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November 5th, 2004, 10:54 AM
Ok, for any of you who have been pregnant before. Have any of you craved peanut butter? I mean lately, I have been craving it so much I just eat it straight from the jar! And I normally don't like it that much!! I just wanted to know if it is normal to crave something you normally don't care for?

November 5th, 2004, 11:17 AM
Lilith its perfectly normal! its also normal to go off foods you normally love to eat..and detest certain smells of that food..Like for me it was bacon and coffee,during my last pregnancy(5th of 5) I HATED the smell of bacon and coffee,,it made me gag,and yet before I got pregnant I liked both!

But I would send out hubby for ice cream sandwiches...some experts say these cravings are the result of your body knowing what it needs for extra nutrients and so we crave the foods in order to get the extra nutrients

1st son-Licorce
2nd Son-Salads and milk( I would drink two liters a day)
3rd Son-Cheese
1st Daughter-Chocolate Covered cherries(a box at a time)Cant stand em now
2nd Daughter-Ice Cream Sandwiches

Others say its a "pica" which means a habit of eating strange things we wouldnt normally dirt...or in your case,peanut butter

I wouldnt try not to give into your craving,I think that just makes it worst,and peanut butter is so full of protein,if you crave it,try eating natural peanut butter,,it doesnt have the sugar regular stuff does..

As long as your weight gain is good and you arent craving something that may harm you or baby..go for it and enjoy! :thumbs up

November 5th, 2004, 11:29 AM
I have gained aprox. 20 pounds. The books say you should gain aprox 30-40 pounds. I talked to my mom, and she said that the most she ever gained (6 pregnancies) was 20 pounds, and that it was the same way with her mother, so I shouldn't worry, about gaining more weight, as long as I am eating well.

I am glad to hear that it is normal. We buy the brand of peanut butter that has the most vitamins and minerals, different brand, depending on what store it is from.

I tend to drink alot of milk too. A gallon only lasts a few days, and I am the only one who drinks it. James will have some with cereal every now and then.

November 5th, 2004, 11:35 AM
Ooohhhhh, yeah! It's perfectly normal. I heard (not sure from whom, so please don't take this as gospel truth) that cravings are our bodies' way of telling us that we need more of a certain nutrient. Of course, that could be just another excuse to eat whatever we want while we're pregnant (like that Italian wive's tale in the other post ;) ).

Your doctor should be telling you if you're gaining too much weight. Because I am already a "larger" girl, my doctor warned me not to gain more than 15lbs (which, thankfully, I didn't do). If you're a healthy, relatively fit person pre-pregnancy, then your weight gain really shouldn't be a problem. :thumbs up

November 5th, 2004, 12:57 PM
When I was pregnant with my daughter I craved onion dip & vanilla ice cream. (Yes, together!) And hamburgers.

With my son I had mad cravings for bean burritos and wintergreen, anything wintergreen. And Pine-Sol was all I used for cleaning. Couldn't get enough of it! *hates it now*

Also when I was pregnant with my son, I could not stand smoke of any kind. (I was a smoker too) Even the smell of a BB-Q would send me hurling.

Now that I am older I think back...I believe the Pine-Sol was a follow-up to the bean burrito's. Makes sense now..only took me 27 years to figure this one out. I can be slow on certain issues.

November 5th, 2004, 01:21 PM
i had a chocolate craving with my eldest but that was it as for weight i put on 26lbs in weight with my 3rd and he was born 8lb 1 oz but im a small person. My friend put on nearly 2 stone some times you put more weight on later and some people dont ever put weight on.

November 5th, 2004, 01:29 PM
My daughter was 9 lbs, 1 oz.

My son was 9 lbs, 6 oz.

I remember every watermelon this small body passed.

At the time my average body weight was only 110 #. And I am 5'8".

I am spayed, rabies current and adoptable!

November 5th, 2004, 01:31 PM
5ft 8 and 110 lbs i though i was slight

November 5th, 2004, 01:35 PM
I started showing really early too. James and I first thought we were having twins because at 3 months, I looked pretty big, but we had an ultrasound about 2 weeks later, and found out it was just one baby girl.

