Breakfast for pregnant women

There are many different opinions on what pregnant women should and should not eat. However, most health professionals agree that breakfast is one of the most important meals for pregnant women.

What should a pregnant woman eat?

A pregnant woman should ideally eat three meals and two or three snacks a day. The first meal of the day is breakfast.

A healthy breakfast for pregnant women should include protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Protein can be found in eggs, meat, poultry, fish, nuts, and seeds. Fiber can be found in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Healthy fats can be found in fatty fish, nuts, and seeds.

Breakfast has been recommended as the most important meal of the day for everyone for quite some time now, especially if you are pregnant. This is because it helps regulate your metabolism, which in turn regulates how hungry you feel throughout the day. It also gives you an energy boost to get started with your chores for the day!

How many calories should you consume?

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, if you are pregnant, you should eat about 300 extra calories every day. However, it would be best if you discuss this with your doctor as well.

If you want to calculate how many calories to eat every day, then subtract your weight in pounds by 220 to get the number of calories that you should consume every day. For example, if you weigh 110 pounds, then you should eat about 1680 calories (110-220=90x4=360; 90+360=450). But this is for an average woman with an average height and build.  

Diet recommendations for pregnant

Pregnant women need more of everything – protein, calcium, and iron. However, pregnant women should not eat too much as that can be harmful to the baby as well.

A healthy diet during pregnancy contains lots of fruits and vegetables ( all kinds including green leafy veggies like fenugreek ), whole grains ( wheat/ rice/ maize/ millets/ oats, etc ), meat, eggs, milk products like cheese & curd, nuts, and peas. Healthy fats such as those found in fish and vegetable oils should also be included in the diet.

Foods to avoid during pregnancy:

  • Raw or undercooked meat, poultry, and fish should be avoided as they may contain harmful bacteria that can cause food poisoning.
  • Unpasteurized milk and dairy products should also be avoided, as they may contain harmful bacteria.
  • Refined sugars, sugary drinks, and snacks should be limited, as they can contribute to gestational diabetes.
  • Caffeine should be limited to no more than 200 mg per day (about 2 cups of coffee).
  • Alcohol should be avoided altogether.

When in doubt, always consult your doctor about what is safe for you to eat during pregnancy. They will be able to give you tailored advice based on your specific situation.

How to get rid of your bad food habits?

It is not always easy to change your diet, especially if you have been eating unhealthy foods for a long time. However, it is important to try to make healthy changes gradually so that they become a habit.

Here are a few tips for getting started:

  1. Make a list of healthy foods that you enjoy and make sure to include them in your meals and snacks.
  2. Find recipes or cookbooks that include healthy recipes that you can try.
  3. Avoid processed foods as much as possible. Try to cook meals from scratch using whole ingredients.
  4. Make sure to eat regular meals and snacks throughout the day. This will help keep your metabolism regulated and will help prevent cravings for unhealthy foods.
  5. Drink plenty of water and avoid sugary drinks.
  6. Get active! Exercise can help regulate your appetite and help you maintain a healthy weight.
  7. Talk to a nutritionist or dietitian about creating a healthy diet plan for you. They can help you create a plan that is tailored to your specific needs and preferences.
  8. Stay positive and don’t give up! Changing your diet can be challenging, but it is worth it in the end. Remember to take things one step at a time and celebrate every small victory along the way!

Vitamins that you have to get

Certain foods are especially important for pregnant women. One of the reasons why breakfast is so essential is because it consists of some very important vitamins and minerals, such as iron, calcium, folic acid, vitamin C, etc.

Iron-rich foods help to boost your energy levels and enable you to go through all the physical changes that you experience during pregnancy. It also makes sure that the placenta functions properly by supplying it with enough oxygen and nourishment.

The calcium in your food will strengthen your bones and ensure they grow along with your baby. Vitamin C is equally important throughout pregnancy but especially during this time since it helps in the growth of tissues like bone cartilage, muscles, and skin! If are deficient in any one of these three, then your bones would not develop at the same pace as that of your unborn child.

This is why it is advised to include iron-rich foods like meat, poultry, and fish in your breakfast every day. Not only will this make you feel energetic throughout the day, but it will also ensure that you are healthy too!

Do you need additional food supplements?

Most pregnant women do not need to take any additional food supplements. However, if you are deficient in any of the key vitamins and minerals mentioned earlier, then your doctor may prescribe you a prenatal vitamin supplement.

