Finally… I can explain why my recipes have been limited for the past 3 months!
I actually had a fairly easy trimester. I only threw up once, and I think that was because I took my prenatal vitamin on an empty stomach (Rookie mistake). I never experienced any (TMI ALERT!) constipation. I never felt too nauseous, and when I did get queasy, it was only in the evenings, which made it easy for me to stay productive during the day.
That’s not to say that things weren’t different…
I LOVE vegetables. Usually. I enjoy eating veggies, hummus, beans, fish and all sorts of healthy food… usually. By week 7-8, this completely changed!
There is no way to describe it besides I didn’t feel like myself. The thought of broccoli made me want to gag. In fact, anything that wasn’t a straight up carbohydrate wasn’t getting anywhere near my mouth. And my taste buds were specific.
I wanted bagels. But only bagels from NY Deli, toasted, with their vegetable cream cheese. (I know, no veggies, but only wanted vegetable cream cheese? I didn’t say my hormones were logical…) If it wasn’t that exact bagel, yuck, I didn’t want it. The lovely people now know me by name.
I lost all desire to cook. This actually made me so sad. I really enjoy getting into the kitchen and whipping up dinner, but I just didn’t want to anymore. I figure it was a combo of being tired and not having my usual adventurous appetite, but it was so strange. We ended up eating a lot of take out. Hot and sour soup (quite often), baked potatoes from Wendys or vegetable subs from the grocery store (because no deli meat allowed!).
I had to eat every 2 hours. I kept reading posts on the What To Expect forum about how people never wanted to eat and kept losing weight. Whaaaat?? I wanted to eat ALL THE TIME. I actually think this kept me from ever getting queasy. But my snacks weren’t normal. In between my bagels and baked potatoes, I craved spicy and salty. One time I ate a whole jar of pepperoncinis in one sitting. Oh yes, I did.
I also enjoyed popcorn smothered in Texas Pete and jars of my Nannie’s homemade pickles. I know, sodium OVERLOAD, but baby wanted salt!
Oh, and cottage cheese. I LOVE cottage cheese right now.
Soda water kept me sane. Soda water with lemon and La Croix’s were wonderful. Something about the bubbles made me feel good. Sometimes, I even tried to fancy it up…
Jolly Ranchers. I am not a big candy person, but when the night time headaches and queasiness arrived, Jolly Ranchers saved the day! Sucking on these (watermelon was my favorite) kept the queasiness under control. I highly suggest you buy a jumbo bag as soon as you get pregnant!
On top of all the changes in appetite, I was reading about all the things I should be abstaining from for the next 9 months. So here are some other changes I’ve made:
- No caffeine. Only decaf coffee, no sweet or unsweet tea, and no hot tea unless it’s decaf. No sodas, either, but that wasn’t hard for me since I don’t drink sodas anyways.
- No sushi. But I did still eat a lot of brown rice California rolls.
- No alcohol. Duh, right? I’m actually surprised how many pregnant people I know that still have wine a few times a week. To each their own!
- No soft serve ice cream or yogurt. Did this one surprise you? It surprised me! Supposedly the machines can harbor listeria. It may be extreme, but I’m staying away.
- No deli meats or hot dogs. I didn’t think I’d care about this one, but I do miss a turkey sandwich every now and then.
- No soft cheeses… unless they’re pasteurized! Thanks goodness that in the US almost all soft cheese are pasteurized! I don’t know what I would have done without my goat cheese. And I’m actually now enjoying the odd looks I get at restaurants when I ask them if their cheeses are pasteurized 🙂
- Ok, that’s a long post, so I’ll cut it off there. Let me just say that food aversions are
- . Some days I didn’t even recognize myself. But through it all, I tracked my food everyday to ensure I was getting enough protein, which was difficult because of my carb loading. Thank goodness for cottage cheese and peanut butter 🙂
- The good news… now at 15 weeks, I’m back! Feeling good and eating normally. Bring on the veggies!