Sending your partner out on a midnight ice cream run? Grabbing a jar of pickles for breakfast? Food cravings are so expected during pregnancy, they’re a familiar cliché.
But what about food aversions? If you were expecting that you’d want to eat everything in sight while pregnant, then your sudden hatred of what used to be your favorite snack might take you by surprise.
Here’s why you can’t eat some things you used to love, and how you can cope with pregnancy food aversions.
What causes food aversions during pregnancy?
Food aversions, like cravings, are possibly caused by the hormonal changes of pregnancy. The hormone that triggered your positive pregnancy test, human chorionic gonadotropin (or hCG), doubles every few days during your first trimester. It peaks and levels off around week 11 of pregnancy. Up to that point, the rapidly rising levels may be behind symptoms like nausea, cravings, and food aversions. But your hormones will continue to affect your appetite throughout pregnancy.
Your food aversions could also be associated with morning sickness. According to a study published in the journal Appetite, nausea and food aversions begin at the same time in pregnancy for the majority of women. This could be because both are caused by the same hormone. But it could also be because you associate morning sickness with foods you’re eating at the time.
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