November 5th, 2004, 01:38 PM
I am 5 foot 2 and My weight fluctuates anywhere between 115 and 130. But I am happy with my weight. I weighed only about 90 pounds when I was 14. And I didn't like it. I thought I was too skinny!

November 5th, 2004, 01:51 PM
I was HUGE with my daughter! At 7 months I gave up all hope of ever seeing my feet! Started at 110 lbs...90 lbs later I delivered. I also had toxemia and was put on bed rest for the last 2 & 1/2 months. ( Those hamburgers & salt did me in)

I was warned about another pregnancy...I gained 60 with my son and again it was touch & go... I did fair better but had to be induced prior to the delivery date..he was just too big to carry further. He was a chow hound and still is...He's married now and is 6' 7". *Happy some one else has the feed bill* Just kidding......although the boy can eat!

November 5th, 2004, 02:10 PM
I haven't gained tons of weight, but with the way Judith always postitions herself, sometimes I can't see my feet. She will probably be about 7 pounds, I an guessing. She already seems like she is going to be a bigger baby, but that is just my thoughts, I won't know until I have her. And James is really excited, even though he was hoping for a son. She's going to be spoiled by him, I can already tell, just the way he is with our friends' babies and 1 year old. He loves them to death, and he has only known the 2 families since March.

November 5th, 2004, 02:31 PM
I haven't gained tons of weight, but with the way Judith always postitions herself, sometimes I can't see my feet. She will probably be about 7 pounds, I an guessing. She already seems like she is going to be a bigger baby, but that is just my thoughts, I won't know until I have her. And James is really excited, even though he was hoping for a son. She's going to be spoiled by him, I can already tell, just the way he is with our friends' babies and 1 year old. He loves them to death, and he has only known the 2 families since March.

Daddy's little girl!

Just watch what you eat and do not get as careless as I was...

James will be a mess when she arrives..he'll probably lay out dating restrictions for her while you are still awaiting your maternity room to be ready.

Enjoy every second!

November 5th, 2004, 02:42 PM
he'll probably lay out dating restrictions for her while you are still awaiting your maternity room to be ready.
LMAO!! I am soooo glad I had two boys!! :crazy: My brother refuses to let his daughter date until she turns 35 or he dies, whichever comes first. :p

November 5th, 2004, 02:46 PM
He once said that the first guy that tries to mess around with her is going to have his "stuff" cut off! And that she is not allowed to date until she is 30!

He also said that he is going to have her be in martial arts, so she will know how to protect heself, now that is one I can agree with. The other two, are a little too protective! But it's our first child, so it is to be expected, especially when it is a girl!

November 5th, 2004, 02:51 PM
I say, as long as the dates are parent supervised dates, I will let Judith start dating in 7th grade. Group dates, at 8th grade, and then at 16, she can go on dates alone, but will have to be home by 10. And at 18, she is on her own, as far as dating goes. She will be an adult then, so I can't force her do do anything.

November 5th, 2004, 02:53 PM
Oh, I bought this t-shirt for Judith. I have to take a picture and show it. I will do that in a bit.

November 5th, 2004, 03:07 PM
Here it is. It is a size 2T, but I figured, I would never see that shirt again. It was the last one there, so I HAD to get it.

November 5th, 2004, 04:27 PM
Strange cravings are very normal. Mine was celery salt,and tomato juise, the 2 things I could not stand to have around, and I was not a person to drink either. My doc told me as well cravings are usually from things your body is lacking. But she had no answer for the sympathy cravings my husband had, Salt and vinigar chips with soft icecream for dip. I gained alot of weight with my 1st and only son over 90 lbs. And the thing was I was not a binge eater, and worked up to the day I delivered. I actually had to call in to work in labour. The doc said every person is diffrent and they will gain more or less than what the books say, the books are guide lines and average. If baby is healthy and mom is as well just enjoy it.

