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The odd cravings and dislikes of a pregnant woman [Moved from General Topics board]

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jessicheese Aug 31, 2007 09:28 AM

I've always been facinated with how pregnancy messes with a woman's food sense. Every person I know can recall at least one thing they loved and one thing they couldn't even look at for the nine (ten) months they were pregnant. I found out two months ago that I was pregnant with my first child and was interested to see how this would affect me.

So far, I haven't found myself craving things I previously hated, but am now happily eating 3 pieces of bread and butter instead of my pasta or rice and am always craving anything with melted cheese (although with my tagline, that's not too far off course). As you can imagine, grilled cheese is my new ecstasy=)
I am finding things that are turning me off. Large pieces of meat do nothing for me- only cut pieces will do. And although I've always been a huge condiment fan, I'm finding the thought and sight of mayonnaise to be completely repulsive.

I'm interested in seeing what comes next, and whether or not my tastes go back to "normal".

I'd love to hear from others on their (or their spouses) odd cravings and dislikes. Also, is it the same throughout, or do I have more to look forward to.

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    mrshovey88 Feb 23, 2014 09:43 PM

    Im 7 weeks Pregnant which is my 3rd pregnancy but this time im having twins and im noticing alot of different things which im not sure is normal im always nauseous no matter what I can't eat and major heartburn certain food smells make me wanna upchuck un like my pregnancy with ny daughter 7 months ago

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      Momi2b Feb 12, 2014 10:54 AM

      With my 1st(boy) is was salsas, 2nd(boy) meats, 3rd(girl) migas (fried corn tortillas with egg), this pregnancy(???) its potatoes and I hate the taste of sodas.

      1. chartreauxx Sep 3, 2013 04:36 PM

        noticing a lot of people have intense cravings for REALLY COLD things/ice... this can actually be a sign of anemia/low iron, when nothing is cold enough for you and you just want to eat straight ice and you wish it was colder still.

        bet this is the culprit!

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          justalex Sep 2, 2013 08:34 PM

          Edited to add. Not that I was trying to drink beer once I knew I was pregnant. LOL! Two weeks in (as it turned out) I was sick at a sip. :)

          Beer is one thing that I haven't been able to drink since I was pregnant. That was almost 17 years ago! Pregnancy permanently turned off my taste for beer.

          Foodwise, I developed a love for good balsamic vinegar with almost anything. Strawberries with bv and and parmesan with bv were my favorites. Sill love them today.

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            mariars Aug 26, 2013 08:16 PM

            I have 4 kids. My 3 boys, and just had my baby girl 7 Weeks ago! With my boys, I was severely sick. Couldn't even drink water. When I could finally eat again, I wanted pickles, pepperoncini, olives, salami. My food adversions were chocolate, sweets, garlic, onions, chicken. With my girl, I loved lots of fruit, yogurts, beans, cream cheese on wasa crackers with dill pickles on top. Regular food habits will return after pregnancy.

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              significant Aug 26, 2013 07:29 PM

              After reading all your comments, I think you gals very lucky. I am 9 weeks pregnant, I am always hungry but I cant stand almost all the foods. I have no cravings up to now. I really hope that I will crave on certain food soon, hence I wont be suffering in eating food that I dont really like but to ease my hunger.
              I eat sweets and it taste bitter. I cant even stand coffee smells, which used to be my favourite. NO chicken, no onion, no garlic, no oil etc.... I am still eating boil egg and cheese, believe me, it is tasteless. I am eating it because I am hungry and it wont make me feel sick.
              I hope this will change after 1st trimester.

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                IndyGirl Aug 28, 2013 12:25 PM

                It almost always does.. it did for me. I, too, had the odd experience of being repelled by all consumables, but hungry.

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                  IndyGirl Aug 28, 2013 12:26 PM

                  and to comment further, boiled eggs and cheese are actually pretty healthy!! I was resorting to pop-tarts (the whole foods brand, but still....) they were the only thing that never grossed me out.

                2. IndyGirl Mar 8, 2013 03:49 PM

                  I'm seven weeks pregnant now and have had some morning sickness (thank god for unisom+B6, which has allowed me to resume eating!)

                  Cravings:
                  Fresh fruit (strawberries, pineapple)
                  Dairy: chocolate kefir yogurt, COTTAGE CHEESE (I just devoured a whole container, thank goodness it was low-fat!)
                  Mint chocolate chip ice cream

                  Cannot stand:
                  Our refrigerator. I can't even open it. It just smells disgusting to me.
                  Restaurants--too many smells

                  I'm vegetarian, so I think it's good that I'm craving dairy. I usually avoid dairy when I can, but I think the protein is probably a good thing. Last night, I inhaled a container of Amy's frozen mac and cheese. It just tasted so good to me after being very sick for a week (my meds fully kicked in yesterday, thank god).

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                    MRS Mar 8, 2013 04:35 PM

                    I wish you well and based on your food cravings...I predict a girl. With both my girls I was crazy about tart fruits and things like greek yogurt, or spinach salad with balsamic dressing. Our shower water smelled like marijuana to me...

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                      IndyGirl Mar 8, 2013 07:46 PM

                      This is bad, but my DH's breath has the most offensive smell. I know!! I'm horrible! It smells like he's eaten kimchi all the time (he did buy some last week and I made him get rid of it because I swore the whole house smelled like it).

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                        IndyGirl Aug 28, 2013 12:28 PM

                        FYI--it's a boy! Interesting how these things vary from person to person!

                    2. rabaja Mar 4, 2013 12:57 PM

                      I'm six months pregnant this week and have gone through numerous aversions to food, but I think the cravings are just getting started.
                      I've very little interest in meat, unless it's ground, much to my husbands chagrin. I'll cook him a steak or a nice pork chop, but I could care less about eating it.
                      The first trimester all I wanted was grilled cheese in some form. Vegetables were the devil (some still are, luckily asparagus is coming into season and I can eat that easily) unless it was raw crudités and maybe a crisp salad.
                      Fruit has been my savior, I crave it and it doesn't give me any digestion issues.
                      My sister lost her taste for fish, sushi in particular, but I have not at all. I'd love to chow on some salmon, tuna and uni right now, all, raw with fresh wasabi. Le sigh. I'm promised that meal come July. - I could care less if my taste for big cuts of meat never comes back. I'm just glad fish still holds appeal.
                      I crave Mexican all of the time, but it gives me awful heartburn (which is a daily thing with me anyway, but some things definitely exacerbate it) so I'm learning that I can't really indulge in it quite yet.
                      All things spicy seem to give me issues, but I do still want them. They just don't want me.
                      I eat ice cream all the time now, which will be a hard habit to kick I am sure.

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                        fara Aug 28, 2013 12:43 AM

                        I at ice cream many times a day in my last trimester but yen only wanted fruit after dd was born.

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                        Meann Mar 4, 2013 12:54 PM

                        I pretty much lived on grilled ham and cheese on rye with these great, really thin, sweet zucchini pickles my father made. Oh, and yogurt.

                        1. westsidegal Mar 4, 2013 12:37 AM

                          i went from loving garlic, to being so nauseated by it and sensitive to it that i couldn't even walk on the same side of the street as an italian restaurant.

