What I ate…
The first trimester of pregnancy can be a little rough. At least it was for me. That’s what I get for thinking morning sickness doesn’t really exist. I had to learn the hard way that yes, in fact morning sickness is real. As you know from my last three years of posts, I love vegetables, whole grains, freshly baked desserts, and fresh food. During my first 16 weeks of pregnancy, however, my routine eating habits were thrown out the window, due to constant nausea, exhaustion and a general apathy towards cooking.
Most of the foods one “craves” during morning sickness tend to be bread, crackers, and other gluten-filled items. With my new taste buds, I had to entirely rethink my trips to the grocery store and alter my grocery lists.
Here’s a list of what I semi-successfully ate for the first 16 weeks of morning sickness:
Udi’s plain bagels and cream cheese: Normally I’m a cereal girl but Baby Metcalf did not appreciate my morning cereal routine. Fortunately, I found a good substitute. Udi’s bagels taste so similar to the real thing. Toasted, they are delicious with cream cheese. I think I’ve had at least one every day for the last four months. I even traveled with my own bagel stash over Christmas.
Chik-fil-a French fries: Chik-Fil-A uses a separate fryer for the fries so I don’t have to worry about contamination. Their waffle fries are delicious and could serve as an entire meal for me. Warning: don’t try to steal any off my tray. (David learned this the hard way.)
Ruffles potato chips: How did I not know before how darn good these chips are? Deliciously salty, with amazing texture I’ve been converted from kettle cooked to ruffle. I don’t know if I’ll ever go back.
Lucy’s Cookies: These were the only sweet thing I had any desire to eat besides fruity candy during my first trimester. I think I liked them because they weren’t too sweet and I could nibble on them throughout the day. I bought the variety pack on amazon on a very regular basis.
Mike & Ikes: I normally enjoy all things minty: brushing my teeth, chewing gum or enjoying a mint. Well, mint flavored anything just made me throw up so I resorted to Mike & Ike’s to get bad tastes out of my mouth. I know. It’s disgusting.
Spaghetti: I couldn’t eat bagels and chips for every meal so I found that my body really liked spaghetti. (Thanks to my sister-in-law, Heidi, for that suggestion!)
Canada Dry Ginger Ale: No longer did I want a glass of cabernet at the end of a long day but a fizzy, sugary soda to ease my stomach. Canada Dry is definitely gluten free. I’ve had mixed findings in researching other brands.
Fruit: This was the one healthy thing that I could eat. I loved blueberries, strawberries, pineapple and grapes. I also drank a lot of orange juice which I’ve never been a big fan of before. (I would get the OJ with extra calcium since I wasn’t really getting it anywhere else.)
The good news is that everyone is right: morning sickness goes away. I’m thrilled to be (sort of) back to my old ways. I’m still not cooking up a storm in the kitchen, and I find myself toasting a bagel every morning for breakfast but I have had salad in the last week. Baby steps, right?
For those of you gluten-free moms out there: what did you eat when you were battling morning sickness. I never found a gluten-free cracker that tasted good to me. I tried Glutinos for awhile but got tired of them. Would love your thoughts.