I have so many freaking food aversions right now, it’s ridiculous! What sounds good one day will make me gag the next. I’ve noticed a trend though.
Like most pregnant women, I CRAVE salty foods. Salt is like my new best friend. There’s actually scientific evidence backing me up on this one. You see, the RDA recommends limiting sodium to less than 2,300 mg a day. That’s for the average person. A pregnant woman metabolizes sodium much differently and may need anywhere from 2,000 to 8,000 (!!) mg per day (source). No wonder we crave salt!
Linking Morning Sickness and Low Blood Pressure
Try to stay with me here. I just told you that a pregnant woman needs more salt than the average person. Did you also know that a pregnant woman’s blood pressure is significantly lowered due to the hormone relaxin? I ALREADY had extremely low blood pressure leading into this pregnancy, so every time I go to the doctor for prenatal appointments, the nurses marvel at my numbers. It’s called “hyPOtension” – the last time I went in (which was last Monday), my blood pressure was 90/59 mmHg.
Want to know the symptoms of low blood pressure?
Signs and symptoms of hypotension may include dizziness, fainting, cold and sweaty skin, fatigue (tiredness), blurred vision, or nausea (feeling sick to your stomach). (source)
This sounds eerily like MORNING SICKNESS!! (Travis actually connected the two – he’s way smarter than me.)
Now I know that you don’t have to be hypotensive to experience morning sickness, but I really think that my low b.p. combined with morning sickness has led to me feel pretty darn crappy over the last 6 weeks. Interesting fact: My nausea dissipates when I eat salt. Sugary foods do nothing to take the edge off. So that’s what I eat: SALT!!!
Here’s what yesterday looked like….
Before getting out of bed (sorry for the dark iPhone picture): Mini saltine crackers
Breakfast: Oatmeal + Egg Whites + Butter
Post Workout: Chocolate Thinny Mint Shake (Chocolate whey p.p., chocolate soy milk, peppermint extract, ice)
Pre-Lunch Snack: Good Beans (this x3)
Gatorade! (all day long)
Lunch: 2 eggs + american cheese + morningstar veggie links + raspberries
Afternoon Snack #1: Some “Dump Cake” – google the recipe – it’s pretty much pure butter (salt)
Afternoon Snack #2: Granny smith apple + The Laughing Cow mini babybel mozzerella (sent to me by TLC – SO good..and salty!)
Dinner: 1/2 rack ribs + french fries + stewed okra & tomatoes
Notice that no snack was eaten pre-bed (which I normally would have)…this is because I’ve morphed into my mother and bedtime was 8pm.
Not a diet I’d recommend to ANYONE, but for right now, we’re in survival mode over here and it’s getting the job done.
QUESTION: Do you SALT your food? <-normally NEVER! Do you think you’re over or under the RDA guidelines for sodium intake? <-right now – YES!