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Let's Talk About Food

Anyone want to share any fun, yummy or interesting cravings they have had? It would also be fun to share recipes or new ideas. Any good snacks to share that tide you over between meals?
TTC 4 years. 7 failed IUI's with either Clomid, Femara and/or Trigger Shots. Started IVF journey in February 2017. Polyps removed in May. 1st IVF Transfer September 26th. BFP. Expected due date 6/14/18. Baby boy born 5/25/18 at 6 lb 9 oz. My bundle of joy. 

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  • I have been a cereal eating machine which is strange because I never ate it prepregnancy. It’s not the super healthy kind either- lucky charms and fruit loops. Yum. 
    TTC 4 years. 7 failed IUI's with either Clomid, Femara and/or Trigger Shots. Started IVF journey in February 2017. Polyps removed in May. 1st IVF Transfer September 26th. BFP. Expected due date 6/14/18. Baby boy born 5/25/18 at 6 lb 9 oz. My bundle of joy. 
    Hopeful_momsarcasticowlhreason1114
  • I’ve been making snack spreads that are so satisfying to me- sliced apple, slices of sharp cheddar, mixed nuts, olives, pickles, sliced avocado with salt, etc. 

    But I've mostly found that my cravings vary widely day to day - really getting a variety! IRL I have a sweet tooth and I have no wanted anything sweet- so strange! 
    TTC since May 2013
    Mild PCOS, Compound Heterozygous MTHFR
    No Folic acid/pharmaceuticals/supplements (too many to list- private message me if interested), IVIL infusion
    Hopeful_momsarcasticowl
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  • Oddly I craved queso for a couple times, and also freshly squeezed OJ haha. Such a weird combo.
    My TTC journey:
    Me and DH: 30-35
    Unexplained infertility
    TTC #1 since 2015
    11/2015 - BFP!     12/2015 - MC  :'(
    IVF #1 July 2017 freeze all (20 eggs, 15 mature, 10 fert, 6 blasts, 4 PGS normal)
    FET #1 TBD  Surprise BFP 9/2017 while waiting for FET... hoping for the best!

    Pregnancy Ticker


    Hopeful_mom
  • It’s so weird how things change. Avocado has been amazing lately. Had it 3-4 times this week already! Queso sounds amazing right now. Sadly we don’t have any, hubby is lactose intolerant argh. 
    TTC 4 years. 7 failed IUI's with either Clomid, Femara and/or Trigger Shots. Started IVF journey in February 2017. Polyps removed in May. 1st IVF Transfer September 26th. BFP. Expected due date 6/14/18. Baby boy born 5/25/18 at 6 lb 9 oz. My bundle of joy. 
    Hopeful_mom
  • Yes on the cereal @Holls214!  I never ate cereal until I started my retrievals and then I would take a break and now I have it at night.  I have been into mini wheats and special k vanilla but I love fruit loops!

    I feel like I was in survival mode until 16 weeks, so now at 20 I can finally enjoy food again and I am going to turn into a bagel and cream cheese.  Although panera's listeria scare kind of has me off of them at the moment even though I mostly get them at a local shop.  I also am drinking glasses of milk which I NEVER drank before, like ever.  I have been back to eating pretty healthy andI can't get enough fruit, grilled cheese sandwiches and OJ like @helloworld9.  Queso actually sounds really good.  And so do fries.  I could go for some with ranch right about now.






    Hopeful_mom
  • I think the thing with the cereal is the milk too! I might have to get a good bagel tomorrow. Sounds lovely. 
    I love French fries all the time especially with ranch. We have a burger place in downtown Portland with truffle fries that I have been craving like mad. 
    TTC 4 years. 7 failed IUI's with either Clomid, Femara and/or Trigger Shots. Started IVF journey in February 2017. Polyps removed in May. 1st IVF Transfer September 26th. BFP. Expected due date 6/14/18. Baby boy born 5/25/18 at 6 lb 9 oz. My bundle of joy. 
  • Aera11Aera11
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    yes, I think I for sure have a thing for dairy (milk, cream cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, regular cheese) and it is helping with the heartburn and I kind of get a weird empty stomach feeling at night before bed, so my night time cereal or bagel isn't probably the healthiest thing but I don't care, I can sleep better right now.  ooo yes to a burger and fries!  not pregnant I love that and couldn't eat one until a few weeks ago, it was amazing!






