Pregnancy Is Turning Me Into a Vegetarian

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Up until four months ago, I was a full fledge carnivore. I enjoyed rare steaks, bacon, chicken, sausages, and more. I loved a good burger. I devoured turkey sandwiches. Now, I can't even look at meat without wanting to run to the nearest bathroom. When I enter a supermarket, I feel like I can smell the meat counter from the moment I walk through the automatic doors. Pregnancy has turned me into a vegetarian.

During my first pregnancy, I was susceptible to strong smells like coffee, cooking food, and cigarette smoke (from a passing person on the street), but this is so much more than that.

I find this all very confusing. But, as with all things pregnancy related, I'm trying my best to listen to my body and give it what it wants. I talked with my OB/GYN about this strange occurence, and she assured me that food aversions during pregnancy are an absolutely normal part of the journey. She just wanted to be sure that I am replacing my intake with healthy protein options.

Here's a list of foods that all have a healthy dose of protein in them. It's a helpful checklist for those pregnant ladies that are having the same meat aversion issues.

Greek Yogurt – Greek yogurt has almost double the amount of protein of plain yogurt, which also means it will keep you fuller longer. Top with strawberries and low fat granola for a healthy and satisfying treat.

Beans and Rice – Serve them together for a complete protein meal. Wrap in a tortilla and served with salsa, for a spicy treat. This has been my go to dinner the last few weeks.

Nuts – Try low fat options like raw almonds. These are great diced on top of oatmeal, or by the handful for a quick pick me up.

Eggs – They are not just for breakfast. Hard boil them and make a sandwich or top a salad.

Whole Wheat Pasta – Surprisingly, whole wheat pasta packs a powerful 9-gram per serving protein punch – a lot more than the enriched standard pasta. Plus there are less additives and processed ingredients, which is always a plus.

Quinoa – Pronounced keen-wah, this is an ancient grain that is quickly gaining popularity stateside. Serve it as you would rice or couscous.

Moms, what other food aversions have you experienced during pregnancy?

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Pregnancy Is Turning Me Into a Vegetarian

Christina Montoya Fiedler is a Los Angeles-based parenting writer, former publicist, dog lover, coffee drinker extraordinaire, and mom to an exuberant four-year-old boy. Follow her @cmf2009 and read her musings about being a stay at home mom on her blog, Mama to the Rescue. ... More

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  1. Sarah says:

    I craved fruit of any kind and it didn’t matter if it was strange either. The one thing I had to stay away from was eggs after getting sick off of them and it’s been almost 4 yrs since my son was born, still can’t eat them.

  2. Kimberly says:

    with my first baby, it was no chicken…we normally eat chicken 2 or 3 times a week! not eating chicken was not easy! with baby #2, i couldn’t eat anything…lost 20lbs in the first trimenster..pretty much Ice Cream was the only thing i could keep down…now with baby #3, i’m having difficulty with red meat! at least consistenly with all three my cravings were fresh cold, crisp fruits and veggies… apples, green grapes, celery… that’s good thing right?!?!

  3. tri259 says:

    I was like this my entire first trimester (now I’m in week 34). And I am a steak LOVER! So I stocked up on beans, eggs, and greek yogurt. I ate nuts occasionally too, but beans and eggs were my best friend. By the second trimester I was able to eat chicken and beef but even now I still have issues with fish.

  4. Sarah Murphy says:

    More like part Vegan lol.. dairy makes me so sick now which makes me sad, I love cheese and yogurt! And meat, I will tolerate it but not so much anymore. I can’t think of the last time I had steak or a burger.

  5. Jeanetta says:

    For me it was the opposite…I was a vegetarian when I got pregnant but baby wanted chicken.

  6. I still love meat but can’t eat steak the way I used to. Loved it so much before that I was shocked when I went out and couldn’t eat the steak I ordered 🙁

  7. Francesca says:

    This is so me right now! I wasn’t a huge carnivore before, but still, all I want to eat this pregnancy is fruit and vegetables.

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