Drinking smoothies while pregnant can help you quickly and easily load up on nutrients. Some folks with morning sickness also find it easier to sip than nibble.
Bottoms up, bébé!
Aside from being easy on an upset stomach, these smoothies are tasty and brimming with nutrients that your pregnant self will adore:
- Anti-nausea morning sickness smoothie
- Pineapple ginger tummy-soothing smoothie
- Spinach and ginger smoothie bowl
- Orange, carrot, and ginger hot smoothie
- Strawberry pomegranate green smoothie
- Minty Swiss chard smoothie
- Blueberry peanut butter green smoothie
- Mexican frozen hot chocolate protein smoothie
- Berry mango kale smoothie
- Cinnamon sweet potato pie smoothie
- Detox green smoothie with chia seeds
Morning sickness hits everyone a little differently, but there *are* ways to find relief.
If you feel like you’re gonna hurl, it’s best to sip slowly throughout the day rather than chugging a giant smoothie at breakfast or bedtime. These nausea-busting smoothies all contain ginger, which is known to help tummy troubles.
1. Anti-nausea morning sickness smoothie
Bromelain, a compound in pineapple, has also been used to ease joint pain and stiffness — two common pregnancy complaints. Add in the nourishment from kale and a touch of sweetness from maple syrup (nix this if you’re dealing with gestational diabetes), and you’ve got a winning pregnancy smoothie. #Yum
2. Pineapple ginger tummy-soothing smoothie
This tummy-soothing smoothie also includes chia seeds. These bad boys can soak in up to 12 times their weight in H2O, which helps your body stay hydrated throughout the day. That’s a major win for anyone dealing with dehydration from puking.
3. Spinach and ginger smoothie bowl
Who says you have to sip smoothies through a straw? This filling, nausea-busting smoothie bowl contains ginger to soothe your stomach, coconut milk to avoid potential bloat from dairy, and spinach for nutrient-dense green goodness.
4. Orange, carrot, and ginger warm smoothie
Yep, we said warm smoothie. This medley of orange, carrot, and ginger might feel gentler on your stomach than an ice-cold smoothie. With vitamin C from orange juice, it’s also a stellar way to support your immune system in a time when it’s tough to hold onto your cookies. 🤢
Warning: The instructions call for adding hot water *after* the rest is out of the blender. Blending steamy liquid creates pressure, which can lead to dangerous explosions.
Eating leafy greens has been linked to a lower risk of underweight infants. Plus, dark greens like baby spinach and Swiss chard are good sources of iron, which you need for all that extra blood volume going to baby and to prevent iron deficiency anemia. So, fill your veggie quota with these tasty green smoothies.
5. Strawberry pomegranate green smoothie
This layered green smoothie contains antioxidant– and vitamin C-rich strawberries, hydrating coconut water, and iron-rich spinach. It’s a nutritional powerhouse for you and your bun in the oven, and as a bonus, vitamin C helps boost iron absorption. 💪
6. Minty Swiss chard smoothie
7. Blueberry peanut butter green smoothie
It’s almost like a recipe designer wanted to smash together alllll the nutrients your pregnant body craves. Say hello to protein (thx, nut butter), antioxidants (thx, berries), and folate (heyo, spinach).
Heads up: This recipe calls for creamy PB, but you can use any nut butter. Almond butter has more calcium than peanut butter, which spells good things for fetal development. Zhuzh it up with a sprinkle of flaxseed for extra omega-3s.
Eating for two means you need allllll the vitamins and minerals. These smoothies hit all those pregnancy nourishment boxes.
8. Mexican frozen hot chocolate protein smoothie
Of course, if you prefer to sidestep commercial protein powder, you can swap it for other protein-rich powders like flaxseed, dry milk, hemp hearts, or a personalized mix of these.
9. Berry mango kale smoothie
10. Cinnamon sweet potato pie smoothie
Got a sweet potato, banana, milk, and nut butter? Then you’re set for this uber-simple, creamy smoothie. The pinch of warming spices makes the recipe feel decadent, while soothing aching muscles and joints with anti-inflammatory goodness.
You’ll need frozen sweet potato chunks for this smoothie, so prep your taters a day or two in advance. Once that’s done, the smoothie comes together in a cinch. Blend, pour, sip, and be satisfied.
11. Detox green smoothie with chia seeds
Did you know that chia seeds pack in almost 10 grams of fiber per ounce? They also soak up water to deliver hydration in a super fun texture. So, if your pregnancy includes a side of constipation, your body will love this double dose of fiber and hydration from this chia seed smoothie.
Growing a human is no small feat. Your body needs more calories and nutrients than usual.
Here’s what you and bébé really need:
- Omega-3s. The National Institutes of Health says these fatty acids are vital for fetal growth and development. Pack them into your smoothie with chia seeds and flaxseed.
- Iron. Pregnant folks should aim for 27 milligrams of iron daily. Boost your intake by adding leafy greens, oats, hemp seeds, and coconut milk to your smoothies.
- Calcium. The human you’re growing needs strong bones, right? Add calcium-rich kale, chia seeds, and almond butter to the blender.
- Folate. This B vitamin can help prevent some congenital disabilities. That’s why, most prenatal vitamins contain folic acid (the synthetic form of folate). You can also dial up your intake with spinach, oranges, and peanuts.
Most foods to avoid while pregnant aren’t common smoothie ingredients.
Loading up on vitamins and minerals is super important when there’s a baby on board. Smoothies are a tasty, nutrient-dense, sippable way to squeeze more fruits and veggies into your day.
Of course, a pregnancy-friendly smoothie is no substitute for prenatal vitamins or a balanced diet. If you’re dealing with extreme morning sickness or other unpleasant symptoms during pregnancy, talk with your doctor or midwife.