• First and foremost, beverages. I regularly drink coffee and tea. Black coffee about one cup every other day and herbal tea before bed about twice a week. Now, at almost 11 weeks, I don’t want to drink anything hot and I skip coffee altogether because it’s too bitter but I don’t want to sweeten it. I don’t normally take ice in my drinks but now I only want to drink something if it has at least three ice cubes in it. And the sudden cold affinity has been consistent in all three pregnancies. I normally like water but now I need more flavor and have been staying hydrated mostly through iced tea and lemonade.
• Normally I’ll eat cereal for breakfast every other day but it sounds disgusting to me now.
• I’m used to eating fish about every other day, and I’m still eating it about 2-3 times a week but I only will eat it beer-battered, instead of the usual baked, pan-fried, or grilled.
• I love all vegetables and could eat a veggie stir-fry with rice seven times a week, but now the only vegetables I can manage are carrots or maybe beets if blended in a smoothie. Greens (including culinary herbs) are definitely a no-go right now unfortunately, as it’s high harvest time.
• As a pescatarian I normally get a lot of protein through beans, lentils, quinoa, tofu, and tempeh, but I haven’t had much of a stomach for any of those, maybe only forcing myself to eat them once a week or so.
• I’m doing okay with fruit, scrambled eggs, green chile, tuna salad (though I gag the whole time making it because of the smell; cooking anything really) french fries, crackers, pretzels, unsalted almonds, and bread/rice. Cheese can go either way.
• I don’t want any chocolate or anything sweet if it’s not fruit or juice.
• Chinese food is still good though for some reason I can’t stand onions right now (normally love them) and lomein noodles are probably one of my favorite things to eat now.
What I want to know is, where are all these random idiosyncrasies coming from? The aversion to hot or even room-temperature drinks is the strangest to me. Is my body telling me that it somehow needs the nutrients in deep-fried fish and chips but not those in baked salmon and mashed potatoes? Is it the baby’s personal taste? Whatever is going on, I find it fascinating because it is so short-lived. I bet in another month, my regular eating/drinking habits and tastes will resume even though I’ll still be growing the same baby. The wonders!
2017, Amaya Engleking