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Food Aversions?

The thought of certain foods really grosses me out. Why?

“At the beginning of pregnancy, you’re already nauseous because of high levels of hormones, and you’re hypersensitive to smells,” explains Laura Riley, MD, director of labor and delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital and author of _ You & Your Baby: Pregnancy_. The aversions will subside as the nausea goes away, usually at the end of the first trimester. Until then, avoid the offending food. “You’re not doing harm if you’re not getting perfectly balanced nutrition in the first trimester,” says Riley.

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