For those wondering what I (and sometimes, we) have been eating over the last few weeks – here is a collection of pictures from the weeks where I was so sick that I had to eat constantly to keep my nausea at a somewhat reasonable level. Well, that’s a lie – it was hardly ever reasonable – but while eating my nausea would momentarily disappear, so… I just kept eating. Makes sense, right? Haha!
A few weeks ago I was pretty determined to eat burgers as much as I could. I wouldn’t say that it was a craving per say, but more just that burgers were the only thing that I could think about eating without causing the horrid gag-reflex. Thinking of almost all foods during the second two months of my first trimester made me feel sick to my stomach!! Justin was not allowed to eat say the word “chicken” because it would send me into instant nausea. I couldn’t look at it, touch it, or even hear the word. I’m good with chicken now though.
I heard that foods/ drinks containing ginger would be soothing, so I took to drinking ginger tea 2-3 times a day. This was quite a challenge for me since I hate the taste of ginger, but again, what could I do?! It had to be done. Heather left a couple of these Starbucks penguin gingerbread cookies on my desk at work when she knew that I was feeling particularly bad. They definitely helped, but sadly shortly after the last bite was gone I would start to feel sick again.
The momentary relief was worth it though!
All throughout the sickness, I was still able to eat my ordinary breakfast which consists of oats, yogurt and a banana. Ironically enough, this actually became a snack to me because I was eating crackers and drinking tea before I was even out of bed in the morning!
When Leilanie sent us a wonderful package of goodies, I took to eating Bovril/ Marmite on a daily basis. I would even dip vegetables into it, and eat it straight from the jar. Again, not because I was craving it but because at that time it was the only thing that I could stomach without making my nausea worse. Justin never grew up eating any kind of spread like this, so he thought that I was out of my mind – and he kept telling me that it was too much sodium – but it didn’t matter to me, I had to keep eating just to feel normal.
The desk drawer at school
We figured out that candy – sour sweets and lollipops in particular – were soothing to me when the nausea was at it’s worst, so we stocked up on sweet things, at home and at school. The bad thing was that I have completely lost my sweet tooth since falling pregnant, and I did not want to eat all this candy, but… Yup, I HAD TO. It got to a point where I was teaching with a lollipop in my mouth, and even taking it out for a minute would make me so ill that I could barely stand up. At that stage my students had no idea that I was pregnant, so I must have looked completely mental to them!
Ahh, peas and ramyan! I posted on Facebook that I wanted to eat peas with everything, and people started guessing that I was pregnant. You see – this is not a new thing for me – I always eat peas with pretty much everything! The only difference was that at this stage, peas were the only vegetable that I wanted to touch, so I consumed them 2-3 times a day. Everyday after school I would eat instant noodles (without the flavour sachet), with peas, and sometimes with some cheese to make it a little more tasty. I do remember starting to wish that I could eat more healthy food when instant noodles were the thing I thought about on the bus ride home. Waiting a little too long (even 10 minutes) to eat meant that I might pass out from the extreme nausea. This was the quickest and easiest thing to make, and it helped to not worsen the nausea.
The wait for lunch hour at school became too long, so Justin often had to run across the road and pick up whatever he could find that was not too oily or spicy. It seems that the mere smell of oil, and I was horribly sick to my stomach for over an hour. The small bun you see above is called boazi and it is a type of bread bun filled with anything from meat to plain vegetables. This one had spinach, which – on this day – was okay for me to eat.
Everyone who knows me knows that I am a HUGE chocolate fan! I can’t get enough of the stuff. Sadly that is no longer true. Chocolate makes me feel pretty ill now, and even though the morning sickness is fading away, I still have no desire to eat it. Some would say that this means I am having a boy! We’ll have to wait and see if that old wive’s tale holds true. One thing I did love a few weeks ago was the Coco Pops that Lanie sent us from South Africa. They are not too sweet and perfect with some ice cold milk. This – and the occasional cup of hot chocolate – is all the chocolate that I can handle now.
This definitely isn’t only my body anymore!
FYI – I was easily consuming all the food you see above, AND MORE, in the space of one day. All of this plus crackers with a side of crackers!! Instead of Justin gaining weight, like some husbands do when their wives are pregnant, he has actually been losing weight. He is so active now that I look at him and long for the day that my former energy levels return so can run around with him.