When I was pregnant with Abbie, my firstborn, I didn’t have much morning sickness or any odd cravings. I did, however, go through a period where I only wanted M&M McFlurries. Frankly, I consider it a miracle that I didn’t birth an M&M rather than a human baby.

So when I discovered I was pregnant with my second child, I anticipated the same sort of pregnancy.

But I was wrong. My second pregnancy started out status quo, but by the end of the first month, I was so sick and tired, and tired and sick, and sick and tired of being sick and tired.

Sadly, an extended family vacation took place during this time, and I spent most of it laying down begging people to watch after my daughter so that I could continue my routine of feeling miserable.

In addition to the family vacation, there was a wedding that I had to attend and my gift was a quilt, that I had planned on finishing up on the trip. But I was so sick, that I struggled to finish it in time, and I just barely managed to.

Also, during this period of my pregnancy, no food appealed to me. I couldn’t fathom eating anything. And it was a constant feeling. Nothing made it subside. Until one day, when out of the blue, I began craving sour candy. From that moment, all I wanted was sour candy. sourcandysourcandysourcandy. Sour gummi worms, sourheads, sour blow pops, sourpatch kids. If it was sour and rolled in sugar, I wanted it.

So I spent that miserable time quilting, reading some new books I had purchased, and stuffing my face with sour candy. And so it continued.

One day, a month or so later, the nausea finally stopped.

::cue the angel music::

And so did my craving for sour candy. And the desire to quilt. And those new books? I couldn’t look at them.

I associated all of those things with my nausea. Sour candy? barf. Even the thought of quilting? barf. Those books? As long as I peeled off the bright orange price sticker, I was fine with them, so I spent an hour scraping off those things, trying not to… barf. Even a little spot of the sticker adhesive, if left behind on the book, could start the nausea.

It took me 3 years until I could even consider eating something sour or quilting again.

THREE years.

The mind is a crazy weird thing.

What odd things repelled you and/or did you crave during your pregnancies??


  1. http://CharmingDriver says

    I didn’t find out I was pregnant until I was almost through the first trimester and I BOLDLY thought that I had ”missed” morning sickness. Yeah, no.

    I threw up tons with a little something called morning/afternoon/evening/middle-of-the-dang-night sickness. Ugh. But that didn’t stop my constant craving for truck-stop hot-dogs (I drove until well into my fifth month) with LOTS of mayo (I know, right?).

  2. http://Heather says

    During my first pregnancy I craved the foam from a freshly poured Sprite. And it had to be poured from a 20 ounce bottle, 2 liters and cans didn’t do it for me. I didn’t want to drink the Sprite, that made me :P … I just wanted the foam off the top … how bizarre!

  3. http://Monica%20@%20Paper%20Bridges says

    salty french fries from the Golden Arches. which I ate with wild abandon on my OB visit days. my special treat for surviving another month of bed rest.

  4. http://Malia says

    With my 1st pregnancy, I craved and practically ate my weight in Totino’s Party pizzas. I can barely look at them now.

    Also in my 1st pregnancy, I liked sour lemon drops and, like you, once the nausea passed the thought of them made me queasy. And during my 2nd pregnancy, I still didn’t want lemon drops, instead I wanted LifeSavers Peppermint candies. Today, if I really wanted to, I could eat both of those candies but I find I never really go and seek them out!

  5. http://Guinevere%20Meadow says

    I developed a pure, unadulterated HATRED for salad during my pregnancy with Kiddo. I could eat salad with every meal, but for 9 months I couldn’t even look at the stuff.

    Very weird.

  6. http://HRH says

    Pregnancy one–I could only eat toast and fruit and fruit on toast.
    Pregnancy two–I could only eat Hamburgers. I was raised VEGETARIAN.
    Pregnancy three–So nauseated for 9 months and the ONLY thing I wanted was Sonic Cheddar Peppers.

    In all three pregnancies the thing that made me most want to puke was the smell of MINT or Spearmint or Peppermint as in TOOTHPASTE. Holy crap did that suck.

  7. http://tabitha says

    To this day I can’t even think of Chef Boyardee Ravioli without wanting to puke. It’s been ten years you’d think I’d be over it by now.

  8. http://Tanna%20Clark says

    My first pregnancy was brownie mix, not brownies just the mix. I would make a whole batch of brownies just to have a couple of spoons of the mix.

    Second pregnancy was sour gummy worms! I can’t really eat them now.

    Third was pickles, until my husband bought a huge jar and ten I couldn’t look at them. I got overwhelmed with the idea of eating a whole gallon of the things and the thought just made me sick. :)

  9. http://Melanie%20@%20This%20Ain't%20New%20York says

    In the first trimester all I wanted was Sonic Tater Tots. I could not stand the smell of boiling chicken or coffee. (I was a huge coffee drinker. Turned out to be a blessing since I could drink it while pregnant anyway!)

