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The Ghost of Morning Sickness Past

By Amalah


Does anybody else still have a leftover food aversion from pregnancy? Something that made you sick or you just didn’t want or couldn’t eat? Something you STILL don’t want to eat, however many months or years later? Will I ever eat hummus again? (Because I threw up angel food cake once when I was seven and I STILL can’t bring myself to try it again, so it could be that my digestive system just likes to hold a mean grudge.)

Hummus. I cannot eat hummus. I don’t even want to smell it or look at it or think about it.

Hummus. Oh my God. Even typing the word is making me all queasy.

I gave birth over 18 months ago. That’s about how long it’s been since I struggled with heartburn, and my morning sickness eased up around 21 months ago, more or less. But oh my God. HUMMUS. I still can’t even talk about it.

The thing is, I don’t remember getting particularly extra sick from hummus during my pregnancy. I’m not sure I even ate it at all, because I remember a very strong aversion to it from very early on. I used to like hummus. I probably would have even said I loved it, but I just really didn’t want it once I was pregnant. I would gag just thinking about that pungent, garlicky smell and mushy texture and ew. No thanks, I’ll pass.

But I had PLENTY of other food and odor aversions — meat, in particular, was the big one, along with the smell of cooking eggs or burning toast. I had a very, very limited number of inoffensive foods for the majority of the pregnancy. I remember suddenly wanting a steak in my ninth month and almost weeping for joy over actually enjoying a normal meal without fighting my gag reflex, and as soon as Ezra was born my body immediately started demanding TONS of the previously nausea-inducing foods. MEAT! I WANT MEAT! CHICKEN! FISH! EGGS! IN FACT, SOMEBODY JUST BRING ME A WHOLE COW WITH A SIDE OF PIG ALREADY.

But not hummus. That aversion stays with me still. I have no problems with garlic, but yet I think about hummus and recoil at the imagined smell and phantom heartburn and memories of so. Many. Many. Mornings (and afternoons and evenings) hunched over the toilet, barfing up air and nothingness, praying for it to stop already. My kids love hummus, and I spread it on mini-pita bread for them while not breathing in. My mother-in-law makes her own and always brings along a generous tub when she visits. I finally asked her to please please please stop offering it to me because it really genuinely makes me ill to even contemplate. She, of course, thought I was totally crazy, and probably rude.

If you landed here but are still pregnant, visit Amalah’s Pregnancy Weekly. You won’t regret it.


Published April 27, 2010. Last updated October 22, 2017.
About the Author

Amy Corbett Storch


Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to [email protected].

Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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  • Kate F.

    April 27, 2010 at 10:09 am

    (I threw up grape juice when I was 4 and aside from Baptist Church communion as a kid/teen, have never tasted it again.)
    I’m still pregnant, but I realized the other day that due to an…incident in my first trimester, I am now totally grossed out by my previously-favorite burger place. Dammit. Burgers in general are fine, and in fact I found them to be among the few things I was interested in in those early months, but I was feeling SO sick that night and then our friend was splurting ketchup onto his plate with reckless abandon and I had to excuse myself.
    We went back for the first time the other night and while I got through most of my burger, I didn’t enjoy it, and then I grossed out towards the end and had to hide it. Ergh.

  • BB

    April 27, 2010 at 10:10 am

    During the height of my morning sickness I remember getting so violently sick off of Mac & Cheese that the puke was coming out of my nose and mouth at the same time. I have not touched mac & cheese since and it took me a solid year to even be able to eat noodles again.

  • Kristen

    April 27, 2010 at 10:21 am

    SUBWAY. I walk by one almost every day and that smell. I don’t know what it is, the smell of fake bread baking? I longed for deli meat when pregnant and used to love subway so I tried a [gag] meatball sub from there when pregnant in a futile attempt to get my fix. EW.
    Never again Subway, NEVER AGAIN!

  • Wallydraigle

    April 27, 2010 at 10:44 am

    From my first pregnancy, whole wheat pasta. Used to love it. Now I go to potlucks and make my husband taste-test the lasagna before I’ll try it on the off chance that horrible stuff is lurking in that innocuous-looking pan. And from this last pregnancy, I, too, cannot even look at hummus. But it’s only the kind I used to make at home and the stuff they sell in the grocery store. There are several restaurants that make a hummus I can still enjoy. I’ve scoured the Internet for the Perfect Hummus Recipe, but none of them are doing it for me. I miss hummus.

