Food Cravings

Pickles and ice cream have always been the catchphrase of pregnancy. More than likely you will find that you have developed cravings for foods that don’t typically eat or cravings for just more of other foods.

The general rule of thumb is that as long as you are eating well balanced meals it is OK to follow through with those cravings. Don’t be surprised if you also experience aversions to some foods that may have even been on your favorites list.

Again, it is important to eat well balanced meals to ensure that you and your baby are getting the nutrients you need to be healthy.

What causes these cravings?

Most people believe that these cravings are caused by the rapid shift in hormones that trigger so many different things in your body. There are some that speculate that these cravings are related to certain nutrients that you are the baby may need.

When do these changes occur?

The cravings may be part of the early symptoms that have even appear before missing your period. Your cravings will probably be strongest during the first trimester.

How frequently do they occur?

There are no specific percentages of women noted in research that report cravings, however it is hard to find a woman that doesn’t report that she experienced some type of craving.

 

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