Thursday, June 2, 2011

missing out?

Gentle Readers, I fear I've been mislead all these years. Aren't pregnant women, after the initial sickness passes, supposed to eat with reckless abandon? All day every day? Order pizza at 10 p.m.? Send the husband on late-night ice cream runs?

I've been eagerly anticipating the gluttonous, binging phase, and I'm afraid it's not going to happen for me.

I had some first-trimester nausea, but never got sick. However, my appetite still hasn't fully returned. I have no food aversions, but I have no cravings, either. I finally feel hungry now at mealtimes (not really at other times), but even my favorite foods just don't taste as good as they used to. And often, especially recently, my hunger pangs are tinged with nausea and I feel sick after I eat. And, I get full much faster now. Could the dreaded third-trimester nausea that several friends have warned me about be making an early appearance?

On the positive side, there are some benefits to this perceived shortcoming. At 25 weeks, some people still question whether I'm pregnant based on how I look. I'm still running. My nurse compliments my weight management. All of these things are great, but I was longing to chow and even Brad is disappointed about the lack of late-night pizza or ice cream runs.

Tell me, Gentle Readers, is the gluttonous eating phase a myth? Or should I look forward to it later on?

14 comments:

Amy said...

I think it's a myth. I was like you my whole pregnancy. Slightly nauseous and not hungry for the first trimester and then got full quickly for the rest of the pregnancies. I only gained 12-15 pounds with each pregnancy. It was during breastfeeding that I gained weight (unlike what I usually heard where you lose weight then). I was starving and was gluttonous then! Congrats on 25 weeks! Yay!

Emily said...
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Emily said...

On the positive side, the less weight you gain, the less you have to lose!

25 weeks--hip hip hooray!!!!!

Organized Living by Amy said...

I think it's a myth too. It might sound a little harsh, but I think a lot of women just use pregnancy as an excuse to indulge. I never had weird cravings or late night requests. Just listen to your body and continue to eat healthy and exercise. You and baby will be fine! Congrats on 25 weeks!

kerryandtorey said...

I think it is a myth too (or an excuse)! The only thing I craved was fresh fruit. Maybe that is why Miss H loves fruit :-)

Kelly said...

I'm with you. I mean, I have cravings every now and then, but it's not like what you see in the movies. Also, I get full REALLY quickly. I feel sick every time I eat. Yuck.

allison k said...

I also think it's a myth. And I'm in the same boat w/ the first Amy - I've gained weight while breastfeeding. I'm always starving (and eat ALOT more) than I ever did compared to when I was pregnant.

Sorry Sarah said...

It is indeed a myth. I craved fruit and milk. Any junk food I indulged in was all due to my sweet tooth and was not baby related. :) It bugged me how well-meaning people kept urging me to eat all I wanted because I was "eating for two" when in reality the doctor was keeping very close tabs on my weight gain.

Aimee @ Smiling Mama said...

I craved milk like crazy but wasn't extra-hungry until I was breastfeeding. Abel and I went out to a nice dinner about 11 days before Nathaniel was born and I couldn't even enjoy it -- I filled up on the appetizer. It was a bummer!

Stephanie said...

I didn't have cravings either and didn't over-indulge but I did eat whatever sounded good at the time. I had some food aversions but most days only certain things sounded appealing to eat. I agree with Amy that some women use it as an excuse to eat anything even though the Drs stress that you only need a couple hundred extra calories to feed baby! Yay on 25 weeks!

Carrie - LittleLlamas said...

I never had crazy cravings, but did go through a phase during first trimester nausea that the ONLY thing I wanted to eat was a bacon egg and cheese biscuit--- it was a hilarious month or 2 of LOTS of biscuits. And then I did crave things that I think diet-wise I needed, milk, banana, salt, etc... I think our bodies do this naturally, but mine did it a lot more while pregnant.

I felt more ravenous--- "I must eat now" feelings when nursing. I mean you burn some calories nursing--- I could eat a whole steak dinner and be starving an hour later. I was known to be caught in our church kitchen on sundays munching on anything that had been left in the fridge.

Thanks for watching the kiddos Thursday!

@rdweatherly said...

My mom's appetite changed, but she never wanted weird stuff. She craved steak, but she was also a bit iron deficient. She also ate ice cream like the freezer had broken. Figure that was a need for extra calcium. She must have really needed it, too. Good Lord that woman put down some ice cream! She couldn't even stand the smell of seafood, which she loves.

You're so healthy that you're body is probably getting what it needs. I hope for the fun of it Brad gets to make a late night run for watermelon!

Stacy said...

:) I just used pregnancy as an excuse to eat ice cream more often, but I did LOVE to eat spicy foods, and my spice tolerance level was really increased. Thai and mexican food were what I wanted....

So so excited for you at 25 weeks!!! Love and prayers!!

Kristin Jamieson said...

lol, I agree with all the other mamas here. I didn't gain much weight (lost some even being sick!) and the only things I wanted that were out of the ordinary was happy meals occasionally (weird), mac n' cheese, and apple juice. I felt like a toddler.

As for CRAVINGS I went through HUGE bags of clementines and this delicious oatmeal quickbread. Nothing to crazy!

And congrats on 25 weeks!

-KJ