Pregnancy: Ages 18-24 Community
About This Community:

A community of expecting mothers (18 to 24 Years Old) offering support through pregnancy and childbirth. Ask a question, join a conversation, share experiences.

Font Size:
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank

Pregnancy Symptom: Food Aversio...

Food Aversions

What It Feels Like

Certain foods (and smells) will suddenly illicit a very strong and negative response from you. Foods that you previously enjoyed or that didn't bother you now make you want to leave the room because you can't stand the thought of eating it or smelling it. 


Common food aversions include coffee, eggs, poultry, beef, milk and dairy product, and green veggies. 


Your food aversions should subside or calm down a bit by the second trimester, but food will probably still taste a bit off for the entire pregnancy due to those hormones. 

Why do you become averse to certain types of food?

As your hormone levels change, the chemical content of your blood changes, which is often reflected in your saliva. This causes the taste in your mouth to change so foods will taste different than before. 


Your sense of smell also becomes more acute and everyday smells can make you nauseous. 

How To Manage Food Aversions

  • Leave the room if the smell or sight of a food is making you sick.
  • Cook with the exhaust fan going. 
  • Cooking with a microwave emits less odor. 

 

You don't have to eat foods that you're averse to, but you do need to eat a balanced nutritious meal that makes up for the nutrients you're lacking.

  • Eat tofu, beans, legumes, quinoa, edamame and nuts for protein. 
  • Try mashing up meat and putting it into sauces, such as spaghetti. 
  • Eat yogurt and cheese instead of milk. 
  • Get calcium from leafy greens, orange juice fortified with calcium, sesame seeds, or salmon. 
  • Eat carrots and yam, or fresh fruit, instead of green veggies.

 

There is generally no risk to your baby as long as you eat nutritious food that makes up for the missing nutrients. 

 

Food aversion by Pregnancy Week

 

Read about other common pregnancy symptoms>>

Recent Activity
1302038_tn?1431717453
Blank
TinaR10 commented on photo
1 min ago
1302038_tn?1431717453
Blank
TinaR10 commented on photo
1 min ago
2080231_tn?1431533758
Blank
dianaexoh added the Pregnancy Tracker
26 mins ago
Blank
Weight Tracker
Track your weight throughout your pregnancy
Start Tracking Now
Blank
Pregnancy Tracker
Track your pregnancy
Start Tracking Now
Top Pregnancy Answerers
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
Sareney_beany12
10665671_tn?1413748049
Blank
tasha30214
11587059_tn?1427631863
Blank
shaymich2015
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
katie_1989
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
diachong
Avatar_n_tn
Blank
Tavi12
Go
BlankBlankBlank
Report
Rating
Category
Start Date
Oct 22, 2009
by sk123
Last Revision
Nov 04, 2009
by Med Help