I have been pregnant for approximately 220 days and I have 60 days to go. Over the last 220 days I have eaten a lot of food and broken a few pregnancy-food rules along the way. I mean, as soon as they tell you that you CANNOT eat something it’s ALL you want, amirite?
In the early weeks, I was obsessed with a certain fat-rich, healthy, green, tree growing fruit that starts with the letter “a” and ends with “o”. I ate a lot of it mixed with chickpeas and feta. I also wanted it with/on everything — burgers, eggs, salmon. There’s a certain kind of Mexican dip primarily made of this stuff that I LOVED and wanted it all the time. Now the idea of it makes me gag. I hope this goes away once the baby is born because I used to really love that fruit.
And that isn’t the only healthy thing to leave my diet. I have never been a health-nut, but before pregnancy I ate a lot of raw vegetables. Carrots, bell peppers, broccoli, etc…I found them to be quite tasty with some dressing or hummus to dip them in (or just by themselves…I don’t need to dress them up). I also loved fruit: blueberries, grapes, strawberries, peaches, pineapples, mangoes, bananas, you name it. Well, that’s changed. The previously mentioned food isn’t the only thing I’ve abandoned.
Carrots taste like dirt. Blueberries taste like they’re fermenting. Peaches and grapes cause acid reflux (which everything does so…that’s annoying). Fruits and veggies have to sneak their way into my diet. None of what I used to love tastes as good as a McDonald’s Hot & Spicy McChicken sandwich loaded with mayonnaise with a small fry and a Sweet Tea on the side (because I’m totally breaking that no caffeine rule).
Don’t get me wrong, I do eat some veggies — I’m now obsessed with stir fry. Broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, baby corn, water chestnuts…and potatoes (it isn’t as good if there aren’t potatoes).
The McDonald’s cravings started right after I abandoned that healthy fatty food. I would go everyday for lunch and get two Hot & Spicy McChicken sandwiches (no fries, no Sweet Tea — this is before I let myself break the caffeine rule). Then I started mixing it up with one H&S and a McDouble. Some days I’d just have a McDouble. It went on for a couple of months. This was also around the time that I would go to McDonald’s, eat on the way back to work, and then take a nap in my car.
Occasionally I’d mix it up with other fast food options. I had a brief love affair with Jack in the Box’s chicken strips, sometimes I’d go to Panda Express, but mainly it was McDonald’s. There were a few days before it got too hot and after the first trimester exhaustion that I’d walk (ha…I drove) to a couple of restaurants across the street. That’s when I learned that I like tomatoes — BLTs, especially — and would eat more chicken strips.
All of this fast food eating was before I decided that leaving for lunch was stupid and instead I could just walk to the cafe in the library. This is also around the time that I started having caffeine (nowhere near what I used to have and not more than is recommended, calm down!). The cafe in our library has BLTs, they have muffins, they have cookies, they have coffee, they have just about anything a pregnant woman could want…well, except for the one (two) truly weird thing(s) I’ve started eating over the last couple of months: Cool Ranch Doritos and chocolate covered pretzels (specifically the Synder’s ones).
Together. (And a Caffeine-Free Diet Coke with a splash of regular Diet Coke.)
These are two foods I didn’t have a lot of before being pregnant. Of course, that’s because I didn’t want to become obese so I wouldn’t let myself buy them. But now…oh my. I need them. Separately is OK, but together is ideal.
Jesse would tell you I’ve craved a lot of other things…like chocolate cake, biscuits & gravy, griddled bread pudding, or TUMS, but I don’t remember these things.
The other food issue is (of course) raging heartburn. It doesn’t matter what I eat, it’s going to be there. I recently had a Twitter meltdown (see above) over it because all the foods that don’t “cause” heartburn are the same foods that do cause gas (and not the butt toot kind, the what in the world is happening in my chest kind). But SERIOUSLY how in the world am I supposed to sleep on my left side AND be propped up at an angle? That isn’t comfortable! It’s all just crap, but at least TUMS come in yummy flavors.
So food…yeah. It’s been a fun and fascinating 220 days.