Pregnancy Cravings and What They Might Mean
Of all of the weird and wonderful things that can happen during pregnancy, cravings have to be up there as one of the strangest.
As a busy maternity and newborn photographer in Coventry and Warwickshire, I see lots of ladies for their bump shoots in the last few weeks of their pregnancy. During these shoots, I’ve discovered all sorts of crazy cravings and some more common ones.
If you’ve ever wondered why you have cravings or what they might mean, you’re not alone. I have wondered too. So I thought I’d have a look at some different pregnancy cravings in a bit more detail!
Sand or coal
The strangest pregnancy cravings have got to be for the substances that are not normally edible – like sand! For some pregnant women, they crave the texture of sand rather than actual sand itself. So those ladies will look for powdery or crumbly food to get their fix! Cravings for usually inedible food is called pica and can point to an iron deficiency. Try stepping away from the sand and picking up some leafy greens instead!
This is one of the most common cravings during pregnancy. A recent Lifesum users poll showed 24% of pregnant women craved salty food like crisps at some point in their pregnancy. Foods that are high in sodium like crisps are really only good to eat in moderation so this is one craving that you might want to try and beat. We can sometimes be drawn to salty food when we’re thirsty so try a big glass of iced water instead.
19% of users in the poll said their cravings were for citrus or sour tasting foods and flavours. Pregnancy hormones can cause your tastebuds to change – this accounts for the metallic taste you might have experienced too. This, in turn, can make you crave sharp, tangy flavours – like citrus. Stick to actual fruit rather than sugar-loaded drinks and this is quite a healthy craving to have! With my second, I had a real craving for oranges....eaten alongside white chocolate. Which links very nicely to...
19% of those polled said they craved chocolate during their pregnancy. The reason so many women crave chocolate during pregnancy is a topic of debate. Some say it’s simply the lure of ‘forbidden fruit’ that they would usually restrict at other times. Other experts claim that chocolate is high in vitamin B12 so craving it could be a sign you’re deficient. Either way, try and stick to dark chocolate so you need less to satisfy your craving.
A craving for ice cream, milkshake or any other dairy product can be a sign of a calcium deficiency. Ice cream is also refreshing and cooling which is an added bonus when you’re 8 months pregnant in the height of summer. Add this to the fact that as your pregnancy progresses, and everything presses against your tummy, you have less space for food – icecream with its high fat and sugar content can be a convenient fix!
There’s probably a ton of cravings I’ve missed out here. I’d love you to let me know if you have any unusual cravings or food combinations while you were pregnant. You can let me know on social media or tag me in your unusual craving pictures on instagram! @ellie_j_photos
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