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5 Flavors I Can't Stomach at Week 9

By Aela Mass |

5 Flavor Aversions from Pregnancy

OK, so I’m technically 8 weeks, 6 days today – but that’s close enough to nine weeks, right? I feel pretty darn good so far, and I certainly don’t take this for granted. I was mildly nauseated from week 5 to week 7, but even that has seemed to subside, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn’t return. I’m drinking a lot of water every day, but I still get a dull headache by mid-afternoon; I blame my day job, but it’s more likely the pregnancy. I also feel pretty exhausted by 3 p.m., so I enjoy resting when I get home from work.

Other than that, the only other pregnancy symptom I’m suffering from is an aversion to certain flavors – and they’re not all foods.

After the jump, check out the 5 Flavors I Can’t Stomach at Week 9, and tell me what turned your stomach during your pregnancy!

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Food Aversions in Early Pregnancy


Chicken is my main source of meat protein, and I've long enjoyed cooking and eating chicken all sorts of ways – until recently, that is. I sunk my teeth into what should have been a delicious hummus, veggie, and grilled chicken sandwich the other day, and I wasn't even able to swallow it. I don't know what it is about chicken that is totally grossing me out right now, but I hope this aversion doesn't last.
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8 thoughts on “5 Flavors I Can't Stomach at Week 9

  1. caroline says:

    onions! for that matter, any raw vegetable. it got so bad that i refused to open the refrigerator or cook from weeks 7 through 12. i basically subsisted on popsicles and mashed potatoes. needless to say, my husband didn’t exactly pick up the slack in that department, so i had quite a mess to clean up once i could stomach the smell of onions (let alone rotten food).

  2. Jackie says:

    After reading your post I thought I’d share a word of advise you may or may not have already received: For the mild headaches I’ve found that sometimes you just need to eat. Something with a little protein like a handful of nuts or something with complex carbs like a granola bar works wonders for me. Sometimes having yet ANOTHER glass of water can do the trick too. A hearty afternoon snack can also make you less tired.

    On a side note, I know this means nothing but going by the symptoms you described above I’d say you have boys in there – what you are describing sounds exactly like my 2 boy pregnancies. :o )

    Enjoy every moment, I love reading your updates!

  3. c says:

    Oh, man, poultry! That was my big aversion. Even now, 5 months post-partum, I usually choose a different protein if there is one. My other aversion was greens. Before pregnancy I ate salads all the time, and lots of kale and spinach and stuff, but there was no way any of that was going in my mouth for the first two trimesters! Fortunately that aversion is all the way gone.

  4. Becky says:

    I didn’t have any aversions in particular, but for some reason chicken just tasted different and unappetizing. Like when you’re sick and things you love suddenly taste like there’s no flavor to them. Glad to hear I’m not alone. You might want to try Cornish Game Hen. For some reason my tastebuds found that to be entirely different.

  5. Melody says:

    I couldn’t eat chicken or eggs for both my pregnancies and the smell of raw meat in the grocery aisle also made me ill.

  6. Rose says:

    The taste of any meat made me feel sick, and I turned vegetarian (ovo-lacto-pesco) for my pregnancy.
    Smell-wise, the scent of chinese food turned my stomach for the first two trimesters, and I couldn’t handle the smell of my pantry. Spouse never understood why.

  7. alloallo says:

    I was just wondering if anyone else with twin pregnancy was experiencing much more severe nausea/vomiting? It’s so great reading your updates Aelah but I keep thinking – gosh! I’m feeling like I’ve been run over by a truck! I’ve had a lot of food aversions and a lot more serious nausea too… I’m 7w3d so hoping maybe I’m just in the worst of it now.

  8. Aela says:

    @Jackie, you are now the second “stranger” to tell me that I’m carrying boys, and I haven’t had anyone tell me it’s girls. It’ll be interesting to see! :) @Alloallo, I’m so sorry to hear you’re suffering so badly! To be honest, I feel guilty sometimes that my pregnancy has been so pleasant thus far — but it also makes me a little nervous that something else is in store for me along the way. I mean, no one has a totally easy pregnancy, right?? I’m thinking a bomb might drop somewhere, but I’m trying to just stay positive and enjoy this while it lasts! Hang in there — I hear *a lot* of women with twin pregnancies have terrible morning sickness!

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