What Mama Eats In An Average Week (Pregnancy Edition)

A lot of people have asked me, “What do you eat?” So I took photos of all my meals over an average week, and in this video I share them with you.

Keep in mind that I’m five months pregnant! So my diet may look a little different than yours :)

Also, if you want to see more food photos, be sure to connect with me on Instagram, where I post food and family photos nearly every day. My user name is MamaNatural.

How about you?

Do any of these foods look familiar? Do you have any go-to foods that you have each day? Let me know in the comments.

About Genevieve

After battling weight, digestive, and immune system issues for years, I know firsthand the harmful effects of conventional life. Through a long road of detox, I discovered the healing power of natural living. This transformation spread into every area of my life - physical, emotional & spiritual. Now I'm on a mission to help other mamas live happier, healthier lives.

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47 Comments

  1. Sarah B March 24, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Hi MamaNatural!!

    I’ve gotten off track on my eating lately. I’ve been eating too much and not enough good stuff. My biggest hurdle is breakfast before work. (I work at Whole Foods btw) I am not a morning person. I work 4 days a week, and usually start anywhere between 4am-10:30 am. Super early days, I usually can’t eat anything before work, and I don’t usually get a break until 8-9am.

    Later days, when I’m working at 8am, it feels like I have to get up so early just to eat breakfast. I don’t like having cereal for breakfast, as I end up hungry an hour or so later. I’m especially concerned about this since we have been trying to conceive for 4 years, and I might be pregnant. I know I can’t go without breakfast when pregnant.

    Any tips or idea on what I can make myself, and hopefully my husband, for breakfast?

    • Sarah B March 24, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      BTW…I accidentally put my email address in the ‘website’ box. oops….

  2. Vanessa March 5, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Hi Mama! I am such a foodie and love love love learning about more healthier and natural ways eating. I am also Kosher so sometimes I have to improvise. Quick question though, I am 25 weeks pregnant with my first and I was told to be cautious of runny eggs like sunny side up etc.., what are your thoughts? Also, what does the cod liver oil do for you? never heard of it until now.

    Thanks again!

  3. Elissa Hanisco November 14, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Several studies reveal that stress releases certain enzyme in your body that reduces your chances of getting pregnant to a great extent. Although it natural to get stressed, if you are failing to conceive for a long period of time, but stress can actually make it harder for you. If you see signs of stress, try relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation and aromatherapy. These techniques may soothe your body making it easier for you and your body to get ready for the big work. Excessive stress may even lead to infertility, so it is better to avoid it. Try new hobbies or register yourself to the nearest yoga classes to keep yourself busy and help relieve stress.Many women find it hard to conceive easily but it is certainly not impossible. Considering the above factors will not only help you to know how to get pregnant fast, but also enable you to carry out your pregnancy in a healthier way. Remember, panic may even make it harder, so relax and enjoy the process. Let your body do the job in a natural and easy way.

  4. JoshandKailyKay October 5, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Being five months prego this was very encouraging! Thanks!

  5. Melissa Boyd August 9, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    can you share the chicken salad recipe, pleeeeeease?! :)

  6. Melissa Boyd August 9, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Oh, how do you find time to cook such great stuff? I try and my little gal is getting grumpy at the end of the day and wants me to hold her. She doesn’t nap much, so that time is out, too. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Sara Gordon July 23, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Can you share the recipe for the Thai Seafood Stew please? It looks awesome! Thanks in advance.

  8. Lauren July 22, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Weeks 7-13 were pretty rough for me. By late afternoon I felt very nauseous and couldn’t keep anything down besides saltines or plain rice or broth. It was difficult since I love salads and lean meats and fresh produce but the thought of anything “crunchy” made my stomach turn. Once I got over week 13 I was loving food again. My biggest must have was full fat Greek yogurt with fresh fruit and hubbies homemade granola. Sooooooo tasty as my mid-morning snack!

  9. Maria Clegg July 18, 2013 at 12:05 am

    I’m watching this video over and over. A great source of inspiration really!

  10. Megan July 17, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    You mention that you take your cod liver oil in the morning, I believe you said “in your morning routine”, would you mind sharing what your morning routine consists of? Do you take prenatal vitamins? If so, what brand? What other supplements do you take on a daily basis, either pregnant or not?

