Prev Next

The Ghost of Morning Sickness Past

By Amalah

bounceback_morning_sickness.jpg

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.

 

Amalah
About the Author

Amy Corbett Storch

Amalah

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.

icon icon
chat bubble icon

Comments

newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Kate F.
Guest

(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… Read more »

BB
Guest
BB

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
Guest
Kristen

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
Guest

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… Read more »

jc
Guest
jc

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
Guest
Miriam

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

Ally
Guest

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
Guest

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
Guest
stacy

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
Guest
Lori

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
Guest
Andrea

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
Guest
Jennifer

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
Guest
ChelsE

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.
Guest
De in D.C.

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
Guest

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
Guest
EW

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
Guest

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
Guest

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
Guest

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

EG
Guest
EG

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
Guest
ras

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… Read more »

Nora
Guest
Nora

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
Guest
Jo

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
Guest

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
Guest

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
Guest

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
Guest

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
Guest
Caitlin

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
Guest
maddie

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
Guest
Allie

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
Guest
Laura

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
Guest
incognito

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
Guest
incognito

And shredded wheat coming out of my nose? Holla!

Trish
Guest
Trish

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
Guest
Jess

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… Read more »

DB
Guest
DB

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… Read more »

Jenn
Guest
Jenn

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
Guest
Dillo

Meatballs.

Natalie
Guest
Natalie

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

jodifur
Guest

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
Guest

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
Guest

@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… Read more »

Jen W
Guest
Jen W

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… Read more »

Kimberly
Guest

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

lindswing
Guest

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… Read more »

Leigh
Guest
Leigh

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
Guest
From Belgium

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
Guest
Michelle

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
Guest
deedee

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
Guest

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.