Are my pregnancy cravings normal?

Are my pregnancy cravings normal?
Are my pregnancy cravings normal?

Many mums have cravings through pregnancy – from digging into a tub of ice cream to feeling an urge to eat coal. It's thought that sometimes this can be your body telling you to up your intake of certain nutrients so it's worth being aware and listening to your own intuition.

Are my pregnancy cravings normal?

Food cravings

Is it those wild pregnancy hormones making you think of cheese for the thousandth time? Or is your body actually trying to tell you something? Food cravings are powerful urges to eat something – even if it's something you may not have previously wanted.

Most mums-to-be seem to experience the following food cravings during their pregnancy, so if you fall into this camp you won't be alone:

  • sweet things
  • dairy products
  • salty snacks
  • fruits that are sour (such as citrus fruits)
  • hot, spicy foods

Sometimes the craving is a hint that you should be including more of something in your diet. For example, if you crave the saltiness of olives, you may need to up your intake of sodium a little, as your body needs it more than normal during pregnancy.

Non-food cravings

Occasionally, some mums-to-be will develop a craving for something that isn't food – say, coal, ice, or earth. This is also known as pica and the cause isn't really known. Some say it's linked to an iron or calcium deficiency, whilst others say it could be the body trying to find cures for nausea. Obviously, it's best to resist these cravings as they can be quite harmful.

Will I always want pickles from now on?

As your pregnancy goes on, you'll probably find that your food cravings fade away or become less desperate. But if not, you'll be fine as long as you're eating a balanced diet and fitting your chosen food around good nutritional meals.

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