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Why You have Food Aversions during Pregnancy and How to Deal with It

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4. Opt for Alternative Foods to Fulfil Your Nutritional Needs

If you are experiencing an early pregnancy aversion to classic protein foods like meat, eggs and fish, opt for other protein sources like soy (soy pasta, tofu, edamame), nuts and legumes, beans and certain grains (especially quinoa and couscous).

fulfil your nutritional needs with alternative foods

If you have a milk aversion, get your calcium from other dairy products like cheese or yogurt. You can use yogurt to make yummy smoothies and add cheese to soup or sandwiches. You can also opt for calcium-fortified juices, soy products, sesame seeds, collard greens, broccoli and cooked dried beans to get your daily dose of calcium.

5. Hide the Foods You Don’t Want in Other Foods

hide the foods you don't in other foods

Consider hiding what you find offensive in other foods that you enjoy. For instance, if sunny-side up eggs make you nauseated, add eggs to your pancakes or your soup.

6. Include More Fruits in Your Diet

include more fresh fruits in your diet

If you do not feel like eating vegetables, include more fruits in your diet to fulfill your nutritional requirements. Fruits like cantaloupe, mangos, strawberries, watermelon, grapefruit and apricots are good for pregnant women.

7. Use Herbs in Your Cooking

use more herbs in your cooking

Instead of using onions and garlic in your cooking, you can use herbs to enhance the taste of your food. Basil, rosemary, sage and thyme are some good options you can try.

8. Replace Your Tea or Coffee with Fresh Lemonade

replace your coffee with lemonade

There is nothing to worry about if you have tea or coffee-related aversions, as the caffeine in them is not good for your health. You can drink homemade lemonade or fresh fruit juice instead.

Most women experience food aversions during the first trimester, but they can occur at any point during pregnancy. New aversions can also develop at any time.

However, they tend to get better after the baby is born. But in some cases, the aversions may persist long after you’ve welcomed your baby into the world. Just keep following these tips to ensure you eat healthy and stay energized, so you can keep up with your little one.

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