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Former foodie now pregnant with morning sickness

I used to love food and all food related things. Now I eat like a picky 3 year old- I can only stomach the blandest foods. Forget salads. Maybe a clementine here and there. And yet my brain can't get over it - my food options are so limited! Can anyone else relate? And how can I prepare vegetables so they are palatable?

asked by girlwithaknife over 1 year ago
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Nancy is a trusted home cook.

added over 1 year ago

As uncomfortable as it is, this is natures way of protecting your baby.
Your brain is not the most important organ here.
Dare I suggest you go with the flow.
And don't try to force yourself or trick yourself into eating the same diet as before you were pregnant.
Everyone's morning sickness is different, but most people it passes (or mostly passes) and you will get to a stage where you can eat enough nourishing food to sustain you both.

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amysarah is a trusted home cook.

added over 1 year ago

Oh boy, can I relate! With my first, I had severe morning/noon/night sickness for at least the first trimester (to the point of weight loss/dehydration. Not fun.) So yes, I think all you can do is go with it - as long as you're taking prenatal vitamins and keeping hydrated, the baby (like a very cute parasite) will take what it needs until you're back among the eating! I also found what was tolerable vs repulsive changed often - so if bland works for now, maybe try some cream of broccoli or carrot or cauliflower soup. Or mac/cheese or quiche with chopped veg's added to the mix and so on.

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QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

added over 1 year ago

It sounds so familiar... For the first four months of my pregnancy I could not even walk next to the supermarket without getting sick. And some of the food aversions remained until the very end. For me it is the soups that worked, they kept me hydrated and nourished. So, hang in there, find what works for you, and stick with it, and remember it will soon go away. I was back to being a foodie the moment I delivered. (Having said this, there are extreme forms of morning sickness in pregnancy, they tend to go beyond four months and can be quite severe, in which case you should consult your doctor.)

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Chops is a trusted home cook.

added over 1 year ago

Can you stomach potatoes? If so, potato pancakes, latkes with shredded zucchini, carrots broccoli slaw, etc.

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Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added over 1 year ago

I feel your pain; I was so sick also, and had horrible food aversions. Just honor them and eat what you can. Funny story: when i was pregnant, I could not eat seafood or poultry of any kind; just being near them made me sick. I went to visit my parents, and my mother made me a roast turkey breast and a green bean casserole with shrimp in it. (She thought that if I ate her cooking, it would cure me of my food aversions…..)

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added over 1 year ago

Ugh, I was like that in my first trimester and resorted to buying "fruit and veggie" juice so that I felt like I was still getting some form of vegetable. Green smoothies were okay too, if someone else made them for me. The good news is that it goes away - for me, it was like a switch flipped at 12 weeks and magically I am hungry for everything again. Hang in there!

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HalfPint is a trusted home cook.

added over 1 year ago

Sorry it's been rough. If the nausea is bad, tell your OB and get a prescription for something called Diclegis. It's a B-6 vitamin with an over the counter antihistamine. Perfectly safe to use while pregnant, actually FDA-approved for morning sickness. I took it during my first trimester and it worked really well. Only side effect is that it makes you drowsy, so take before bed. Once the nausea subsides, food can be interesting again. BTW, my OB told me that not treating morning sick/nausea is considered malpractice. (And no, I have no connection to any drug company nor do I hold any stock or investment in pharmaceuticals).

For now, if bland works, then stick with it. As others have suggested, try soups and smoothies. I found that carbohydrates filled me up and settled well in my stomach. So I ate a lot of whole wheat toast, rice, potatoes, and pasta. And carbs offer fuel for the brain, so that might help "make" vegetables more palatable. Hang in there. This whole phase will pass soon.

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