                          even now, over 20 years later, although i like garlic again, not even near the adoration i had for it before pregnancy.

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                            Swall Mar 4, 2013 12:32 AM

                            I'm 9 weeks pregnant and craving cottage cheese, chicken with BBQ sauce and ketchup chips. I cannot stand the smell of coffee.

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                              tacosandbeer Feb 12, 2013 02:52 AM

                              First pregnancy I HAD to have root beer. Didn't drink it before, haven't had it since.

                              This time, it's all things spicy. Chips and extra-hot salsa. Lime pickle straight from the jar. Ginger in any form. Cinnamon red hot candies. Curry. Hot wings. Tabasco-flavored green olives. Cholula sauce on everything. I have been busted on more than one occasion standing in front of the fridge, shaking Frank's RedHot on to my fingertips and licking it off.

                              1. nomnomnoms Feb 11, 2013 11:10 PM

                                I'm 28 weeks pregnant right now, and can't eat too much meat. It's just not tasty anymore. But I guess I'm getting anemic or something, last week I had a sudden craving for prime rib and dragged my husband to Lawrys for a sandwich!!!

                                Right now I crave mostly:
                                Breads of all types
                                Cheese
                                Sweets... Weird because I never liked sweets before!

                                1. EM23 Feb 11, 2013 06:23 PM

                                  At a family party last week we watched my cousin’s daughter eat a whole bowl of olives like they were potato chips. I asked my cousin how her 8 year old was an olive lover at such a young age, and if her two older kids shared in the olive love. Interestingly, she said the she only had the olive cravings during her pregnancy with the 8 year old, and that her other two don’t like olives at all.

                                  1. hyacinthgirl Feb 11, 2013 06:18 AM

                                    This thread is interesting to me. I'm now 5 months into my 2nd pregnancy and I really haven't had any cravings or aversions. I kind of feel like I'm missing out on discovering some fun new food combinations.

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                                      relizabeth Feb 11, 2013 05:28 AM

                                      Very interesting food: Thai food, cheese pizza every 3 days, kale salad, endive, pineapple, hot tamales candies, ice cream, toasted english muffins, cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, hoisin sauce, chorizo tacos, chips and spicy salsa, korean barley tea, fanta, horchata, raspberry compote, sliced tart apples, pancakes, raw celery and carrots.

                                      Exceptionally not ok: Everything not listed above.

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                                        fara Aug 28, 2013 12:47 AM

                                        Wow sounds just like when I was pt!!! I lived on Thai food and Pizza Hut the first trimester, when I could eat a real meal. Never sick really jut couldn't handle the smell/ idea of most things. Red chicken curry was my go to.

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                                        kettieg Sep 19, 2012 09:19 AM

                                        I was nearly a vegetarian before my pregnancy -I ate meat rarely and only in small portions. Then I suddenly hated most vegetables! I was never sick, I just could not make myself eat them. Also, I've completely lost my appetite. Even if I feel starving, I can eat about half a plate of food before I feel Thanksgiving-style-full. I'm 18 weeks now and have felt full like that for months! It's weird.

                                        I finally gave up on eating healthy and just started eating whatever I wanted once I realized I was pretty consistently losing weight. All I want are hamburgers, boxed mac'n'cheese, and canned tomato soup. A couple of weeks ago, I finally got over my veggie aversion so at least I can eat those on the side!

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                                          AngelaID Aug 6, 2012 09:46 AM

                                          I must have weird friends, we were talking about this and one said she craved dirt, like out of the garden. Another one burnt matches to chew on the burnt sulfur.

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                                            BabsW Aug 6, 2012 10:14 AM

                                            That's actually a disorder called pica, which can be potentially dangerous because of the chances of ingesting toxins.

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                                            mom2bein2013 Aug 5, 2012 05:30 PM

                                            Well I'm now at 8 weeks and all I have been able to eat is fruits,potatoes,chips,cereal, milk and water!!

                                            I can't stand the taste of any other foods and meats and sweet have me sooooo sick to my stomach now

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                                              Goatjunky Jun 11, 2012 02:49 PM

                                              My first pregnancy all i ever wanted was a diet coke from McDonalds. It was all about the cup which was wax covered paper and i would chew on the rim just to eat the wax which i now know is a pica related to anemia. My second pregnancy i believe i ate a toasted white bread sandwich with tomatoes mayo salt and pepper every single day of the last two trimesters that kid now eats tomatoes like apples.

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                                                tzurriz Jun 13, 2012 01:52 PM

                                                That sandwich sounds amazing!

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                                                  kubasd Jun 13, 2012 06:17 PM

                                                  I had that sandwich for breakfast AND lunch today..... now if only I could get Duke's mayo in stores here...

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                                                  nyfoodie718 Jun 5, 2012 10:18 AM

                                                  Also I am known for my mega coffee addiction however I cannot even think of having any now...makes my stomach turn.

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                                                    nyfoodie718 Jun 5, 2012 10:15 AM

                                                    I am 9 wks along w/ my 2nd pregnancy and much like my 1st I cannot take the smell of cooking meat. Also I've had a lifelong hatred for mushrooms and the other day I ate a big bowl of them. I don't have much of an appetite at all but I also previously didnt care for bananas but now crave them. The only things I really want to eat are fruits and vegetables.

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                                                      aziline Mar 30, 2012 10:20 AM

                                                      Anyone else not able to cook? Even the thought of cooking makes me gag. When food ads come on TV I have to mute them. I can watch but listening to them describe the food turns my stomach. I'm hoping it goes away now that I'm past 12 weeks.

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                                                        The 1st and only KSyrahSyrah Mar 30, 2012 10:36 AM

                                                        I craved Anheim chilis - you could only get canned ones then, and I ate them on eggs. After a while, I was eating them out of the can! And tuna sandwiches. I had to have one everyday for lunch.

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                                                        truman Mar 30, 2012 09:42 AM

                                                        I couldn't face the thought of cooking meat (chicken, beef, or pork) until I was at about 5 months, so we turned vegetarian at home. However, I had cravings for Five Guys burgers - yes, with the melted American cheese slices - and I could eat chicken that someone else cooked. Coffee grossed me out, as did the mint flavor in toothpaste.

                                                        I ate a lot of spicy food (Moe's, etc.), dairy, and fruit. My son is almost 2 now and he loves spicy food, dairy, and fruit. Hmmmm....

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                                                          MRS Mar 29, 2012 03:19 PM

                                                          hmmm....wonder if you are having a boy this time? I am pregnant again ( with another) girl and until recently, couldn't get enough pineapple, melon, apple and berries. I was also very into mushrooms, spinach, beets, greek yogurt ( not altogether, of course). And peanut butter. Very into vegetables in general and not very interested in chicken or beef. I would much rather have eggplant parm over chicken parm. With my 1st daughter, I was also very into things that were tart and acidic. My MIL swears that tart/acidic/sour means a girl and rich/sweet means a boy.

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                                                            jessicheese Mar 30, 2012 05:39 AM

                                                            Very interesting... I had a boy the last time and my tastes were similar. I'll know for sure in a few months. Congrats to you! I hear you on the eggplant over chicken. I definitely lean toward the vegetarian items these days.

