CRAVINGS: WHAT THEY MEAN
is a known fact that during pregnancy women have cravings
for specific foods. Some pregnant women crave for chocolate,
spicy foods, ice-cream, pizzas and comfort foods, such as
mashed potatoes, cereals, and sandwiches. Other women crave
for non-food items, such as clay and cornstarch. What causes
these food cravings is still a very debatable topic and even
the experts have difficultly agreeing about what causes them.
While hard facts about food cravings can be a little difficult
to pin down, there have been a few studies done over the years
about food cravings and food aversions during pregnancy.
Dr. Himanshu Batra that food craving might be the result of
extreme hormonal changes that women go through during pregnancy.
Because of this they can have a powerful impact on taste and
smell. They can either crave for a specific food or be averse
to it. But the bottom line, says Dr Batra, is that no one
really knows for sure.
suggests that women are more likely to crave sweet foods during
the second trimester than at any other point in pregnancy.
Pregnant women normally crave for ice cream, sweets, candy
(especially chocolate), fruit and fish. Some believe that
pregnant women develop food cravings because they think they're
supposed to develop them. They might have heard and read or
seen their sister’s, friends develop food cravings and
thus they psychologically hold it as the important factor.
pregnant vegetarian women find they get uncontrollable cravings
for meat. This might be a signal that you body needs protein
but there is no such explanation. Some women give in to the
craving over the short-term and revert to strict vegetarianism
after the birth. Others believe that including fish or pulses
and grains in their diet boosts their protein intake. Including
more eggs, milk or cheese in your diet is another way to provide
women crave for chocolate. Dark chocolate can be a useful
source of magnesium and iron. So if you are craving chocolate,
you may be slightly anaemic. Less sugary sources of these
minerals include nuts, seeds, dates and figs (for magnesium)
and red meat, eggs, nuts, seeds, beans and oatmeal (for iron).
Also it is believed that eating chocolate may help a woman
who is tired or depressed to feel better.
Batra says that whatever food craving you have, it is important
that pregnant women keep a check on their cravings. Craving
for healthy food is good but you definitely have to stop yourself
from craving for all the un-healthy food. Also some women
crave for non-food items, such as clay and cornstarch. The
craving and eating of non-food items is known as pica. Consumption
of things that are not food can be dangerous to both you and
your baby. If you have urges to eat non-food items, notify
Batra says. "A healthful diet should be one that meets
your nutritional and your emotional needs, as well as your
preferences." He recommends that pregnant women should
humour their cravings rather than fight them by, substituting
non-fat frozen yogurt for ice cream.
ways to curb unhealthy cravings:
Eat breakfast every day (skipping breakfast can make cravings
Get plenty of exercise, and make sure you have lots of
Relax and don’t let depression near you.