FEED ME!

by DaniGirl on September 22, 2006 · 36 comments

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Oh my god, I’m so hungry. Hungry, hungry, hungry. I’m hungry all. the. time. Sheesh, you’d think I was pregnant or something.

It’s really inhumane how hungry I am. This child I am gestating is the size of a grape seed, and demands more caloric intake per day than my 47 lbs son consumes in a week. And it’s not just the lip-smacking, vaguely peckish, tummy grumbling hunger, either. This is insistent, impossible-to-ignore, death-is-imminent-unless-you-eat-right-NOW hunger. Constantly.

I’m trying to be good, but it’s so haaaard. < /whiney voice > I’ve got a stash of apple sauce cups and almonds in my desk drawer. I’ve got boxes of raisins in my messenger bag. I try to eat small, healthy things throughout the day. And I am always, always starving.

I remember the rule of thumb from last time around, that ‘eating for two’ is a myth and that at most, you should be consuming an extra 300 calories a day. That, in case you are wondering, translates into one Tim Horton honey cruller doughnut. (320 calories, to be exact, but I’ll take the stairs an extra time today to make up the difference.) Psh. As if that’s going to make a dent in the Hunger That Ate New York.

Every day this week, my eating pattern has been something along this line:
6:45 am, on the bus to work: one box of raisins.
7:15 am, at my desk: one muffin.
9:30 am, at my desk: handful of almonds (mmm, salty)
10:30 am, at my desk: a cup of applesauce.
(by this time I am so hungry I lick the bowl and foil peel-back lid clean of any speck of apply goodness)
12:00 (if I can hold off that long): lunch
(I try to make good lunch choices, but by the time lunch comes I am so hungry I want comfort food. Heavy, warm, gravy-soaked comfort food. And then I eat it, and for the rest of the afternoon I groan and my esophagus burns from the reflux and I curse the repeating taste of the damn gravy that tasted so good on the way down and will now haunt me for the rest of the afternoon.)
2:30 pm, at my desk: more almonds.
5:00 pm, making dinner: eat large chunks of whatever I am cooking raw as I prepare for dinner.
5:30 pm: dinner.
5:35 pm: remnants of Tristan’s dinner.
8:30 pm: snack.

At least I don’t (looking for wood to touch) have much morning sickness to contend with. If I don’t obey the command for food with adequate haste, my stomach starts to roll, but otherwise I’ve been pretty lucky.

And you know what the most cruel cut of all is? I’m losing my taste for coffee. With Tristan, I had a complete aversion to coffee – couldn’t stand the idea of it. With Simon, I had a mild aversion through my first trimester, but was back on it by the fourth month.

This time around, it’s not so much as an aversion to coffee as I just don’t have the same level of adoration I normally have for it. Rather than running off to get my second (and sometimes third) cup of the morning, I end up leaving more than half of my first cup to get cold on my desk. I’ve actually started to downsize from my daily extra large, just because it’s going to waste.

Oh cruel pregnancy, I’ll happily deal with the hunger and the sciatica and the gas and the hormones and the disruption to my digestive tract, but for the love of all things holy, please don’t take my coffee away from me!!!


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1 Casey September 22, 2006 at 1:23 pm

It was the aversion to coffee that made me finally test for my second pregnancy. One morning I poured my precious, beloved coffee and nearly vomited at the smell. That’s when I knew. Biology can be so cruel.
Enjoy the snacking! Might I recommend whole wheat toast with apple butter? Mmm-mmm!

2 Casey September 22, 2006 at 1:23 pm

It was the aversion to coffee that made me finally test for my second pregnancy. One morning I poured my precious, beloved coffee and nearly vomited at the smell. That’s when I knew. Biology can be so cruel.
Enjoy the snacking! Might I recommend whole wheat toast with apple butter? Mmm-mmm!

3 Rebecca September 22, 2006 at 2:00 pm

I was hungry like that with my second. Carrot sticks are our friend! They keep you chewing and you can eat them CONSTANTLY without remorse! It’s GREAT!

4 Rebecca September 22, 2006 at 2:00 pm

I was hungry like that with my second. Carrot sticks are our friend! They keep you chewing and you can eat them CONSTANTLY without remorse! It’s GREAT!

5 Ingrid September 22, 2006 at 2:13 pm

I was ravenous, but not ravishing, with my first,ate like a pig, and gained 50 lbs. With the 2nd I was much more in control and found snacking on carrots and broccoli helped alot. If you don’t want to go through the trouble of cutting them up, splurge and buy the pre-cut. In the long run it is worth it, if it means eating veggies.
And it does seem to fill you up!
Another idea: a bowl of granola with milk, or with yogurt and fruit – healthy and very filling.
At least you’re not sick in the morning!