  • jc

    April 27, 2010 at 11:33 am

    This is great, I thought I was the only one. My son is seven and a half and I still can’t eat those frozen pizzas that you bake yourself.

  • Miriam

    April 27, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I still can’t eat peanuts or peanut butter. Still gives me bad heartburn.

  • Ally

    April 27, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Holy heck I still can’t even think about hamburger helper, anything from Wendy’s, or sushi. I threw up nine months for both of my pregnancies. I’m guessing since we want to have a lot of kids, by the last kid is born I won’t be eating anything.

  • Chloe

    April 27, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Oh man, butter chicken and roasted bell peppers were my biggest food issues both during and after pregnancy. I didn’t throw up a whole lot, but I was pretty much permanently queasy for the first 5 months of pregnancy.
    I was just able to enjoy butter chicken but roasted peppers? Not so much…

  • stacy

    April 27, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I am bummed, but, lettuce. I used to have a big salad with dinner every night before pregnancy. I couldn’t even stomach the thought of it when pregnant, and now, 14 months later am still only able to get a few bites down before just the act of chewing the lettuce starts to make me feel a bit icky. I don’t know why! I’ve tried soft lettuces (bad) and crunchy lettuces (also bad). I’ve tried putting a bunch of other veggies and stuff in it. It’s just the LETTUCE. I don’t want to chew it!
    weird. I know.

  • Lori

    April 27, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    blueberry bagels
    I still remember the feel, taste & smell of them coming up….3 yrs ago. I can’t bring myself to eat them!

  • Andrea

    April 27, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Ugh, coleslaw. Made it while pregnant with my now 15yo son, and have not been able to go near it since. Only recently have I been able to allow other people to eat it in my presence.

  • Jennifer

    April 27, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Boca Spicy Veggie Chicken Patties. OMG. I never ate one during my first pregnancy, but I demanded that my husband stop eating them. I had to leave the house when one was cooking. It was months after I had the baby before he could cook one again. Really, though, we just don’t buy them anymore because something tells me the aversion might still be there. I just don’t want to find out!

  • ChelsE

    April 27, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I still can’t eat french fries, particularly cheese fries.
    OMG just thinking of them makes me want to puke.
    I didn’t like anything sweet for a while, but I got over that, unfortunately.

  • De in D.C.

    April 27, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    I’m 3 months postpartum and still fighting with eggs. I managed to eat 2 eggs a couple weekends ago, but this past weekend I had to leave the room while my partner cooked some.

  • Carmen

    April 27, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Pesto. OMG, it is so repulsive now. All weirdly textured and green and sometimes slimy. Gag.
    I used to love it. But during my first pregnancy in 2005, I had nausea & vomiting from week 7-week 39. My husband kept on cooking pasta with pesto (sun dried tomato or regular) and I kept on taking one look at it and sprinting for the bathroom. He’s a smart man, but he never learned. It’s been over 4 years and while I can sometimes take a bite, it still is icky.

  • EW

    April 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I actually miss how good cereal tasted when I was pregnant. I was typically starving at 10 pm every night, and wanted a big bowl of cereal. I don’t mind it now, but man did it taste good then.

  • Mouse

    April 27, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    I was going to say that I haven’t had this problem, but De’s comment above reminded me that eggs have been an on-and-off thing for me too.

  • bessie.viola

    April 27, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Broccoli. Oh my God. My daughter is two and I am *just* now able to eat it again.
    It took me a while with cucumbers, too.

  • Salome Ellen

    April 27, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    I never had pregnancy aversions. But I bet it’s the tahini in the hummus that’s giving you problems, not the garlic.

  • EG

    April 27, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    The smell of the dishwashing detergent that made me sick to my stomach while pregnant (1 year ago) still grosses me out today. Weird.

