"So...how are you feeling?" How many times have I been asked this over the past 6 months? Along with, "What are you craving?" For most newly pregnant women it's not about what they are craving, and more about what foods/smells don't make them nauseous. Even as a dietitian my diet was less than 'stellar' from weeks 6-12, and it wasn't until week 15 that I willingly cooked chicken. No one knows exactly why 'morning sickness' occurs, but theories abound from hormone changes, nutrient deficiencies, blood sugar swings, and genetic programming that makes us avoid foods that in the past, could have made us sick.
Here's the thing, unless you experience severe nausea/vomiting also know as hyperemesis gravidarum, your baby will be just fine if you don't eat a single vegetable for 6 weeks or more, or if all you can stomach is P.B. on toast and graham crackers. Now if you do have hyperemesis like Princess Kate or my friend Katie Vigessa, then you may need IV hydration and/or a prescription for anti-nausea medication to help you stay hydrated and keep your electrolytes balance.
Eventhough I never threw up, I came close one morning after drinking some green tea. For the most part the only foods I could look at before 11am included: yogurt, apples, bananas, cereal, toast, and P.B. or Almond Butter. Strangely enough, the two random foods that did sound good at times were pepper jack cheese and jalapeño turkey sticks from Ferndale Market. Even after 11am my appetite and food aversions would still get the better of me. Such was the night when dinner consisted of 2 egg-rolls from Big Bowl. I learned quickly that forcing myself to eat foods my body did not want (avocados, eggs, poultry, veggies) was a good way induce indigestion and just generally feeling even crummier.
For women concerned with growing a healthy baby and providing them with all the necessary nutrients, it's important to give yourself permission to not eat the "healthy stuff." As long as you went into your pregnancy well nourished, that little bundle of cells will get all the nutrients it needs to grow from your reserves. When your appetite increases, the nausea abates, and taco meat no longer smells like poop, you'll be able to eat a wider variety of foods and provide both of you with the all the important vitamins and minerals. In the mean time, as long as you can stomach them, continue taking a prenatal vitamin to help make up for what you are not eating.
I'm a dietitian with a passion for good nutrition, bold flavors, playing in the dirt, and being with my family.