Pregnancy Cravings are REAL

pregnancy cravings are real

Photo of and taken by Eden Eats

It’s official, I can finally announce I’m 12 weeks pregnant and our 4th baby will be arriving in December! This has been such a hard secret to keep, especially since I felt like I started showing the second I had a positive pregnancy test. My uterus definitely knows what to do!

So what’s crazy is I will be turning 40 (yikes!!!) just (just in case meaning) 2 weeks after I have the baby. I laugh now that earlier this year I kept telling everyone that 40 was my year, and how I planned to “look the best and be the fittest I’ve ever been at 40”. Kind of ironic now that I will actually be in the worst shape of my life at 40… but hey it’s worth it!

Seriously we couldn’t be happier, this is a huge blessing, and we are excited to grow our family. I can’t wait to snuggle a newborn again! And the baby smell…oh you can never get enough of that. The blissful newborn days are short but oh so sweet and Christmas will definitely be extra special this year.

So prior to becoming pregnant I was in pretty good shape physically, had recently detoxed and lost 8 pounds, was running and getting my body “summer ready”. I found out I was pregnant, hopped on the baby train and fell of the wagon…HARD! I’m not joking. Suddenly I was a carb addict, only wanting bagels, toast, crackers, bread, you name it.

Bread, bread, and more bread.

Did I mention bread? 🙂

I have been soooo nauseous with this pregnancy (which has me convinced it’s a girl), I really couldn’t stomach the idea of eating my usually egg and kale omelet for breakfast or a salad for lunch. And meat sounded absolutely disgusting.

When I do feel like eating I’m a french fry maniac. Like certified. Actually you can add tacos, chips and just about anything else loaded with salt to the list. Pregnancy cravings are REAL. I swear the guy at McDonald’s probably knows me by my first name at this point.  I even went there at 10:15 one morning, realized they were still serving breakfast, and waited in my car for 15 minutes until I could go order a large fry.

At this rate, I could end up gaining more than I weigh. Kidding of course, but I seriously need to get on track. When I got pregnant I was all…”i’m going to workout every day, eat organic fruits and veggies, blah, blah, blah”. You now know I took a major detour from that plan. But the nausea is starting to subside and it’s truly time (race against time phrase) to get back on track.

The funny thing is, my doctor told me I don’t even need any extra calories in the first trimester. It’s not until mid-way through the 2nd trimester I should add 200-250 calories per day. And of course this is something I know. But there’s just something about pregnancy that makes you think “I deserve this” and somehow we justify it. Like I said pregnancy cravings are so so real!

So I’m working to modify the meal plan I typically follow (adding in a few more healthy carbs for pregnancy), and I plan to do my best to stick to it. I’ve also started walking 3 miles per day when I feel up to it. And that really helps.  It’s amazing how much better it makes me feel.

I’m seriously on a mission to find healthier alternatives to these foods I crave. Healthier alternatives that actually taste good. I’m an amazon click away from buying an air fryer because I think this could be a better solution for my french fry addiction.  Sorry McDonald’s! So stay tuned because when I find something good I will for sure be sharing it! It’s time to get my $h!& together!!

So tell, me what foods did you crave during pregnancy?  Did you too feel like a carb maniac during the first trimester???




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    May 30, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    First trimester I was a carb addict too! Croissants were my go too, also the kids Peanut butter panda puff cereal from Whole Foods and Kodiak cakes pancakes. This article is hilarious BTW 😉

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    May 30, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    With my first, I craved fresh blueberries. With my second, Reese Peanut Butter Cups. And nothing for my third.

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    Mrs g
    May 31, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Hey it actually sounds like you may need a yeast cleanse or have a thyroid problem. I just (just in case meaning) wrote an article on thyroid issues check my link below yours in our group. Not trying to promote anything but when you are overgrown with yeast you crave carbs and also hormonal differences and imbalance with your thyroid may be causing the desire to eat unhealthy. Most women should double their iodine intake during pregnancy for normal fetal development. Best of luck!:)

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    June 8, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    I craved French fries too! And sour candy. Both so bad for me haha. But hey I was happy 🤷🏻‍♀️

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    July 7, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Rachel, I was lucky in that I craved green everything with an occasional milk shake thrown in. I’m a reformed food -aholic so I probably programmed my brain that way. I was determined to eat healthy in my pregnancy and give myself as well as my baby lots of good nutritious foods and keep my weight in a healthy range for me. It was a good thing too because I developed a hernia due to a nasty cough which could have resulted in an emergency surgery if I had given into the Usual Pregnancy Cravings and it had gotten constricted. Thankfully, it went away after delivery and surgery was not required !

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