Quick & Healthy Pregnancy Snacks and Meals

By Kyla Schmidt

Published June 22, 2022

Ahh, the glorious 2nd Trimester! You might feel like you can finally eat the food you enjoy again, but might be worried about going overboard on those extra 340 calories you need in your 2nd Trimester. We’ve got some great healthy and quick snacks that will add some pizzaz to those 5 small meals a day that are recommended. Fruits and veggies are always a great go-to. Keep reading for some healthy and delicious ways to spice them up, along with some delicious meal ideas!

Tomato and Light Mayo

Add some salt & pepper to taste and this quick snack will fill you without weighing you down!

Apple and Banana Slices on Toast

Peanut butter toast with banana and apple slices is a classic go-to and a great source of protein

Chicken And Rice

This delicious meal will fill you up for dinner and provide nutrients for you and your growing baby

Cucumber Slices and Tuna

Juicy, filling, and only 75 calories per serving

Fruit Smoothie

Mix your favorite fresh or frozen fruit for the perfect breakfast, lunch or snack

Veggie Bowl with Protein

Throw some lean protein into a bowl of veggies and voila!

Ladreia’s Story

By Kyla Schmidt


I will never forget the afternoon Ladreia called me saying she was having her baby. Normally this is exciting news to hear from a client, but Ladreia was only 23 weeks pregnant. The fear in her voice was palpable. And who could blame her? Ladreia was a mother of 4 beautiful girls- the youngest being only 6 months old. She had envisioned her two youngest daughters being about a year apart. Her early labor meant her babies would be a mere 7 months apart, with sweet Eyla being born 17 weeks early due to preeclampsia. 

Ladreia and 4 of her 5 beautiful daughters

Eyla has been in a fight for her life for the past 100 days. She has surpassed the expectations of her doctors since day one. When Ladreia was admitted into the hospital for delivery, her doctors told her Eyla would not make it. When asked if they should fight for her anyway, Ladreia replied with an emphatic “YES!” She insisted that they do all they could to save her baby. After 10 blood transfusions, 4 surgeries, and tons of love from her family, Eyla is finally scheduled to come home. 

My favorite part of working with Mom Starts Here families is the peace of mind our programs can bring. In a heartbreakingly stressful situation like Ladreia’s, we shine a small light of encouragement and provision. We have been able to provide a pack & play, car seat, high chair, clothing, diapers, nursery rocker, bottles and more. While nothing I could say or do would guarantee a positive outcome for Eyla, it has been an honor to stand with and encourage Ladreia and her family.

In reflection on her journey and Eyla’s story of survival despite the odds, Ladreia’s message is one of hope. She says,

“Don’t let anyone tell you it’s not possible, because the impossible happened to me”.

Eyla was born a warrior, into a family that exudes hope. Her mother and four sisters eagerly await her highly anticipated arrival home.

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