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We’re Growing! Now let’s get real, Part 2

In Non-Fiction, Opinion/Personal, Personal on November 3, 2018 at 3:13 pm

Part 1: Morning Sickness

Let’s keep right on track with a similar subject to Part 1 – the biggest changes I’ve noted so far are my eating habits.  Obviously, when you’re trying not to vomit for the better part of your day, eating becomes a task all in itself.  So, how does that work when your gut says no, but your brain says “pickles and milk”?

Cravings and Aversions.

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Now first, let me clarify that I quickly learned that cravings aren’t always the Hollywood depiction of overflowing bowls of ice cream stuffed with pickles or peppers or some other gross combination every night at 3am.  So far, at 12 weeks, my cravings have been more of a minor obsession on some random food item that completely overtook all my thoughts until I ate it but they were all very normal food items.  First it was Wendy’s chili.  Hamburgers (sans veggies, because apparently this baby doesn’t want me eating lettuce for a while), homemade or from a restaurant.  Grapes, grapes, grapes all day every day.  Anything ground beef, but never ever shredded beef or slabs of solid beef.  Ever.  And all those favorites I trusted in pre-pregnancy – chocolate, coffee, big huge salads with spicy dressing – those are all a no go according to Baby now.  I was an avid coffee lover, 2-3 cups per day.  Now, the smell alone is comparable to old urine and enough to turn my stomach.

Sometimes, your cravings and aversions will even play tricks on you.  You’re out in public and a stranger passing by mentions nachos.  From that moment on, all you can think about are those huge nacho platters from Buffalo Wild Wings or an authentic Mexican restaurant.  It literally lingers behind every other thought you have until you have said platter right in front of you.  Here’s where it can get tricky:

  • Sometimes, you dive in a devour every last bit.  Is it successful?  Or within 5 minutes of finishing, do you realize that you overdid yourself and spend the next 4 hours just trying to breath around the mass amounts of nachos floating around in your guts?
  • Sometimes, you get 3 bites in to these nachos you so desperately needed only to find that this wasn’t actually what you wanted.  You might satiate your hungry anyways, but still feel this nagging in the back of your stomach for something that will truly quench that craving.  Or you might re-activate your gag reflex by trying to eat the nachos that you no longer have to have.  Now, you can add those nachos you loved so much at one point in time to the growing list of foods that Baby does not approve of.

Oh, and regardless of how the eating of the nachos goes, whether you finish, eat half, or only get a few bites down – enjoy the next 4 days of constant heartburn that even Jesus can’t get rid of.

Silver lining: There is hope!  It will take experimenting because each woman’s body is different, but the method of treatment for things start to go badly in the eating/digestion department that seems to work best for me is something carbonated, something sour, and something salty.  I’ll eat a pickle spear if I’m feeling hungry but still slightly queasy (Claussen only, this baby is already a major food snob).  The saltiness and vinegar settle my stomach enough to be able to come up with something that sounds appetizing.  I drink around half a bottle of Coke (which I hated pre-pregnancy) as I eat, which helps to reduce the indigestion after the meal.  Lastly, after eating and having my coke, if I feel some heartburn coming on I’ll eat a piece of lemon candy, and this typically will control things for a little while.  At night, typically with dinner, I’ll drink a glass of milk.  This seems to have managed most of my digestion issues, and I’ll only occasionally need to chew a Tums just prior to going to bed – typically if I have a tomato heavy dinner such as pizza or pasta.  Sleeping on my left side has also helped, which is also recommended for improving blood flow to the uterus and baby, so that’s a double win.

Additionally, in my case, it seems that a lot of my aversions (aside from lettuce) are things that aren’t really recommended during pregnancy anyways.  I had a bad habit for sugary foods and loads of caffeine, which baby has now almost completely ruled out of my regular diet.  I will have a small Starbucks cold frappucino some mornings, and occasionally have a fun sized candy bar or something similar, but it isn’t even daily.  Some people believe cravings are the body’s way of making sure that the appropriate nutrients are available for the baby to absorb, and there’s also that old wives’ tale that regular heartburn during pregnancy means lots of gorgeous newborn hair on baby’s little head at birth.  Either way, it is a normal part of a lot of pregnancies.  My rule of thumb is that as long as I’m gaining weight appropriate to my pregnancy schedule and my doctor isn’t concerned, then I’m on the right track for a healthy baby and that’s the real goal in this journey.

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