  • I also get that feeling... sometimes im good and eat a little cutie orange or 2 but then cereal or tonight a pudding cup. Haha. Yeah I agree about not being able to eat things until lately or having anything sound good. I think the past month has been totally different than the first trimester. 
    TTC 4 years. 7 failed IUI's with either Clomid, Femara and/or Trigger Shots. Started IVF journey in February 2017. Polyps removed in May. 1st IVF Transfer September 26th. BFP. Expected due date 6/14/18. Baby boy born 5/25/18 at 6 lb 9 oz. My bundle of joy. 
    Hopeful_mom
  • Great snack choices!

    I have been consuming dairy products like crazy. My favorite right now is Icelandic yogurt (skyr). It’s high in protein and low in sugar, perfect for someone like me with gestational diabetes. 

    If I didn’t have GD, I’d be stuffing my face with pineapple buns. I’m also craving King’s Hawaiian rolls. 
    Me: 41  DH: 46
    Unexplained infertility/AMA, polycystic ovaries, insulin resistance
    FET#1(July 2017): eSET of first of 4 PGS-normal embryos, DS born 3/30/2018
    FET#2(Oct/Nov 2019): eSET  
  • @lablover78 Same here. Huge sweet tooth, huge chocolate lover, and I've not been remotely interested in sugar lately. Now carbs... carbs are a different story :) And pineapple and grapes, and I had some orange juice yesterday morning that tasted like the nectar of the gods. Clearly I am a fruit fanatic at the moment.



    lablover78hottietoddyHopeful_mom
  • It seems I have been craving the color orange - carrots, clementines...omg, give me ALL the clementines, peppers, and cheetos have been the one oddish craving I've had. I ended up buying a bunch of the little snack bags of them so I'm not tempted to eat the entire big bag in one sitting. I still can't stand ground beef. I can handle and cook with it just fine, but once cooked, ick, I just can't do it. I was craving spaghetti and meatballs the other night but once the meatballs were cooked, I couldn't even stand the smell of them! 
    sarcasticowlhottietoddy
  • @mtpbadger I feel the same about ground turkey as you do ground beef.  I used to love it and eat it all the time.  Now I can barely stand the sight of it, it completely grosses me out.  Which is weird, because ground beef it still fine by me. Its so odd.

    I haven't really had any strange cravings.  Other than carbs and sweets, but I've always loved those so that isn't new.

    I'm a little jealous of everyone and their orange juice.  Just looking at it gives me heartburn.   :/
  • @MMD1986 I can't do orange juice either. Every time I try...it just doesn't sit well. But clementines I can eat and eat and eat. Go figure. 
    sarcasticowlHopeful_mom
  • Same with me and orange juice... but yes to clementines or oranges. Strange. 
    TTC 4 years. 7 failed IUI's with either Clomid, Femara and/or Trigger Shots. Started IVF journey in February 2017. Polyps removed in May. 1st IVF Transfer September 26th. BFP. Expected due date 6/14/18. Baby boy born 5/25/18 at 6 lb 9 oz. My bundle of joy. 
    sarcasticowl
  • I can't eat fish and I love fish.  We would probably eat fish twice a week before I was pregnant.  Now the smell and even thought of it makes me ill.  Such a bummer.  
    BabyFruit Ticker

    TTC history in spoiler: 

    Me: 43 
    DH: 43
    Married: 5/7/16
    TTC #1: May 2016
    IUI #1 10/31/16 - BFN
    IVF - ER #1 2/10 (3R, 3F, 1B for PGS - 0 viable for transfer)
    IVF - ER #2 3/24 (2R, 1F- 0 viable for transfer)
    IVF - ER #3 5/15 (1R- 0 viable for transfer)
    June 17: Starting the process for DE IVF
    Aug 17: Donor chosen! Anticipating a Nov cycle after testing is complete. 
    Nov 17: DE IVF ER 11/27 (35R, 19 F) Dec 2nd Transfer!
    Dec 12: BFP! EDD 8/20/18
    baby boy born via cs 8/22/18


