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A few people have asked me in the past little while if I've had any particular food cravings while expecting.  Usually I tell them no, but I guess if I really think about it, "No" is not a complete answer.  The reality is, I've had many many cravings, but because they keep shifting (sometimes daily, sometimes weekly or monthly), there's not one particular food that jumps out as *the* craving food (e.g. that old stereotype about pickles and ice cream...blech).  And of course, there was a phase I went through where I really didn't have much of an appetite for anything, even though I wasn't puking my guts out or even getting indigestion.  I was simply not hungry and a little nauseated by food, period.

I've actually gone through many phases of "must haves," including (but not limited to) the following:
  • sweet & sour pork
  • Starbucks mochas
  • congee & roast BBQ pork (Chinese style)
  • Thai food - especially coconut curries and pad thai/siew
  • Japanese food - namely the brown beef curries
  • yogurt drinks
  • Gatorade G2 (current)
  • chicken salad sandwiches
  • apple cider (non-boozy variety)
  • mandarin oranges
  • Perrier
  • baked goods - banana bread, apple crumble with a flaky crust, berry muffins
  • pecan pies/tarts
  • risotto
  • Coca-Cola (current)
  • Blue Diamond vanilla almond milk 
  • bananas (current)
It amazes me that nowhere on my list are veggies.  I hate veggies.  I was hoping that my body would suddenly crave it in pregnancy (sometimes I hear that your tastes shift to the opposite ends of the spectrum to help "balance out" otherwise unhealthy eating habits), but no such thing occurred.  I'll eat my veggies when I need to but honestly, there hasn't been any part of me that has desired it in 8 months.

Anyway, the next time you want to ask me about my cravings, just ask me what I am craving that day or week.  If you ask me what I've craved in general, you might still get the standard "Nothing" sort of response...


tejanamama said…
CRAVINGS or wants? Far too many there to be real cravings!!! I had far far fewer but everytime I wanted something I didn't get it. I waited and the cravings became VERY evident when they did come. I cried when I couldn't get a snow cone when pregnant with Elena. I also wanted mexican hot chocolate (which I couldn't find where we lived). That was it. I know I was lucky, but man you are the opposite end of the spectrum! I did want a lot of stuff, like chocolate ice cream, chinese food (which I couldn't eat cuz it ALONE made me feel sick just from the smell), specific breakfast items at times, etc. I sometimes had them but sometimes didnt. When I realized how badly I wanted that snow cone and on day two I CRIED for it, I was like...uhm... that was *different*. So fun hearing about your experience. Very excited for you. My guess is your baby comes right before your due date. Are they going to let you go to term?
Mrs. Loquacious said…
At the time, they *do* feel like cravings ;) but probably they are just "wants" like much of my life :P

I plan to go to term or until baby's ready. I am hoping to be drug-free and do it naturally.

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