November 6th, 2004, 07:28 AM
Oh lilith....your having a GIRL! sweet ( I must have missed the post that said so sry)

That is so cool, my daughter is also having a girl for her first born.....her fiance is also laying down the dating rules and the poor girl has yet to see daylight....lmao

Love that t-shirt as well you did good by buying it early they always grow into things faster than you think.

How far along are you now? My daughter is just past the 5 month mark

November 6th, 2004, 08:28 AM
I am 33 weeks. Due date is Christmas day!!!! I guess James and I timed it perfectly! LOL

November 6th, 2004, 10:51 AM
congratulations! how exciting. christmas day too, wow!

when i was preggers i went from being a vegetarian to eating steaks... and i would crave smoked turkey sandwiches so badly that i had to eat one every day. hubby (now ex) came home from work one day to find me standing at the table and devouring a bbq chicken from the grocery store--still in the bag!! :o i didn't even take time to get a plate and cutlery. i put on 50 lbs :eek: but lost it all within 3 mos of my awesome lil gal being born.

big hugs to you and your little bee in yer belly!

November 7th, 2004, 07:54 AM
Congrats Lilith,I sooo wished I would have had a girl,but instead was"blessed"with 3 boys.
After my last son I weighed 118lbs and I am 5'7...I only gained the weight of my baby and he was 7lbs.The doc said it was because I had a dry birth,no watergain,but that I was made to have babies :confused:
I had a terrible craving for oranges and would eat a dozen each day,the baby almost overdosed on Vitamine C :crazy:

November 7th, 2004, 10:15 AM
Hi and Congrats on the little one! I have both boys and girls and craved different things with each pregnancy. First son I craved tomatoes and strawberries but hated the smell of bacon.
Second son peanut butter by the jar!!!
First daughter cottage cheese and liver and mandarin oranges
Second daughter watermelon I would eat one large one a day!
I craved milk with all of them and I am not a milk drinker. I loved apple juice with my last daughter as well.
Funniest thing is that each kid loves the things I craved while pregnant with them. Second son is hypoglycemic, eats his weight in sugar a day I am sure just so he doesn`t shake.
Keep an eye on your little one to see if later in life she craves what you craved while you were pregnant. My friends and I have noticed that all of our kids love the foods we craved while pregnant.

As for the weight gain, as long as your doc is okay with it you should be fine... one trick to losing the weight faster after she is born BREASTFEEDING I lost all the weight I gained with my kids within 3 weeks of delivering them, however after I stopped nursing them I gained some back, about 5 lbs per kid and have yet to be able to shake it. I guess that means I will have a "baby belly" for life. (Unless I get onto Extreme Makeover ha ha ha )
Anyways, good luck and I hope all goes well.( my daughters were both preemies first one was 5 weeks early second was 8 weeks )

November 7th, 2004, 03:20 PM
my mother used to know a maori woman who craved axel grease of her car, i tell you no lie here, this is whole truth. mum said one day she found her under the car sniffing it as she was trying not to eat it so would sniff instead.

now my sister (single mum) ,when she was preggers she was just an eating machine, i was literally starving as she was eating all the food we had in the house, a whole apple pie in secounds, youve never seen anything like it. she put on about 60-70 pound with that one, and he was a maori boy so came out 9 pound, so there was a reason for her eating, he was starving her he was soooo big. i cooked non stop troughout that whole pregnancy, i felt like i was running a restaurant, 3am if she wanted a BLT i was out there, 4am i would have to walk to the shop for a ice drink slushy thing (no car), oh it tired me out, being a surrogate father is a really hard job, boy i will never forgeti t, or her temper, but she was on her own and was quite emotional so i jsut copped that. man that was a trial, the secound one was not so bad as the first one was 8yo and quite helpful to his mum, what a little love.

and that big maori boy, now 10yr old is wearing a mens size 6 shoes and is as tall as his aunty mel, and i can wear his cloths too, he has some funky little tshirts and jumpers, he always lends them to me nad when he grow out of them aunty gets them, great so the cycle of wearing hand me downs has followed me through life :eek: but he does not wear anuties cloths :D

November 7th, 2004, 08:28 PM
I wasn't supposed to be able to have children. Imagine my surprise when I spent the summer of 2002 "not feeling quite right", but still playing heavily competitive softball, working as a firefighter (exposed to "interesting" chemicals/smoke), and smoking/drinking as my usual habits. My husband insisted I go to the doctor because I was always tired. Imagine my shock to discover I was 15 weeks along. So the doc says, hey, it's your pregnancy, enjoy it. So I did. I ate everything I wanted to, gaining about 60-70 lbs. Had a very easy pregnancy, c section delivery, and have a beautiful baby boy.

