When I got pregnant, I started getting intense cravings all the time— and it wasn't only for sweets. I had to find ways to keep this under control because I wanted to remain healthy for both my baby and for myself. There was no way I was letting myself gain 80 pounds! It’s a myth to think that you eat for two. Yes, your baby does need nutrients to be healthy.  But that isn't an excuse to eat 2 servings per meal.

I've found that the best way to have a healthy pregnancy is to strike a balance:

1. Eat a healthy breakfast

This will keep your belly full and limit your cravings, especially in the morning. Skipping breakfast will make you more susceptible to cravings later on in the day

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What I do: Breakfast has always been very important to me. I don’t skip it. For breakfast, I always have: fruits, orange juice, tea, a complex carb, protein and calcium. Usually, I eat: a bowl of oatmeal with fruits, a slice or two of cheese, orange juice, eggs, greek yogurt and a cup of a delicious tea. I like to vary my breakfasts so I don’t get bored.

2. Exercise

Exercise provides numerous benefits, one being that it may curb pregnancy cravings. Physical activity keeps your digestive system running smoothly. This helps you make the most of your meals, and you won't crave extra food. A balanced workout routine will also distract you from any potential cravings while your body is producing endorphins, causing you to feel happy and satisfied. What I do: Exercising has always been a part of my daily routine. I had to adjust my workouts to adapt to my new circumstances. Before you plan out what kind of exercises you want to do, consult your healthcare provider.

I am not an expert when it comes to pregnancies and nor am I a doctor. Make sure that you are cleared to exercise and your healthcare provider will give you guidelines that you should follow.

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Make sure that you plan your workouts - it's as important as planning out your work week. When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.  Take your calendar out and carve out blocks of time to exercise.  Personally, I use Google Calendar to track my workouts and meals. I place my meal plan on my fridge to remind me of my goals and not go overboard with food.

3. Anticipate

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Keep healthy snacks nearby, and have them in between meals. This can suppress your pregnancy cravings, or help you substitute healthy choices for sugary and salty snacks. What I do: I keep nuts in my desk drawer and my purse. I always eat fresh fruits and cheese to keep pregnancy cravings at bay. Sometimes I bring granola bars around with me - Kashi is my favorite one at the moment. At one point, I looked like a squirrel hiding my stash of food everywhere, but you gotta do what you gotta do right?

4. Portion Control

This is a big one to keep in mind. Sometimes, a craving for a specific food will overwhelm you and nothing else will satisfy you at that particular moment. It may be difficult, but try to control how much you eat if you're craving something. You may really want chocolate. Eat a piece or two at first, then leave to do something else.  Portion control can be difficult with pregnancy cravings, but mastering it will keep you healthy in the long term. Your next craving won't be as intimidating to face, either. What I do:  As a health and wellness coach, I always teach my clients and coaches to learn how to control their portions without restricting themselves. It’s about a lifestyle change, not a yo-yo diet right! I personally use colorful containers to prep and plan my meals. This way, I always follow my portions and my cravings are satisfied at all times.

5. Get Support

Cravings can be your body's way of handling the stress of pregnancy. To deal with your cravings, you might just need an outlet for your stress. Exercise, find a hobby, or talk to someone. Instead of giving in to your cravings to ease stress, choose healthier means. What I Do:  For me, it’s exercise. I love private accountability & support groups. It helps me to remain accountable to myself. At the same time, I help others in their own personal journeys.  With these groups, you feel motivated, you crush your goals, and you build new friendships.

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I am launching a NEW YEAR, NEW YOU IN 2016Support and Accountability group! Our plan and prep week {pre-season} starts on January 11th and workouts start on January 18th.  This group is a closed online support and accountability group where I will match you up with a fitness program that meets your needs.  

Each participant will be required to replace 1 meal a day with Shakeology for the duration of the 6 weeks.  My goal is to teach you how to make clean eating a lifestyle change vs a crash diet.  I will teach you how to fuel your body for energy instead of comfort, I will share meal plans, recipes, snack ideas, and more with you. Each day, you will log into the group to find a tip, a Monday mindset video, accountability from others in the group and motivation to keep going.

The group is going to be a select group of motivated people who are ready to change!  If you invest in the program, I will see you through till the end!  It’s time to say goodbye to the old you and hello new you in 2016!  Are you in?


  1. I must be your assigned Team Beachbody Coach. If you already have a coach or you ARE A COACH then please contact your coach for their next group. If you do not have a coach, make me your coach here !
  2. You must commit to both a fitness program and replacing 1 meal a day with Shakeology for the next 6 weeks.
  3. You must have a strong desire to change your habits and a willingness to try new things.
  4. You must actively participate in the daily group check ins.

If you meet the requirements, complete this application.

I will be selecting a group of individuals to join this group in the next 2 weeks!

This post was written by PumpUp member @coachmelissa. Let her know your strategies for dealing with pregnancy cravings in the comments below!