  • ras

    April 27, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    For me, it’s chicken. I can eat it now, as long as I drown it in some kind of sauce or cook it until it’s pretty much no longer recognizable (I do a lot of slow-cooker barbecue). But, 14 months postpartum, the smell of it still makes me sick and it takes a lot of psyching myself up to handle raw chicken.
    I also seem to have lost my taste for alcohol, especially wine. I used to have a drink every night, but since E was born, I just don’t enjoy the taste.
    On the other hand, certain foods have never tasted better to me than when I was pregnant. Milk, for example, became the most pleasant, creamiest, elixir of the gods I had ever tasted. Frozen waffles, oddly, also became a highly desirable meal.

  • Nora

    April 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Goat Cheese. I didn’t throw up once when I was pregnant. Plenty of things made me gag but I never lost my lunch. I had a bite of homemade pizza, with goat cheese mozzarella, and I had to spit it out and brush my teeth immediately, I was gagging even then. I still can’t smell or touch the stuff 7 months after.

  • Jo

    April 27, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Urghh, broccoli, yes! When I was pregnant, just the mention of broccoli would have me racing to the bathroom. It was bad. There is a town near us called Brockley and even the mention of that would have me nauseous. I’m only now (daughter is 20 months) able to withstand it, but only if it is raw or very lightly steamed. The idea of overcooked, limp, dull-green broccoli still makes me gag. Blergh.

  • Leslie

    April 27, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Barbecue and any kind of smoked meat still puts me over the edge. I very recently have begun to tolerate others eating it around me, but unfortunately its the smell that gets me and that is pretty tough to avoid. Did I mention that I live in MEMPHIS? Not a convenient aversion to have in the land of Blues and BBQ!

  • Ashley

    April 27, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Sundried tomatoes. The sight of a jar of them in the fridge nearly sent me over the edge with my first pregnancy… nine years ago. Haven’t been able to eat them since.

  • Gail

    April 27, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    After becoming repulsed by the sight of yogurt when I was pregnant, I couldn’t eat it for years. And even now I can only eat Greek yogurt — the other stuff reminds me of morning sickness.

  • jive turkey

    April 27, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Lobster, lemon hard candies, ginger snaps, and the smell of cocoa butter or Loreal Color Vive shampoo. I was trying to be all proactive with the lemon candies and ginger snaps to head off morning sickness (and the cocoa butter to keep the belly moisturized), and all I did was ruin those things for myself. Pregnancy fail.

  • Caitlin

    April 27, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Omelette. This is completely irrational because I wasn’t sick during pregnancy (though I did have some aversions). But now I can eat scrambled eggs no problem. But not omelette.

  • maddie

    April 27, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Not food, but TURTLENECKS. Ugh that horrible feeling of something tight against my throat. Never bothered me before, but for some reason during pregnancy I just couldn’t take it. Awful. I’m almost a year out but eek turtlenecks.

  • Allie

    April 27, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I was often ill as a child (still am, ill I mean! Not a child!), so every day I was forced to have some cherry-flavored concotion trickle into my stomach, usually, by a gtube. Even if I didn’t swallow it, the burps that followed still made me taste it. I no longer have to torture myself by cherry-flavored, medical syrup, but I still loathe cherries with every being inside me. I can’t even swallow a Shirly Temple without gagging, it’s pathetic.

  • Laura

    April 27, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Cold apple cider. Over FIVE years ago, during my first pregnancy, I had terrible morning sickness but I woke up one day dying of thirst and the first thought I had was a huge glass of apple cider. It led to a sort of…exorcist-level incident. I can only drink it hot now.
    (thinking back, I have no idea why a giant glass of something so acidic on an empty stomach seemed even remotely appealing. pregnancy is weird, dude.)

  • incognito

    April 27, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    These are all making me laugh, which I needed…but also paranoid. I am currently in the throes of morning sickness and identifying with so many of these. Jonesing for cereal at night? Check! Barfed an omelette this morning? Check! Milk and waffles on the All Star list? Oh yes. I didn’t know these aversions could linger, though, and am concerned that Indian food might be off limits for the long term, which would make me very sad. I’m hopeful if I keep switching up and never puke the same thing twice no one thing will = permanent gross. Let’s hope.

  • incognito

    April 27, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    And shredded wheat coming out of my nose? Holla!

