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Everyone Talks About Pregnancy ‘Cravings’ But Forgets To Mention How Much Food Will Gross You Out

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disgusted-womanEveryone’s heard anecdotes about pregnancy cravings. I don’t know if we have movies to thank for this or what, but the thought of a woman eating peanut butter out of a jar using a pickle as a spoon is probably something people think is relatively normal. You may actually not find yourself wanting to eat anything weird while you are pregnant. Instead, you may find yourself absolutely grossed out by just about all the foods you normally love.

I never had morning sickness, I just had the most unbearable nausea – and it lasted all day. I never threw up, but everything grossed me out. During my second pregnancy, I worked in a restaurant that served amazing Mediterranean food, on a cute little corner in brownstone Brooklyn. The smells of this restaurant were always comforting and inviting- I am Greek and Italian. But during my pregnancy, that cute little corner gem turned into my own personal torture chamber.

Garlic. Shallots. Harissa. Hummus.  All the things that were once delicious and irresistible – started to make my stomach turn. I went from loving the smell of garlic to not being able to fucking stand it. Just a whiff of it made my stomach turn. You acquire a super sense of smell in pregnancy that I was not expecting. I guess it had a purpose back in the days when we were foraging our own food in nature. But now? I never wanted to be that acutely aware of the nuances that are seemingly undetectable to anyone else. Breath, perfume, body odor – I was like a police dog – picking up on all things rank and gross.

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  1. Véronique the Attachment Shark

    November 6, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Do you know how I knew I was pregnant before taking a pregnancy test?? I was NOT enjoying my coffee. And then I cried. Not because I was pregnant, but because I would not be able to drink coffee for more than my first trimester. #truestorybro

    • Spongeworthy

      November 6, 2014 at 8:19 am

      Dude, me too!! My coffee didn’t taste or smell good. But I was also upset because I couldn’t have as much coffee as I wanted. I felt all the feelings.

    • Jessifer

      November 6, 2014 at 9:01 am

      I tried to quit drinking coffee when I found out I was pregnancy but I felt so awful. I found that the coffee actually helped me deal with my morning sickness. Yay!

    • Spongeworthy

      November 6, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Lucky! After the first tri, I felt better so I’d have usually one small cup a day. But I am a prolific coffee drinker so sometimes that one cup a day gave me the sads.

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    • ChelseaBFH

      November 6, 2014 at 8:24 am

      Peaches were my one true craving in my first pregnancy. When they came back in season after I had given birth, I walked into my grocery store, smelled them, and thought, “Huh, it must not have been a pregnancy thing – I guess I just really like peaches now!”

      Nope, it was a pregnancy thing.

    • Spongeworthy

      November 6, 2014 at 8:41 am

      I drank a ton of apple cider while pregnant since I got so bored of water. My kid is 2.5 and I still havent had any since he was born. Just can’t stomach it.

    • jsterling93

      November 6, 2014 at 10:47 am

      I ate my body weight in cucumbers and red and yellow bell peppers while pregnant. I hate both. My son is 18 months old and i still refuse to eat them. But while I was pregnant that was all I wanted.

    • guest

      November 6, 2014 at 11:12 am

      I didn’t care for red meat before my son was born…pregnant, I had to have a steak every week. I guess I actually acquired a taste for it, because I still love it lol

    • samantha

      November 6, 2014 at 9:10 am

      this happened to me too! for the first two trimesters I lost ALL interest in coffee and it even made me feel a little nauseous, which SUCKED because I worked in a Starbucks until I was 36 weeks! thankfully by the time my third trimester rolled around I had regained my coffee lust, but those first six months or so were torture haha

    • Jem

      November 6, 2014 at 9:12 am

      I knew I was pregnant before I could take a test for a similar reason. But I worked in a candy store and I was SHOVELING in the dark chocolate almonds. I hate dark chocolate AND almonds but at that moment I could not get enough so I knew something had to be off…

    • MomOf1+2

      November 6, 2014 at 9:39 am

      I woke up one Saturday morning and my husband was burning a pumpkin spice candle that had to be blown out immediately and the thought of pumpkin spice cream in my coffee (my favorite) was nauseating. Took a test and it was positive even though it was REALLY early to be testing.

    • Ms.Anne'sNotoriousLadygarden

      November 6, 2014 at 10:07 am

      That was the worst! I loooooove coffee, but for about 4 months it just tasted like an ashtray. Ugh.

