Food aversions

■ 1st trimester

Early in pregnancy, you may find yourself repulsed by certain foods, such as fried foods or coffee. Even the smell of these foods may send a wave of nausea through your stomach. You may have a mildly metallic taste in your mouth that contributes to the problem. Most food aversions disappear or weaken by the fourth month of pregnancy.

Food aversions, like so many other complaints of pregnancy, can be chalked up to hormonal changes. Most pregnant women find that their food tastes change somewhat, especially in the first trimester, when the hormones are having the strongest impact. Food aversions can be accompanied by a heightened sense of smell and, at times, increased salivation, making your distaste even more acute.

■ Prevention and self-care for food aversions

As long as you continue to eat a healthy diet and get all the nutrients you need, appetite changes aren't a cause for concern. If your aversion is to coffee, tea or alcohol, that works in your favor because you'll find it easier to give up these foods. But if your aversion is to healthy foods such as fruits or vegetables, you'll have to find other sources of the nutrients they provide.

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