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                                                            jessicheese Mar 29, 2012 02:18 PM

                                                            I'm on my second pregnancy and pulled up this old thread to reread my thoughts and discussions from the last one. So much fun to read about everyone's crazy cravings.

                                                            I've found it interesting that my cravings during this one are very similar to my previous pregnancy. I'm at 11 weeks right now and, am again very into bread and butter, cheese, fruit. Definitely not interested in raw or large pieces of meat. My nausea is stronger this time (can't wait for that to end) and I can't really look at pictures of food without feeling ill.
                                                            The only seriously strong craving I've had is for rice. Like the slightly overcooked, sticky white rice I used to get at school. I've had rice a lot of times since the craving hit and just can't quite get it right. If I can recreate that with some cheese and salt I'll be in heaven.

                                                            Some odd aversions are sweet BBQ sauce, green peppers (which literally make my throat burn), or any type of acidic vegetable, like canned tomatoes, white onions, cooked bell peppers, pickles, etc. I normally love these things and hope it comes back!

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                                                              Miss Mac May 22, 2010 05:59 PM

                                                              I've been pregnant two times, once with a singleton pregnancy (boy) and the second with twins (also boys). Both times I craved meat like nothing else. The only aversion I had was to tofu (which is something I liked prior to being pregnant and am still happy to eat to this day). I figure I must have needed the iron.

                                                              I also had a wicked sense of smell while pregnant. I could smell the garbage, in the bin with the lid closed (under the sink with the door shut) from the living room. Someone could be smoking a cigarette across a huge parking lot and I'd smell it. It was crazy!

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                                                                jcattles May 19, 2010 12:03 PM

                                                                With both my pregnancies, I had a really strong aversion to beef. I couldn't look at it, touch it, smell it, cook it, or eat it. Didn't matter what kind of beef. That's when my husband learned to cook his own steaks. I never did have any morning sickness but beef made me gag.

                                                                Before I was pregnant I hated tomatoes & tomato soup. I developed a taste for them while I was pregnant. Now, I like them ok, but could live without them. If there is a tomato on something, I will eat it, but I don't ever request tomatoes.

                                                                My one big craving with both my girls was Cocoa Puffs cereal. I couldn't get enough of it. I can hardly stand it now.

                                                                Like others, my sense of smell was really good, especially for fabric softener & perfume. Weird what the body does when it's pregnant.

                                                                1. TheHuntress May 19, 2010 06:00 AM

                                                                  When I was pregnant I had a few odd cravings. The one that sticks strongly in my mind was anything that was blackcurrant flavoured. I ate packets and packets of blackcurrant sweets and drank Ribena like you wouldn't believe. One day my boss pulled me up and said he was starting to get concerned for me, as when I walked passed him he couldn't smell my perfume anymore, just blackcurrant! I also remember eating a whole box of some lurid kids cereal - something I would never look at normally, but for some reason I had to have it! I am normally heavily addicted to Diet Coke, but couldn't stand the thought of it while I was pregnant and generally went off really heavy food. The one thing I found hard was strawberries gave me heartburn in the last weeks and I wanted to eat nothing else. But the good news was all my tastes went back to normal - even the hideous amount of Diet Coke consumption.

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                                                                    fara Jul 6, 2008 06:21 PM

                                                                    nice to read these things as I have very few friends that are pregnant or have had babies. (mothers and aunts tend to forget these kinds of things, my mom insists breast feeding is easy, which i'm hoping it will be if she remembers correctly.)
                                                                    i posted a question like this in my first trimester:
                                                                    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/497030

                                                                    Now at 6 months I eat ice cream and yoghurt daily. When my husband was back from a military school he only wanted fast food/chain food for awhile, which made me stuff myself for awhile. He left for deployment and I ate grilled cheese for a few days straight, mostly as a comfort food. I felt guilty when i found out the ham in my grilled cheese had nitrates in it (many do not nowadays). and i feel guilty if i don't eat any vegetables, or eat mostly frozen pizza for a couple days, or eat too much sugar. but i assume the chowhounds posting here know what they're doing and their children are healthy, so thanks for sharing, i won't feel so bad now.
                                                                    I still don't like meat as much, chicken in particular. indian food has not been kind to me or any take out that's very greasy and salty, restaurant food in general has become kind of gross. right now i'm on a fish kick - i live away from the coast so it's been marinated anchovies on toast with mayo, whitefish salad, las night i made one halibut steak in risotto but couldn't bring myself to make the other tonight. today lots of fresh peaches and toast with havarti cheese and butter.

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                                                                      B.rook May 19, 2010 03:15 AM

                                                                      Wow, this is a really old thread but I am going to comment anyway.
                                                                      I've only had one pregnancy... and it resulted in one miscarriage at about 10 wks.
                                                                      A week or so prior to the miscarriage the cravings set in HARD. I wanted nothing but salad and fresh yogurt parfaits, fruit and other healthy eats. However, on that salad I refused my normal dressings and HAD TO HAVE mustard... not honey mustard, plain yellow mustard. Weird huh?
                                                                      I don't know about aversions, I was so sick all the time that just breathing made me nauseous. Anything I actually "Craved" I ate happily.

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                                                                        fara Aug 28, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                                        Wow it was kind of cool to see an old post of mine from when I was pg!!dd is almost 5

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                                                                        NAspy Jul 6, 2008 04:12 PM

                                                                        First pregnancy had to have vegetarian Indian food at least once a week; toward the end was consuming practically a pound of See's candy a day.

                                                                        Second pregnancy wanted In and Out Burgers a lot.

                                                                        these are things I generally like but the desire really increased during pregnancy. I attributed the desire for See's candy to the fact that when not pregnant I drink alcohol and this was another way of getting sugar into my body without drinking.

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                                                                          dosx Jul 5, 2008 05:20 PM

                                                                          im 4 months, havent had any cravings that i -absolutely- had to have.

                                                                          been wanting steak though.
                                                                          was on an orange juice kick for a few weeks then one day i drank some and it came back up.

                                                                          only odd thing ive eaten that hubby told me was actually quite gross was a soft pretzel at the movies. it had gotten some of the cinnamon-sugar topping on it as well as the salt... tasted really yummy with nacho cheeze ^.^

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                                                                            LaLa Jul 6, 2008 03:03 PM

                                                                            I had awful morning sickness for the first six months...so saltines were my friend. Mexican made me gag, even the site of a Taco Bell would throw me into tizzy. It took me almost a year to even set foot into a Mexican Restaurant after he was born. The funniest think that made me sick (well sicker) was other people's house smell...not good when you are a Realtor!
                                                                            The one good month I had I wanted salt and vinegar potato chips, funyuns, and sardines. Then I had him at seven months. I only gained 7 pounds....man that was one good month.

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                                                                            magfitz Nov 15, 2007 10:02 AM

                                                                            At the beginning of my pregnancy, my husband and i took a trip to Hawaii. While we were there, we ate ice cream every day. Macadamia and coconut ice cream. And when dining out, I came across a few fish dishes (when dining out) that had a macadamia nut crust and had some sort of sweet/vanilla sauce.

