I gotta say many of us Singaporeans are foooodies... aren’t we? I’m pretty sure you agree with me on this! :D I have always thought big appetite and cravings were linked to pregnancy. As such, I was ready to welcome cravings with open arms! However, it was the exact opposite in the early stages. I experienced a drastic loss of appetite and it happened almost very sudden for me. I was eating normally like my usual self from Week 1-6 of pregnancy. At week 7, I noticed stomach discomfort, so I decided to monitor it for a week. As the days went by, my appetite and stomach discomfort worsened. I went to see a GP as I didn’t know I was pregnant. The doctor asked me for my last menstrual period but somehow she still prescribed me loads of gastric medicine! This was surely dangerous as some medications are clearly not safe to take during pregnancy. Looking back, I’m sure glad I followed my gut feeling not to take the medication prescribed, as I felt the discomfort wasn’t like normal gastric.
Instead, I consulted a friend who is a nurse. She advised me to use the pregnancy test kit to confirm if I was pregnant or not. Even though I was overjoyed with the news, that few weeks were one of the toughest for me!
I remembered how just the slight thought or smell of food would make me queasy. Just imagine this, you know the food taste good. You used to love it. But now, you don’t even want a single bite of it. You are just wishing the taste and craving would come back. You simply lost all your love for food. The people around me were not aware of such condition. Thus, they unknowingly kept encouraging me to eat (your baby needs to eat!) which only made me more miserable. I even had a nightmare once when I dreamt someone kept forcing me to eat, and I actually shouted out loud “I DON’T WANT TO EAT!!!’. I shouted so loud that I woke myself up and my husband, Mr J, was giggling at me. I didn’t know food could traumatise me so badly!
Although there isn’t any cure, there are some safe options recommended by my gynae that I’ve adopted to ease my discomfort. would like to share some tips that helped me:
If you know of anyone going through this, please be a kind soul and refrain from talking about food in front of them. (It’s not a joke!) They are already going through one of the toughest phase, especially if they’re a foodie like me. Instead, share these practical tips that will help them get through this period more comfortably:)
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