  • Trish

    April 27, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Ethiopian food. I was in Ethiopia during the first trimester. LOVED Ethiopian food pre-pregnancy. But the smell ofthe spices permeated and just thinking about it makes me nauseous. God help me if I go back.

  • Jess

    April 27, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Cottage cheese. I was vegetarian on my first go-round and I was obsessed with getting my protein. My husband went to get some more for me and got made the mistake of not noticing the packaging said “extra tangy” cottage cheese. My pregnant stomach took one bite, thought it was rancid, and that was OVER.
    The second pregnancy, I was much sicker, but during those first couple of months I ate about 7 lemon meringue pies by myself. They were good then, but later in that pregnancy my sweet grandma made me one, knowing I’ve always loved them and I STILL cannot look at one without that reflex starting to kick in in the back of my throat. Ugghhh.

  • DB

    April 27, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I was so nauseous with my first one that I actually had aversions to shows I watched at the time and places I went. For example, I was so miserable all I could do was sit in on the couch and try to distract myself with TV, and I just so happened to be watching the first couple seasons on Weeds on DVD. Well, years after that I still felt nauseous watching Weeds (fortunately, I pushed through on this one because the show is just to good to avoid). But I had similar reactions to places I visited and even the month of August (I’m not kidding!)
    I am a psychologist and I remember learning that the sensation of nausea is so powerful that we develop immediate negative associations to anything that happens to be around us when we feel it, so having an aversion to a non-food thing can totally happen (although if a food item is around our brains typically associate that with the nausea first, which makes sense from an evolutionary standpoint – caveperson eats plant, feels nauseous immediately afterward, and so avoids that plant in the future, not necessarily that particular spot in the forest,) BUT in the absence of a food item, or if the nausea is strong enough, we can develop aversions to anything, and they can be powerful enough to last for years and years!

  • Jenn

    April 27, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Mexi-Ranch dressing from Applebees (for 6 years! I loved it and now I still feel sick even thinking of it) and Pizza Hut pizza, but only at the resteraunt itself(for 4 years).

  • Dillo

    April 27, 2010 at 8:13 pm


  • Natalie

    April 27, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Mayo…what an evil horrible substance
    I gave birth 17 months ago and it still makes me gag

  • jodifur

    April 27, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Here is an odd one. Cucumbers. I couldn’t eat them when I was pregnant and I can’t touch them now. Cucumbers. Do they even taste like anything? They certainly don’t smell. I have no idea.

  • Cheryl Brister

    April 27, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Oh man, butter chicken and roasted bell peppers were my biggest food issues both during and after pregnancy. I didn’t throw up a whole lot, but I was pretty much permanently queasy for the first 5 months of pregnancy.

  • wallydraigle

    April 27, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    @incognito If it helps, I have only two lingering aversions left over from my two pregnancies; all the others were gone within minutes of birth (post-C-section, there I am lying on the table waiting to meet my baby, and all I can think about is FOODFOODFOODFOOD). And I had 40 food aversions for every day of the week. I only gained 6 pounds during my second pregnancy because everything sounded like and smelled like and tasted like wet dog butts, right up until the very end. Sometimes I’d go days eating nothing but lettuce and prenatals (maybe, if I was feeling up to keeping them down). And WATER even smelled bad sometimes.

  • Jen W

    April 27, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    My twins will be six months next week (half a year already?!?! Where does the time go?) and I have JUST NOW in the past couple weeks gotten over my gag-inducing aversion to Trader Joes Turkey Meatballs. Which in a non-preggo state are delicious and my husband would eat them for every meal if I’d let him. But for more than a year now I gag at the smell of them, never even stomaching an actual taste. To tell the truth I think it is possible I never even ATE a single ONE when I was pregnant, they smelled that repugnant. However, the many many many things I did eat and violently threw them up, have been no big deal. Even the Easter Ham, which last easter I threw up. Through. My. Nose. Yup. Ham in Nose. And this year? Delish.

  • Kimberly

    April 27, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Green grapes. Red and purple are OK, but not the green. The visual reminder…UGH.

