Remember, how before pregnancy, you always needed that cup of black coffee right after waking up in the morning? And now, you can’t even bear the pungent smell of coffee. well, food aversions are one of the major changes that you go through when you are dealing with pregnancy, you might not able to stomach the food that you once referred to as your snack for the soul.
NOTE - Food aversions are different for different women, so do not compare your relationship with food with anyone else.
Today, let’s discuss food aversions.
Time for some facts -
- If you have food aversions, chances are you have morning sickness, nausea and vomiting that plagues some women’s mornings, afternoons, evenings, and nights, too. Aversions and morning sickness often start within a week of each other, usually during the first trimester.
- While food aversions and cravings are at their peak during the first half of pregnancy, they can last the entire 9 months and even beyond. They can also go away, then come back. And they remain one of the many mysteries of pregnancy (and hell I am intrigued).
- “Nobody really knows exactly where food aversions come from,” says Anjali Kaimal, MD, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. But as with so many things during pregnancy, the story probably starts with hormones. “HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is what we think is the culprit,” Kaimal says. Or if you guys remember Friends where Pheobe gets pregnant, she started to crave for meat (even when she was a vegan) and puts the blame on the babies for that so I think it’s the baby that makes your change your food habits (JUST THE LAST LINE JUST FOR FUN).
- “Women have a heightened sense of smell and taste in pregnancy, and anything with a strong smell can make you feel nauseated,” Wu says (finally I know why my sister hated coffee though I still don’t plan on to forgive her). But it’s not a hard-and-fast rule. “A lot of people have a chicken aversion even though it doesn’t smell that strong,” Wu says.
- For many experts, hormones are the beginning and the end of the food-aversion story. Basically, they believe that not wanting certain foods is a byproduct of hormones gone haywire. Others, though, believe food aversions, along with nausea and vomiting, serve (or served) a purpose: to steer women away from foods that might contain things harmful to the mother or the baby (this one is interesting right?)
- The timing also makes sense. The first 3 months of pregnancy, when food aversions tend to happen, is also the time when the baby is in the most vulnerable stage of growth.
Ladies! this too will definitely pass.