Around your second trimester you may find yourself not only running to the bathroom a little more, but also to the grocery store. About 50 percent of women experience cravings during pregnancy. These can include anything to the classic cravings of pickles and ice cream to laundry detergent and chalk. As you can imagine, indulging in many of these cravings are not good for you and your baby, so it is important to understand your cravings and figure out how to control them.
What causes these bizarre cravings?
There is no clear-cut answer or evidence as to why women crave such bizarre things during pregnancy, but many doctors believe that these cravings are linked to the drastic hormonal changes that occur at this time. From a biological standpoint some experts believe that the cravings are linked to a lack of vitamins or nutrients that the body needs. Many of the extremely bizarre cravings of non-food substances such as dirt or clay have been linked to iron deficiency. If you are craving these non-food substances you may be suffering from a disorder called pica and you should contact your physician.
As for weird edible cravings it is ok to satisfy your sweet, salty, and sour cravings every once in awhile, just try not to go overboard! So if you are craving what your body needs, why wouldn’t your body tell you to reach for healthier things, such as a banana instead of some ice cream? Some researchers believe that the cravings will line up with what your body needs and your taste buds want. For instance, if you’re body needs vitamin C, your taste buds would rather have you reach for ice cream instead of cantaloupe. And don’t forget that pregnancy can also cause a change in a woman’s taste and sense of smell, which can also affect what you crave.
How can you control your pregnancy cravings?
Cravings are a completely normal part of pregnancy, but that doesn’t mean that you should always give in the the cravings. First, you should try your best to eat a balanced diet so that your body is not lacking any essential vitamins or nutrients. Making sure not to skip breakfast can substantially curb cravings. If you are still having trouble controlling yourself, try to find alternatives. If you are craving ice cream, try to find a low fat yogurt that may help to subdue the urge. Cravings, specifically sugar cravings, may be due to the fluctuating blood sugar level in pregnant women. Eating several small meals a day can help to keep blood sugar from dropping, and reduce the frequency of these cravings.
There is no doubt that pregnancy and cravings are connected. Overall, there is not a whole lot that you can do to prevent cravings, but you can sleep easy knowing that this is a natural part of pregnancy. Be sure to keep in contact with your doctor often, and understand that you cannot survive on only pickle!. Try your best to eat a balanced diet and be happy knowing that your taste buds should return to normal soon after the arrival of your new bundle of joy.