If I had to name my number one joy in life it would be eating. I love good food and I love to eat. In fact I don’t trust people who don’t love food especially those weird folk who don’t eat seafood or claim to not like chocolate. Seriously what is the point of living if you don’t eat either of these?
I also have no time for fussy eaters but being pregnant means I have to be a bit fussy myself so can no longer eat a few of my favourite foods such as homemade Italian sausage, soft cheese, natural oysters, smoked salmon and saddest of all poached eggs. These foods are a breeding ground for bacteria such as Listeria. While the chance of developing listeriosis is miniscule it is best to avoid foods such as these which are at a higher risk of breeding bacteria.
I really miss poached eggs. I miss their gooey, golden centres dripping over the firm white outer. I miss eating poached eggs with smoked salmon on a piece of toasted rye. I miss the hot buttery toast soaking up all the yolky deliciousness. I miss sweaty Saturday mornings at the gym knowing I was going to earn every last bite of my post-workout eggy treat. I miss Sunday breakfast dates with The Boy where I’d try and order something different from the menu but always ended up with Eggs Florentine with smoked salmon. I even miss feeling sick from the hollandaise sauce and wishing I had in fact ordered something else. I really miss poached eggs.
And now I’m drooling all over my keyboard.
Since being pregnant I have noticed a change in my eating habits – hello carbs – and it’s led me to wonder why pregnant women crave the things they do.
Pre-up-the-duff I barely touched bread. I would have one slice of toast with my beloved poached eggs every Saturday morning and that was about it. Now I eat toast most days. I also never ate potatoes but love myself some mash these days. Is it because my body is crying out for starchy carbs or is it because I’ve deprived myself for so long and am now using being pregnant as an excuse to indulge in these cravings?
According to essentialbaby.com.au the most common assumption about pregnancy cravings is that they are a physical sign the body is deficient in certain nutrients. However the article goes on to say this doesn’t explain cravings for junk foods with little nutritional value, which can occur quite often during pregnancy.
I’m lucky the only naughty food I’ve been craving is starchy carbs. Well there’s chocolate too but that’s an essential food group I won’t be giving up anytime soon.
On the other side of the coin, in the first three months I couldn’t even look at porridge, – which I ate daily for breakfast – green tea, – my preferred hot beverage choice – or chicken, – my dinner staple. The mere thought of these made me gag. Was my body sick of them? Thankfully I can eat porridge and chicken now but green tea is still a challenge which is odd as previously I’d drink multiple cups a day.
I also developed aversions to meat, alcohol, cigarette smoke and anything in a rich sauce which I tend to believe is because of the below explanation.
“Interestingly it is more likely that it is the aversions women have to particular foods during pregnancy (rather than their emotional cravings) that indicate the body is physically protecting itself for nutritional reasons. For example, women are said to be more tuned in to bitter tastes that are associated with poisonous foods and alcohol, and also often feel nauseated by the process of preparing and eating meat (most likely because of the health issues that can arise with undercooked meat) as well as fatty foods that tend to aggravate morning sickness and digestive problems. Sense of smell is usually affected too, and increased sensitivity to the smell of foods can contribute to the development of aversions.”
I’m keen to hear other expectant mums thoughts on cravings/food aversions. What do you crave or detest now? Are you eating enough to feed a small country like I have been the past few weeks? Has anyone developed pica? Leave a comment below.
Maternally yours, I-Really-Miss-Poached-Eggs