  • bagels and cream cheese have me salivating!! My husband offered to go to the grocery if I write a list- poor guy doesn’t know what he just volunteered for with these cravings. Sliced tomatoes with salt on top of my bagel & cream cheese please!
    TTC since May 2013
    Mild PCOS, Compound Heterozygous MTHFR
    No Folic acid/pharmaceuticals/supplements (too many to list- private message me if interested), IVIL infusion
    sarcasticowlhottietoddyHopeful_momlaurad75
  • hottietoddyhottietoddy
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    edited February 2018
    I'm having a hard time with meat as well.  Made some burgers at home and I literally almost went to stay with my mom because the smell made me so sick for days.  Keep up all the dairy ladies!  My OB says calcium is important and (2) servings a day of dairy in second trimester is recommended.  

    I have gestational diabetes as well and I usually love cheese.  This last week or 2 I can barely stand it, I think I might finally have gotten sick of it and that is amazing. I have never in my life not wanted cheese. 

    @sarcasticowl haha nectar of the gods indeed!  I got these rediculously expensive blood oranges at whole foods yesterday and they are so amazing tasting.  I have liked oranges before but never that much. 

    @cashewchicken fellow GD lady here....have you tried italian pizzelle cookies? They have some chocolate ones at whole foods that are amazing. And I think world market carries too, prob Central market too. (6) of them is only 16 carbs so a little peanut butter or cheese or something with protein and you have a decent snack which involves cookies!! 
    sarcasticowlHopeful_momSP128
  • @hottietoddy pizzelle cookies looks delicious! Thanks for your suggestion, I’ll definitely go look for it at Whole Foods this weekend.  
    Me: 41  DH: 46
    Unexplained infertility/AMA, polycystic ovaries, insulin resistance
    FET#1(July 2017): eSET of first of 4 PGS-normal embryos, DS born 3/30/2018
    FET#2(Oct/Nov 2019): eSET  
    hottietoddy
  • First trimester fruit And cream cheese or cottage on a bagel with pickles I could manage.  Any source of meat or fish protein was out!!

    now I can finally eat other things!  I will say I was all about the chips and salsa I didn't have such a sweet tooth but these last couple of weeks I'm like yum!!

    dunkin donuts makes this brownie filled donut for vday which is the only donut I ever like and they only make it this time of year....and apparently I still enjoy them.  It's hilarious that my family knows this and everyone bought me some this week so I'm on sweets overload for sure!!!

    coffee smell finally has stopped making me want to hurl so wondering if I'll be able to try a cup soon!!
    History of TTC in spoiler box
    TTC since 2014
    Unexplained Infertility - but I am 40...Low AMH .30
    7 - IUI (50mg-150mg Clomid) Feb - August 2016 all BFN 
    IVF#1 August 2016 (Antagonist protocol 4/5 eggs) Cancelled cycle :( RE thought I would get at least 10.
    IVF#2 Sept 2016 (microdose luporn pro - disappearing follies, ONLY ONE, convert to IUI) BFN
    IVF#3 November 2016 (4 ER, 3 F,  3DT)-BFP  with TWINS // MC both at almost 10wks  :'( 
    IVF#4 March 2017 //EPP  (10 ER (1 wonky so 9 ER) 7F, 3B (5AB, (2)5BB) PGS tested- ALL abnormal  :'( 
    IVF#5 April 2017 // EPP (7 ER, 7F yes! 6B) 2/5 day 4/6 day - 2 PGS normal! yes!! :)
    IVF#6 May 2017 // Antagonist didn't have time for Estrogen Priming...(4 ER, 3 F, 3B) (5AB, (2) 5BB) 2 PGS normal, yes!! :)
    IVF#7 June 2017 // EPP praying this is it and then on to an FET!

    laurad75hottietoddy
  • When did everyone start getting cravings? I've always had random cravings so there hasn't been anything that stands out to me. I'm 17w today.