                                                                            So, about a week after we returned, i started having an aversion to fish because all i could think of when i thought of fish was that it would be macadamia crusted. and i couldn't even really think about the trip because the memory of the sweet smell of the ice cream would come rushing back and make me nauseous. so for the next 10 weeks, i would have either chicken thighs or pizza for lunch and dinner. that's all that really appealed to me. once i passed the 13 week mark, nausea disappeared.

                                                                            Oh, and coffee, couldn't stand the smell of it through two trimesters. it was okay after that.

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                                                                              poundcake Nov 13, 2007 09:56 AM

                                                                              My firstborn is 11 weeks and I didn't really have cravings, except that I indulged in things I normally wouldn't let myself get carried away with... potato chips, cheese, ice cream, big red-meat steaks.

                                                                              I was, however, memorably averse to two foods that I normally enjoy: Thai fish sauce and kim chee. My husband made a side dish of greens seasoned with fish sauce and I swear, a seasoning of PineSol would have been preferable. And he bought a big, huge jar--we're talking a half gallon--of kim chee (usually a favorite snack) and I couldn't even bear to open it.

                                                                              We concluded that it must be a primeval defense to deter against fermented (rotten?) foods.

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                                                                                Foodie in Friedberg Nov 11, 2007 09:21 AM

                                                                                Oh, this thread makes me feel SO much better about myself. Mind you it doesn't make me want to eat anything, it just makes me feel less freakish for my aversions... and there are a lot of them. The biggest is raw chicken; even a glimpse of it makes me gag. Chocolate doesn't appeal to me, and I LOVED chocolate before getting pregnant. The only things I have been able to consistently eat is yogurt and grapes; even some things that worked a week ago make me feel sick just thinking about now (ginger ale.. who gets sick just thinking about ginger ale?!).

                                                                                I'm just 10 weeks a long, and anxiously looking forward to the end of this phase of the pregnancy (I just said to my husband tonight "I'll be glad when I enjoy eating again"). I'm glad to read that fellow chowhounds have survived this, and that not every pregnancy is the same.

                                                                                My sister says that women get more sick when pregnant with girls, and that was her experience. Has anyone seen a correlation between sickness and the sex of the baby?

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                                                                                  Cinnamom Nov 11, 2007 01:00 PM

                                                                                  Not really in sickness, but I did think it was a girl after craving so many sweets. And I was an emotional wreck, unlike my pregnancy with my son. I kept saying (through tears) "This had better be one girly-girl!" And 7 months later along came Olivia!

                                                                                2. monalisawoman Nov 11, 2007 03:51 AM

                                                                                  Craved: Rootbeer, watermelon, avocados, chocolate pudding pie, mashed potatoes, toast with butter, fish tacos.
                                                                                  Couldn't stand certain smells: slightly old melon, morning breath, cooked eggs.
                                                                                  Each pregnancy was different! It seems like i craved more sweet things when i had the girls, & salty/spicy when i had the boy.

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                                                                                    Cinnamom Nov 11, 2007 03:39 AM

                                                                                    Congrats to all the preggos! I found this board when I was in my first trimester sitting on the couch all day, feeling sorry for myself. By the second trimester I couldn't read it anymore because just the memory of it made me feel nauseous. Anyway, my little daughter (now almost 3 mo.) made me want brownies/cookies/baked goods of any sort. Never was a craver of sweets before! I had hoped it would go away by now, but it hasn't yet! Didn't crave anything specific with my son, just everything I saw on T.V. When the Everybody Loves Raymond family had corn dogs I HAD TO HAVE A CORNDOG, NOW!!!
                                                                                    And forget anything from the refrigerator- yuk. I also felt I had to tell a grocery store employee that there was an orange rotting somewhere in the store, and he'd better fix it before everybody leaves. Not that anybody else in the store could smell it!

                                                                                    1. rosielucchesini Nov 10, 2007 05:46 PM

                                                                                      I'm 26 weeks along and the first inkling I had that something was not right was when I could no longer look at my "food porn" (i.e., cooking magazines) without thinking that everything looked disgusting. But luckily, I never got physically ill during the first trimester or since. At first, ice cream sounded disgusting but I still craved creamy things such as things w/mayo (normally, I am not a mayo fan) and lots of cheese (but cheese is par for the course for me). Nowadays, I seem to crave things like pancakes/waffles/french toast in the mornings but for the most part, I still enjoy any and all food. Right now, I am hankering for a big steak so we'll see if that's in the cards for this evening or next.

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                                                                                        willownt Nov 9, 2007 06:00 AM

                                                                                        First of all, the most notable thing was the effect of anything less than FRESH food. I simply couldn't stand leftovers (especially meat). Actually, this has stuck with me even after my first baby was born!

                                                                                        When pregnant with my son, I despised cumin and cooked bell peppers, and the only thing I had what might be called a craving for was pancakes, which I ate with great regularity. Then with my daughter, I had no interest in pancakes whatsoever.

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                                                                                          jessicheese Nov 5, 2007 12:28 PM

                                                                                          This has been so much fun to read! Thank you, everyone, for all your feedback. Figured I'd check in with an update!

                                                                                          It been 2 months since my OP and I'm seeing that my cravings are more like "2 week obsessions". I've never been a big fruit eater, but spent a time eating grapes by the bag full. Moved on to oranges, gave up on fruit for a bit, and have been consumed with Honey Crisp apples for the time being. My husband finds it hysterical, since he's never seen me eat an apple in the 6 years he's known me. I also went on a chocolate cake kick for a while, which helped get my milk requirement in easily!!

                                                                                          I'm still having the aversion to meat, but not quite as strong. Depends on the day, really. Definitely can't do grilled chicken breasts. Chicken fingers are totally fine though! Strange, but real.
                                                                                          Finally, I am missing sushi so much. I've had cooked rolls a few times, but it's just not the same. I can't wait til the day when I can enjoy some tuna sashimi again!

                                                                                          1. sebetti Nov 5, 2007 12:08 PM

                                                                                            During my first trimester, I discovered that I couldn't stand shrimp AFTER I had put it in my mouth. I tried so hard to chew and swallow it because I was in public but it was a lost battle. I had to spit it out into my napkin just to make sure I wouldn't throw up. My first thought was that I had a bad shrimp so I tried another one, worse. I then made my husband try it because I was convinced that I had a whole plate of bad shrimp. Nope, he thought they were just fine. I was stunned that something with such a light and delicate flavor could taste so strong and disgusting! Fish, in general, was disgusting and I couldn't eat it the first half of my pregnancy.
                                                                                            Eggs, on the other hand, by the end of my pregnancy I was eating two a day and if I was running late to work, Egg McMuffins saved the day, every time.
                                                                                            One sad thing. I've always loved tomatoes and while I was pregnant, they were even more amazing - I still love them but it isn't the same. They've never tasted as good as they did while I was pregnant and I guess they never will again.

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                                                                                              GoalieJeff Nov 2, 2007 09:01 PM

                                                                                              Yeah your old cravings will come back eventually . My wife went all pork rind crazy with our son , it was a pork fat bonanza , that and really expensive salami , the really good Italian stuff , pounds of it . Our daughter , it was fish . Smoked , fried , steamed , cured , sardines , whatever . For both I couldn't cook greens , or melt cheese , puke city . Now ( six years later ) my son is a huge carnivore , but a pork aficionado , a bacon connoisseur , he helps me make country ham every winter . My daughter's fish liking came through too . She loves smoked any fish . Eel sushi . Fish sticks . What you eat will influence your child's eating patterns for life . But don't sweat it too much , eat what your body tells you to eat , it knows what it's doing , all will be well .