6 Ingrid September 22, 2006 at 2:13 pm

I was ravenous, but not ravishing, with my first,ate like a pig, and gained 50 lbs. With the 2nd I was much more in control and found snacking on carrots and broccoli helped alot. If you don’t want to go through the trouble of cutting them up, splurge and buy the pre-cut. In the long run it is worth it, if it means eating veggies.
And it does seem to fill you up!
Another idea: a bowl of granola with milk, or with yogurt and fruit – healthy and very filling.
At least you’re not sick in the morning!

7 Sayre September 22, 2006 at 2:33 pm

My biggest craving when I was pregnant was spinach. I ate it three times a day and more if I could sneak it in. It’s a wonder I didn’t turn green. However, my son has LOVED spinach from the time he was putting semi-solid foods in his mouth – so I think it was a good thing.

8 Sayre September 22, 2006 at 2:33 pm

My biggest craving when I was pregnant was spinach. I ate it three times a day and more if I could sneak it in. It’s a wonder I didn’t turn green. However, my son has LOVED spinach from the time he was putting semi-solid foods in his mouth – so I think it was a good thing.

9 andrea from the fishbowl September 22, 2006 at 2:36 pm

Hmmm. You didn’t mention breakfast. Are you starting the day with just raisins on the bus?
Didn’t your mother ever tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day?
Methinks Dani needs her Wheaties.

10 andrea from the fishbowl September 22, 2006 at 2:36 pm

Hmmm. You didn’t mention breakfast. Are you starting the day with just raisins on the bus?
Didn’t your mother ever tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day?
Methinks Dani needs her Wheaties.

11 Renee September 22, 2006 at 2:57 pm

“Heavy, warm, gravy-soaked comfort food. ” This made me want to eat something right this instant.
I feel your pain there, Dani. I always had a little morning sickness at the beginning which made me not want to eat, but I had to, so I managed to gain 20 lbs in the first 3 months with my last one.

12 Renee September 22, 2006 at 2:57 pm

“Heavy, warm, gravy-soaked comfort food. ” This made me want to eat something right this instant.
I feel your pain there, Dani. I always had a little morning sickness at the beginning which made me not want to eat, but I had to, so I managed to gain 20 lbs in the first 3 months with my last one.

13 JoJo September 22, 2006 at 3:15 pm

I have to agree with Andrea here. Get some instant oatmeal woman. Oatmeal fills ya up! At least until 7:30am.
The gravy thing made me think of Amelia. Or rather, when I was pregnant with her. All I wanted was poutine. Mostly because of the gravy (which is wierd because I am a cheese-aholic), for nine months I just wanted an excuse to have gravy.

14 JoJo September 22, 2006 at 3:15 pm

I have to agree with Andrea here. Get some instant oatmeal woman. Oatmeal fills ya up! At least until 7:30am.
The gravy thing made me think of Amelia. Or rather, when I was pregnant with her. All I wanted was poutine. Mostly because of the gravy (which is wierd because I am a cheese-aholic), for nine months I just wanted an excuse to have gravy.

15 Ingrid September 22, 2006 at 3:18 pm

One of my big cravings was Big Macs, and I don’t really like fast food! Several a week, if possible.That baby grew up loving Big Macs, and she doesn’t especially like fast food (not that type anyway).
Strange…

16 Ingrid September 22, 2006 at 3:18 pm

One of my big cravings was Big Macs, and I don’t really like fast food! Several a week, if possible.That baby grew up loving Big Macs, and she doesn’t especially like fast food (not that type anyway).
Strange…

17 nancy September 22, 2006 at 3:50 pm

Ya gotta have better snacks than that…I eat waaaaaay more than that, and I am so NOT pregnant.
What about something a little more satisfying? Yogurts, cheese, milkshakes…all healthy! Peanut butter on bagel – yes, as a SNACK.
I dare you.

18 nancy September 22, 2006 at 3:50 pm

Ya gotta have better snacks than that…I eat waaaaaay more than that, and I am so NOT pregnant.
What about something a little more satisfying? Yogurts, cheese, milkshakes…all healthy! Peanut butter on bagel – yes, as a SNACK.
I dare you.

19 Ingrid September 22, 2006 at 4:03 pm

smoothies! some yogurt and fruit in a blender – yummy!

20 Ingrid September 22, 2006 at 4:03 pm

smoothies! some yogurt and fruit in a blender – yummy!