    First trimester I ate a ton of snacks! I had sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chocolate, fruit (grapes, bananas, clementines, kiwis), cheese, and anything to help with constipation (beans, avocados, more fruit like  prunes, yogurt). Ginger ale was my best friend. I couldn't eat apples though -- they started tasting weird. Second trimester I've been eating Activia yogurt almost daily to prevent constipation, but if I eat it early morning, then I'm starving in an hour. I'm loving hot sandwiches with salty chips. I really wish I could have sunny side eggs again with runny yolk!! I miss that. 
  • I saw I, Tonya last night and went on a cereal shopping spree today :) they eat so much cereal in the movie. 
    sarcasticowlhottietoddyAera11
  • ***lurking from Infertility (June IVF)**** and TTCAL graduates

    @cashewchicken & @hottietoddy - Another GD lady here.  Womp womp.  Def going to look at the pizzelles.  Found a coconut jelly dessert on foodnetwork that has potential.  Will prob try that out.  I've been tirelessly looking for new foods I can eat.  Results have been glum so far. 
    ***TW***
    Me: 36  DH:35
    Married: 7/10/2016
    TTC#1 - May 2016
    BFP 9/6/2016 - Missed MC 10/20/2016  
    BFP 5/5/2017  - CP
    IVF #1 - June 2017  - Transferred 1 fresh 4 AA embryo.  7/9 Beta #1 - 161 
    <3 Adam <3 Born on 3/18/18




     
    hottietoddy
  • Anyone else have days were you are a bottomless pit? Today is one of those. Most days I eat my couple meals and a snack but I think I have eaten all day today haha. 
    Banana, Nutragrain bar, half a pita sandwich, cup of soup, scoop of potato salad, pirates booty, half a donut and it’s not even dinner time. Oh vey. 
    TTC 4 years. 7 failed IUI's with either Clomid, Femara and/or Trigger Shots. Started IVF journey in February 2017. Polyps removed in May. 1st IVF Transfer September 26th. BFP. Expected due date 6/14/18. Baby boy born 5/25/18 at 6 lb 9 oz. My bundle of joy. 
    Hopeful_mom
  • @Holls214 I definitely have days like that. 
  • @Holls214 I think it fluctuates for me. There are days I don't feel that hungry and others where I'm ravenous.
    My TTC journey:
    Me and DH: 30-35
    Unexplained infertility
    TTC #1 since 2015
    11/2015 - BFP!     12/2015 - MC  :'(
    IVF #1 July 2017 freeze all (20 eggs, 15 mature, 10 fert, 6 blasts, 4 PGS normal)
    FET #1 TBD  Surprise BFP 9/2017 while waiting for FET... hoping for the best!

    Pregnancy Ticker


  • It really is crazy how each day is different. Maybe the super hungry days are growth spurt days? Finished off the day with fajitas and a Costco very berry sundae. ;) 
    TTC 4 years. 7 failed IUI's with either Clomid, Femara and/or Trigger Shots. Started IVF journey in February 2017. Polyps removed in May. 1st IVF Transfer September 26th. BFP. Expected due date 6/14/18. Baby boy born 5/25/18 at 6 lb 9 oz. My bundle of joy. 
    Hopeful_mom
  • @SP128 yeah there aren’t that many snack options besides cheese and fruit, yogurt and veggie sticks. Oh and cheese and crackers too. I’ve been eating Pocky sticks too (family pack) as an individual packet contains about 13g carbs. Satisfies my chocolate craving. 