    • lauramich

      November 6, 2014 at 10:33 am

      Wow, I didn’t realize that coffee aversion was so common! It was, in retrospect, my first aversion—it tasted fine, but I’d feel crampy and nauseated after having any. By the second trimester, I could tolerate it again but limited myself to one cup of half-caf per day.

      My first pregnancy craving? Bran flakes. I spent an entire lunch hour trying to find bran flakes—plain bran flakes, not raisin bran.

      What makes those initial pregnancy aversions and cravings funnier: Because of my history of infertility, I had no clue that I was pregnant. I thought I was just having some weird food poisoning issues. Didn’t find out until I was 8 weeks along.

      I was lucky in that I didn’t have a lot of food aversions during pregnancy. During the first trimester, a few things made me feel ill and I generally didn’t have much appetite. The only aversion that lasted through my entire pregnancy was sugar alcohol—the kind of sweetener used in sugarless gum and some candies. (I could handle aspartame or Splenda just fine, though.)

      The pregnancy odor aversions that’ve lasted for the 2 years since my little guy arrived: Cigarettes and artificial fragrances. The air freshener aisle at Target is a mini-hell, I tell you.

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    • jsterling93

      November 6, 2014 at 10:45 am

      I already knew due to tracking every slight detail of my body hoping for a baby. But the day I took a sip of my morning vanilla latte I cried because it suddenly was the nastiest thing I ever tasted. Somewhere in my 5th month it finally tasted ok again.

    • alexesq33

      November 6, 2014 at 11:30 am

      ah for me it was wine. My first sip of wine tasted rotten. I LOVE me my wine so I knew immediately. Also, coffee was a huge aversion to me as well.

    • ChickenKira

      November 6, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      Coffee gave me the worst heartburn when I was pregnant. I kept re-trying it every few weeks, in the hope that it went away, nope. Whole pregnancy.

  2. LA Face, Oakland Booty (and

    November 6, 2014 at 8:01 am

    I could not stand the smell of meat cooking on a grill. I couldn’t eat chili. Those aversions passed and then I couldn’t eat chicken. For awhile I lived on PB&J. It was a sad, sad thing.

    • Jen TheTit Whisperer

      November 6, 2014 at 8:07 am

      Chicken? Everyone can eat chicken, it’s benign. This makes me worry a bit.

    • candyvines

      November 6, 2014 at 8:10 am

      Nope, chicken was fucking disgusting.

    • Jen TheTit Whisperer

      November 6, 2014 at 8:49 am

      So I basically need to change my diet right now because if we get pregnant chicken is out. I don’t want to be testing new recipes out with super smell.

    • candyvines

      November 6, 2014 at 9:03 am

      You should try it at least, you’ll know pretty fast!

    • Emee

      November 6, 2014 at 8:12 am

      Nope! Chicken and bananas – the only foods which gave me the bleurg. I made chicken for dinner one night in early pregnancy, wasn’t too thrilled with it, and by the next day had to throw out all of the leftovers because every time I opened the fridge it made me want to hurl.

      My massive turn offs, though, were things like cleaning products and cologne. Horrific. I had one encounter with BO which almost made me sick, too. And that’s saying a lot because I never puked once and felt almost entirely nausea free the whole first trimester.

    • Maria Guido

      November 6, 2014 at 8:13 am

      I was totally grossed out by chicken.

    • Jen TheTit Whisperer

      November 6, 2014 at 8:48 am

      DAMMIT!

    • Boozy Shark Lee

      November 6, 2014 at 9:26 am

      Me too and that was pretty much the only meat I ate before being pregnant. Chicken was so nasty. Leftover chicken was even worse. I still can’t eat leftover chicken 3 years later. It tastes so funky.

    • nic

      November 6, 2014 at 9:35 am

      First trimester for me chicken was a big no-no, but so was all meat pretty much. I was so turned off by it – and I loves me my meats normally… Sad times.

    • ChelseaBFH

      November 6, 2014 at 8:18 am

      Nope, chicken is gross during pregnancy. Especially the big white rubbery slab of a baked chicken breast.

    • Jen TheTit Whisperer

      November 6, 2014 at 8:48 am

      You guys are ruining life for me!

    • LA Face, Oakland Booty (and

      November 6, 2014 at 8:49 am

      Well, I had aversions to meat BUT I also gained a major ice cream craving. maybe that will give you hope? Brusters was my best friend.

