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The Surprising Reason You Might Have Food Aversions During Pregnancy

During my twin pregnancy, I never had a single food aversion—in fact, I ate like a champ beginning to end. I was eating for three after all!

But a new study claims to have some insight on which pregnant women are most likely to experience such aversions—and found results had to do with baby's gender. The Polish research published in the journal Physiology and Behavior claims to suggest that moms carrying boys are more likely to feel "disgust" during the first two trimesters than those incubating girls.

The researchers theorized that the feelings of so-called disgust are a protective mechanism to support the healthy development of male embryos, which other research have shown to be more vulnerable than female embryos durign those early months.

It seems logical, right? Maybe. But this is hardly a study with a massive sample group. In fact, only 92 women participated in the gender-related study.

Beyond that, several members of our editorial team here at Parents.com who have carried boys say their own experiences don't line up with the new research. As for me? Well, because I was carrying both a boy and a girl at once, I'm hardly able to differentiate whe it comes to questions like this!

But I'd love to hear from you: Were you disgusted by certain foods during pregnancy?

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom, as well as a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

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