21 andrea from the fishbowl September 22, 2006 at 4:06 pm

When I was preggers with Emma I craved orange juice, and I drank it like there was no tomorrow.
That and strawberry sundaes from DQ.
No wonder I was weighing in at nearly 200 lbs at the end of it all…

22 andrea from the fishbowl September 22, 2006 at 4:06 pm

When I was preggers with Emma I craved orange juice, and I drank it like there was no tomorrow.
That and strawberry sundaes from DQ.
No wonder I was weighing in at nearly 200 lbs at the end of it all…

23 jo(e) September 22, 2006 at 4:54 pm

I was always ravenously hungry when I was pregnant — and I always just ate as much as I wanted, whenever I was hungry.
I did gain between 50 and 60 pounds with each pregnancy, but I lost it very easily while breastfeeding — so I would be back down to about 120 pounds by the time the baby was a year old.
I always thought feeding that unborn child was important. I would rather err on the side of feeding too much than not enough ….

24 jo(e) September 22, 2006 at 4:54 pm

I was always ravenously hungry when I was pregnant — and I always just ate as much as I wanted, whenever I was hungry.
I did gain between 50 and 60 pounds with each pregnancy, but I lost it very easily while breastfeeding — so I would be back down to about 120 pounds by the time the baby was a year old.
I always thought feeding that unborn child was important. I would rather err on the side of feeding too much than not enough ….

25 Valerie September 22, 2006 at 5:02 pm

did you have the same hunger with either boy? That was me with Sarah, not so much with Sammy. Try more protein to keep you going. LOL at the gravy craving. With Sarah it was Poutine cravings – had to be chicken gravy. I craved chicken, too – would eat it at 9 a.m. Actually, I craved chicken with Sam, too, but in a bit healtier way – caesar salads with chicken. Still gained the same amount of weight, though.
Glad to hear things are going well. 😉

26 Valerie September 22, 2006 at 5:02 pm

did you have the same hunger with either boy? That was me with Sarah, not so much with Sammy. Try more protein to keep you going. LOL at the gravy craving. With Sarah it was Poutine cravings – had to be chicken gravy. I craved chicken, too – would eat it at 9 a.m. Actually, I craved chicken with Sam, too, but in a bit healtier way – caesar salads with chicken. Still gained the same amount of weight, though.
Glad to hear things are going well. 😉

27 BubandPie September 22, 2006 at 7:13 pm

The same thing happened to me, only it was an aversion to coffee AND chocolate – worse the first time than the second. And even though I hated actually eating it, I still MISSED the chocolate so much. That is, I missed that happiness that nothing but chocolate can give me.

28 BubandPie September 22, 2006 at 7:13 pm

The same thing happened to me, only it was an aversion to coffee AND chocolate – worse the first time than the second. And even though I hated actually eating it, I still MISSED the chocolate so much. That is, I missed that happiness that nothing but chocolate can give me.

29 DaniGirl September 22, 2006 at 7:33 pm

I just want to be clear that you all are CRUEL and EVIL women. So now I’m craving: toast, carrots, (pass on the broccoli), granola, yogurt, (pass on the spinach – but spinach dip sounds lovely!), wheaties, oatmeal – mmmm, oatmeal!, big macs, cheese, milkshakes, bagels, smoothies, DQ – ah, hot fudge sundaes!, POUTINE, and chocolate.
Nice work, ladies.

30 DaniGirl September 22, 2006 at 7:33 pm

I just want to be clear that you all are CRUEL and EVIL women. So now I’m craving: toast, carrots, (pass on the broccoli), granola, yogurt, (pass on the spinach – but spinach dip sounds lovely!), wheaties, oatmeal – mmmm, oatmeal!, big macs, cheese, milkshakes, bagels, smoothies, DQ – ah, hot fudge sundaes!, POUTINE, and chocolate.
Nice work, ladies.

31 Sugarmama September 26, 2006 at 3:06 am

Yeah, and that 300 calories per day business is a bunch of baloney. (Hmmm, baloney…?)

32 Sugarmama September 26, 2006 at 3:06 am

Yeah, and that 300 calories per day business is a bunch of baloney. (Hmmm, baloney…?)

33 Marla September 26, 2006 at 3:15 am

How about some Tuscan Whole Milk?

34 Marla September 26, 2006 at 3:15 am

How about some Tuscan Whole Milk?

35 liz September 26, 2006 at 4:42 am

I’m sorry for laughing, but my lord, you are so funny and it’s just so true!!!
I second the peanut butter on whole wheat idea. Very filling. Also the granola thing. GoLean Crunch will keep you sated for at least 2 hours. Also, hardboiled eggs are a good snack, filling, lots of protein, don’t need refridgeration for a couple of hours.

36 liz September 26, 2006 at 4:42 am

I’m sorry for laughing, but my lord, you are so funny and it’s just so true!!!
I second the peanut butter on whole wheat idea. Very filling. Also the granola thing. GoLean Crunch will keep you sated for at least 2 hours. Also, hardboiled eggs are a good snack, filling, lots of protein, don’t need refridgeration for a couple of hours.

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