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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Food Aversions (Overview)

Food aversions means a person strongly dislikes the taste, smell, or sight of certain foods. Some women during pregnancy have aversions to particular foods.


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What causes food aversions in pregnancy?

What causes food aversions in pregnancy?

Pregnancy hormones: Two hormones, estrogen and Progesterone are quite elevated in a normal pregnancy. Both are likely responsible for the nausea and vomiting (morning sickness) experienced in the early part of pregnancy. As the pregnancy progresses, the nausea gets better but most women continue to find that even the thought of certain foods makes them feel ill. Fortunately, things go back to normal after birth. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Food Aversions (Overview)

Food aversions means a person strongly dislikes the taste, smell, or sight of certain foods. Some women during pregnancy have aversions to particular foods.


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What are food aversions?

What are food aversions?

Foods you dislike: Food aversions are when you begin to be turned off to certain foods. Sometimes this is from an intense dislike of the smell - this can happen in early pregnancy, for example. Foods that were palatable become the opposite, and you become completely disgusted by them. ...Read more

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Treating Food Poisoning (Checklist)

Go to ER/call Poison Control Center for antidote for serious cases
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If you're vomiting nonstop, go to the ER
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If you have diarrhea, eat something to stop water loss
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If you have excess dehydration, go to the ER for IV fluids
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What treatment is available for food aversion in a child?

What treatment is available for food aversion in a child?

Hunger.: Food aversion is mainly the result of the mismatch between the child's true caloric needs (quite small, between 12 months of age and puberty) and parents' perceptions of when and how much the child should eat. Let them get hungry, don't try to force feed, and remember that when they are only hungry "for" a specific food, they are really not hungry. And avoid juices and sweetened drinks. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of food obsession? From pro anorexia to bulimia. I have try phsychotherapy but didn't help me

How can I get rid of food obsession? From pro anorexia to bulimia. I have try phsychotherapy but didn't help me

Overeaters Anonymous: Just as with other addictions, there is no "cure, " but there is recovery. Overeaters anonymous is based on the principles of alcoholics anonymous. Oa is not just for binge eaters, many with anorexia or bulimia find help there as well. Check www.Oa.Org for meetings in your area and more information. ...Read more

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What are food aversions?

Foods you dislike: Food aversions are when you begin to be turned off to certain foods. Sometimes this is from an intense dislike of the smell - this can happen in early pregnancy, for example. Foods that were palatable become the opposite, and you become completely disgusted by them. ...Read more

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What causes food aversions in pregnancy?

Pregnancy hormones: Two hormones, estrogen and Progesterone are quite elevated in a normal pregnancy. Both are likely responsible for the nausea and vomiting (morning sickness) experienced in the early part of pregnancy. As the pregnancy progresses, the nausea gets better but most women continue to find that even the thought of certain foods makes them feel ill. Fortunately, things go back to normal after birth. ...Read more

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From which day of pregnancy food aversions may start ?

From which day of pregnancy food aversions may start ?

Usually none: The food aversions or cravings may never occur in pregnancy and this symptom varies greatly from person to person. Best to maintain and normal healthy diet throughout the pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have food aversions around the time of your period?

Is it normal to have food aversions around the time of your period?

It makes sense.: As you period approaches, the estrogen and Progesterone levels are near their peak, then fall rapidly. This change can affect you in many ways, including taste and smell, which are important in enjoyment of food. ...Read more

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Could it be healthy to have food aversions (fish) during a period?

Could it be healthy to have food aversions (fish) during a period?

No unhealthy: Either. Food aversions are something that we don't understand incredibly well, just like food compulsions. But it's unlikely to be unhealthy if it's only fish and just during your period. This may just be something unique to you and the respective hormone changes that occur during your menstrual cycle. ...Read more

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I am 12 weeks pregnant and having major food aversions to mostly everything. It's so frustrating and I'm worried I'm not eating enough for baby. ?

I am 12 weeks pregnant and having major food aversions to mostly everything. It's so frustrating and I'm worried I'm not eating enough for baby.
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No worries: many women get food aversions and have difficulty eating and drinking in the first trimester. Fortunately your baby gain the most weight from your caloric intake during the third trimester. your baby will take exactly what it needs from you during this time, regardless of how much you are able to eat. Your baby will not need an excessive amount right now. ...Read more

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5y/o tonsils never went down after infection 3yrs ago. Snores & food aversions cuz foods cause him to gag. Dr wont refer for removal. 2nd opinion?

Enlarged tonsils: If you do not feel secure with the explanation you have received regarding your child's condition, you most certainly should seek a second opinion. Enlarged tonsils that interfere with sleep and eating are valid cause for concern. ...Read more

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Wife nauseous w/ food aversions. Crave lean meat, salty food, and choc. No chkn,pork,fish. Headache/Nausea leaves w/ right food. PregTest=No,whats up?

Wife nauseous w/ food aversions. Crave lean meat, salty food, and choc. No chkn,pork,fish. Headache/Nausea leaves w/ right food. PregTest=No,whats up?

Get her seen: Whenever headache and nausea do not have an obvious cause, it is first necessary to rule disease of the brain in or out. Don't focus on food choices; this is probably not the key. A competent physician needs to work this up. ...Read more

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Pregnant with food aversions such as meats, cheese, eggs, and pasta sauces. What are some meals I can make with out that.

Pregnant with food aversions such as meats, cheese, eggs, and pasta sauces. What are some meals I can make with out that.

Meals: Non cheese dairy, friuts and veggies, grains that are healthy and also a good source of protein will work. Some fish (look online for low mercury fish). You can certainly do a whey protein shake or carnation instant breakfast in the morning. Soy based items like tofu based products, yogurt (greek for protein) also will work. You can also still have pasta with maybe pesto or a light butter. ...Read more

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Food aversions and i'm 8w pregnant. I mostly snack/eat on bread and cheese. I take prenatal vitamins. Should i worry about my baby's development?

Nausea ; vomiting: Eating a healthy diet during prengnacy is very important. However some women at the begining of pregnancy develop what is called nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, and its due to the hormonal changes. Try separating foods from liquids, avoid spicy food, avoid strong odors, take your prental vitamin or Folic Acid and consult your obgyn on how to improve your diet. Try soft foods like mashed potatoes. ...Read more

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Can having a pelvic cyst cause sensitive breast, nausea, food aversions, tiredness and make a period short with less bleeding?

Can having a pelvic cyst cause sensitive breast, nausea, food aversions, tiredness and make a period short with less bleeding?

Maybe not, but...: Can check for pregnancy. A urine pregnancy test, done correctly, gives a reliable result 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred), or 1 week after missing a period. If done sooner, a positive result is likely real, but a negative result may be due to testing too soon, and thus lead to a repeat test. If a woman gets her normal regular period, then she is not pregnant. ...Read more

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10 dys late 1 neg pt weird dreams evrynyt no freq urine no tendr breast no morn sickness no food aversions no nausea. Not muchcramping am i pregnant?

10 dys late 1 neg pt weird dreams evrynyt no freq urine no tendr breast no morn sickness no food aversions no nausea. Not muchcramping am i pregnant?

Home pregnancy tests are very accurate.: They are the same tests used in a doctors office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period.  if you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. ...Read more

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11/13 spotted for 2 days no period nausea back pain mild cramps since then. bloated fatigue food aversions neg hpt 11/28 not sure what is going on?

11/13 spotted for 2 days no period nausea back pain mild cramps since then. bloated fatigue food aversions neg hpt 11/28 not sure what is going on?

?Pregnant: Could you be pregnant?? If not you may have a viral infection. More information is needed for a more detailed answer! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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