  • lindswing

    April 27, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    GINGER, especially with lemon. Yech.
    I finally got over my hatred for avocados a month or two ago (my little guy is 7 months old).
    I can’t drink juice with cereal anymore, especially with cheerios or raisin bran, as it came back up too many times during those very loong 9 and a half months of “morning” sickness (morning-ha!). I couldn’t stand plain water on bad days, so I’d put a little bit of juice in it, so juice is now a stand-alone food.
    I also can’t handle the smell of my favorite coffee shops any more. There’s one that’s pretty airy and I still like hanging out it, but the others smell like nausea. My poor husband works from home and out of coffee shops, and there were months where I wouldn’t let him work there unless he came home before I did, put his clothes directly into the washer, and showered. And that was the good one. I definitely drink coffee again, though. Just that smell…

  • Leigh

    April 28, 2010 at 1:43 am

    LASAGNA! I used to adore it but, while I was pregnant with my daughter, she kicked so hard that it all came right back up. After six months of “morning sickness” (what a lie that one is!), I’m surprised that lasagna is the only food to which I have an aversion!

  • From Belgium

    April 28, 2010 at 5:39 am

    During my first pregnancy I just couldn’t stand the tought, smell or taste of mussels, which I loved before, I still think they are yukkie and my daughter is 13 months old. Now with the second on the way, I gag at Belgian Andive, which is a problem since I live in Belgium right in the middle of ‘Belgian Andive county’. They simply throw it at me. Urgh.

  • Michelle

    April 28, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Rotisserie chicken. My husband kept bringing home those Giant deli chickens and OMG…it took me MONTHS after my daughter was born to even eat roasted chicken again…

  • deedee

    April 28, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Mentioned twice so I must ask: what is butter chicken??
    My favorite lunch-on-the-go used to be cheese on a tortilla nuke to melt the cheese and then add some salsa then roll it up. Well….haven’t touched one since my last pregnancy when it made me violently ill. Nothing else (absolutely nothing-taste or smell) bothered my tummy at all in any of my three pregnancies…

  • crabbyappleseed

    April 28, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Ditto on the cottage cheese. I never got sick on it, I literally woke up one day absolutely REPULSED by the mere thought of it. My daughter is seventeen months old and I still don’t even want to touch the container. I also developed aversions (without ever vomiting, just random aversions) to string cheese, apples, strawberries, and sweet potatoes (all things I eat regularly). The only one that remains is cottage cheese.
    And I was also a huge cereal addict. I went thru boxes and boxes every week.

  • Jamie @ PB&N

    April 28, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    So great! I had an egg aversion with my first pregnancy – that I quickly got over. Now with the second there are many things I have had/made that I could only eat once (good thing my husband doesn’t mind eating ALL of the leftovers). The Folgers coffee that my boss makes, that smell continues to make me queasy from my first pregnancy.

  • Marlena

    April 28, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Steak/red meat was my no-no for pg #1. Did not hate as much for pg #2 but I used to love it, and now, take it or leave it. Wish I could say the same for chocolate!
    Another related and interesting thought – pregnancy cravings often live out in the child. My mom ate like 7,200 bags of spicy Doritos and a boatload of hot peppers while pg with him, and the kid loves spicy food (and spicy Doritos in particular).

  • Katie

    April 28, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Palak Paneer!
    It used to be my favorite Indian dish. It was the first morning sickness victim when I was pregnant. After puking it up, I couldn’t stand it for months. Near the end of my pregnancy my husband really wanted Indian so I decided to try it again. And surprisingly, it was delicious! I went into labor a few hours later and puked it up. So, now I can’t stand Palak Paneer. I suspect this will last awhile (it’s been 10 months).

  • Joanna

    April 28, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    I still can’t eat (2 years later) any kind of eggs except deviled eggs. The irony here is that prior to being pregnant, I wouldn’t touch deviled eggs but would eat eggs any other way. I also haven’t gotten over my fear of traffic… I was scared to death that I would be stuck in traffic and need to go to the bathroom. Now when I am in traffic I swear I need to go to the bathroom even if I just went 🙂

  • Erica Dougas

    April 28, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I was on Lupron last summer (to treat endometriosis in the hopes of getting pregnant) and for those six months of chemo-related nausea and hotflashes, I really ate only four things: Life Savers Pepomints, Aldi German pretzels, Coca Cola from Mexico made with real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup and dairy products of any kind but especially Haagen Dazs Five. I don’t like Pepomints anymore, I can barely look at pretzels of any kind and I cannot stand Haagen Dazs ice cream. It’s especially weird that the four things I craved and now don’t touch are all processed foods, because in general, I really only eat whole foods. The only one of those four I still like is Coca Cola with sugar, but even that I still associate with queasiness. I don’t think your body forgets nausea very easily.