    • Jen TheTit Whisperer

      November 6, 2014 at 8:53 am

      Ice Cream you say? Hmmm. This might be okay.

    • LA Face, Oakland Booty (and

      November 6, 2014 at 8:55 am

      It was awesome until my GD diagnosis! lol Seriously though, ice cream has like, protein and vitamins. BABIES NEED ICE CREAM.

    • Jen TheTit Whisperer

      November 6, 2014 at 8:58 am

      Lol can I convince my doctor my future child needs ice cream now? because if so dinner just got a whole lot easier!

    • LA Face, Oakland Booty (and

      November 6, 2014 at 9:06 am

      If you want to be healthy, just get the kind of ice cream that has fruit in it. Boom! Extra fiber and viatmins.

    • Jen TheTit Whisperer

      November 6, 2014 at 10:48 am

      Oh yea! I’m writing that down.

    • Emee

      November 6, 2014 at 9:01 am

      My exact words to my boss “baby needs calcium!!”

    • LA Face, Oakland Booty (and

      November 6, 2014 at 9:02 am

      VITAMIN D!!

    • candyvines

      November 6, 2014 at 9:02 am

      Oh yes, ice cream is the tits while pregnant – we had no fewer than six pints in the freezer at a time. You can whisper sweet nothings to it instead of chicken.

    • Jen TheTit Whisperer

      November 6, 2014 at 10:48 am

      I will take ice cream over chicken any day!

    • Amber Leigh Wood

      November 6, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      I have the smell aversion BUT can totally eat it when cooked, so dont stress too much 🙂

    • LA Face, Oakland Booty (and

      November 6, 2014 at 8:52 am

      To be fair, baked chicken breast is pretyt much inedible all the time. Grilled, sauteed, or nothing ! 🙂

    • LA Face, Oakland Booty (and

      November 6, 2014 at 8:45 am

      It killed me because most of the meat in my diet is chicken.

    • Jen TheTit Whisperer

      November 6, 2014 at 8:46 am

      Ugh. If I can’t eat chicken I will be in serious trouble.

    • Guinevere

      November 6, 2014 at 10:17 am

      Everyone’s different, though! you’ll find out soon enough (I hope!) what, if any, food aversions you have. Mine was: all food, for instance. But I could drink Pedialyte.

    • Jen TheTit Whisperer

      November 6, 2014 at 10:46 am

      LOL All food? Ugh. You are killing me. I cannot live on pedialyte. I LOVE food.

    • Guinevere

      November 6, 2014 at 10:49 am

      You can live though, that’s what’s so interesting! I gained weight after baby because I could finally friggin eat again.

    • Jen TheTit Whisperer

      November 6, 2014 at 10:56 am

      I would eat all the things after that. ALL. THE. THINGS.

    • Guinevere

      November 6, 2014 at 10:58 am

      All I wanted for the next 9 months was fried food. To make up for it.

    • Jen TheTit Whisperer

      November 6, 2014 at 11:02 am

      I support this.

    • aheb

      November 6, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      When I finally stopped the barfing at 16 weeks with little man #2, we went to Five Guys and I had a huge burger with everything. My husband sat across the booth and stared, because apparently that burger and I were verging on pornographic. But food tastes SO GOOD when you can finally eat again. He still gives me crap about that burger.

    • Spongeworthy

      November 6, 2014 at 8:46 am

      I’ll be the voice of dissent and say that meat and chicken didn’t bother me at all. So have hope!

    • Jessifer

      November 6, 2014 at 9:06 am

      I never had the chicken aversion either. I’ve heard of people having major issues with pork. My aunt had her last child almost 20 years ago and she still can’t stand the smell of bacon or pork chops because it reminds her of how sick it had made her while pregnant.

    • Kat

      November 6, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Oh lord, chicken made me gag so hard. The look, the smell, the texture, the taste. I could barely eat meat until around 20 weeks.

    • Grr! Arrgh!

      November 6, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Don’t worry, if you get the meat aversion, you’ll find something weird to replace it with until that phase passes. I ate a metric fuck-ton of spinach, almonds, and peanut butter and strawberry smoothies in the beginning when it was really bad. When I could eat other food again but was still grossed out by meat, then it was peanut butter and banana sandwiches. You’ll get your nutrients elsewhere and you’ll be so grossed out by the concept of meat (if it happens to you) that I promise you won’t miss it.

