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I treated myself to garlic mushrooms last week, but I was violently sick afterwards. Now I can’t even bear to look at them. Will my tastes go back to normal?


Posted: 14 February 2010
by Lucinda Carter


My baby has decided she doesn’t like mushrooms! I love them (or so I thought) and treated myself to garlic mushrooms last week, but I was violently sick afterwards. Now I can’t even bear to look at them. Will my tastes go back to normal after she’s born? Tina, Oldham


Lucinda Carter
Qualified nutritionist and dietician working for the NHS


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Lucinda says…
You’re not alone. At least 85 per cent of pregnant women experience at least one food aversion. The reason for this is unestablished, but one suggestion is that food aversions peak when hormones are fluctuating most during the first trimester of pregnancy.

You have not mentioned how far into your pregnancy you are, but it is likely that your dislike of mushrooms will subside as your pregnancy develops into your second trimester. Some people who vomit violently after a particular food develop an association aversion, which may play a part in why you are struggling to even look at mushrooms now. I would suggest you avoid mushrooms until after your pregnancy, as vomiting during pregnancy shouldn’t be encouraged, and see how you feel when your hormones have settled. There is no physical reason why you shouldn’t enjoy mushrooms again.


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