  • Valerie

    April 28, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    I LOVED cumin before I got pregnant. Couldn’t get enough of it.
    However, once I got pregnant, I couldn’t be near it. Almost 18 months later, I still can’t.

  • Kelly

    April 29, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Watermelon. Before I got pregnant I could eat a whole one by myself. Almost 2 yrs later and I still can’t really eat it – nothing to do with a bad puking experience, they just seem gross. My daughter loves it and I have to not think about it too much when I get it for her. I also had an apple aversion that lasted for a while after she was born, but I’m ok with them now.

  • Anna

    April 29, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Vegetables. The most unhealthy time of my life has thus been pregnancy, breastfeeding, and….still.

  • Beeeee

    April 30, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Salt and vinegar potato chips. Ugh, I still shudder. Might I recommend never ever throwing those up? Bleh.
    And I’m with Maddie on the turtlenecks! Totally averse to those now!

  • maureen

    April 30, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Crackers. I may never eat another one. And, the whole Christmas season. Last year, I was so sick during Christmas that I had to go to the hospital. This year, I started hearing the songs and seeing the decorations, and I seriously started getting heave-y. I hope THAT one goes away.

  • Michele

    April 30, 2010 at 11:47 am


  • pseudostoops

    April 30, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Well, this is not MY food aversion, but my mother got so sick when she was pregnant with me from broccoli that she didn’t eat it for my entire childhood, and had to leave the room if it was cooking. And then one day, when I was about 13, it cleared up, and now she eats it all the time. So there’s still a possibility that you and hummus will have a beautiful future together, is what I’m saying.

  • Leah

    April 30, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    The other day I put in a DVD for the kids and a wave of nausea washed over me. I hadn’t seen it since I was pregnant with my 2 year old. I had comepletely forgotten about being sick until the intro song started and I immediately felt nauseaus. Also bright, crisp fall days make my stomach churn. So annoying. Wonder if I will always feel this way? Certain smells also trigger nausea.

  • Melissa

    April 30, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    My downstairs neighbors cook things that, while I’m NOT pregnant I wouldn’t want to eat… while I was pregnant, my husband would walk in the door first take a whiff and let me know if I could breathe in going upstairs. Often, I didn’t make it. We also covered our vents… I think it permeated the floor at points. Any smell could get me. Meat especially… Textures also got me. So eggs, yogurt… I was kind of extreme, what with the hyperemesis and being hooked up to an IV for a while.

  • Laura

    April 30, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    I had hyperemesis with both pregnancies so my aversions were so numerous that there isn’t enough room to list them all. I had about 10 foods I could eat without seeing them again so after I had my boys I never wanted to see them again. With the first son, it was eggs and red Gatorade- I still can’t drink Gatorade and it took a good year and a half after pregnancy to be able to eat eggs again. I also can’t stand turkey, applesauce and baked potato chips because that was all I could keep down for months- that was over 6 years ago.
    With my second son I ate cheese and turkey quesadillas every day so I never want to look at another one of those again. My oldest loves for me to make him cheese quesadillas for lunch and I do it while breathing out of my nose and barely looking at the skillet. I also can’t watch “The Wedding Crashers” because I remember that playing all the time on HBO and since I was so weak and hooked up to an IV I couldn’t change the channel. Just seeing an ad or a picture for it makes me nauseated and that was almost 4 years ago.

  • Rachel

    April 30, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Cole slaw… oh god. I just threw up in my mouth a little thinking about it.

  • shadymama

    April 30, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    one word.