      OH! But if the food aversions do get really bad, don’t try to cook! I made this mistake for weeks. Then I sent my husband to Trader Joes and had him buy a freezer’s worth of their not-nutritionally-awful frozen meals so that he could have actuall dinner and I didn’t have to try and cook while exhausted and completely apathetic about all food.

    • Jessifer

      November 6, 2014 at 10:18 am

      THIS! I didn’t cook anything for at least 2 months. My husband had to make most of the meals or we would eat out. I just couldn’t do it.

    • lauramich

      November 6, 2014 at 10:35 am

      Ohhhh … peanut butter and banana were my mainstays during the first trimester. I was convinced that I was incubating a little monkey. (Also: Cheese and avocado. And anything I could smother with cheese and avocado.)

    • ChelseaBFH

      November 6, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      One time in the first trimester I told my husband that all I wanted was scrambled eggs. So he made me this amazing scramble with eggs and cheese and avocado… and it was so gross. I was like, “No, you don’t understand. Just. Scrambled. Eggs.”

    • KarenMS

      November 6, 2014 at 10:28 am

      It’s really sad how many benign things turn evil when you’re pregnant. I couldn’t eat potatoes for several weeks and right now sandwiches are out of the question because of the bread 🙁

    • Jen TheTit Whisperer

      November 6, 2014 at 10:45 am

      GOD DAMMIT! Ya’ll are killing me POTATOES. Potatoes and chicken? the two most bland things ever?

    • Emil

      November 6, 2014 at 10:56 am

      If it makes you feel better I know a woman who was a vegetarian for years and when she became pregnant she started craving chicken like crazy. She has been eating meat ever since. I think there is no way of predicting.

    • tSubh Dearg

      November 6, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      I was put off chicken by the smell it had when raw, which I have never smelt before. It is terrible. The taste was also not particularly appealing either in the 1st trimester, it’s better now though.

    • Yo

      November 6, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      Chicken goes from a delicious staple to the equivalent of rotting diapers when I”m pregnant. I normally don’t eat pork at all, but I guess my body has to make up for the missing protein and I start craving all things piggy.

      Hormones, y’all. *shrug*

    • Rosa

      November 6, 2014 at 8:37 am

      I still can’t eat chicken at 26 weeks and it used to be my favorite. New favorite is steak which I used to hate.

    • Amber Leigh Wood

      November 6, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      Yes, the smell of meat cooking is making me so nauseous at the moment, and living in a small apartment I cannot escape.

  3. Zeenia

    November 6, 2014 at 8:11 am

    So. So. True. I never threw up but the nausea was brutal. And I remember eating a piece of steak and tasting the iron in it like rusty metal, gag

  4. ChelseaBFH

    November 6, 2014 at 8:17 am

    For me, it’s meat by itself. Give me a chicken breast, some veggies, and rice, and I won’t eat anything, but arrange the exact same foods into a stir fry and I’m all over it. (this is only from the second trimester on – in the first, I want the plainest foods possible and meat is pretty much out of the question. Pizza, pasta, and scrambled eggs are my friends)

  5. bigbellysurprise

    November 6, 2014 at 8:18 am

    This yes! Everything in my fridge looks blah right now! To make matters worse, I had weird morning sickness in the beginning. I’d be nauseated, try to eat to make it pass, and then I’d toss it all back up.

  6. niki

    November 6, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Yup. Every aisle at the grocery store has a new horror for my nose. With my last pregnancy my MIL would watch my daughter a few days of the week when I was especially sick. She would help by washing her clothes before sending them home. However, the smell of her detergent made me vomit. I felt like the most ungrateful wretch when I had to ask her to stop.

  7. LeggEggTorpedoTits

    November 6, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Vegetarian here, and loads of people told me that while I was preggers I would crave meat and eggs. I didn’t. My favorite foods in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD are palak paneer and malai kofta and I couldn’t even bear to smell them without dry-heaving. What I did crave was spagghetti-O’s…oh, and rootbeer floats. I hate spagghetti-O’s because, slimy and weird. I could go for a RBF right now, though.

    • monamiemarie

      November 6, 2014 at 9:00 am

      I’m a vegetarian too, I never wanted meat either. Potatoes were disgusting to me though, but I loved cucumbers and had insane cravings for Cheez Whiz. Two things I normally don’t car
      e much about.