    I’ve heard bad things about multivitamins, so I am currently taking nothing (although I should be taking Vitamin D, but I am about to begin taking cod liver oil (thanks to your brilliant advice)). Would love to know what your morning routine looks like as far as supplements and such go.

    • Megan July 17, 2013 at 11:47 pm

      I just found your video on pregnancy supplements on YouTube. Never mind! You’re too awesome!

  11. Jaime July 17, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    man, i wish i could eat that healthy! I was straight up paleo and loving it before i was pregnant, and then got hit hardcore with HG. I’m almost 4 months now, and things are calming down a bit, but my diet is still everything i never used to eat! bread, pasta (at least i go for rice pasta!), potatoes, cheese, popcorn… and everything covered in butter.
    i can’t wait until my body starts letting me eat more greens! it’s killing me!

  12. creole wisdom July 17, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Delicious! I tried those dates because you mentioned them a while back. I get them at my co-op and really enjoy them. It’s fun to see that someone is eating eggs in the morning, too! I love my eggs :)

  13. Julien July 17, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Please share your gummy men recipe! That looks so fun!

  14. Jenn K July 17, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Genevieve, I’d love to hear more about your transition to eating healthier, giving up refined sugars. I’ve tried many times, but always fall back into the old habits. I’m so impressed with how healthy you eat in your pregnancy. I craved all the wrong things in mine!! Thanks!

  15. Rebecca July 16, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    What yummy healthy meals! You inspire me to eat even more healthy!

    My go-to foods in my last pregnancy were homemade kefir smoothies for breakfast (w/banana and coconut oil), cheese, roasted garbanzo beans, lightly sweetened yogurt, spinach salads with cheese and meat, natural salami or turkey, and fruits. I ate banana chips and raisins or the occasional gluten free low-sugar baked goods, for sweet snacks, and I also ate a lot of leftovers. I tried to force down an egg almost every day, but unfortunately, both pregnancies have immediately rendered me grossed out by eggs (especially unfortunate since we have ducks and chickens that provide our own free-range eggs–super healthy!). I managed to cook with them and force them down that way :-)

    • Genevieve July 16, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      YUM! Your food sounds delish! Did you have a boy last time? Sounds similar to what I craved with Griff :) XO

      • Rebecca July 17, 2013 at 12:09 pm

        Yes, boy it was! And my first son is a boy too… I craved similar things and disliked similar things also. Lots of fat, dairy and sour stuff with both boys.

  16. E.C.MAMA July 16, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    weirdly enough when I am pregnant all I want is ice from the side of the freezer. Like I can smell it and I want it. There’s clean uncontaminated ice right next to it but no. I want the dirty ice. It’s one of the first signs that I am pregnant because I don’t like any ice at all when not pregnant.. I also want to kill every dog I see.. don’t know why because my dog is like a fur baby when not pregnant.. Other than the ice when pregnant I just have my normal diet with lots of vomiting it up (hyperemesis) and maybe McDonalds Big Macs, last pregnancy the only foods I could keep down was Beef burgers from fast food chains. It sucked for my clean living identity but it was all I kept down.

    • Genevieve July 16, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      Poor dear! So sorry to hear of the HG. That’s brutal. I can’t remember where I heard that craving ice was a sign of iron deficiency? Not sure if it’s true but maybe that’s why the beef burgers stayed down. XO

      • E.C.MAMA July 17, 2013 at 3:11 am

        I’ll have to look into it

  17. Amanda July 16, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    This all look so yummy, I’m going to refer back to it. I’m 19 weeks along and LOVE eggs in the morning as well. I’m big on breakfast but have lost inspiration for lunch/dinner. Thanks for some great new ideas! Looking forward to the pizza video, too!

  18. meghan July 16, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    oh, and I have a 6 month old girl (my third child, first daughter) and I ate eggs + avo religiously! so good together on a slice of Ezekiel.

    • Genevieve July 16, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      Must be those girls… they like the eggs :)

  19. meghan July 16, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    dear mama natural, PLEASE share your healthy hair growth secrets! i’m dying to know and growing out a pixie. :)

    • Genevieve July 16, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      Worked on the book today. Should be done soonish! Hang in there :) XOXO

  20. Jaime July 16, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Thank you!! I’m inspired to eat more greens and cut out those refined sugars!