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                                                                                                azturtle Oct 31, 2007 02:16 PM

                                                                                                I hope your pregnancy is coming along well.

                                                                                                My worst craving had to be sushi (cooked, just to be safe) wrapped in sharp provolone cheese or peanut butter oven smores - graham crackers smeared with peanut butter, topped with chocolate and marshmallow then broiled in the oven. Makes me ill thinking about it now. I also enjoyed rice and buttered bread for the first time in my life.

                                                                                                All my best to you.

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                                                                                                  cookiehound Oct 26, 2007 10:40 AM

                                                                                                  When I was pregnant with my first child I had awful morning, afternoon and evening sickness for the first 3 months. and was on the toast/cherry cider diet. I lost 8 lbs. When I finally felt better, I had a craving for Mexican food that was intense! I had to have to EVERY day or I would get upset to the point of tears. My second pregnancy, it was vats of mashed potatoes and Thai food.

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                                                                                                    fern Oct 26, 2007 10:26 AM

                                                                                                    Funny replies! When I was pregnant I could not stand the smell of cooking ground beef. Absolutely nauseating. Also, I couldn't touch raw chicken. It just grossed me out. Ugh, kind of makes me shudder to remember it. I'm ok with it now, though. Mayo and lemonade gave me heartburn. Such a weird but wonderful time.

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                                                                                                      smartie Oct 26, 2007 10:32 AM

                                                                                                      oh the heartburn in the final trimester - nothing helped but chewing large quantities of magnesium trisilicate pills.

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                                                                                                        isadorasmama May 26, 2010 09:49 AM

                                                                                                        WICKED heartburn with my daughter (who incidentally was born with a full head of hair) and the only thing that helped was Ben and Jerry's ice cream. ;)

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                                                                                                      ayi Oct 26, 2007 10:12 AM

                                                                                                      I'm about 9 weeks along. My cravings seem to change all the time. I seem to like variety.

                                                                                                      Once I finish a strong craving, it seems to be over. Last week I was craving strongly sour things like lime fruit popsicles, cornichons and salt and vinegar potato chips. I can eat some now but am careful not to each too much or I might develop an aversion to it.

                                                                                                      One constant aversion is the smell or taste of salmon. Yuck.

                                                                                                      The BIGGEST of all is the thought of butternut squash and risotto. That idea alone will send me over the edge. I overdosed on butternut squash during my 4th week of pregnancy before I found out. It turns out that it has loads of Vitamin A, although I think it's the beta-carotene form. I still can't stand the thought of butternut squash. On another Vitamin A note, unbeknownst to me, I put a piece of liver in my mouth when I had a bowl of congee and nearly gagged. I liked liver pre-pregnancy but not anymore.

                                                                                                      I continue to tolerate the smell of coffee, although I have stopped drinking it. I'm loving chocolate and ice-cream. I like comfort foods of all sorts. (mac and cheese, arroz con pollo, dim sum, fried chicken, steak and potatoes, spaghetti bolognese)

                                                                                                      I have been eating gobs of fruit and also been loving crisp salads with lemon dressing. I wish we can get fresher fruits and veggies in NYC. Nothing ever seems to be fresh enough.

                                                                                                      I can't stand pieces of garlic anymore in cooking unless it's so fine and blended in well.

                                                                                                      That about sums it so far!

                                                                                                      1. SweetPea914 Sep 19, 2007 11:16 AM

                                                                                                        Congrats and good luck to you!
                                                                                                        My whole 9 months was very similar to what you have experienced so far. I was sick morning, noon and night, with night being the worst sometimes. I basically lived on macaroni and cheese, watermelon and smoothies. Pieces of meat, especially on the bone were disgusting to me. All though when I did crave protein, it was more likely to be steak or some other red meat vs. fish or chicken. This is pretty unusual for me, since I typically eat fish and chicken, occasionally lamb or pork, but very rarely do I eat steak!

                                                                                                        I also found I craved fluids more than I did food. For example the smoothies I mentioned previously, I also developed a love of iced tea that has managed to stay with me 5 months later! In the morning I would always be nauseous and would buy root beer or coke, ginger ale, seltzer water AND iced tea. I never knew which I wanted or which would best settle my stomach. I never drink regular soda except when I was pregnant.
                                                                                                        oh, and in addition to watermelon, I loved asian pears that I discovered at a nearby market.

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                                                                                                          jessicheese Nov 5, 2007 12:44 PM

                                                                                                          I forgot about the drink think! I've never been too into sugary drinks and I found this beverage called IZZE thats basically a sparkling fruit juice. I have to go to Target every few weeks and stock up.
                                                                                                          Also, I gave up soda years ago and never looked back. I've now been drinking a little bit of Coke on a daily basis. Sooooo good. I hope I can give it up again after the baby!!!

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                                                                                                            SweetPea914 Nov 20, 2007 04:47 AM

                                                                                                            Ohh I loved those Izze drinks too! It will take a couple weeks to get back to your normal appeitite, but if you're anything like me, you'll quit soda right after the baby is born. It is funny though, I still felt pregnant cravings wise for about 3-4 weeks.

                                                                                                        2. Chew on That Sep 19, 2007 11:05 AM

                                                                                                          My mom told me she constantly craved pickles!

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                                                                                                            Kelli2006 Sep 14, 2007 08:52 AM

                                                                                                            I could not tolerate the smell of fast food. We lived about 1 mile from a fast food paradise but during my 3rd trimester I could not go outside w/o getting physically sick. Even going from the house to the car could be a adventure. I lost all interest in sweets and chocolate, but I loved cheese and like Jessie, grilled cheese sandwiches became my subsistence food.

                                                                                                            I never had any long term cravings, but I did love ginger ale for the first few months.

                                                                                                            I never drank much, but since my daughter was born the taste of beer has become absolutely revolting.

                                                                                                            1. 2m8ohed Sep 13, 2007 08:31 PM

                                                                                                              My husband knew something was up when we were out for a walk and I suddenly had to have a Hebrew National hot dog. (I'd never been a hot dog fan.) Then, after finishing it, I wanted another. Pregnancy test confirmed it - first baby on the way. Throughout that pregnancy I ate cereal and milk like it was going out of style. Sometimes 5 full bowls for breakfast. I am lactose intolerant and hadn't had milk in years. I began buying Lactaid milk half-gallons three at a time. I still recall going into labor, having contractions and still wolfing down one last bowl of cereal (Trader Joe's Vanilla Almond Crunch) with Lactaid milk, while my husband was waiting in the car with the engine running. Second pregnancy, I would bake and eat pans of brownies. Today, my older son loves milk, and my second son loves chocolate.

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                                                                                                                swsidejim Sep 14, 2007 05:33 AM

                                                                                                                Interesting comment about the 2 children eventually liking what you craved during their pegnancies. As I mentioned up-thread my wife craved beef during her preagnancy, and she cared little for beef before she was pregnant, as well as now. Nowour 11 month old daughter is getting her teeth, and she cannot get enough beef herself at meal time. Hopefully this holds up. More steak dinners for us.. ; )

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                                                                                                                MRS Sep 12, 2007 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                How about avocado and ranch dressing? Pretty nasty....

