Weird Pregnancy Cravings

Pregnancy makes you crave strange combinations.

Pregnancy

Before I even knew I was pregnant I would hard-core crave Cesar salad and fried calamari. I wanted to eat them together… all. the. time. I wanted it so badly I thought my world would end if I didn’t get it… and that is when I took a positive pregnancy test. Go figure – intense cravings for food was my first indication of pregnancy. Well that, and the fact that every time I smelled booze I thought I was going to hurl.

Women everywhere have tried unusual combinations of food together… the classic pickles and ice cream, peanut butter and mayo sandwiches, grapes dipped in ranch dressing. I even read online that Jessica Simpson spread butter on her pop tarts to eat when she was pregnant. It is not uncommon to crave something savory and then something sweet or vice versa. I do that even when I’m not pregnant… although when I was, I admittedly ate Ben and Jerry’s Half-Baked with Fritos (sounds awful now that I’m thinking of it).

These are the facts: when you are pregnant your body has a major shift in hormones; some of those hormones, like leptin and Neuropeptide Y are associated with fat secretions and appetite. Scientifically, no one knows for sure that this is what causes the bizarre cravings, but many think it has something to do with it. Regardless, pregnancy is different for every woman and, therefore, know that you are not alone in your craving for pickles on your orders, or mustard with your steak.

Some health professionals feel that those intense cravings indicate your body is lacking in certain nutrients and the craving is its way of telling you to get it. For example, if you are desperate for a burger it’s probably because of an iron deficiency which you could satisfy with legumes (beans), spinach, and vitamin C so your body absorbs it. Or if you are craving a ton of salty snacks it’s because you are producing so much more blood.

Your cravings can and will change each trimester. Sometimes it’s your body’s way of saying, “feed me. I need more calories.” Ensure that you are getting enough calories to support you and your baby’s health, but don’t go overboard.

If you are craving non-food items like cigarette butts, cornstarch, or dirt, do not consume them. Consult your physician instead. It is likely you have a severe vitamin deficiency.

Know that there is a difference between a craving and being hungry. Cravings are mental and hunger is physical. It is not necessary to indulge yourself with every craving you have. Think of how healthy your craving is. My advice is to eat as healthy and well-balanced as you can including those healthy cravings (mines were watermelon and grapes), and indulge with one of your not-so-healthy cravings once or twice a week (and feel completely guilt-free when you do).

Pregnancy Cravings: When You Absolutely, Positively Have To Have It!

Moms-to-be often report the weirdest pregnancy cravings for food they wouldn’t normally eat. These can be contributed to hormone changes and nutrient deficiencies. As long as your body craves for food combinations, there is nothing to be afraid of. However, if the cravings involve chalk, cigarette butts or other non-food items, it is a good idea to report these mysterious food fantasies to the doctor ASAP because some cravings may even be harmful.

Share your top parenting tips, blogs, and ideas. Parenting is hard, join in to celebrate and commiserate your parenting triumphs and failures along with Project Eve Mom’s community of mom and dads looking to make parenting easier. today.

Add a Blog

53 COMMENTS

  1. Hi there just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The
    words in your article seem to be running off the screen in Firefox.
    I’m not sure if this is a format issue or
    something to do with web browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let
    you know. The layout look great though! Hope you get the problem
    solved soon. Many thanks

  2. Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Thank you, However I am encountering issues
    with your RSS. I don’t know why I can’t subscribe to it.
    Is there anybody having the same RSS issues? Anyone that knows the answer will
    you kindly respond? Thanks!!

  3. Hello would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using?

    I’m going to start my own blog in the near future but
    I’m having a difficult time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for
    something completely unique. P.S Apologies for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

  4. My family all the time say that I am wasting my time here at web, however I know
    I am getting familiarity all the time by reading thes nice posts.

  5. I’m now not positive the place you’re getting your information, however great topic.
    I must spend some time learning more or working out more.
    Thanks for magnificent information I was on the lookout for this information for
    my mission.

  6. hello!,I like your writing very so much! share we keep up a correspondence more approximately
    your article on AOL? I require an expert on this area to resolve my problem.
    Maybe that’s you! Looking ahead to see you.

  7. Today, I went to the beachfront with my kids.
    I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter
    and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She
    put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.

    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but
    I had to tell someone!

  8. Heya i am for the first time here. I found this board
    and I to find It truly helpful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to provide
    one thing back and help others such as you aided me.

  9. 683435 322593Hey man, .This was an outstanding page for such a hard topic to speak about. I appear forward to reading a lot of much more excellent posts like these. Thanks 621953

  10. Thanks for expressing your ideas. One thing is that students have an option between fed student loan and also a private education loan where its easier to go for student loan consolidation than over the federal student loan.

  11. 10234 968282Great V I should definitely pronounce, impressed with your web site. I had no trouble navigating through all the tabs and related info ended up being truly simple to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it in the least. 982497

  12. This design is spectacular! You certainly know how to keep a reader entertained. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Fantastic job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

  13. whoah this blog is magnificent i like reading your articles. Stay up the great paintings! You recognize, lots of persons are looking around for this info, you can aid them greatly.

  14. Greetings from Florida! I’m bored to death at work so I decided to browse your site on my iphone during lunch break. I really like the info you provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m surprised at how quick your blog loaded on my cell phone .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, superb site!

  15. Hello there! I just wish to give you a huge thumbs up for the excellent information you’ve got right here on this post. I will be coming back to your site for more soon.

  16. I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great. I do not know who you are but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already ;) Cheers!

  17. I like what you guys are doing. Such smart work and reporting! Keep up the excellent works guys. I have incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it’ll improve the value of my site. :)

  18. Good post. I be taught something more challenging on totally different blogs everyday. It should always be stimulating to learn content material from different writers and observe a little one thing from their store. I’d desire to make use of some with the content on my blog whether or not you don’t mind. Natually I’ll give you a link in your net blog. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Good site! I truly love how it is easy on my eyes and the data are well written. I’m wondering how I might be notified when a new post has been made. I’ve subscribed to your feed which must do the trick! Have a nice day!

  20. I also like Flash, however I am not a good designer to design a Flash, but I have software program by witch a Flash is automatically produced and no extra to work.

  21. I really believe that a property foreclosures can have a major effect on the applicant’s life. Property foreclosures can have a 6 to decade negative impact on a borrower’s credit report. A new borrower who may have applied for home financing or any kind of loans for that matter, knows that the actual worse credit rating is definitely, the more complicated it is to have a decent financial loan. In addition, it could possibly affect the borrower’s ability to find a good place to lease or rent, if that becomes the alternative houses solution. Thanks for your blog post.

  22. Good site! I truly love how it is easy on my eyes and the data are well written. I am wondering how I might be notified whenever a new post has been made. I’ve subscribed to your RSS which must do the trick! Have a nice day!

  23. I like the helpful information you provide in your articles.
    I will bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly.
    I am quite sure I’ll learn many new stuff right here!
    Best of luck for the next!

  24. Hey very nice website!! Man .. Beautiful .. Amazing .. I’ll bookmark your blog and take the feeds also…I am happy to find so many useful info here in the post, we need work out more techniques in this regard, thanks for sharing. . . . . .

  25. Thank you for a very informative site. What else could I get that type of info written in such an ideal method? I have a project that I am simply now operating on, and I’ve been on the look out for such information.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here