Cravings and Aversions and why they’re for the Birds

Oh pregnancy. Ooooh pregnancy.

“How is it, being pregnant?”

Not great, really.

I am immensely grateful to be pregnant. I don’t take it for granted, really I don’t. I am very aware that a million things can go wrong and that my body is working hard to grow another human being and that part of that means I feel sort of wretched for nine months, with the exception of a month or two in that beautiful second trimester.

But here I am at the end of my first trimester and I’m just about done eating meat every morning. MEAT! I actually don’t crave it this time, not like with the first two. I just know I need it. I will throw up until I eat meat and this is just the way it works. Peanut butter, cheese, yogurt and other kinds of protein do nothing for me. It has to be meat and it’s better if it’s not poultry. Which means for several weeks I’ve been eating enough sausage to feed a butcher’s family.

All without coffee.

Hi, my name is Annie. Have we met? I like coffee.

One of the very worst parts of pregnancy for me is the coffee aversion. I can’t walk into a coffee shop without holding my nose and thinking happy thoughts about bacon and french fries. My last two pregnancies, the aversion lasted just past the first trimester and so there is of course light at the end of the tunnel. And when my belly is huge and the barista asks if I want decaf, I will smile and say no thank you. Because docs orders say 1-2 cups a day are A-OK, thankyouverymuch.

Less annoying cravings:

– juice

– potatoes

– pasta

– bread

– all things carbs

Less annoying aversions:

– sweets (though less strong aversion this time around)

What are/were your cravings and aversions?


5 Replies to “Cravings and Aversions and why they’re for the Birds”

  1. Such a bummer about your coffee aversion!

    When I was pregnant with Matthew, I could not stand the smell or thought of Mexican food…but I could do Taco Bell. Ha! My body also did not like peanut butter. And for cravings? I could not get ENOUGH fruit in me, especially mangoes. There was one time that I was walking to class with a friend — I was 6 months pregnant — and it suddenly hit me so hard that I MUST have something fruit-flavored RIGHT NOW. So she dug into her bag and gave me her pre-washed organic Trader Joe’s apple. However, I didn’t really admit or realize I had a fruit craving until a little bit ago when I realized that I now go 2 or 3 days without even eating any fruit, and I don’t even miss it. Weird stuff.

  2. Girl pregnancy – major meat aversion throughout, but especially in the 1st trimester. Strong smells, especially bathroom smells (#2s) made me dry heave. For several months I drank an orange Vitamin Water and ate cucumber/avacado sushi rolls every day. I loved fresh fruit, watermelon, and then later daily Lattes (half caf usually) and rice crispie treats and sweet things in general. Hence why I gained 40lbs. My skin was terrible.

    Boy pregnancy – not as averse to meats, but still not happy with strong smells (lots of dry heaving changing toddler diapers). Cravings were a little more healthy so I only gained 30lbs. I drank full strength coffee, and a little wine (Drs orders, I swear). My skin was lovely.

  3. Cravings: Big Taco Loco Burrito with everything on it. Mexican food. Even the hour before I entered the hospital and was in mild labor – we stopped FIRST and had a full meal at Mexicali because I knew they wouldn’t allow me to eat when I was admitted to the hospital.

    Aversions: After several weeks of vitamins…my body said..NO MORE 😉

    Nausea first trimester was mild.

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