Pregnancy Cravings and What They Mean
Throughout pregnancy, it is not uncommon for a weird food request, or three, to pop up. Around one-half of women within the United States will experience at least one craving during their pregnancy. As you could probably guess, the most common cravings center around sweet foods.
One common explanation for cravings during pregnancy is attributed to hormonal changes. This same phenomenon is often seen during various stages of the menstrual cycle. However, there are some other explanations that have been presented for cravings.
Others have theorized that the body produces cravings to help curb deficiencies. Cravings for dairy products can signal a calcium deficiency, while fruit cravings can indicate a need for vitamin C. During pregnancy, a woman's sense of taste will change. Some scientists believe this due to an increased caloric need.
Further, still, some researchers remain steadfast that cravings aren’t connected to deficiencies at all and nothing more than psychological. This theory is inherently strong because pregnant women tend to crave specific foods instead of an entire food group. This lends to the idea that cravings during pregnancy are purely psychological.
It is also theorized that environmental influences may also cause cravings within pregnant women. When a doctor tells a woman they need certain more nutrients from certain food groups, the mind will target a specific food from that food group. These auditory cues can then manifest in the form of a craving.
If eating a certain food makes you feel better and relieves sickness and vomiting, you will most likely want to eat more of that same food. If it is in moderation and safe during pregnancy, you shouldn't have to worry. If you have a craving that you just can't shake, don’t be afraid to indulge every once in a while.