Raw meat makes my skin crawl

Shortly after I found out I was pregnant my appetite started to change. It has definitely improved, but there are still certain things that gross me out! Most notably beef, chicken and fish. I have no desire to prepare these foods. The idea of touching them raw makes my skin crawl. I’ve tried gloves and I ask my husband for help, but still. Yuck. I don’t even want to look at them in the grocery store. Do you know what I mean? Is there anything you just can’t stand the sight of?

I told my midwife about this aversion and she asked where I was getting my protein from. Good question. She rummaged through her filing cabinet and pulled out a fact sheet on healthy, high-protein snacks. She raved about beans, peas, nuts and seeds not only as good sources of protein, but as foods unlikely to activate my gag reflex. She was right.

Here are some of the snacks from the handout she gave me.

Unsalted/raw peanuts, almonds or cashews

Peanut butter w/ apple slices

Sunflower seeds

Hard boiled egg

Hummus with whole wheat pita or crackers

Black bean or lentil soup

Whole grain bread or cereal

Plain yogurt with granola

Low fat milk or cheese

Tuna fish

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6 Responses to “Raw meat makes my skin crawl”

  1. Yvonne Says:

    You know, I’m somewhat the same like you are? When I was pregnant with my first child I had the most worst pregancy. I was practically throwing everything that I love to eat up. For a while I could not eat poultry, anything that had marinar sauce, or even hamburgers! There are some things that I would still eat till this day, but whenever I would smell burgers that would have anything on there, I still cannot stand the smell and will not eat it that way uless if it’s plain. I know that is strange to some people, but it is strange to my husband too. Although, I do try to get whatever I can eat to be healthy.

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  3. Anne Says:

    Glad I’m not the only one! Thanks Yvonne.

  4. Jennifer Says:

    It’s funny I made it through my entire pregnancy without morning sickness and all of the sudden in my third trimester I couldn’t stand the smell of cooking chicken.

  5. Sam Says:

    I agree about the smell, but it also was a raw slimy touch thing. Ugh. I still hate to clean chicken.

  6. Anne Says:

    The smell, the texture…it’s just a nasty situation ladies.

    Jennifer, speaking of 3rd trimester developments… I now have heartburn!! It kept me up all night on Saturday. No more peperoncini’s for me : (