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?

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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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