I craved steamed green beans like you wouldn't believe. I also craved Ruffles plain chips and dill pickle dip. It was GREAT. Took a while to lose the weight, but I truly enjoyed pregnancy. Oh, I also detested the smell of cooking pork. I couldn't have it near me.

November 7th, 2004, 08:32 PM
Oh, yeah, baby! :D Dill pickle chips were a staple when I was pregnant with my second!

November 7th, 2004, 08:37 PM
Hehehe. Yup, I knew it was getting bad when I told hubby that I had to go out to Walmart, and he said, "are you stopping for a snack?".

November 7th, 2004, 09:30 PM
I am glad to hear that craving something you wouldn't normally eat is normal. I used to love golden puffs, but now I can't stand eating them!!! I also crave many things if someone mentioned it.

November 7th, 2004, 10:49 PM
Wow, your bringing back memories from 27 years ago! :D I think I lived on peanut butter with hard boiled egg or cucumber sandwiches. Yup together in one big fat sandwich. Mmmm how I miss them!
Congratulations and good luck!

November 9th, 2004, 10:35 AM
It just all of a sudden hit me. In less then 2 month, Judith is due. It is kinda scary. It is going to be our first child, and I don't know what it is going to be like. PLUS we don't have the nursery ready, and we are still needing to buy more clothes, daiper pail, toiletries, and a million onther things! Atleast we have all the big stuff, i.e. crib, bassenet, swing, ect., and already stocked up on diapers. But still. I have to tell hubby, that with ohis next 3 pay checks, we do need to get some clothes for her, and the toiletries alteast. The time has just went by so fast, and we didn't actually think of how soon she is going to be here, in 4 weeks, she is full term, so anywhere after that, she could arrive!! Boy, is the next several weeks going to be crazy here. I might end up in a nut house!!! :D Plus on top of all that, both sides of the family want to be here during the time she is due! I don't think that is going to happen. We have no room, plus, if I carry the full 40 weeks, I don't think I am going to be up for 14 extra people running around, even if they all stay at a hotel. And we all know that being that we live so close to Washington DC, they will all want to go see it.So I think I will just tell them the best time to come, would be mid January. That way, We can all go and see the sites, and Judith might be able to stay with my dear friend jennifer for the day. (She is due in April, so she will need to experience what is is like with a newborn, before she has hers)

But enough about all that. I just couldn't believe that the time is so close.

November 12th, 2004, 11:31 AM
WOW! That's pretty close! You must be getting excited.

I would suggest you get onto the internet and log onto websites like,, and register as an expecting mom. I did that when I was expecting, and got TONNES of free samples of diapers/baby wash/ etc etc etc, and they also sent a lot of coupons for diapers. It was a big help, especially during that first while when it seems like you're changing diapers every 3 minutes.

As for the nursery, etc, don't panic. As long as you have the crib, and changing table, you'll be fine. We did get a diaper pail as a baby shower present, but found that poopie diapers in the house kind of smelled, so we went out and got a rubbermaid bin, and keep that outside by the garage, so when he pooped, we'd just use a grocery store bag and fire the bag in the bin. No poopie stink in the house.

Best of luck!

November 12th, 2004, 11:36 AM
I like the Greek tradition after Birth. I can't remember exactly how many days, maybe 40, after the birth that no one can come see the baby. I would love that! It would be a nice time to relax and get into a routine!

