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Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me? Food Aversions

Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me? Food Aversions

I know each pregnancy is different and everyone is affected by certain things. But, one thing that seemed consistent with my pregnancy — and with other expecting mothers I knew — was an aversion to mint.

Before conception, I loved peppermint gum, mint chocolate-chip ice cream, brushing my teeth, Altoids, etc. When I became pregnant, that all changed. Luckily for me, my distaste for mint didn't last forever. Though, it was a long, rocky road to redemption.


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macgirl macgirl 8 years
The first time around the thought of chicken made me gag. It was probably two years before I could eat chicken again. This time around I really haven't had too much of anything. No real aversions, no real cravings. Kind of boring ;-)
Saturn9 Saturn9 8 years
Schnappycat, I never had any cravings either, much to my husband's disppointment. He was so excited about the baby & wanted to pamper me any way he could. I had no aversions either; in fact, one of my favorite things to do when I was pregnant was to treat myself once a week to an ice cream sandwich made with mint chip ice cream. Yum!
Drewsfan Drewsfan 8 years
I too had an aversion to coffee or anything coffee related. I ate one of those coffee flavored Jelly Bellies and ended up throwing up all over the place one day. Also, I had loved Chipotle before I was pregnant, but after throwing it up one day during morning sickness, I couldn't stand the thought of it. I'm glad I got over that! I had the weirdest craving for Planters Cheez Balls (which they no longer make) and extremely rare steak while I was pregnant. I wouldn't eat meat before that was even a little pink, but suddenly I wanted to have the blood pour out while I was pregnant!!
brittanybe brittanybe 8 years
My first pregnancy I had a strong aversion to any kind of meat and coffee. The coffee aversion passed around 25 weeks but I couldn't stand meat until literally the day I gave birth. Then I wanted a steak! The second pregnancy I had the coffee aversion but meat didn't bother me. Couldn't stand to even *think* about eggs either time.
SummerBaby SummerBaby 8 years
maybe when i becomes pregnant it will allow me to try new things that i have never liked! haha... we will see one day! :)
cutecurls cutecurls 8 years
I'm looking forward to not liking my favorites but I am hoping I'll suddenly like broccoli
AujahAcorn AujahAcorn 8 years
vinnie vinnie 8 years
I have the opposite during my pregnancy. I've always got a bad taste in my mouth, so I am always chewing gum and mints and brushing my teeth 4 times per day!
Tamma1387 Tamma1387 8 years
ugh. mint didn't bother me but before i got pregnant i LOVED shrimp. Now that she's two I'm just now starting to eat it again. :)
hvanness331 hvanness331 8 years
I went back to wanting things from my childhood such as PB&J sandwiches, Apple Jacks cereal, cottage cheese, all fruit, and I drank Tang. It was so weird! I couldn't stand the smell of bacon. Haven't had it since.
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
I have heard that some women produce more saliva when pregnant, Greggie. Not me, but I think it's common.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I have to spit a lot more often while brushing my teeth and even washing/rinsing my face. It's weird. I actually noticed it about a week before I found out I was pregnant, not having any idea I could be pregnant. *lol*
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
I never had any food aversions (and definitely not mint), per se, but certain smells made me nauseated. But I found that, strangely, I could still eat pretty much everything, even if the smell made me sick. I gagged when I brushed my teeth, but it wasn't from the mint, but rather just from the stronger gag reflex and the toothbrush contacting my tongue. Now at 32 weeks, I still gag, but only when brushing my tongue. I also never had cravings at all either, so I think I might be odd. ;)
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 8 years
Yes, when I was pregnant with my first daughter I could NOT eat red sauce of any kind. But I love it and after I had her, I was fine. I also LOVE cottage cheese and peaches while I was pregnant with her which I hated before, and after I had her, I never touched it again and you couldn't pay me to try.
thatgirljj thatgirljj 8 years
I've been having an extreme aversion to sweets/pastries and to coffee. The coffee one totally surprised me because I was a big java junkie until one day, about 12 weeks along, I spit out my morning joe because it was suddenly sooooo disgusting. In general, I'm really blah on eating, I'm in my second trimester and I've never been less interested in food in my *life*. I don't know how I'm going to make it through thanksgiving without pie... it sounds so good, but I know if I try and eat it, I'll just be grossed out and disappointed.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Yeah, I've never been a raspberry fan but for about two months this pregnancy, I ate them all the time. And they were out of season, so it was not a cheap craving.
Lisara Lisara 8 years
I never had an aversion to mint, but man did I get aversions to other things, and like Greggie, alot of them stayed with me (like garlic). When I was pregnant with my daughter, I couldn't eat meat except for tuna fish, bacon, and taco bell nachos (go figure). Everything else meatish made me ill. I still have an aversion to alot of things made with ground beef. On the other side of that coin is that all my life I have hated tomato soup (still do). But for one week of my pregnancy, it is all I wanted to eat, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Pregnancy can certainly mess your likes and dislikes up!
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Each pregnancy has left me with things I can no longer eat at all without gagging. This time, I had an aversion to pretty much everything for the first 20 weeks. Now it's mostly chicken. And I'm really hoping that goes away some day.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
What!? Really? I didn't know this happened! Good thing to know though for down the road :)
TallTJ TallTJ 8 years
My friend is a doctor and he said the funniest thing to him is how many moms-to-be can't stand their toothpaste anymore b/c of the mint in it... so you were definitely not alone! ♥ -T-
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