The food aversions hit a day or two before the severe nauseousness did; and they came on swiftly, suddenly, and without warning. Turkey burgers were the first food item to make me shudder from the top of my head down to the tips of my toes. They were sitting in my fridge, really not hurting anyone; but when I opened the fridge door and saw them, I fell back and gagged.
“Wait,” I thought to myself, after slamming the door shut. “Did I just have my first pregnancy food aversion?”
I opened the fridge door back up and peeked inside, letting my eyes slide over to the shelf holding those turkey burgers. Gag!!
“Oh my goodness,” I shouted to Nate, clapping my hands in glee. “I just had my first pregnancy food aversion!”
Looking back, I’m not quite sure as to why I was so excited. But I think that somehow it made my pregnancy feel official, so I was going to celebrate it, even if I was gagging in the middle of my kitchen. 😉 (Speaking of official, I’ve already had an early ultra-sound! 🙂 And Baby B has a healthy, strong heartbeat already).
Also looking back, I probably should have subsequently tossed those dreaded turkey burgers into the freezer or even just given them away. But instead, I tossed them, an entire chicken, and some leftover beef into the trash, which was promptly taken out to the curb. Somehow, in that moment, I hated those burgers with a vengeance and just wanted them out of my kitchen… and out of my kitchen fast!
And so thanks to the food aversions, I can almost say that I’ve become a vegetarian over the past month, because meat in general makes me gag in unlady-like fashion. In the past five weeks, I’ve only had chicken twice and beef three times, and not one of those times did I enjoy it in the least. Fish I can sometimes handle, but – since I’m pregnant – I’m limited to the quantities I’m allowed to eat. That being said, I can’t officially claim to be a vegetarian, because I have an aversion to most vegetables too. 😉 I understand that broccoli never did me any harm, but tell that to my raging hormones. I just don’t want any part of those little green veggies.
Now corn on the other hand… Corn is currently my love. Nate walked into the kitchen the other morning at 8:30am, and I was already eating my first corn cob of the day. In that moment, snacking on corn before we left for church just made complete sense. Sweet and crispy, slightly boiled, I eat it just like that… no butter or salt for me. I just want to taste the pureness of that corn.
Oh, and fruit. I can’t seem to get enough fruit. I polished off my very own pound of grapes and half of a watermelon one afternoon. *sheepish grin*
As for meals, since one can’t live off of corn alone, I’ve been consuming bland carbs at a rate that I didn’t think possible. The thing about nauseousness caused by pregnancy is that you don’t feel like eating, but eating frequently actually helps to keep the queasy sensations a bit more under control. So rice krispies are comfort food for me these days. As is ginger-ale, crackers, pasta, soft wraps (I’m actually able to fill them with veggies and a bit of cheese at this point, so that’s a good start at introducing veggies back into my diet), cheese, fresh bread, and pizza.
Pizza, pizza, pizza. For over an entire week, the only thing I could stomach were Newman’s Own All-Natural Frozen pizza’s. We ate them three days in a row, and I sadly looked at Nate one night and apologized for making him eat the same meal so often. He responded by going to the grocery store and picking up a bunch more. My Nate is a good man! A very, very good man.
He even agreed to go to my parent’s house tonight for mushroom pizza from my favorite local pizzeria, because it was the only thing that sounded good to me. 🙂
On a VERY positive note, however, I can slowly feel my aversions subsiding!! *Insert happy dance* I still have absolutely no desire to eat chicken, but I did enjoy some pasta with hamburg the other day. And as I mentioned, I’m able to eat wraps filled with veggies now, so I’m slowly able to introduce greens (and fiber) back into my diet. Thank goodness!
Today’s lunch was a soft wrap filled with a green salad, cheddar cheese, and some all-natural Ranch dressing. Super yum!!
Since my taste-preferences seem to change all the time, I thought it would be fun to record some of my favorite pregnancy foods. So I’m going to try to keep a food journal on my Just Live It in the Kitchen page. So if you’re a foodie, and you want to see what crazy things I’ve been eating, head over there; and hopefully I’ll keep it updated a few days a week! (I should mention, however, that I’m not recording them to give advise as to how you should eat when pregnant! Right now, I’m just trying to get through the queasiness of my first trimester, and then hopefully I’ll be able to really focus on eating a ton more veggies and whole grains). 🙂
But enough about me! What foods have YOU been craving lately?