Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!

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Water Aversion

Pregnant women are supposed to drink water; and lots of it!  I know and I have been trying to adhere to it.  But I’ve gotta say, this go-round, water is not the same.  I have always loved water.  And the benefits of it are well-known to me, so I have never had a problem drinking it.  Yes, I am a southern girl and I LOVE a glass of nice cold sweet tea, even a soda from time to time, but I can also drink water.  Water in a glass with a slice of lemon, water out of the faucet, water from a water bottle, fancy water at a nice restaurant…it’s all water.  At least it was in the past.

But presently speaking, water and I are NOT getting along.  I find myself forcing it down lately because I know that my body needs it and so does the baby.  I don’t understand what is
going on with me.  Suddenly water has a taste; a very distinct taste and it’s not very pleasant.  It does not seem to matter what kind of water it is; I can’t drink it.  I want to gag as I taste it in my mouth.  The taste, I can’t even describe.  Sometimes it tastes like metal.  Other times it tastes like plastic.   I find myself dreading the thought of having to drink water when I get up in the morning. During the day, I find myself drinking other things besides water…anything to get away from it.

With my other pregnancies, I had no problem downing 8 to 10 glasses of water every day.  My doctors always commented on how well my “pee” looked when I went in for a checkup!  Ha! But this time, it’s just not the same. This has been going on for several weeks now and I am beginning to feel
the repercussions of it; headaches, cramping, and possibly a bladder infection, ugh.

I am hoping that my doctor will have good advice for me when I go in tomorrow for my general checkup.

Have any of you had a water aversion before or any other food/drink aversion during pregnancy?  If so, what did you do about it?

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6 Comments on “Water Aversion”

  • Laura June 18th, 2012 11:38 am

    I didn’t have an aversion, but I agree that sometimes the metallic taste is there – YUCK!

  • Sharon Knosky June 19th, 2012 4:42 pm

    Yes, it’s awful. My doctor said I was the first one to tell him I had an aversion to water!

  • Cassy Fiano Cassy Fiano June 20th, 2012 12:33 pm

    Have you tried using a flavor enhancer like Crystal Light or something along those lines?

  • Sharon Knosky June 20th, 2012 1:44 pm

    Yes. That’s what the Dr. ordered! and it is working thanks!

  • Natalie Caddell Natalie Caddell June 20th, 2012 3:18 pm

    I was wondering if those flavor enhancers were safe to use myself! I had been told to avoid some because of the sugar substitutes. Have you heard that? If so which ones are safe and which ones should we avoid?

  • Sharon Knosky June 21st, 2012 12:17 pm

    My OB said that it was ok for me, but there is a kind with natural sugar called Truvia if you are concerned about the sweeteners.

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