds "energy teas" and beef jerkey into her plan, and Dr. Phillips points out that both can be a bit dubious. Some herbal teas/supplements may not be safe in pregnancy or have large amounts of caffeine. Without knowing what exactly is in the tea, I would not recommend it," she said. "Beef jerky can also contain nitrates and other preservatives. I encourage patients to avoid overly processed foods. The data regarding the safety is not totally conclusive so I would recommend moderation and/or jerky without preservatives." Kaiser tells us she only eats organic, nitrate-free jerky and sticks to herbal tea to keep her caffeine consumption below the daily recommended intake
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With that being said, Dr. Phillips recommends a plan like Kaiser's—but if you want to try this at home and find you need a bit more food, there's no harm in sneaking an additional snack into the mix. "She covers her key vitamins and minerals really well with few empty calories from sugars. As she progresses in the pregnancy her calorie needs may slightly increase and this would be fine given how active she appears to be," Dr. Phillips said of Kaiser's diet. "This seems to be just enough calories for a normal or slightly overweight woman. I can imagine that some pregnant women would feel hungry on this regimen so I would not hesitate to add a cheese or nuts to the morning or 5pm snack. Someone who is underweight may require more calories."
While we definitely advocate a healthy eating plan like this one, we're also in favor of the occasional indulgence—so don't beat yourself up if you need to sneak some ice cream in here and there!