Food cravings are the powerful urges to eat something and commonly occur during early pregnancy. But what is making you crave these sometimes random foods so much? Pregnancy hormones can make you think about and crave a particular food even if it is something you would never have eaten previously.
It is not just those wild pregnancy hormones making you think of cheese or gherkins though, your body is actually trying to tell you something. For example, if you have an urge to eat olives it could be because your body is craving the saltiness of them, because during pregnancy you need to increase your sodium uptake a little.
As your pregnancy goes on, you are likely to find cravings fade away or become less desperate. If your cravings don’t seem to lessen it isn’t something to worry about. As long as you are still eating healthy regular meals as well as your chosen ‘craving’ it won’t cause any harm to your baby. If early pregnancy advice online is leaving you confused and you would like to speak to a Simply Better Birth midwife about anything during your pregnancy you can arrange an appointment at any time.
Most mums-to-be seem to experience the following food cravings during their pregnancy, so if you fall into this camp you won’t be alone:
- sweet things
- dairy products
- salty snacks
- fruits that are sour (such as citrus fruits)
- hot, spicy foods