Nov 17, 2015

A Pregnancy Story: All About Food

Food is always a major problem for me. I have always been a picky eater but once I learned how to cook I started being more open to foods. When we started with the fertility clinic, I was put on Metformin (a diabetes medicine to help with my glucose intolerance thanks to PCOS) and my diet changed again. I stopped craving carbs the way I used to because for the first time my body started processing them correctly. Then when we got pregnant, I was taken off the Metformin and even though I could eat more carbs again I wasn't craving them and I found that if I ate too many carbs then I got sick.

More so than with my first pregnancy I had major cravings and aversions. Unlike when I was pregnant with Addison, I really wanted Taco Bell. Taco Bell was a major aversion for me through my first pregnancy and continued apparently until I got pregnant with this munchkin. However the farther along I get the more dislike I have for it although I have only had it a few times.

Among my other early cravings have been donuts, fried chicken, McDonald's apple pies, grapes and
green bean casserole. I would get an idea in my head and I wasn't satisfied until I had it. And the hubs ran all over kingdom come trying to keep up with me, getting the weirdest collection of food.


My early aversions ranged from white meat chicken to pizza to eggs. Smells were definitely the biggest turn off for me. I would make something for dinner and it would become the one thing I really didn't want. I had to make my own aversions early on too because certain foods triggered (and still do) morning sickness, such as mac & cheese. I wanted mac & cheese all the time but every time I had it, I ended up getting sick.

Luckily things have started slacking off when it comes to my major cravings and aversions. My only major aversions now in the middle of my second trimester is Taco Bell and eggs. Cravings-wise I haven't really had any major ones. I've gone back to the power of suggestion. I will see a commercial or a box in the store and decide that I have to eat that right then even if it's the weirdest food. Rob has seen me eat some of the weirdest food together.

My relationship with food going into this pregnancy was definitely much different than it was even a year ago. I knew going into this pregnant that I had a 90% of gestational diabetes and because of that I am more aware of food. I don't eat to any diet at this point but I know that it's a possibility, so I'm careful about balancing my foods and making sure I get all the food groups. Because I'm making a choice to do that now I feel like I am healthier and I feel better.

I definitely view pregnancy in terms of food differently than some women. I don't see it as an excuse to eat as much as I want whenever I want. Yes I'm eating for two but the second person is only the size of a squash and doesn't need the full amount of my calories I normally eat.

Through my first pregnancy I lost weight thanks again to morning sickness. But heading into the second trimester and realizing that eating too many carbs were making me sick and cutting them back, I started gaining weight. It was slow progress at first with a pound every two weeks. And now as I'm heading into the last part of my second trimester I'm gaining about a pound a week. Up to this point in the pregnancy I have only gained about five pounds.

Every pregnancy is very different. This pregnancy compared to my pregnancy with Addison has been very different. I fought morning sickness my first two trimester with Addison before being diagnosed with gestational diabetes, so I only gained 14 pounds the entire pregnancy. Although some see that as a blessing, it was something that had us worried. I had to do extra ultrasounds to make sure Addison was growing the way she was supposed to and I was encouraged to do whatever I could to eat the extra calories.

This time around I didn't want to worry that I wasn't gaining enough, that I wasn't getting enough to this little boy. So my relationship and feelings about food has definitely changed. My goal has been to eat healthy because I know I will feel better. My goal has been to put on the (healthy) weight I'm supposed to at a healthy speed. Although I'm on the low side now, I'm do feel better and I do feel good. This boy kicks me all day long so I know he's growing and doing well in there.

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