    • LeggEggTorpedoTits

      November 6, 2014 at 9:29 am

      OH!! My second pregnancy was one long cucumber “sushi” binge!

    • LA Face, Oakland Booty (and

      November 6, 2014 at 9:01 am

      A Spaghetti-O’s craving is just another way that Nature screws you when you are pregnant! Those things are the worst.

    • LeggEggTorpedoTits

      November 6, 2014 at 9:29 am

      Gaaad, what is it about those things? Is it the iron? The salt?

    • Grr! Arrgh!

      November 6, 2014 at 9:35 am

      Not a vegetarian, but my kid MADE me one for about 24 weeks – almost two months after all of the other aversions eased off. So, yeah, the meat/eggs craving thing is not universial, that’s for sure.

    • LeggEggTorpedoTits

      November 6, 2014 at 10:14 am

      Right, I wouldn’t call it a “myth”, but def not universal.

    • Emil

      November 6, 2014 at 11:23 am

      I had heard this a lot too and was pretty sure that being pregnant would turn me into a meat eater. It didn’t happen for me either.

    • TashaB

      November 6, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      Also a vegetarian and I had super-meat aversion instead of the cravings everyone told me I would have.
      Partner came home with beef teriyaki one day and I exorcist-voice yelled at him to “GET OUT” with the teriyaki. I had to close myself in the bedroom with 2 fans on to keep from hurling from the smell.
      Oh, and hot dogs – any sort of hot dog, veggie or meat, was the *worst*. Could not walk past the hot dog vendors on the street without gagging.

      I lived on saltines, dry cheerios, Heinz canned spaghetti, peanut butter and KD the first trimester.

  8. Looby

    November 6, 2014 at 8:25 am

    All of this. One one of the very rare days I wasn’t praying to Ralph my lovely girlfriends decided to cheer me up and took me to our favourite coffee and cake spot. I walked in the door got one whiff of that delicious cake and coffee smell and immediately turned green and had to run out of the door.

    Also Oranges anything orange scented make me so nauseous and that’s stuck around. Even 20 months after I evicted the boozle tenant I still can’t stomach the thought or smell of oranges

  9. Ames

    November 6, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Right here, right now. I have been puking, retching and gagging for weeks. In the middle of one of my “I hate everything” phases I decided the only thing I wanted was a Reeces peanut butter cup. I normally hate peanut butter. I ate two of them, and then the next day my husband brought home some more. I guess he was elated that I was eating anything at all. Nope. Never again. I couldn’t even look at them without wanting to vomit. Coffee, which I normally love, I can’t even smell without wanting to gag. Oh, and everything stinks lately. Everything. Me. My cat. My husband. The carpet. The trees outside. Everything smells like it has been dunked in the sewer. As soon as this phase passes, I will be so much happier.

    • Spongeworthy

      November 6, 2014 at 8:45 am

      THE SMELLS. Oh God the smells. When I was pregnant I was working in an office with a lot of foot traffic. Ugh I swear every person who came in stunk to high heaven. BO, perfume, cigarettes. It was awful.

    • samantha

      November 6, 2014 at 9:14 am

      the cigarette smell was one of the worst for me. My mom smoked when I was growing up so I was pretty used to the smell and it didn’t usually bother me, but when I was pregnant I could smell a smoker from a mile away and it always made me feel so sick. I got my hair cut by a smoker and all I could focus on was his disgusting hands all over my hair.

    • Spongeworthy

      November 6, 2014 at 10:47 am

      I would have hurled if that happened! There were a few times I’d have to leave my desk and go outside for some fresh air.

  10. Hibbie

    November 6, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Hearing the names of food is much worse for me than smelling or seeing them. It’s weird. Any time my partner mentions a dish (doesn’t matter what it is), I instantly get ill. The only thing I’ve eaten in the last 4 months that hasn’t made me gag or cry is tuna fish and mashed potatoes.

    • KarenMS

      November 6, 2014 at 10:38 am

      Haha my boyfriend will always start suggesting things when I say I’m hungry and finally I have to just snap “stop…stop talking…stop naming things…”

  11. Spongeworthy

    November 6, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I would have hulked out if my husband brought me a Lender bagel with margarine while I was pregnant. I’m not proud of that, but it’s the truth.

