Your mouth waters at the sight of a pickle bottle. You wish you could devour the entire container of ice cream at one time. Also on the list are waffles, peanut butter, oranges and avocados. Quite on the contrary the very sight of your favorite food, the one you always binged on, makes your stomach do a flip-flop.
Almost every expectant woman experiences pregnancy cravings and aversions. Some are healthy, some extremely weird and some downright gross. Food preferences also change from day-to-day. Pregnancy allows you to feast to your heart’s content, but there are times when you have to tame your taste buds. Also, you have to pay attention to food aversions.
Pregnancy cravings and aversions subside by the fourth or fifth month. Till then learn some valuable pregnancy tips to cope with them right here.
- It’s the hormones again!
- The hormones are swelling, raging, dipping and swelling again. They do everything except stabilize. The hormones are responsible for pregnancy cravings. The heightened sense of smell also brought about by the constant changes in hormones is another cause of pregnancy cravings and aversions.
- Nutritional Deficiency
- The food craving patterns lead researchers to deduce that the carvings were a sign of some nutritional deficiency. For example, cravings for chocolate were regarded a sign of magnesium deficiency, red meat a sign of protein deficiency and ice and cigarette butts a sign or iron deficiency.
- Biological Relation
- Food aversions are related to biological causes. Women cut out certain foods from their diet completely because they know they are harmful to the baby. Thus, while trying to curtail intake, they eliminate them completely.
HOW TO MANAGE FOOD CRAVINGS?
- Women crave for flour and cornstarch during pregnancy. These foods seem inoffensive to the mother and child. However, in large quantities it can cause immense discomfort. It will block the bowels and cause bloating and gassy feelings. Same goes for high calorie foods. High calorie foods not only cause excessive weight gain but also increase the risk of gestational diabetes and high blood pressure. What we’re trying to say is indulge in your food cravings but to a limit.
- Try to take your mind off eating. Read a book, watch your favorite movie or go for a walk alone or with a family member or head to the grocery store and shop for provisions.
- Eat a balanced diet – fruits, vegetables, lean meat, whole grains, low fat dairy products and legumes. Supplying the body with the nutrients in the quantities it demands will reduce food cravings caused by nutrient deficiencies.
- Whenever you try to satisfy your urge to eat steer clear of a king size bar.
- Try to create healthy alternatives for your food cravings; those that will satisfy your cravings without being unhealthy.
- There are certain foods you may have to steer clear of as they are considered unhealthy for mother and child. These include seafood, undercooked meats, eggs, unpasteurized milk and certain cheese varieties, raw vegetables, herbal teas and alcohol.
HOW TO MANAGE FOOD AVERSIONS?
Food aversions can be harmful for you. The distaste for food may limit overall food intake and cut nutrient supply to the fetus. You should speak to your health care provider about it.