This is cute. Over the last couple of months I have been unable to express any sort of food preference without Mr Bea referring to it as a "craving" and going to great lengths to fulfill it. This has led to scenarios such as the following:

Mr Bea: "I feel like a beer."

Bea: "I could go a fruit juice."

Mr Bea: "Oh my goodness! You're having a food craving! This is such a cliche."

Bea: "It's a mild preference. Sort of like when a non-pregnant person says, 'I feel like a beer.'"

Mr Bea: "Ok, look, I'll get you your juice. Even though it's ten thirty at night."

Bea: "That's really not necessary."

Mr Bea (putting on shoes): "Tell me what kind of juice you want. Be specific - I don't want to get it wrong. I know what these pregnancy cravings are like."

O...kay. In the end, since he was obviously enjoying himself so much, I expressed a wish for fresh, natural, kiwi and strawberry juice, and he set off on foot to find some. A little over an hour later - by which time it was nearly midnight - he returned home with orange and mango juice, apologetically explaining that was the closest he could find.

Unfortunately, it tasted off. He was delighted with that punchline.

Anyway, it was all slightly baffling fun and games to me until this last week. The trouble is, I'm not having cravings, just anti-cravings. I get hungry. I prepare myself something to eat, and all seems well with the world. But if it isn't the right thing, according to some mysterious formula my subconscious doesn't want to let me in on ahead of time, I can't stomach it. I put it in my mouth and I gag. If it's the right thing, I'm ok. "Right" changes, of course, from day to day. I am afraid to order a meal in a foodcourt without a backup person to swap with if need be. But I'm so hungry! Why, oh why won't my body tell me what it wants? Or accept what's put in front of it?

If anyone can give me good advice, I'm willing to buy you dinner...


20 Comments

Rachel Inbar said...

I always crave red fruits (strawberries, cherries, cranberries, raspberries) - but the truth is that it's even when I'm not pregnant...

My only advice is to enjoy the fact that you don't want to eat everything because it helps slow the weight gain (but not for long :-))

Geohde said...

Reverse cravings would be aversions, yes?

No idea what to do other than have a wide variety available to please the guts :)

J

Shelby said...

I hear you here! I'll be fine with something for a minute, and then I eat it and there's no way another bite is going in. If you find the secret, please let me know!! I just try to have a wide variety of food in the house, so whatever I want, I can make, eat, and if I can't eat it, I pawn it off on the husband, or put it in the fridge for a later day when hopefully it will work. For a while, the only thing I could eat was grilled cheese and Macaroni and cheese.

Beagle said...

Love the Mr. Bea story. He sounds like a doll.

Samantha said...

No great advice here - if you eat out, I guess you should go to a tapas restaurant!

Ms. C said...

I experienced the same thing earlier, and I have to say that it hasn èt gotten much better even as I reach the half-way point. One day itès one thing, and the next itès off the list.
I find that I can stomach most fruit, but need to stay clear of most protein (fish, chicken, eggs).
I fall a little short on advice because I usually canèt even make it to the prep stage; just thinking about some foods makes my stomach turn. If I would recommend anything it would be to think long and hard about it before making it. That, and see if you find 1 or 2 things that you know will always work and have those on hand when youère hungry so that you donèt get too hungry.
(Sorry, my apostrophe seems to be not working...)

serenity said...

I am completely smitten with Mr Bea, you know that? Too funny.

I never had real aversions per se, but I spent a LOT of time thinking about what I wanted to eat - I imagined actually eating it. When I found something that in my imagination tasted really good, I went with it. And I always got a backup - pita chips for me were a good alternative. If I couldn't finish what I ate because "It wasn't working for me," the bag of pita chips did me just fine.

But thankfully it's slackened off in the past couple of weeks, so hopefully this anti-craving thing will be short-lived for you.

Stephanie said...

Congrats on your u/s! I still don't have cravings at 17 weeks and just started to be able to eat again with out taking two bites and being finished. Your hubby is so sweet to make a juice run for you. Im not so sure my will if the cravings start!

Thalia said...

My tip is to eat something IMMEDIATELY you feel hungry, while preparing whatever it is, then you are less likely to want to gag when you eat the long awaited for thing. I found eating 3-4 brazil nuts (great for the selenium) or a wholewheat cracker, or a bit of cheese (I had trouble eating enough calcium), or an apple, just took the edge off enough that I could enjoy the meal when it finally arrived.

Cibele said...

I hear you sister, I am having the same reverse cravings or aversions... I use to have a very good apetite, but now nothing sounds good!

Jason and Samantha said...

Your hubby is cute. :) Sounds like something mine would do.

And Aversions. They suck, Ass! There really is no advice except try not to go absolutely batty. I'm almost 6 months and still do that. It drives me crazy. Just eat what you are able, when your able.
And pray you don't gag. I survived on spaghetti O's and ravioli for three months.

Good Luck!

Aurelia said...

I'm not sure, although I assume that some sort of snacking immediately might help, as Thalia said?

Jess said...

Fruits were often good for me....and pasta or bread worked a lot, too.

I'm jealous of your Mr. Bea, though!! Good man!

Karaoke Diva said...

I'm craving cheese sticks. Specifically mozzarella sticks from Arby's. I want them ALL. THE. TIME.

I will weigh 300 pounds by the time this pregnancy is done. At least it's cheese. Good source of calcium, right? And fetuses need calcium, righ?!?!?!

travelise said...

For me the only thing I could guarentee I would want to eat was carbohydrate. Particularly any form of potato (hot chips, baked, mashed etc). But also pasta, white bread (I usually eat wholemeal) and white rice (I usually eat brown).

But fruit was usually a pretty safe bet too.

I seriously went off meat - even the smell would make me gag.

But that is only my experience, I think the thing is that everyone is different, so it is difficult to offer advice. But hope you can find what works for you.

The Town Criers said...

All I can tell you is the twins tricked me horribly. I never eat potato chips, but they made me weep over my need for Pringles. A half of can of chips later and I was vomiting into the toilet. Don't give in to the craaaaaaaaaavings.

Banana bread and strawberries helped me.

Heather said...

What a good man!

The Momcaster said...

gosh, don't really have any advice...
but in my case, as i got to about 16-17 weeks the cravings/aversions just disappeared. maybe you just need a wait a wee bit longer.

had a really week appetite in the first tri but (unfortunately?) i'm more than over compensating for it now!!

soralis said...

When I was PG crackers were the only thing that were always on the 'good' list. Good luck

Changing Expectations said...

I crave nothing at all. In fact, I literally do not want anything. Except maybe smoothies. Love them.

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