  • JoJo

    May 1, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Canned salmon. I didn’t even get throwing-up sick when I was pregnant, just nauseated, but just the idea of canned salmon was enough to make me gag. My mom thought I was crazy and insisted on making herself a salmon sandwich when I was visiting. I left the kitchen dry-heaving. 6 years post-pregnancy, I am almost gagging writing this. Weird.

  • Colleen

    May 1, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Popcorn. The smell still makes me gag. Even looking at it in the grocery store…

  • Michelle

    May 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Root beer is the only food that still gives me trouble. I never actually puked, but with my second pregnancy I was sooo nauseated, especially in the early evening. One night I drank a root beer. I thought it would help me because it contained ginger. I never felt so awful in pregnancy than after I drank that. For the rest of my pregnancy, the thought of root beer made me gag. To this day, if I try some root beer I’m okay for a minute or two, but then I suddenly get a strong feeling like I have the stomach flu. It’s been SEVEN years now since that pregnancy, so I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to go back to drinking it. Funny thing is, I never liked regular beer until I got preggers. With my first pregnancy I just craved beer. So I drank nonalcoholic beer and to this day I now love beer! So weird! With my third pregnancy I craved hard liquor, yeah, like brandy. To get over this craving (there’s no such thing as nonalcoholic brandy, lol) I rinsed my mouth several times a day with Listerine. I loved the strong,stinging sensation it gave me on my gums. Maybe it had something to do with pica, the craving of non-food substances. Who knows?!

  • Tracy

    May 3, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I’m with Jo… broccoli! It has never been a favorite vegetable of mine. Especially not when cooked. But once I was pregnant, no one could eat that mess within a 20′ radius of me. My husband would have to check out the other diners in restaurants before I could sit down. And it was unthinkable for anyone to eat it in my presence. Now 4 1/2 years later, I can stomach the stuff raw, maybe lightly steamed. Maybe… But I still can’t even look at a pile of overcooked slimy, smelly broccoli. Yuuucckkkk!

  • Della

    May 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Wow, I didn’t know this was really a thing, but that is a lot of chiming-in on the perpetual aversions! I’m lucky, I guess – no lingering aversions here.
    I’m still breastfeeding my second (and last) so perhaps it’s the hormones, but my sense of smell is still superhuman. This is great sometimes, but sometimes smells still “hit me” wrong. I used to have a great stomach about the diapers, and now I can’t change the diaper genie without gagging.
    What about cravings? I never thought I’d have cravings after giving birth, but again, maybe the breastfeeding?
    Opposite to Jodifur, I craved cucumber INSANELY while pregnant and they still make my mouth water.
    Also, roasted unsalted macadamia nuts. And nature valley sweet and salty nut bars in pecan or peanut.

  • Jania

    May 3, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Cilantro. You will not even believe how much that shows up in all types of places and all types of meals. My Husband is Latino–it’s in everything. EVERYTHING. I can smell it a mile away. My daughter is 11 mo. I STILL cannot stomach it. Did you know everyone thinks cilantro has to go in salsa? I love me some chips and salsa, but I’ve had to pass on it sooooo many times.
    Yuck. Yuck. Yuck.

  • Julia

    May 3, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Tin Star Taco Nachos. I ate them in the first trimester, took my pre-natal vitamin, and… BARFED it up. There’s no delicate way of stating what I did. I left a trail on the floor.
    Then, in the second trimeseter, we went to this burger place on Halloween. I woke up in the middle of the night throwing up and on the toilet. I don’t know if it was pregnancy or food poisoning or what, but I can’t think of that place without feeling a bit ill.

  • Jodie

    May 4, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Tuna! I used to like tuna but when I was pregnant just smelling an open can of tuna would make me sick. That was 2 years ago and I still can’t stand the smell or taste of it.

  • C

    August 2, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    I was sick my ENTIRE pregnancy, and shockingly didn’t end up with any lasting food aversions.Thank goodness!

    The first time I ate instant mashed potatoes again after pregnancy (a food I normally love but could not eat while pregnant) I had a brief memory of how queasy it used to make me feel, but thankfully it quickly passed.

    However I still can’t use dryer sheets or even walk into a room with fresh laundry that’s been dried with dryer sheets. That smell still makes me want to hurl even 4 months after giving birth.