  21. Mindy July 16, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    This is wonderful!! If I ever have another baby, I’m going to watch this video for inspiration :)

  22. Jenn V. July 16, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I hear you mama! When I was pregnant with my now 5-month-old daughter, I ate eggs all the time! So filling and satisfying =)
    Good luck with your little girl, we have enjoyed ours so much!!

  23. Cait July 16, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I’ve been hoping you’d do a video like this! Thanks so much! I am 8.5 weeks pregnant and hungry all the time but not much sounds good – even things I love, or what I ate yesterday! It’s hard to stay on track and I’m trying to focus on just eating real food and not worrying too much about what exactly it is…I’ll make up for it in the later trimesters!

    • Genevieve July 16, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      AMEN! I had some bad choice moments for sure in my first trimester. Weeks 7-10 were the worst. I went out to eat a lot and just did as best as I could. Hang in there as this will pass! Do as best as you can! XO

  24. Jessica July 16, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    I often do tea as my morning snack as well, I have quite a collection of blends. In the summer heat I’ve been doing the “ice cream” with frozen banana, 1 tbsp of peanut or almond butter. I also add about a 1/2 tsp of cocoa powder. My kids love it.

  25. Julie @ Homegrown Paleo July 16, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this video! I love seeing what other folks eat on a daily basis. Your diet looks super clean and tasty! I’d love to see some of your tips on food prep. I’m 10 weeks, exhausted and still have a hungry husband to feed. Poor guy has been fending for himself which of course leads to less than healthy options. Thanks! :)

    • Genevieve July 16, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      I hear you, mama! I was super low-key during weeks 7-13. Just didn’t have the energy or passion to do it. I made a lot of bulk stuff like a big pot of chili or a roasted chicken and then would eat on for a week. I also had my hubby cook a couple meals and I went out to eat a lot. Not ideal but I was in survival mode :) and knew it was temporary. Whole Foods has a good salad and hot bar for to-go options.

      • Ami August 1, 2013 at 1:32 pm

        I’ve always heard that salad bars are a no-no because of the potential of bacteria. Is this just being overly cautious and not something I should worry too much about? I used to love eating Byerly’s salad bar for lunch, but have been avoiding ever since I got pregnant!

  26. Janelle July 16, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Wow looks good! I’ve never put olive oil on popcorn its always butter or coconut oil, do you use olive oil a lot in your cooking? Its hard to find really high quality EVOO.

    • Genevieve July 16, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      Thanks Janelle! Olive oil is easier as sometimes I’m too lazy to melt the butter or coconut oil. LOL! I use either Bariani or Napa Naturals, which is organic and recommended by WAPF as a good kind. I put it in a Misto so it sprays really evenly on the popcorn. It tastes great!

  27. Diane July 16, 2013 at 11:19 am

    I loved having a look into your meals…gives me some ideas. :) You know, I didn’t realize that there is non gmo/ organic pop corn. I thought all corn was contaminated! What is a good brand to buy from Amazon? I will go right to it. :) Enjoy the rest of your pregnancy…what a miracle growing a little person is! You look beautiful.

    • Randa July 16, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      I know that Eden Organics sells non-GMO (organic) popcorn kernels that you can pop yourself. Trader Joe’s also sells some, I believe, as well as bags of pre-popped organic popcorn with olive oil & sea salt.

    • Genevieve July 16, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      I just learned this myself but ALL popcorn is non-GMO. But, it’s best to buy organic so that it isn’t loaded with pesticides, etc. I like Arrowhead Mills brand: http://amzn.to/11VnnyK

  28. Rebecca July 16, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Thank you for this interesting glimpse of your life! Eating is so much a part of what I focus on because we have 5 kids and I want them to have the best chance at a healthy life! We eat a lot of eggs too, but I’ll have to incorporate more veggies! Those breakfast plates look so yummy! Desserts are my weakness, so I am currently on a mission to make paleo desserts. I don’t want my children to grow up dissatisfied and longing for sweets, so I’m teaching them the difference in Real food desserts versus junk food! As always, I love your channel!

    • Genevieve July 16, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      Thank you, Rebecca! Seeing other people’s food is fun! I like it too :) Be sure to follow me on Facebook as I post lots of grain-free/Paleo-ish desserts :) XO

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