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Oct 16, 2009 03:41 PM

Contemplating Pregnancy

Ladies, the time to procreate may finally be upon me, but I love my chow! Which foods did you have the hardest time giving up? What were your weirdest cravings, if any? Any food you normally enjoy, but disliked during your pregnancy?


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  1. Congrats! I have gone through many, many months of pregnancy (3 kids, all of whom liked staying in for about 10 months each!). First of all, you will get TONS of advice, both welcome and unwelcome. Find a doc, nurse, midwife, etc that you like & trust, and ignore the rest.
    I always knew I was pregnant when coffee tasted bad - seemed like immediately it tasted bitter and sour. I craved different things with each kid. Kid #1 was made primarily of hot cocoa, chocolate milkshakes, and donuts. I also craved tuna with him, to the point that I would eat it straight out of the can. This was before all the mercury in tuna fears, and I was mostly afraid I was carrying kittens instead of a baby. Kid #2 was citrus cravings, moreso than the sweets. With Kid #3, all I craved was sleep.
    It can seem like forever, but it is really a short time to give up foods. Best of luck, & enjoy - it goes by so fast (except for that 10th month!)

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    1. re: elfcook

      I hit my third trimester tomorrow with my third child.

      My weirdest (or worst) craving was for anything that contained nitrates. Hot dogs, sm sausage, bacon, corned beef, etc. The odd thing is that every pregnant woman I know has had the same craving, including the ones that never liked hot dogs before pregnancy. Of course, this is not healthy at all.

      My biggest problem was limiting my coffee to about 1/2 strong cup per day.

      It is funny though, during my first trimester I was craving healthy stuff: fruits, vegetables, whole grains. During the second trimester I have started craving 1/2 healthy food/ half junk. I cannot get enough fat/sugar/salt.

      During the 1st trimester though, you need to concentrate on vitamins and minerals because you are building your baby, in the later months it is about protein and calcium to make bones, fat, and healthy brains.

      1. re: Becca Porter

        funny, with my 2nd kid, I could not eat hot dogs without feeling terribly ill - and, kid #2 cannot stand hot dogs. Bacon I could eat 24/7 anyway, so I don't know if I craved it more. I also got terribly sick on strawberries while pregnant with her, and still cannot eat one.

        1. re: Becca Porter

          I also wasn't a fan of hot dogs before pregnancy, and then craved all things nitrate-laden while pregnant. When I developed gestational diabetes and all things carby had to go bye bye, i filled the void with nitrates. Hot dogs, kielbasa, bratwurst, knockwurst. If it was a sausage, I ate it. Out for a meal at the diner? 2 sides of bacon, please!

          I also missed sushi and oysters. I totally gave that kind of thing up. I didn't give up much of anything else, just had things like caffeine in moderation. At 10 weeks ok, my baby is just fine.

        2. re: elfcook

          so agree on the coffee. Also, tap water smelled heavily of chemicals (we have very good water). I also lost my taste for meat.

        3. I normally low carb, but during pregancy (two kids both under 3) I craved carby things like mad and I had bad all day long morning sickness until about Week 20 and then mild morning sickness for some time after that. I was eating stuff that I consider oily, bland and gross: chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes with white flour gravy from Chili's was something I craved a few times. That, and avocado milkshakes. I also craved noodles from a box like Kraft Mac and Cheese. YUCK! And I ate the whole box more than once. My weirdest one was that I craved salt and pepper squid, got some, ate the whole plate by myself, and then barfed right afterwords. I still haven't eaten salt n pepper squid again since. After Week 20 I was back to more normal taste buds and I ate lots of Cantonese food, I think my girls are made of Cantonese food because that was what was mostly supporting their placentas...using the free weight gain period to eat lots and lots of pan fried seafood noodle, dim sum, and other high carb, oily Chinese delights. The only thing I missed was sushi. I ended up having cooked types of sushi a few times though. Oh, but I took the opportunity to eat ice-cream just about everyday in my pregancy.

          Just look at it this way: you are gonna get fat no matter what you do, and the weight will come off afterwards. So use the time to enjoy food and life without worrying and think about all of the things that you CAN eat. To me that cancelled out the limitations of forbidden foods.

