Food Craving During Pregnancy
Many women have experienced
food cravings during
the course of their
pregnancy. Many of these cravings consist of chocolate, ice cream, meat,
cheese and salty
Most doctors believe that cravings can be nutritionally based. It could be a
message from your body on what it needs to eat. If you are craving
salty foods it could be because your
body needs more sodium as your blood volume increases. If you are craving
fruit, your body might need more
vitamins C. The problem is sometimes the
message gets lost on the way to our brain. You may find yourself craving
something sweet and instead of getting berries or fruit, you find yourself
gulping down snicker bars.
Cravings can be the downfall of your
weight gain especially if the message is getting scrambled. There are
some ways though you can help curb your cravings.
Hormonal shifts during pregnancy intensify sense of
smell (which heavily influences taste) and are powerful enough to affect
Tips to fight Food Craving
Food craving is actually normal, but pregnant women need to learn how to deal
with these cravings, so that proper
nutrition is maintained. It is important for a pregnant woman to
clearly know her limits in terms of overindulging, especially when the cravings
are particularly on food items that have little, or no nutritional value.
Eating a good
helps begin the day in a healthy way and at the same time prevent cravings
later in the day. An
example of a nutritious breakfast would be yogurt, fresh fruit, whole grain
bagel with jam, and orange juice. You can try some soy crisps,
instead of French fries. Instead of ice cream, try frozen yogurt. If you
feel like candy is calling your name, snack on some frozen grapes. If you
want something salty try pretzels, or even rice cakes to satisfy that urge.
A good substation for soda would be some fruit juice mixed with sparkling
Think small. If you are craving chocolate, you do no need to reach for a
king size bar. The snack size bar will satisfy your craving just the same.
If you want a
brownie, have one; just do not
eat the whole pan. There is nothing wrong with indulging in a few of your
cravings as long as you know not to over do it.
Eat regularly to avoid drops in blood
sugar that could
trigger food cravings. Dividing up food into six small and satisfying
meals can help.
Take dairy products, for example, rich in
and several other nutrients, which are among the top foods women want during pregnancy,
Focus on lower-calorie foods. Frozen yogurt and low-fat fudge bars may
do the trick when you desire super-premium ice cream. Sorbet, sherbet, and
frozen fruit bars are other lower-calorie frozen treats that can stand in
for higher-calorie options.
Pay attention to your own
During pregnancy, many women experience mood swings. You may be tempted to
comfort yourself through food. Find someone supportive to talk with
regularly throughout your pregnancy.
Giving in to your cravings during pregnancy does not make you a bad person
and it is not something you should beat yourself up about and feel guilty
about. Cravings are a normal part of pregnancy and denying yourself all the
time might make you resent being pregnant. Indulge when you want to, just make
sure you make wise choices and do everything in moderation.
Avoid these Craving
No matter how strong your desire, steer clear of
health risks for pregnant women and developing babies. These include:
Raw and undercooked
seafood, meat, and eggs
Unpasteurized milk and any foods made from it, including Brie, feta,
Camembert, Roquefort, and Mexican-style cheeses
Raw vegetable sprouts, including alfalfa, clover, and radish
If you should find yourself craving dirt, soil, or chalk call your
doctor right away. Not only could these be harmful if you do eat them, but
chances are they are a sign of
anemia. These bizarre cravings are known as pica, which are potentially
harmful to both mother and child.
Remember, a good
plays a key role in a healthy
pregnancy. And it is very important for women to try to eat well-balanced
meals, to support the needs of the growing