We’ve all grown up with the stories of pregnant women wanting "pickles and ice cream" at 2 am. I’m here to tell you that (1) those stories are true and (2) if you’re the husband, you’re responsible to support this. In our case, it’s been less about cravings and more about settling her stomach but Polish Pickles are always on the menu.
Here’s what I do: let her try anything that will make her feel better and then become the trash disposal so the pantry doesn't get over-run. For instance, she wanted to try some new kind of chicken salad yesterday from Publix. I knew she wasn’t going to like it but “ok, hunny”. Guess what I brought to the office for lunch today? Publix Chicken Salad.
There was one day that Julija was really having a hard time all day -- probably in the 12 week timeframe. She just couldn't find a thing to move her from that tipping point of almost throwing up so I compiled a list of the 30 most loved remedies from the prego-blogs, stopped at Publix and filled my cart. I was the guy with pickles, ginger snaps, ginger ale, fresh lemons, soda crackers, oyster crackers, cheese Pringles (a favorite btw), peppermint pieces, raw ginger, many kinds of broth, chicken soup, green goodness, blue goodness and a whole bunch of other stuff.
I looked like a crazy lunatic chef but the look on my wife’s face was priceless. Looking back, I don’t think anything worked from that trip and my office has been reaping the benefits ever since but I will never forget the way she looked at me riding up on my white horse, sword held high in the air holding 10 plastic bags of food. Wow - still moves me even typing this.
One of the most important things I’ve learned is that my wife needs unconditional support (love) and I need to eat everything left over. I think it was in my marriage vows and I know it’s in the bible :) Pregnancy can be a pain sometimes but I wouldn't miss the bonding moments for anything.
Don't let her down -- you're her hero.