Food aversions during pregnancy
Food aversions are typical symptoms at the early stage of pregnancy. They start during the first trimester and soon will go away by the second.
🍜What is food aversion?
A food aversion is when you can’t eat certain foods due to unpleasant smell or taste.😔 It’s the opposite of a craving and also a common symptom in pregnancy just like cravings.🤰
🍜When will you have food aversions?
Food aversions often come along with morning sickness around week 5 or 6 of pregnancy. Your appetite can still be out of whack throughout the entire pregnancy but usually the symptoms of food aversions disappear when you reach the second trimester.🤰
Causes of food aversion
Changes in hormones in pregnancy play an important role in changing your appetite. Increased levels of both estrogen and hCG results in nausea, food aversions, and sometimes vomiting.🤮
In pregnancy, you become hypersensitive to smells👃 and taste, making certain foods unappealing. Food aversion may have developed as a defense against substances that are potentially harmful for the baby.
How to cope with food aversion
Find healthy substitutes that provide the same nutrient you need. If meat🥩 is a big no no, you can try steamed tofu, nuts and cheese.🍢
You can lure your hyperactive senses by mixing them into other foods that you like.🍲 If you hate spinach, try to blend it with your favorite fruits to camouflage spinach’s taste and smell.😃
🍜Cold or bland foods
Since cold food doesn’t have a strong taste or smell, you may find it easier to consume it. Bland food such as rice, oatmeal also has a mild taste so you might want to give it a try.🍚
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