The Bump Series: Feeding Bump
In the spirit of total honesty, I should let you know that the writing of this post has been accompanied by whole spoonfuls of crunchy peanut butter. #sorrynotsorry. And while I’d like to put this behaviour down to pregnancy, it actually is not new at all.
We use an app that tells us how big the growing bump is week by week. I can choose between categories like ‘fruit & veg’, or ‘weird but wonderful animals’. ‘French patisserie’ is also an option. Naturally, this is selected. Also naturally, this doesn’t help with the ‘let’s not eat too much’ goal, and I have re-introduced myself to the delights of vanilla mille-feuille and macarons filled with fruit. Education can be delicious.
So, food. Luckily, I was not very sick during the first trimester. That’s not to say I have not felt sick. It has been pretty rough now and then, and I have craved plain white carbs, cheese and sugar. I would have eaten Mac and Cheese just about every night if I could have. Sam made me grilled cheese one evening - with TWO types of cheese, no less - and my week was made. I have had to force fresh fruit down, the tangy flavours just not appealing to me in general. Before eating I have felt sick from feeling ravenous, and after eating I felt sick from eating, even when I didn’t eat much. It’s been weird. Food definitely has not always agreed with me.
Despite all this, I feel chilled and relaxed about the whole thing so far. I often have to remind myself I’m pregnant. It is only at mealtimes where I remember I have to scrutinise food options - and that’s not to say I have only recalled mid-camembert-mouthful that my options are slightly limited. (Top tip: for those craving sushi, Itsu is where it’s at. You can eat raw fish provided it has been frozen, apparently, and Itsu freezes all its sushi). When friends ordered charcuterie or cheese platters for dinner, I made a feeble excuse about missing lunch that day to rationalise an entire plate of creamy spinach gnocchi for myself.
Anyway. My jar of peanut butter is getting dangerously low, and it is time for some, uh, proper food. I would love to know, mama friends, what you craved or didn’t crave during pregnancy? Part I of The Bump Series: Finding Out is here.
With Love, Kate