Food cravings; we’ve all had them. With my first pregnancy I craved cherry tomatoes and would eat them by the bag full and even carried a bag with me at all times. With my second I was a little more extravagant and craved smoked salmon, turned out to be an expensive week. I munched on the stuff non stop until the craving passed.
By all means give into your cravings once in a while; I know I did. If your craving does nothing for your body nutritionally just take it easy and instead of chowing down on that whole chocolate cake try a raw cacao smoothie or mini chocolate bar. Chocolate Protein Smoothie
Call your doctor or midwife however if you crave weird substances such as clay, ashes, or laundry starch. This craving, known as pica, may be a sign of a nutritional deficiency, particularly of iron.
However for most women, food cravings fall into only a few categories: spicy, sweet, salty and occasionally sour. Recent surveys have shown that only a very few women, approximately 10% actually crave fruit and vegetables during pregnancy.
Below is a list of common cravings and what they mean:
Chocolate – If you’re craving Chocolate your body is probably in need of magnesium. You could try eating nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruit.
Sugary Foods: Your body is likely to need a variety of the following:
- Chromium – try eating grapes, cheese, chicken and broccoli
- Carbon – try eating fresh fruits
- phosphorus – try eating nuts, vegetables, grains dairy and eggs
- sulphur – try eating cabbage, cauliflower, cranberries
- Tryptophan – try eating spinach, sweet potato and dried fruits
Bread Pasta and Carbs: Quite a common one as many ladies, myself included craved these foods for the first eight weeks of pregnancy and often means your body is lacking in nitrogen. You could try; if you can stomach it; chia seeds, nuts, high protein foods such as oily fish.
Oily Foods: This can be a sign your body is in need of extra calcium – try eating leafy green vegetables, milk and cheese.
Salty Foods: Your body is probably lacking in chloride or silicon – try eating cashew nuts, goats milk
Follow the link below to She Knows which lists the top twenty food items craved by pregnant woman and why we crave them.
What foods did you crave during pregnancy? Let us know if you craved any weird and wonderful foods.
Happy and Healthy Pregnancy to you all
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