                                                                                                                1. southernitalian Sep 12, 2007 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                  I crave really sour and really cold when I was pregnant so sorbet was something I wanted all the time. Once the baby was born, I never thought about it again.

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                                                                                                                    Hunicsz Nov 4, 2007 12:34 PM

                                                                                                                    I hear ya on cold & sour. I drank an insane amount of lemonade. My favorite snack was frozen corn. Not defrosted frozen corn, actual frozen corn. I'd eat it by the bowlful. And nothing was ever quite cold enough. My husband still laughs at me because I once put some chocolate milk in the freezer and even when it was half frozen it wasn't cold enough for me.

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                                                                                                                      YuandAi15 Nov 7, 2007 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                      i`m a little over 3 months...yes i also have a craving for sorbet ...rasberry hagen daaz so good omg!!! sardines is like my best friend now.chocolate cake tastes like salty cardboard.i`m loving hot soup...i for the first time in my life made chicken noodle soup from scratch and i felt like the baby was using a remote control to control how and what to put in the soup.the soup was so good i made a garden salad on the side with sardines on top and sorbet on the side....my dh thinks im crazy now....but i know its all baby because i dont think i`d ever eat such things...also i love hot coffee decaf of course

                                                                                                                    2. hala Sep 5, 2007 05:02 AM

                                                                                                                      when i was pregnant i could not stand the smell of onions.

                                                                                                                      it was horrible since we put onions in almost everything. it meant we could no longer cook most of our recipes. Poor DH.

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                                                                                                                        yummymel Sep 12, 2007 12:03 PM

                                                                                                                        I couldn't stand the smell of onions in my first trimester! It made cooking almost impossible. I'm about to pop right now, and I still can't look at cabbage, cauliflower or brussel sprouts (some of my favorites pre-pregancy). I couldn't stand meat in my first trimester.
                                                                                                                        As for cravings, I'm not ashamed to admit that spaghetti-o's have been a constant.

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                                                                                                                        boppiecat Sep 4, 2007 05:11 PM

                                                                                                                        congratulations jessicheese. ;) hope you enjoy motherhood as much as i have. i developed a wild craving for kosher all beef hot dogs and ate mass quantities for six months. then i had the kid and couldn't look another dog in the face for five years. the thing i couldn't STAND was the taste or smell of regular toothpaste. thank the lord for fruit flavored, which was pretty hard to find twenty years ago, or i never would have been able to brush my teeth.

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                                                                                                                          swissgirl Sep 4, 2007 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                          I'm about 6 weeks along in my second pregnancy. Like my first, I am repulsed by coffee - in fact, that was the first sign I might be pregnant. I also can't stomach chocolate right now. I've taken to drinking Diet Sunkist soda to get a little bit of caffeine. I normally don't drink soda.

                                                                                                                          As far as cravings, Eggo waffles with butter and jam for dinner. That is about all I want in the evenings. Cranberry juice, cantaloupe and veggie burgers for other times of the day.

                                                                                                                          I am also wanting something with citrus flavor - like a candy to suck on at work to get that awful first-trimester taste out of my mouth. Back in the late nineties, Twizzlers had a citrus flavor. Apperently, that particular product has long been discontinued but I'm going to hit Walgreens tomorrow to see if I can find citrus-flavored Twizzler candy of some sort or as a second choice, gummi bears or Skittles.

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                                                                                                                            smartie Sep 4, 2007 04:13 PM

                                                                                                                            swissgirl I also knew I was pregnant second and third times as soon as I couldnt bear the smell of coffee as I couldn't bear it the first time either. A waste of money to buy pregnancy tests!!

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                                                                                                                              swissgirl Sep 4, 2007 04:39 PM

                                                                                                                              If I remember correctly, my taste for coffee returned in the second trimester. In the meantime, I've shoved my coffemaker under the kitchen island so I don't need to look at it.

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                                                                                                                            ricepad Sep 4, 2007 12:56 PM

                                                                                                                            When Mrs. ricepad was pregnant, the smell of beef tongue (cooked Chinese-style) turned her stomach, and 16 years later, she still can't stand the smell. Also, I used to work with a woman who ate two artichokes a day while she was pregnant with one of her kids. Fortunately, they lived in artichoke country.

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                                                                                                                              Jen_in_NJ Sep 4, 2007 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                              With my first daughter, I craved spaghetti O's and grilled cheese sandwiches. I couldn't stand melted cheese on pizza (the delivery guy would always confirm that it was a pepperoni pizza, half no cheese!)

                                                                                                                              With my second daughter, I couldn't stand cake.... any kind of cake just sounded repulsive to me.

                                                                                                                              That was 13 years ago and everything went back to normal

                                                                                                                              1. amy_rc Sep 4, 2007 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                                I love food and I eat a wide variety regularly, so it is not unusual for me to crave things in my everyday life. The only thing that I can think of that was a true, odd pregnancy craving was Alphabet Cereal. I had it a few times as a kid, but can honestly say that I have not had it, bought it or wanted it in at least 20 years. Honestly, I am not a cold cereal eater. When I was pregnant, I NEEDED Alphabets.

                                                                                                                                I am from Kansas City and like most Kansas Citians, I love my BBQ. I could not look at the stuff. I definitely couldn't smell the stuff. If I thought too hard about it, it might have sent me over the edge.

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                                                                                                                                  TimeMachine Aug 31, 2007 07:38 PM

                                                                                                                                  I'm at 20 weeks (1st pregnancy) and my most intense cravings have been for sushi (but then I have been in Central America for the past year and a half and so I'd probably be craving this anyway). Also tragic has been my intense craving for exotic cheeses, like roquefort, chevre, etc. Luckily in the US, these often come pasteurized so I've been eating a ton of chevre, at least. I recently tasted wheat germ for the first time and now I seek out all opportunities for eating the stuff--possibly because a good way to eat wheat germ is over ice cream.

                                                                                                                                  Early on I was all over salami sandwiches, which I don't think I had never eaten in my life previously.

                                                                                                                                  Aversions have been primarily meat: beef brisket in particular--a dish I had never even heard of before being in Texas for a month and a half but I never wish to see it again. Also shrimp, which I typically love. I'm mostly over the meat-in-general aversion now though. Other things that got to me were achiote paste (even things the color of achiote freaked me out a little), combinations of onions and bell peppers (sauteed), and eggs, unless they were hard boiled.

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                                                                                                                                    tobycat Aug 31, 2007 10:10 PM

                                                                                                                                    Sounds like a lot of salt cravings happen in the first trimester.

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                                                                                                                                      TimeMachine Sep 1, 2007 06:41 PM

                                                                                                                                      I was also in South Texas for the 1st tri. and had been in the tropics so perhaps the heat and humidity had something to do with all the salt. I'm not so salt-crazy now that I'm in Portland, OR.

                                                                                                                                  2. mamamia Aug 31, 2007 02:21 PM

                                                                                                                                    My husband and I joke that we almost named our first "Hot Fudge Sundae" for all of the runs I made to McDonald's for those little sundaes(with nuts of course).