    @Holls214 miss those days when I used to be a bottomless pit. People used to call me hollow leg. Gestational diabetes ruined it for me. :( Though I’ve got to say I kind of snacked on cheese and fruits all day today.  But calories wise probably wasn’t much. 
    Me: 41  DH: 46
    Unexplained infertility/AMA, polycystic ovaries, insulin resistance
    FET#1(July 2017): eSET of first of 4 PGS-normal embryos, DS born 3/30/2018
    FET#2(Oct/Nov 2019): eSET  
  • @holls214 yup, I have days like that where no matter what I'm eating, I'm hungry 5 minutes later. The worst is when I didn't bring enough snacks to work and I've gone through everything I brought!
  • @Holls214 LOL yes. Cookies, fruit, bowl of spaghetti with meatballs, potato chips... I argue with DH about my bag of chips at least once a week. Hopefully it's a growth spurt!
  • I'm still riding the bagel & cream cheese train, but I'm trying to just do half at a time.  I woke up wanting pancakes and fruit so we're off the find some brunch after the driveway is plowed!






    Hopeful_mom
  • @aera11 mmmmm pancakes sound so good right now!
  • hottietoddyhottietoddy
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    edited February 2018
    Hi again!   fellow Gestational Diabetes ladies, I have another food that I have been loving.  It is the morning star meat free spicy sausage or regular sausage patties.  I have 3 every morning and they are super high protein and low enough carb where I can have (3) slices of wheat toast and butter as well!  I ran out today and I had quiche instead and I noticed I got dizzy earlier after breakfast.  I have had a hard time with meat lately and this is a great way to get protein without having to deal with meat.
    Aera11SP128Hopeful_mom
  • They were amazing @mtpbadger!  I also had an over priced fresh squeezed oj & it was amazing.  Now I'm working from bed downing yogurt covered raisins.  I think since I started getting sick again over the last week I've been snacking more to fill that empty stomach feeling after puking 






  • Mmmmm now I’m thinking about pancakes and yogurt covered pretzels. Yum yum. 
    TTC 4 years. 7 failed IUI's with either Clomid, Femara and/or Trigger Shots. Started IVF journey in February 2017. Polyps removed in May. 1st IVF Transfer September 26th. BFP. Expected due date 6/14/18. Baby boy born 5/25/18 at 6 lb 9 oz. My bundle of joy. 
    lablover78Hopeful_mom


  • I'm reviving this thread for Pi Day!






    sarcasticowllablover78muchwanted
  • That looks DELICIOUS!!
    Aera11
  • Yum yum! Puppy says can you share? Cute. 
    TTC 4 years. 7 failed IUI's with either Clomid, Femara and/or Trigger Shots. Started IVF journey in February 2017. Polyps removed in May. 1st IVF Transfer September 26th. BFP. Expected due date 6/14/18. Baby boy born 5/25/18 at 6 lb 9 oz. My bundle of joy. 
    Aera11
  • @aera11 your bump is so cute!! <3 And that pie looks amazing!!!

    Me: 28, DH: 30 Married July 2014  DX: Severe MFI- 3 failed IUI's, IVF #1 Egg retrieval June 4th 2016, 5 day transfer- BFP Baby Boy! EDD 2/25/2017. Our sweet miracle Carter Bennett arrived 2/12/2017 6 lbs, 2 oz 19 inches. <3 Surprise BFP!!! Baby Girl due 10/1/2018.


    Aera11
  • Oh, man. Nothing in this thread sounds good right now. My nausea had left me, but it came back full force last night and this morning. I can't wait until food sounds good and I get to eat all the things you're talking about above. I love cooking but haven't done anything in weeks.

    I also did a bit of reading on what twin moms are supposed to eat/gain, and OMG. I'm in trouble if both of these little beans stick around.
    ***TW***
    DD born April 2015 after many rounds of IVF and losses.

    After much more of the same...

  • Hopefully your appetite will pick up soon. Nausea sucks. Sorry. 
    TTC 4 years. 7 failed IUI's with either Clomid, Femara and/or Trigger Shots. Started IVF journey in February 2017. Polyps removed in May. 1st IVF Transfer September 26th. BFP. Expected due date 6/14/18. Baby boy born 5/25/18 at 6 lb 9 oz. My bundle of joy. 
    muchwanted
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