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Everyone wants to know, “have you had any weird cravings??”, like this is the most interesting and bizarre aspect of pregnancy. They want to hear that I am one of those women who suddenly craves dust or paper or at least pickles in my ice cream. I think next time someone asks I might make something up like, “oh my gosh YES! It was the strangest thing but suddenly I just had to have sour cream on everything!”

But really, I don’t think I’ve craved any one thing that would be considered super weird. What has been strange is how different my diet has been in comparison to what I used to eat all of the time. I typically have a pretty high-protein diet and enjoy eating just about the same foods every day. Once I became pregnant, I suddenly didn’t particularly care for a lot of my normal foods. I wanted cereal, oatmeal, graham crackers annnddd chocolate. Lots of chocolate. I’ve never been a big candy person. I usually prefer ice cream or baked goods like cookies or cake, but for whatever reason, I found myself reaching for the pretzel m&ms or the milky ways or whatever else I saw while out shopping. I was a little ashamed of eating candy so regularly like that but I really wanted it.

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In general, it seemed like I was eating a whole lot of carbs and sweets and I was afraid I was going to turn into a big pile of mush because of it. Luckily, by the time the second trimester rolled around, I felt like my taste buds were beginning to go back to normal a little bit and I was starting to clean up my crazy diet.

I did have one strange aversion, though, but that had more to do with smell than taste. I had a really strong sense of smell from weeks 6-10 and something in our refrigerator at home was driving me nuts! Every time I would open the door, I would gag from the awful, rancid smell. What IS that?? It was so frustrating. I ended up cleaning out the fridge and scrubbing it top to bottom but the smell was still there. One day, I finally figured out what it was. Turns out it was a perfectly good bottle of ranch dressing! What on earth?? It tasted fine and was not expired but for some reason I couldn’t stand the smell of it just hanging out in our fridge. Once I threw away the bottle, the smell miraculously disappeared. Go figure!

I’m curious to hear what kind of strange cravings or aversions other people had during pregnancy. I wonder if anyone else was driven nuts by their sense of smell like me. Surely I’m not the only crazy one!