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          1. re: luckyfatima

            I am not normally low carb, but first trimester that's all I could eat -- fruits, veggies, and meat all made me sick. Pizza was the most nutritionally balanced food I could eat. I would carry a little baggie of cereal around with me -- eating a few bites when I started to feel nauseated usually helped. Second trimester my appetite came back.

            Cravings: apple pie, sushi, and tacos. I've heard a lot of people say they completely lose their appetite toward the end of pregnancy -- not me!

            The weirdest part, as others have mentioned, is that your sense of smell and taste may change -- things you loved before, you suddenly can't stand, and vice versa.

            1. re: Pia

              I couldn't stand or took me at least two years to even look at it again!

              1. re: Pia

                Yes I forgot to say that, too that even the thought of fruit and veg and meat made me sick from mid-trimester 1 until end of trimester 2. That is why all I ate was pretty much carbs and the occasional protein or veg covered in carbs and deep fried.

              2. re: luckyfatima

                I'm not sure invino was worried about 'getting fat' during her pregnancy. Seems like something to worry about if you're a Hollywood actress who better drop those extra 15 lbs. of post-partum baby weight, lest she find herself on the front page of the Enquirer.... such a serious issue, too '-P

                  1. re: linguafood

                    My point on the pregnancy weight gain issue, which is a major concern for many women, was related to looking on the bright side of eating for is not all about having a hard time with what you have to give up.

                    1. re: luckyfatima

                      Maybe it sounds different from someone who has given up a food group (carbs) for the sake of staying thin.

                      1. re: linguafood

                        I mentioned low carbing to contrast it with my inability to stomach anything other than carbs in the first trimester. I low carb because I suffer from an endocrine problem as well and low carbing and linked and balanced protein/carb consumption are the best way to control my health issue from the dietary end. Thanks. But yes, I am also nice, petite, and slim and that is related to low carbing. Thanks. By the way, I didn't give up carbs, that's not what low carbing means. I basically eat similarly to a diabetic. The "you" in the "you are gonna get fat" was rhetorical and not directed to the individual who posted the original query...pregnancy, breast feeding, and new mommy literature is full of info on pregnancy weight gain and post-delivery weight loss, so I don't appreciate you singling me out as if it is odd or bad to care about weight in relation to pregnancy. Women need to not be so hard on each other.

                1. My sister has two very healthy kids. Her doctor told her to eat what she craved, and she did. She avoided coffee and OTC drugs but ate tons of fish (sushi sometimes), chocolate, french fries and pasta with tomato sauce.

                  1. I have always loved a good cup of fresh coffee in the morning, with both pregnancies...I would almost vomit at the smell.
                    All I wanted with my first child was restaurant Chinese food (not authentic) but the real "Americanized" stuff....egg rolls, cashew chicken, sweet and sour pork, etc. all the stuff I would not normally want. My second child was a sub sandwich baby, no sub was too big for me to eat.... sometimes I would just order two sandwiches to go. Again, way not "normal" for me. I think I cooked normally at home, but toward the end of the pregnancies, I wanted to go out and eat alot. Surprisingly, I didn't gain much weight with either child and got back to my pre-pregnancy weight quickly. Of course I really didn't eat Subs or faux Chinese food again either!

                    1. Congrats! :) As far as avoiding foods, it really comes down to how relaxed you are. You will find doctors that say sushi (raw) is fine, as long as it's fresh/reputable (just watch the amount of tuna b/c of mercury), some will say a glass of wine occasionally is fine after 14 weeks, others that will say go ahead and eat the cold cuts, etc. I'm cautious by nature- so I chose to abstain from everything, but have a lot of friends who had the occasional glass of wine, ate sushi and cold cuts, etc. and their babies are perfectly fine. I look forward to lox on a bagel, wine, sushi, and prosicutto (all things that others will eat) after the pregnancy...but I have really enjoyed being pregnant for the most part- keep in mind I'm only 8 months in- we'll see how I feel at the end! My only true aversion was to leeks and creamy soups, and I loved vegetable soup- which is the opposite of "normal" for me.