What Your Pregnancy Cravings Mean

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Cravings are a normal part of pregnancy, there’s no way around it. Luckily, in most cases, they’re not harmful, even if they are weird. One mom told us she was a vegetarian, but as soon as she got pregnant, she craved red meat—which she never had before. Another craved peanut butter and pickle sandwiches!

While many disagree—right now there is no scientific data to suggest that your strange food cravings are telling you anything about what your body needs, or the sex of your baby; but it’s definitely fun to think about.


Pica and Pregnancy

However, if you are craving to eat things that are not food, you may have a condition called pica. It’s not uncommon for pregnant women, and is something you need to discuss with a doctor. The most common pica pregnancy cravings are clay, laundry starch, and dirt. 


Craving Ice

If you’re craving ice, you may have anemia—a deficiency of iron in your blood.  It’s easily treatable, and very common with pregnancy—but is also something you should discuss with your doctor.


Cravings are Normal

If your cravings are the typical pickles and ice cream—it’s ok to indulge once and awhile as part of a healthy diet. Experts suggest if you want to cut down on your pregnancy cravings to make sure you’re eating a healthy breakfast. It will give you energy to use for the rest of the day, and hopefully cut down on the not-so-healthy cravings you’re having.

Another way to cut down on cravings is to make sure you’re eating enough during the day. If you’re pregnant, don’t skip meals if morning sickness isn’t affecting you. Make sure you eat three meals, plus 1-2 healthy snacks each day—and plan your meals ahead, if you can. The idea is that if you’re feeling full, those weird cravings won’t pop up, and if you planned ahead, you’re more likely to stick to healthy eating. If you do get cravings, don’t feel guilty. Try to find a healthy way to indulge them if they’re not good for you, and don’t beat yourself up over it if you decide to have ice cream instead of frozen yogurt once or twice. 

This is a happy time, and one you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Enjoy it!


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