Over the past five months, my respect for mothers has doubled. No, quadrupled. Ladies, this whole pregnancy thing is no joke. And I haven’t even made it to the birthing part or actually raising up a tiny human being yet! I am truly, truly in awe of you.
The first trimester was filled with nausea (sometimes all day, but always in the evenings, none of this “morning sickness” business you always hear about), strange aversions to beloved foods (chicken, coffee, sweet potatoes), unusual cravings (boiled eggs, hot dogs and caesar salads), and absolutely ZERO desire to spend my evenings creating meals in the kitchen.
I told my Cooking Club friends a couple of months ago that since being pregnant, food has become a means of survival for me. However, once I entered the second trimester, my passion for food and cooking seemed to finally return to a more normal state. And, thankfully for Patrick, I’ve begun eating more than just pimento cheese and pretzel chips for dinner (on second thought, that does sound mighty good right now).
During that first trimester, meal planning was almost impossible. I never knew what I would be in the mood for or what would make me feel like curling up in a ball on any given day. And then I found this life saving recipe for creamy tomato pasta! It uses only three ingredients that many of us already have in our homes, takes about 10 minutes of hands-on time to prepare, and it’s PASTA. A pregnant woman’s dream meal!
You can find the recipe here.
Ladies who are OR have been pregnant – what foods did you crave? What strange food aversions did you have? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
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