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.
I. REALLY. LOVED. FOOD!
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.
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?