                                                                                                                                    During both pregnancies and shortly after each was born, I drank so much orange juice. I never drink it otherwise.

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                                                                                                                                      foiegras Jun 3, 2012 10:12 AM

                                                                                                                                      Alexandra Stoddard has written that during one of her pregnancies, her dr was a total tyrant about weight gain, so she cut fat and covered everything with freshly ground black pepper. Her daughter was born, and also covers her food with pepper, which is also her nickname.

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                                                                                                                                      Jillym Aug 31, 2007 01:14 PM

                                                                                                                                      Congrats! I am about ten weeks along with my first pregnancy and am also fascinated by this topic. Early on, I constantly craved fish in any form, particularly grilled salmon. That eventually subsided and I now find myself obsessed with banh mi (Vietnamese sandwiches) and gazpacho. Not necessarily together, although I would not turn it down. I suspect that I soon will be in the market for a new craving to replace the gazpacho obsession when these beautiful late-summer tomatoes go out of season.

                                                                                                                                      Good luck, and happy eating!

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                                                                                                                                        smartie Aug 31, 2007 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                        I hated the smell and taste of coffee in all my 3 pregnancies and had to switch to tea which I usually hate.

                                                                                                                                        I also could not bear the smell of banana bread and to this day (youngest is now 16) can't stand it.

                                                                                                                                        hated the smell of perfumes when pregnant and could smell perfume a mile off, made me feel sick.
                                                                                                                                        I had no cravings in any pregnancy though.

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                                                                                                                                          Tupstate Aug 31, 2007 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                                          I am a mother of 6 children. Each pregnancy was different. My worst cravings were with my first which was anchovy sandwiches on Italian bread , Lipton chicken noodle soup dry in the package made with half the amount of water called for and grated cheese. I had for dessert every night for which I should of had stock in a Betty Crocker cake mix. My husband use to say there she goes again with the mixer. I hated the smell of perfume and Chinese food made me feel like I wanted to be sick! I wondered why I gained the most weight in that pregnancy???

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                                                                                                                                            Bivalve88 Aug 31, 2007 02:56 PM

                                                                                                                                            I also couldn't stand the smell of coffee. So I had my colleague go down to the cafeteria and get me my cup of half decaf with a lid on it! I could drink coffee that way, but couldn't stand the wave of coffee smell as I turned the corner into the cafeteria. I also couldn't stand the smell of garlic and raw onion. I thought that God really had it in for me - taking away my favorite things! Luckily, it only lasted 14 weeks and then all went back to normal.

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                                                                                                                                            cayjohan Aug 31, 2007 02:42 PM

                                                                                                                                            I thought my pregnancy gazpacho binge was just me! I had horrible morning sickness with my daughter, and the only think that would soothe it was gazpacho. Gallons of it. A poster upthread mentioned a mayo fixation and that her son now hates it; same thing with my daughter - loves almost anything BUT gazpacho! I also craved liver pates with that pregnancy. Iron?

                                                                                                                                            With my son (first pregnancy) I craved sardines intensely, but couldn't even look at anything with onion, and the smell of coffee sent me running. With both babies, my diet turned out to be composed mainly of cold dishes, as anything warm sat unpleasantly.

                                                                                                                                            The aversions went away, but the cravings are still there many years later!

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                                                                                                                                            cecilia Aug 31, 2007 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                            I was pregnant last year (DS is now 11 mos). I guess I must be an exception. I had absolutely no cravings. Everything was the same as before I was pregnant. I ate everything that I used to eat, just slightly more. After I had my son, everything continued to stay the same. I ate everything that I used to eat, just a LOT more.

                                                                                                                                            Just remember that you are NOT really eating for 2, your baby is only going to be 7 or 8 lbs. I used to say that I was eating for 110% :) I gained about 35 lbs and it was perfect for me. I was still able to move around and do everything when I was 8 or 9 mos along. I met a lot of women that gained a lot of weight and they had such a hard time with back pain by the third trimester.

                                                                                                                                            On the other hand, after the baby, breastfeeding would consume a lot of calories. I am still breastfeeding. And I need to eat more than my husband just to keep myself from losing too much weight. I really am not bragging. Most of my friends went through the same thing. I have met some new mothers that worry too much about not being able to lose the weight so they really watch what they eat. And they lose focus on making sure that the baby is getting the nutrition and fat through the breast milk.

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                                                                                                                                              lupaglupa Aug 31, 2007 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                              Congrats Jessicheese! I'm like Cecilia, I never had distinct cravings. I just ate everything I'd always liked. And I kept eating that way after my chowpup was born. I gained 46 pounds during the pregnancy and lost it all in three months. I chalk it all up to breastfeeding - best for baby, best for you. The only hitch in this plan is that when the baby (mine is now 2 1/2) starts eating solid foods you don't need to make as much milk and you need to cut back on what you eat. Although I still nurse it's only three times a day and that doesn't take away the extra calories I got used to being able to eat <sigh>. Now I'm ten pounds overweight and having to diet. But that was a fun time as a chowhound, eating whatever I wanted and staying quite slim.

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                                                                                                                                                Glencora Aug 31, 2007 01:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                I also had no cravings, no dislikes, no change at all. I actually wondered if the idea of cravings might have been made up by TV sitcom writers. Reading this thread, I guess not.

                                                                                                                                              2. Chowpatty Aug 31, 2007 11:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                I had the thing about large pieces of meat too. I could barely eat a chicken breast unless it was chopped up and disguised.
                                                                                                                                                With my son, I could eat entire giant bowls of fruit salad. Strangely, he can now consume entire bowls of fruit at a sitting himself. Could it really be possible that this could transmit through the womb? Also, I never make tuna noodle casserole and suddenly had to make one for the first time ever. It hit the spot but 16 years later I've never made another one.
                                                                                                                                                With my daughter, I can't remember specific cravings except that I knew I was pregnant when I suddenly couldn't stop thinking about garlic/cheese bagel chips, and I had probably only tasted them once or twice before that. She does love both bagels and cheese now, so maybe there's a connection.

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                                                                                                                                                  rds246 Aug 31, 2007 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                  My mom always talks about how when pregnant with me she would devour fruit. It was all she wanted, she would buy pounds and pounds every week, and fruit pies and couldn't get enough. I love fruit, and pie. When she was pregnant with my brother, she didn't want any fruit at all and was very picky. My brother hated fruits and veggies as a kid (he's better now). Maybe a coincidence? maybe not?

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                                                                                                                                                    NovoCuisine Oct 31, 2007 04:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                    My mother always talks about how when she was pregnant with me, she ate fish+chips every day. I have quite an affinity for fish.

                                                                                                                                                    With my brother, all she wanted was chocolate. My brother's lactose intolerant.

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                                                                                                                                                    arwool Aug 31, 2007 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                    During my first pregnancy (turned out to be a girl), I wanted meat, meat, and more meat -- hamburgers, steaks, roast beef.

                                                                                                                                                    During my 2nd pregnancy (turned out to be a boy), I had such healthy cravings that I really wanted them to stick around after the baby was born (they haven't). All I wanted was cold water, fresh fruit, and an occasional cup of ice. I felt like I was on the supermodel diet.

