Er --- Crave. To Crave.
Disclaimer: this post is about pregnancy. I know that sometimes when things on the fertility train are rough, it is just not fun to read about someone else's pregnancy. If you aren't feeling it, know that I totally get it if you just close the window.
When I was pregnant with Gage, I was always hungry. Always. And I had a really hard time saying no to my cravings -- a random food would pop into my head (asparagus, candy, cupcakes, mayonnaise...) and I'd give in. Which is why I ended up gaining a lot of extra weight with him.
But listen, I am totally an advocate of healthy pregnancies. To quote every pregnancy book I've ever read, "Pregnancy is not the time to lose weight" and if you are purposely losing weight while pregnant (and it's not doctor's orders), then you are a total idiot and very selfish. Sorry, but true. Babies need nourishment.
Anyway, point is that there is obviously a healthy medium between constantly gorging and gaining over 80 pounds and dieting to the point that your baby isn't getting the nutrients that he/she needs and you aren't getting the nutrients that you need.
Which is why I needed to develop a system (I will never, ever be the woman who isn't eating enough while pregnant. Ever). No, my system keeps me from acting like a ravenous 14-year-old boy who just ran a marathon.
I give in to one craving a week.
Last week, oatmeal cookies.
For New Years, homemade sushi (don't worry - no raw fish).
And the week before that, an enormous, juicy hamburger. If you know me, you know how weird this is. I am not a hamburger person.
Still, every now and then that wild beast of hunger comes out if I wait too long to snack and then I just start eating everything in sight - do you ever do that? It's actually kind of fun. Especially when you have brownies on the counter. Yep, I devoured an entire pan AND a boiled egg AND three pieces of bread AND a huge glass of milk AND an orange AND then I laid in my bed in reverie until Gage woke up from his nap. Definitely not going to make a habit out of this (crazy how much the pregnant body needs regular nourishment). But it's a totally punch-drunk feeling that is hilarious and fun.
Pregnant or not, what do you crave?