    At one point I was very sick and went to the ER expecting the worse. We’d had ribs for dinner. Nearly 9 years later I still can’t eat ribs.

  10. http://Michelle%20Smiles says

    I was really lucky – no real morning sickness. But a few food aversions. Fried chicken grossed me out. I made pulled pork for New Years Day…it smelled great all day until I went in to shred it. I looked at it and had to leave the house (made hubby take me out for Mexican) because the smell was going to make me sick. And if I eat another scrambled egg in my life, it will be a miracle. I ate 2 every morning for the first 5 months. Ugh. At the end, I craved peanut butter and especially chocolate peanut butter ice cream.

  11. http://Elizabeth says

    that is hilarious! sticker adhesive!

    i was insanely lucky…no morning sickness…just a little empty stomach feeling when i would get hungry…that’s it. at different times i wanted a milkshake and lasagna…not together…but other than that, no real cravings either.

    i did acupuncture thru (before IVF then all the way thru my preg until I delivered)…we think this might have regulated my nausea as my doc did a nausea point (in the wrist) at every treatement. :-)

  12. http://Strawberry%20Blonde says

    With my daughter, also an Abby, I needed ice cream EVERY night. I never was sick with her, just very nauseous. I worked during the day and napped on the couch until bed time. That may have contributed to my 42 lb weight gain with her.

    With my son, I do not remember anything specific that I wanted or craved. Thankfully, it was a pretty smooth pregnancy. It’s the challenge of raising Henry that makes me crave a frapp or mommy time every now and again. — Brandi

  13. http://T%20with%20Honey says

    Very early in my first trimester with Princess I smelled the coffee brewing as I was walking downstairs and almost puked all over the carpeted steps. From that day on I couldn’t stand the smell of coffee. The next two days were pure torture as I went through complete withdraw.

    It took until a month after she weaned before I had any desire for coffee.

    And once the second trimester hit all I wanted was oatmeal cookies. I baked oatmeal cookies every week and curiously that ‘craving’ died down a little but never completely went a way. I can’t walk by one of those without salivating.

  14. http://Not%20the%20Queen says

    With my first pregnancy, I couldn’t stomach peanut butter. Or chicken, which I thought was weird because it doesn’t really smell or taste like anything strong.

    There wasn’t really anything I couldn’t abide with #2 or with this current one, but I avoided peanut butter like the plague for about 3 months, just in case.

  15. http://Laurie,%20Owner%20of%20Halo%20Secretarial%20Services says

    Nothing so major here – craved limes in first pg, relatively easy 2nd pg only major craving was twinkies! Last pg was worst with nausea throughout in the early ams, especially when brushing teeth. I only threw up maybe a couple dozen times total, but always while brushing my teeth – yuck!

  16. http://Alicia says

    I had terrible morning sickness with all 3 pregnancies! Coffee would especially set me off. With #1, when I finally could eat, I only wanted chocolate. And a mild craving for peanut butter and tuna fish (yes, together)–I resisted that one! With #2, I could only eat fruit. With #3, the twins, I was so sick I eventually had to be put on an I.V. and have home visits every day from a nurse, for about a week!

  17. http://Bonnie says

    My first pregnancy I craved Green Grapes (It was the middle of winter–grapes were $3.99 lb!) My son was born and loves good healthy food-including veges and fruit. My 2nd pregnancy, I craved Pepperidge Farm Brussels cookies–ate them by the bag full. Baby was born and he lives on sweets and anything unhealthy! Any correlation??

  18. http://~%20Straight%20Shooter%20~ says

    Hee. Hee.
    Loved this one Karla.
    There was a 5 year stint I couldn’t eat chicken.
    The rescuer of millions of dinner tables.
    Had bit into the grisly fat on a not trimmed breast early on in my very first pregnancy and couldn’t touch it through two miscarriages, another pregnancy.
    Even then, could only eat fried chicken for another year.
    I’m getting queasy just typing this.
    Gotta. Go.

  19. http://Heather%20@%20Not%20a%20DIY%20Life says

    First pregnancy, anything with marinara sauce. Second pregnancy, no big cravings. I had to keep the weight gain low during that one, so I don’t think I allowed myself to have cravings!

  20. http://Angela says

    When I was pregnant with my daughter (my firstborn), I could not stand the smell of frying ground beef. And to make matters worse, I’d smell it in the house for days after it was cooked. I remember once, a day or so after I’d made something with fried ground beef (and was still smelling it), our neighbor stopped by to borrow something. I met him at the door and said, “Chad, tell me the truth. Does our house stink?” Of course he said no, as did my husband and everyone else who came by. No one else could smell it, but my pregnant nose sure could!