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                                                                                                                                                      isadorasmama May 26, 2010 09:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Very similar here. With my daughter it was meat and dairy -- and often times I'd smell meat cooking and have the urge to just eat it raw.
                                                                                                                                                      With my son it was daily carrot sticks (raw) and lots of crunchy salad stuff. And LOTS of ice.

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                                                                                                                                                      bklynite Aug 31, 2007 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                      I had a complete aversion to chicken in my first trimester, which was hard to take because I don't like to eat too much red meat. It was so bad that I couldn't even look at descriptions of foods with chicken on menus. I'd never heard of food aversions during pregnancy before that, so I was pretty baffled! Luckily it went away quickly. I also got a craving for Kraft Mac 'n Cheese later on, but after devouring the whole box (gack!) that was the end of that. Pregnancy can be wonderful, but so weird!

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                                                                                                                                                        tzurriz Aug 31, 2007 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Oh, I'm also eating a ton of mashed potatoes, and I have this very frustrating craving for a crawfish boil -- which is a problem because 1. crawfish are out of season, 2. I live in Chicago now.

                                                                                                                                                        I plan to order crawfish, and have them shipped to me, the moment the season starts and I'm going to do a boil come heck or high snow! ;)

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                                                                                                                                                          lissar Nov 8, 2007 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I got that, too. For the first trimester, I was very sick, and couldn't stand chicken or beef unless the beef was ground up. It was really weird. Normally I love chicken. The more processed a meat was, the easier it was for me to eat- hamburger, sausage, ham, hot dogs. I couldn't even look at pictures of unprocessed meat. Also I couldn't eat a lot of vegetables, particularly broccoli. I'm now at 31 weeks, and food has pretty much gone back to normal for me.

                                                                                                                                                          I'm sad that I haven't had any cravings, just a lot of weird aversions.

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                                                                                                                                                            tzurriz Nov 9, 2007 07:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Hmm, I'm at 35 weeks now and just managed my first poultry (a turkey sandwich) yesterday.

                                                                                                                                                            I think my husband is sneaking out to Popeyes after I fall asleep at this point. ;)

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                                                                                                                                                              Gooseberry Jul 7, 2008 04:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                              my cousin-in-law also went off broccoli when she was pregnant - and it was her favourite vegetable previously! My aunt cooked a welcome feast when she was in town, with all her favourite foods, and then was hurt when my cousin-in-law barely touched the dishes made in her honour (tofu, broccoli - lots of healthy stuff). It was only later, when she told us she was pregnant, that we found out she was struggling with terrible morning sickness and the thought of broccoli made her sick. My aunt felt even worse then!

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                                                                                                                                                            tzurriz Aug 31, 2007 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                            I'm at 25 weeks. For most of the first trimester, I ate pickled beets like crazy. I'd go through a jar every 2 days or so. I ate them with nearly every meal. Then 10 weeks ago, I just stopped eating them. I still have a jar in the cupboard that I have no interest in. The funny part is that before getting pregnant, I think I had pickled beets 3 times in my life.

                                                                                                                                                            I haven't been able to handle any poultry throughout the pregnancy. I'm trying to make some chicken for dinner tonight, and I think the only way I may manage it is because it is boneless skinless.

                                                                                                                                                            This week is the first time the very idea of poultry hasn't made me nauseous.

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                                                                                                                                                              swsidejim Aug 31, 2007 09:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                              When my wife was pregnant with our daughter last year, she craved beef, and steak. this was odd because before she was pregnant, and since she has given birth she does not really care for beef but prefers chicken, and pork.

                                                                                                                                                              I love beef, and loved that my wife would request a steak, or a beef roast every other day when she was pregnant.

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                                                                                                                                                                cupcakez Aug 31, 2007 04:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                That could be a need for iron.

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                                                                                                                                                                  swsidejim Sep 4, 2007 11:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  perhaps, baby was healthy, and at 9 months was already walking.. She also has developed a taste for me(beef, pork, chicken).. Perhaps its in her genes. ; )

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                                                                                                                                                                  revsharkie Aug 31, 2007 07:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  I had a friend years ago who was vegetarian. She said when she was pregnant she craved T-bone steak.

                                                                                                                                                                3. Cookiefiend Aug 31, 2007 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Congratulations Jessicheese!

                                                                                                                                                                  I craved oranges during all three of my pregnancies and once had a mad crazy craving in the middle of the night for a McDonalds cheeseburger. Mr CF was a sweetie and ran out and got one for me. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                  Tomatoes on the other hand... I craved them at first and then apparently had an over dose and couldn't look at them for 6 years. Fortunately, I love them again!

                                                                                                                                                                  Good luck and have fun!

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                                                                                                                                                                    jbeaux Aug 31, 2007 02:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Interesting, about the oranges. I had a classmate who told me that when she was pregnant, she craved oranges so much that she ate them whole, skins and all. *blech* One night her husband came home and found her hunched over the kitchen sink, eating through a whole net bag. She and I agreed she must have been Vitamin C deficient.

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                                                                                                                                                                      mrshovey88 Feb 23, 2014 09:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Im pregnant my 3rd time and this time with twins and I find that a lot of what I usually like make me sick like my husband was eating chesters fried chicken which omg do I love but I couldnt be in the same room the smell made me wanna upchuck... ive wanted milk, cheese, strawberries, kiwi, shrimp... potatoes and oddly ive wanted bread and butter pickles... cant eat pizza, mc donalds or really not any fast food unlike with my daughter almost 8 months ago this pregnancy is totally different and heartburn and nausea everyday all day...

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                                                                                                                                                                      hoagy294 Aug 31, 2007 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      I craved (or ate a lot of) celery and pancakes - not together!
                                                                                                                                                                      The only thing that made me want to barf was fresh or pickled ginger. I know ginger is supposed to have anti-nausea properties but it gave me nausea.
                                                                                                                                                                      The only change afterwards is that I've always been a potato chips/salt craver and didn't care much for sweets - now I want cookies and chocolate. I'm hoping to go back to my salt craving ways at some point.

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                                                                                                                                                                        MobyRichard Aug 31, 2007 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        I worked with a woman who told me when she was pregnant (she had 4 children) she craved pb and sardine sandwiches.

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                                                                                                                                                                          bubbles4me Aug 31, 2007 09:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          I put extra mayo on almost EVERYTHING, it was quite disgusting and now 18 years later I can only take a tiny bit, any extra and I feel sick. Funny side note my son HATES mayo, the sight, (or sound coming from the jar) makes him gag.

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                                                                                                                                                                          CurlieGlamourGirlie Aug 31, 2007 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          I'm 6 months along. I've been VERY lucky - no real morning sickness (aside from a few bouts of queasiness), no gross-outs or anything like that. Nothing turned me off, nothing became off limits (except for health reasons - soft cheeses and sushi and the sort).

                                                                                                                                                                          As far as cravings go - it changes. The only constant craving is cheese, comfort-type food (mac and cheese, mashed potatoes) and bacon.

                                                                                                                                                                          Nothing tastes different to me either. I haven't lost a taste for anything I previously loved. (My sister who had her baby 2 months ago, lost her taste for chocolate - I was horrified! Luckily I still eat it with the same abandon!)

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