These supplements can help to ensure that you and your baby are getting all the nutrients you need. However, always consult with your doctor before taking any kind of supplement, as they may not be safe for pregnant women.

Maintaining a balance

It may be tough to get all these things into one meal if you don't know how to cook or what to cook. Here are some ideas for breakfast for pregnant women that can help you stay fit and healthy. This way, making sure you get all the nutrients without having the added calories (which is good because most women tend to gain weight during pregnancy):

  • Oatmeal with almonds and bananas: This is a great way to start your day and will give you plenty of fiber, healthy fats, and protein.
  • Scrambled eggs with whole-grain toast: Eggs are a great source of protein and can easily be combined with some healthy carbs like whole-grain toast.
  • Yogurt with granola and berries: Yogurt is a good source of calcium and probiotics while granola provides fiber and healthy fats. Add some fresh berries on top for an added antioxidant boost!
  • Smoothie made with fruit, yogurt, and spinach: This is a great way to sneak some vegetables into your breakfast. The spinach will provide you with iron, calcium, and vitamin C.
  • Pancakes made with whole wheat flour and applesauce: Pancakes are a great way to indulge in your sweet tooth without feeling guilty. Substitute the white flour with whole wheat for added fiber and nutrients.
  • A bowl of whole-grain cereal with milk and berries: Cereal gives you a good dose of fiber, calcium, and vitamin D. Milk is an excellent source of protein and the berries will provide you with antioxidants.

There are many great breakfast options for pregnant women that can fit into their busy schedules too!

  • Smoothies made with bananas and yogurt: A smoothie can be whipped up in no time at all. It's also super easy to make it nutritious by adding some healthy fats like ground flaxseeds or chia seeds. Simply top it off with some fresh fruit like blueberries for added flavor, color, vitamins, minerals, etc.
  • Instant oatmeal packets: This is one more thing that makes waking up for breakfast a breeze. Simply mix the instant oatmeal packet with some fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, and you're good to go!
  • Hard-boiled eggs: These can be easily devilled or made into a sandwich.
  • Yogurt with fruit and nuts: Yogurt can be eaten as it is, but adding some fresh fruits and nuts on top will make it more nutritious.
  • Whole grain toast with peanut butter: You can choose from different types of whole-grain pieces of bread to have for breakfast! A slice of whole-wheat toast with strawberry jam can also do the trick, especially during those cravings for sweet things.
  • Ginger blueberry pancakes: These pancakes are a little bit more labor-intensive, but they're definitely worth it! Recipe can be found online.
  • Baked eggs: These are eggs that have been baked in a muffin tin. This makes them easy to transport and eat on the go.
  • Parfait: layered yogurt, fresh fruit, and whole-grain granola make for a delicious and healthy breakfast.
  • Bagel with lox: this is a great option for those who like to have something savory for breakfast.
  • Breakfast burrito: This is an easy way to pack in lots of nutrients into one meal. You can choose from different fillings like eggs, bacon, cheese, and salsa.

Including any one of these breakfasts into your daily routine will ensure that you are on the right track to having a healthy pregnancy! However, it is still important to speak with your doctor about what would be best for you and your baby. They will be able to provide you with more specific dietary advice based on your individual health needs.

Tips for husbands

If you want to surprise your woman and prepare for her breakfast in bed, here are some great ideas for nutritious and healthy breakfast meals:

  • Baked oatmeal: can be made beforehand and simply microwaved in the morning.
  • Waffles: Add some fresh fruit on top of your waffles for added flavor and nutrients. You could even pair these waffles with lean ham or turkey sausage.
  • Yogurt parfait: Combine yogurt with ground flaxseeds for additional fiber as well as some fruit if desired.
  • French toast made with whole wheat bread and topped off with low-fat whipped cream cheese, strawberries, and ground flaxseeds.
  • Protein smoothie: A protein smoothie will help you stay full longer! Try one that includes nonfat greek yogurt, almond milk, berries of your choice, chia seeds, and whey protein powder.

Best of luck!


While pregnant, it is important that you eat a nutritious breakfast every day. Look into the above examples to see which one would work for you! Men can prepare these themselves or take their partners out for breakfast at a restaurant.

There are many different opinions on what pregnant women should and should not eat. However, most health professionals agree that breakfast is one of the most important meals for pregnant women.