  12. Ursi

    November 6, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Y’all are brave. The thought of losing my taste for ANYTHING scares me. I’ve worked so hard to be able to eat anything set in front of me. The idea that I might not be able to eat green beans at the crack of dawn just because they’re there really unsettles me.

  13. Jessifer

    November 6, 2014 at 9:00 am

    I would get grossed out by water. WATER, for god’s sake! I had to drink it either sparkling, or flavoured, of if I chewed some gum at the same time it would go down better with the minty taste. It was the weirdest thing ever and it was so difficult because I was thirsty all the time and was constantly lectured on how important it was to stay hydrated.
    Another thing that really bothered me were eggs regardless of how they were cooked. And it wasn’t just the smell or taste. Even the sight or the thought of eggs would make me gag. It was really sad because I absolutely LOVE breakfast, it’s my favourite meal of the day!

    • KarenMS

      November 6, 2014 at 10:36 am

      The water thing is killing me! Even with medication, I haven’t been able to drink a proper glass of plain water in months. Something about how it just starts swishing around weird….can’t even explain it. And then the water substitutes slowly start to turn on you. I could stomach flavored seltzer for a while then NO. Then unsweetened iced tea, now NO. So now I’m on those little minute maid drops. It really is a nonsense trick of nature to give water aversions.

    • TheQuirkyDiva

      November 6, 2014 at 10:44 am

      I had the same thing. I had “morning” sickness for five months and the surest thing that would set me off was a glass of plain water. If I put ice and lemon in it, I could stomach it, but not always.

    • Jessifer

      November 6, 2014 at 11:03 am

      Any plain water tasted like it had just been taken from a toilet bowl. It was just so incredibly gross and nasty.

    • Looby

      November 6, 2014 at 11:43 am

      My HG nurse who came to the house to do my IV fluids said plain water is actually really bad for morning sickness. yOUr stomache takes it better if theres a tiny bit of sugar in it. So add a splash of juice or something. I lived mostly on apple sauce and powerade

    • Ana

      November 6, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      I was turned off by water too. I had to have it sparkling with a little juice in it, as ginger tea, or with a ginger chew in my mouth at the same time. Otherwise it tasted like dog-bowl water.

      Breakfast meats were the worst for me though. My husband made me a turkey-bacon egg sandwich for breakfast the morning I took the test and I immediately threw up and had to get out of the house to escape the smell. To this day I can barely stomach the smell of sausage or bacon, and I feel like the odor lingers on me all day.

  14. Jem

    November 6, 2014 at 9:15 am

    The worst smells for me was smelling liquor and/or cigarettes on people in public. It was so overpowering. I almost fainted in the bank standing behind a guy that smelled really strong of whiskey and cigars. I also vividly remember making pork chops in the crockpot for the first time when I was about 4 months pregnant and the second I took a bite, I immediately had to throw up because the squishy texture. I still can’t stand the thought of eating pork chops cooked any way similarly to that and this was 3 years ago.

  15. Boozy Shark Lee

    November 6, 2014 at 9:30 am

    When I was pregnant with #1 I had two part time jobs. One was bartending. I had to quit a few months in because the smell of the beer was making me gag constantly and I just couldn’t handle it anymore.

  16. Grr! Arrgh!

    November 6, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I was adverse to FOOD for the first 14 weeks of my pregnancy. The only things I could handle were mild fruits and veggies – so I pretty much lived on spinach salads, smoothies, and almonds. Even that stuff I didn’t really enjoy, it just wasn’t offensive and I needed sustanance. That made me so sad as a foodie. But all the stuff I usually love: cheese, bread, sweets – were a no go. And I couldn’t go near meat until well into my second trimester, even when most of the other aversions had let up.

    I did get lucky in that the nausea robbed me of my appetite so at least I wasn’t starving but unable to eat anything. I only threw up 2-3 times a week, but between the nausea and NOTHING sounding good, I lost 10 lbs my first trimester.

    • LittleBird

      November 6, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      I wrote almost the exact same comment as you! 🙂 whoops!

    • Grr! Arrgh!

      November 6, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      Yeay! We can be pregnancy-food-hater buddies! Seriously, I’m excited to hear that I’m not the only one who had this particular food experience.