  21. http://Toni says

    Hi, Karla! Love your blog! For my 1st pregnancy (daughter), I craved TCBY orange sorbet, BBQ, baked potatoes, and Famous Amos Oatmeal Raisin cookies. I despised the smell and taste of ground turkey. With my second pregnancy (son), I craved Wendy’s hamburgers and homemade chocolate chip cookies. I still can’t stomach the thought of ground turkey and my daughter is 12 years old!

  22. http://Jennifer says

    You crack me up.

    First pg with Bri – Chocolate and Spicy. I ate wings and Mexican food like they were going out of style and put Tabasco on EVERYTHING. I also had 4 months of all day sickness.

    Second pg with Jimmy – Fruit. Real fruit smoothies, Skittles, Orange soda. Nauseated but never sick the first 3 months. I HATED chocolate and coffee and anything too spicy. Which was bad because they got me a chocolate cake with chocolate filling with chocolate frosting for my work shower.

  23. http://Stacey says

    I had significant food aversions for both my pregnancies. So much so I lost 10lbs in the first 18 weeks each time. (I gained it all back plus another 10 each time too).

    There was a month long period of my first pregnancy where I only ate things that were orange or tan. Oranges, Cheerios,Apple Jacks, very milky coffee, pumpkin pie and salmon made up my diet for a few weeks. I developed such a strong aversion to cooked broccoli that only now, 6 years later, can I stand the smell of it.

    I seemed to have lost my sense of taste for the first trimester of my second pregnancy & increased my sense of smell. I hardly ate anything but toast and yogurt because everything smelled much to strong and tasted way to bland. Later I would develop a craving for Long John Silvers – deep fired greasy food. Just driving by the place now makes me sick

  24. http://Ashley says

    I’ve had so many cravings and aversions during my three pregnancies I don’t think I could keep them all straight if I tried. But one thing that definitely triggers the nausea for me (I had it HORRIBLY all 3 times, bad enough to make me give up on the idea of baby #4) is the weather, combined with being in the shower. If it’s cold and I’m taking a shower I go back to my second pregancy when I had a horrible sinus infection and laid on the couch for a month straight; if it’s boiling hot and I’m in the shower I remember pregnancy number one when I kept thinking “why did I do this???”; and if it’s humid and drizzly outside and I’m in the shower..I go back to #3 when I just kept thinking “this is IT! if I make it through this I’ll NEVER have to do it again!”
    But of course NOW, I’m kind of sad somedays about never doing it again:(

  25. http://Awesome%20Mom says

    Oddly enough I can’t play the game Bejeweled any more. I was playing it while pregnant with my #2 son and suddenly I felt soo queasy. I ended up rushing to the toilet to throw up.

    I also can’t stand the smell of vanilla hand lotion or soap any more. I was pregnant with #2 (obviously a much more queasy pregnancy for me) and at the time my #1 son was being tube fed Pedisure (vanilla flavor) and frequently vomiting feeds in the middle of the night. My husband and I would clean him up (me all the while gagging) and get him back to sleep. I would wash my hands with some soap that just happened to smell like vanilla. I then spent the rest of the night smelling vanilla, wondering if I had missed some puke and feeling sick at that thought. Once I figured out what was going on I gave the soap away.

    Just writing all that made me queasy lol!

  26. http://Channah says

    When I was pregnant, just the thought of coffee or cumin was enough to make me sick. To actually smell them? Oooph – my nausea knew no bounds there.
    Unfortunately, I had nausea up through the end of my 6th month. My son is now 6 months old, and I can sort of tolerate coffee again.

  27. http://Darla%20@%20UltraBeautyBoutique says

    Tuna put me over the edge the entire 9 mos.

    I craved pancakes during the last month of my pregnancy like there was no tomorrow.

  28. http://Samantha%20@%20the%20Listener's%20post says

    Shrimp with the first full-term baby (which was weird – I really don’t like shrimp) and smoothies with the second.

    But with both of them – ice and toothpaste. Yes, I said toothpaste. I could brush those babies for hours and not get enough of the taste.

    You’d think that would make them kids with excellent brushers, but not really. Bummer.

  29. http://Samantha%20@%20the%20Listener's%20post says

    Oh yeah, I forgot the turn offs: hot dogs, all three pregnancies. Even the mention of them made me have to put my head down…

  30. http://Lindsay says

    My first – I craved sugar anything – especially popsicles and yogurt with granola – to this day I can’t touch the stuff.

    My second – I could ONLY drink BOTTLED water, and Taco Bell knew me by name. Gross.

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