Pregnancy Cravings Out of Control? No Worries.
One of the many strange elements of pregnancy are those darn cravings. These are uncontrollable, strong desires for strange and varied foods, drinks, cookies, spices, snacks, ice cream or any combination thereof.
In my first pregnancy, I craved sour for the first two trimesters. Sour Blow Pops, sour worms and stuff like that. Later, I was all about the Mexican food.
The funny thing about cravings is that they can appear right after what could have been a perfectly satisfying meal. Inevitably, at some point in your pregnancy, your other half, girlfriend, or in-law will say the most ridiculously asinine, completely inappropriate comment, like, “But you just ate.” Or, “Are you going to eat another one of those?” When this happens, resist the urge to retaliate. Remember, it’s a pregnancy thing they don’t understand.
After all, the cravings are most likely a product of pregnancy hormones. Hormonal shifts during pregnancy intensify sense of smell (which heavily influences taste) and are powerful enough to affect food choices, experts say.
Besides for being weird, cravings may also be telling. Sometimes cravings may signal a nutrient deficiency. Like a pregnant woman's preference for certain foods such as salty potato chips could be nature's way of helping her get more sodium. Some women for example, even vegetarians, might experience unusual cravings for steak and red meat during pregnancy. This could simply be a sign that their bodies need more iron to help support their growing baby. Many women crave food they actually hate or wouldn't think of touching when not pregnant.
In some rare instances, women have really strange cravings for substances that are bad including dirt, or laundry detergent . This condition, often referred to in the medical community as "pica" usually signifies that someone is deficient in iron. Substantial cravings for ice may also be a sign of an iron deficiency.
If you find you are craving clay or dirt (pica) consult with your doctor. Other common strange cravings among women with this disorder include coffee grounds, plaster, toothpaste, paint chips or other unusual substances. Your doctor can test you for a condition called iron deficiency anemia, and may recommend additional supplementation to help relieve your cravings. Whatever you do don't indulge
in these weird cravings. Your body will not benefit by eating laundry starch or paint chips!
Remember, by and large most cravings are harmless and easily cured by a little attention to one's diet and occasional indulgence. There is no reason to deprive yourself of what you want during pregnancy!
What did you crave during pregnancy?