  17. LadyClodia the Modest Rat

    November 6, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Garlic was so awful for me in my first trimester when I was pregnant with my oldest. I was so thankful that I got over that by my second trimester. But when I was pregnant with my youngest it seemed like everything made me nauseous. I don’t remember wanting to eat much of anything, and most of the time I had to remind myself to eat, and even then it wasn’t much. That was throughout the whole pregnancy.
    I’ve heard, and from my experience it’s true, that ginger helps with nausea. I used to get these really strong ginger candies to suck on for when I was feeling really nauseous, and it always helped. The only problem is that I REALLY don’t like ginger anymore.

  18. Lola Sie

    November 6, 2014 at 9:40 am

    bread crusts. can’t do it. have to cut the crusts off like a toddler…good thing i have a toddler who loves bread crusts

  19. Grr! Arrgh!

    November 6, 2014 at 9:47 am

    The worst, acutally, was Ginger. Ginger just made me want to gag immediately where as most other foods I just felt supremely blurgh about. The problem was, do you know how much ginger stuff well-meaning people try to give obviously nauseated pregnant ladies? And if you say, no thanks, ginger kind of grosses me out right now, it absolutely does not compute. They just stare at you like you’ve said nothing and offer you more ginger.

  20. Guinevere

    November 6, 2014 at 10:15 am

    A dude at church said, “I saw some doritos over there. Maybe you’d like to dip them in ice cream?” I puked on his shoes.

    • Hibbie

      November 6, 2014 at 10:15 am

      HAHAHAHA. It’s not funny that you vomited, but he deserved it.

    • Guinevere

      November 6, 2014 at 10:19 am

      agreed. Taught him to STFU for the rest of my pregnancy, too. So that was a win.

    • Kite

      November 6, 2014 at 11:55 pm

      EWWW and um, WIN?

  21. Lisa Walker

    November 6, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Am I the only person who thinks pregnancy ‘cravings’ aren’t real but made up by some gross person who always wanted to try peanut butter and pickle sandwiches but knew she would be mocked? Sorry but I was pregnant twice and never once said to my husband ‘please get me some pickles, chocolate sauce, and mr noodles all cooked together and topped with marshmallows it’s what the baby wants’

    • LA Face, Oakland Booty (and

      November 6, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      I never crazed ridiculous things, but I definitely had strong cravings for specific things throughout my pregnancy. The cravings are real, man.

    • Kite

      November 6, 2014 at 11:54 pm

      Come on, just cos you didn’t, you think everyone else who said they did is lying?

  22. alexesq33

    November 6, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Both pregnancies first trimester, no eggs, no garlic stuff I LOVE but after 2nd tri started the only thing I consistently can’t stand is BBQ. Not BBQ sauce (which ironically I love, especially slathered on turkey burger patties with swiss cheese and tater tots, but I digress) but anything that is cooked in a BBQ style restaurant. BBQ chicken, ribs, pulled pork, corn pudding, collards. No idea why. So strange….

  23. Pamela

    November 6, 2014 at 11:30 am

    I knew I was pregnant when I was absolutely repulsed by chocolate. I couldn’t stand the sight, smell or thought of it until my daughter was a couple months old. I guess I’m lucky because, aside from randomly being repulsed by some food I previously loved and not being able to keep down fried food during my first trimester, when I ate something I’d been craving, it was THE BEST FOOD EVER. Nothing has tasted as good since.

  24. Nichole

    November 6, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Ah, food. I’m at 34 weeks and STILL can’t really stomach anything. I literally didn’t eat anything for months 1-5. I was in the hospital constantly and it was awful. I lost 40 lbs and am still 10 lbs under my pre-pregnancy weight. The wonders of HG. I cannot wait to have an appetite again.

  25. Courtney Lynn

    November 6, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Well said. I could not STAND most things my first trimester with either kid, but especially with my daughter. There were so few and random things I could eat that didn’t make me nauseous. Pizza from one particular place was one of those. Just weird.

  26. Nire

    November 6, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    One of the great disappointments in life was when I was pregnant and I asked my husband to bring me a slice of cold pizza leftover from the night before. He brought me lukewarm pizza that he’d microwaved a touch because he just couldn’t imagine anyone wanting straight out of the refrigerator pizza.

    As far as aversions go, I couldn’t stand the smell of people who’d had red wine. It wasn’t the red wine that bothered me, it was specifically the smell of people who’d consumed it. My husband had to switch to drinking beer. I’d be in business meetings and could tell who’d had red wine the night before. It was awful. Also, the smell of hot coffee was okay, but the smell of coffee that was less than piping hot was one of the most disgusting smells in the world.

