One of my best memories from my first pregnancy was how much I loved food. The crunch of a thin crust pizza as the cheese and sauce melted in my mouth. The sweetness of that first bite of a warm fresh baked cookie. The buttery aftertaste of a cupcake with frosting.


This wasn’t a simple pleasure; it was what made me get up in the morning. When you are pregnant there are a lot of things you can’t do or have. I found myself feeling very restricted which would then make me feel depressed. Yet the simple act of fulfilling a craving would leave me happy and like I was able to have something I wanted. Thus I would fill pretty much any food craving I had as long as it wasn’t sushi, raw cheeses or any of those other no-no foods. Luckily (or unluckily depending on how you look at it) I craved things I could eat.

What did I crave my first pregnancy you ask? SWEETS! Chocolate chip cookies were a constant in my house and I would regularly make stops at my favorite cupcake bakery. The ongoing joke was that my son’s middle name was buttercream. When the Lakers won the NBA Championship that year I proceeded to buy a ¼ sheet Laker-themed cake. Not because I liked, or even watched, basketball but because it was the only buttercream cake the grocery store had on hand. I then proceeded to eat almost the entire thing over two days. But as the weather heated up chocolate milk shakes became an almost daily indulgence. This, along with a complicated pregnancy that restricted my movement, resulted in weighing *gasp* 200 pounds when I delivered. Not something I am proud of but there it is.

My father in law and I enjoying my Laker cake. Neither of us follow sports but we both share a love for buttercream.

So when I became pregnant this time I was expecting that same affinity to food, especially my beloved cupcakes and shakes. Strange as it sounds this pregnancy seems to be the complete opposite! Yes I still enjoy food but I don’t have many cravings, and when I do they couldn’t be more different. Instead of cupcakes I prefer a plate of spaghetti. I’ve traded those milk shakes for lebne cheese and pita bread. I want everything salty and can’t stand anything sweet.

We find out the sex of the baby tomorrow who thinks it may just be a girl this time? ;)

Did you have many cravings during your pregnancy?


Kate Wilkinson is a wife to an amazing man who loves to cook (yes she knows she’s lucky!) and is blessed to be a stay at home mom to her two very active boys, Little Man and Punkin. Come join her adventure to maintain sanity while she juggles VERY energetic boys, housework that never seems to end, and the occasional date night that isn’t thwarted by falling asleep in the movie theatre. When mommy brain allows Kate blogs at about family, faith and the funny things in between. It may be hard living in LA but she’s a modern mom doing it the old-fashioned way.

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14 Responses to Pregnancy cravings, or nine months of diet free bliss

  1. Hoping you get a girl….BUT, I will say that my first, second, and third pregnancies were all very different as far as my cravings went. With my first, I craved meat – ground beef, to be exact – which I had NEVER liked before in my life! But I found myself stopping at Del Taco for their all beef burrito at least a few times a week!! Then with my second, I could not get enough fruit and veggies. It’s practically all I ate. I’d never eaten so much fruit in my life. My favorite meal was chopped tomato & avocado with cottage cheese. All I can remember with my third was that I craved Mexican food EVERY single day. And alas, I got ALL BOYS. But still, hoping you get lots of pink in your future!! :o)

  2. I would have loved to have been able to eat. I have absolutely no appetite while pregnant but I still gain a ton of weight. It’s the worst of both worlds.

  3. I craved cheeseburgers and specifically whoppers from Burger King. Oh and Twix. I ate sooooo many Twix.

  4. Catherine says:

    Donuts. Man did I eat a lot of donuts.

  5. Megan says:

    If I didn’t get my daily lemonade I went crazy by 4pm.

  6. Trina says:

    oooo good luck with the gender information tomorrow! I haven’t had cravings really, but when someone mentions something it gets stuck in my head and then I have to have it. But so far I’m all over the map. (at 21 weeks)

  7. I went up to 197 – just a little shy of 200 lbs – but over 70 lbs. gained throughout my pregnancy. I regret it now – but not then. I LOVED eating :)

  8. I thank God I didn’t have any cravings during my 2 pregnancies, otherwise, who knows!!! Congrats!!

  9. I craved lemons and milk (luckily, not at the same time) LOL. When we would go to a restaurant, others would order an appetizer and I would order a bowl of sliced lemons. Needless to say, the waiters/waitresses would look at me funny and I would tell them ‘don’t question a pregnant woman.’ :) I also would drink almost two gallons of milk every other day (skim milk).

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