The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond’s No. 1 Pregnancy Craving

The Pioneer Woman star Ree Drummond often talks about her children and what they were like as kids. She also talks about her pregnancy and childbirth experiences. Here’s what the Food Network star says was her top pregnancy craving.   

Ree Drummond says she had postpartum depression

Ree Drummond | Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Pioneer Woman Magazine
Ree Drummond | Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Pioneer Woman Magazine

In her book Black Heels to Tractor Wheels: A Love Story, Drummond reveals she experienced postpartum depression after the birth of her first child, Alex. She says it was difficult to get out of bed and get dressed, and breastfeeding was challenging.

“I should have been so happy—I had the guy and the baby and she was healthy and the sun was shining—but it didn’t feel right to me, the whole leaving-the-hospital thing,” writes Drummond. “I wasn’t ready at all. I’d just gotten used to the beeping of the monitors and the coziness of the warm, secure hospital room.”

Ree Drummond had tough deliveries with her children

Ree Drummond with her family | Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Pioneer Woman Magazine
Ree Drummond with her family | Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Pioneer Woman Magazine

Drummond says she also had tough deliveries. In a 2006 blog post, she told her readers about the pain she experienced while delivering her third child, Bryce. She received epidurals with her previous children after not being able to endure natural childbirth, but she decided to try natural childbirth again with her third baby.

“Four years ago today, I gave birth to my third child,” says Drummond. “For my previous two births, I had resolved to have my babies naturally–that is, without the aid of pain-relieving medications—and had failed miserably both times, begging for and ultimately receiving epidurals within 15 minutes of the first severe contraction… When it came time for me to give birth to my third, I tried it again! And guess what else? I made it.”

Unfortunately, Drummond says the pain was unbearable. She decided at the last minute to ask for an epidural, but it was too late. She confesses she was in so much pain she grabbed the nurse’s arm and begged for an epidural, and then later told her that her voice was “bugging” her. Here’s what Drummond said about being in labor:

But labor? Um, yeah. Have you ever experienced it? It ain’t no cliche, people. It is, without a doubt, the most all-encompassing, mind-blowing, total-body, hiney-cringing, unfathomable pain I’ve ever known. And it’s not like getting your eyebrows waxed or having an ingrown toenail removed, where it hurts so much it kind of makes your groin tickle and almost feels good.

Labor is so bad that you forget the good. As far as a laboring woman is concerned, there is no good left in the world, there’s no baby at the end of this torture, and even if there is, who cares? Just make the pain stop.

Ree Drummond’s top pregnancy craving

Can you guess what “the accidental country girl” craved during her pregnancy? If you guessed butter, you’re wrong. During one of her cooking demonstrations, Drummond says quesadillas were her top craving when she was pregnant. “Quesadillas were my No. 1 pregnancy craving with all four of my kids,” says Drummond. “I don’t know why. And I haven’t stopped loving them.”

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