  27. Michael Weldon

    November 6, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Women have a far superior sense of smell when compared to men. This story pretty much confirms that its much more of a curse than a blessing.

  28. I'm the Evil Twin

    November 6, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I figured out I was pregnant after finding anything involving tomatoes gave me kicked-in-the-chest heartburn that didn’t resolve itself until I barfed. It got so bad, my hubby thought I was having a heart attack one night. And it only started at 2am, no matter what time I ate the tomatoes. For all of 1st trimester I was saddened because it took away my favorite foods. And I craved citrus. I think I might’ve murdered someone if I hadn’t been able to get grapefruit. Then 2nd trimester, I couldn’t get enough pizza. Like, the delivery dude just used to chuckle when I answered the door; he saw my bump and realized my 4 medium pizzas weren’t for a party.

    As far as aversions, I’d gag/barf if I had to be near dirty dishes, air freshener, detergent and BO. Oddly enough, I adore the smell of freshly cut grass, which I hated before. We had to switch household products almost monthly because I’d be ok with the smell then it would stink again. The dishes thing has been awesome though, as I haven’t had to wash dishes in about 4 months now; hubby takes of it because he doesn’t want me to start gagging.

  29. tSubh Dearg

    November 6, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I cannot smell fish, I cannot eat fish and in the beginning of pregnancy I could not even look at fish without feeling sick. This is all from someone who usually is quite happy to eat fish and I try to cook it for us at least once I week. I just about handle shellfish now, but no fish fish.

    I also had a complete aversion to broccoli in the first trimester, again I could not even look at it without feeling ill. My friend had to come over and take all of it out of my fridge for me and take it away. I just about eat a small bit of it now, so long as it has not been boiled to death.

    The smell thing is killing me! So many things have smells that I never realised and they are all gross. 🙁

  30. LittleBird

    November 6, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    I lost at least 10 lbs. under my normal weight in my first trimester because of food aversions, which was definitely not good! My OB was like “Are you throwing up a lot!?” Nope, I only actually threw up about 3 times, but I was pretty miserable for a while. Not much sounded good to me except for COLD things like spinach/fruit/yogurt smoothies, salads, and cereal with ice cold milk. So much that I joke to my baby “you know, you’re made of cereal…”

    Cheese, butter, fish, eggs, and meats of any kind was a no go for months. Once I felt ok again, it was easy to gain the 10 lbs. back plus the 25 lbs. I was recommended to gain for a pregnancy!

  31. Rachel Sea

    November 6, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Lender’s with margarine? He should count his blessings that you didn’t demand a divorce.

  32. Harriet Meadow

    November 6, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    This is my second pregnancy to a T. I’m 30 weeks along and food is finally starting to smell/taste good. In fact, I just had my first real craving (strawberry milkshake)! Before now it was like, “Um, I guess I’ll have some cereal again.”

    • Amanda

      November 6, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      Cereal for ALL the days.

  33. aheb

    November 6, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    My OB suggested putting Vicks vaporub under my nose to drown out the super smell. It was sometimes helpful.

  34. Caitlin Fry

    November 6, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    My other half once made me throw up by just saying “Bacon and eggs.”
    I play in a Scottish pipe band. This brought me within the same postcode as the smell of haggis.
    I was usually cool until they performed the address to the haggis, complete with the line “Hmmm, warm, reeking, rich.”
    Yep.
    Yep.
    Yuurrrrhhhhp.

  35. Kite

    November 6, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Thank GODS second trimester I seem to be almost back to neutral about foods, but first trimester UGHH it was more about the aversions than the cravings. Nausea out the roof. Surprise! vomiting. Cravings was just for carbs carbs carbs, but oh the aversions made it difficult to reliably find said carbs to eat, unless it was plain potato or lollies. Really really strange aversions that fluctuated from one week to the next. Partner constantly confused and apologetic always turning up with a full shop of the thing I wanted last week but now hated this week. Totally irrational. I developed a burning hatred of pepitas, in particular, really random, still can’t go near them.

  36. the_ether

    November 7, 2014 at 6:22 am

    My husband served me fresh capsicum (bell pepper) in my first trimester – I spat it out. It tasted like straight up poison. On the other hand, I went from abhorring root beer to loving it. That’s basically a wash nutritionally, right?

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