November 12th, 2004, 11:47 AM
HOO YEAH, I love that idea. My in laws showed up the day I got home from the hospital, and stayed for a week. I love my MIL, but was ready to strangle my FIL-he'd ask what I was cooking for dinner! Um, hey buddy, I just got home from the hospital after a 5 day stay, can't feel my middle after a c section, cannot cough or sneeze or move without feeling pain, and YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT I'M MAKING FOR DINNER???!!!!

November 12th, 2004, 12:14 PM
My parents moved in for a month after our first was born and for three weeks after our second, and I was never more grateful for their help. Both of my kids were c-sections too. Those first few days home are fun, aren't they? I felt like I had been hit by a bus. As for friends and other family members, they were pretty good about staying away, or at least calling to make sure I was up to a visit before showing up on our doorstep. My in-laws were here for the first-born, too. Luckily Mom was here doing the cooking and running interference!

November 12th, 2004, 12:27 PM
Now MY parents didn't come down till about 4 days after I was home (I did want them down earlier, but they wanted to "give us some time for ourselves" huh, imagine that. I think I just minded my in laws showing up at the door without even asking.

Yeah, the only thing that drove me nuts was SNEEZING! Oh, and trying to get up off the toilet. LOL.

November 12th, 2004, 12:36 PM
Sneezing and coughing were THE WORST after a c-section! After my first one, I almost laughed when the nurse asked me if I could cough. Of course I can cough. Who the heck can't cough? Then I tried it. OMG, I almost had a panic attack!

November 12th, 2004, 01:51 PM
LOL, now who knew there were that many muscles in your stomach, eh?

November 12th, 2004, 02:23 PM
Wow, sneezing and coughing after a c section. I thought I would die... I was also sick right after the surgery (I had a cold with coughing and sneezing AND a stomach issue) try hurling without hurting your belly!!!
A few months after my c section, my husband had a very very tiny cheese tumor removed from his belly... the incision was so small, I think it only had 2 or 3 stitches!! AND it was above his belly button... it was so not the same as mine, not even close. He claims it was the same thing as my surgery. Anyone wanna smack him??? :D :D :D

November 12th, 2004, 05:53 PM
Just an update, the only one coming down, when Judith is supposed to be born is my mother. Which is OK with me, that way, if james is gone, and I go into labor, someone will be here, and be able to let James know.

Yes, I am getting very excited. I can't wait until she is FINALLY here. It seems as if I have been carrying her forever!

I don't think that your hubby's surgery was anything like yours. I just hope James doesn't do that if I end up having to have a c section. Don't think I will. He gets overly worried as it is right now. If I so much as say ouch, he gets worried and ask what's wrong. And 99% of the time when I say ouch, it is because I just got kicked in the ribs or something like that. Judith loves to lay up in my ribs at night and try to keep me awake by kicking all the time. But she can never move around at hours when I am actually awake. Little stinker!

November 13th, 2004, 01:07 AM
That's how my son was... and I think most babies are, they like your movements and like sleeping while walking. It's like they're restless when it's too still and quiet (like when you're trying to sleep)! They are little stinkers... soon to be BIG stinkers! :D :eek:

November 13th, 2004, 07:00 AM
My hubby drove me nuts the last month of pregnancy-of course I was up every 3 minutes to use the washroom, he'd sit up in bed and say, "are you okay?". Yes dear, I'm fine, just using the washroom for the millionth time as your child is dancing a jig on my bladder.

It was all very sweet, but I was glad to see my feet again!

November 13th, 2004, 01:41 PM
it's such an exciting time, isn't it? and if you have a home birth with midwives, they actually stop by your place a few times during the first week to see how nursing etc is going so you have a bit of support that doesn't ask what's for dinner. :p

don't worry about clothing too much until after she's born because if she's wee, you'll end up not having the right sizes, and if she's born really big you have all of these items that just don't fit. PLUS people will be spoiling you with tons of baby stuff. think christmas!

wow, i don't know you at all but i'm super excited for you!!! :D

November 13th, 2004, 02:21 PM
Well, we have found out that my mother is coming down before Judith is born, and she says she has bought alot of clothing and other stuff, so I think we have everything.