During pregnancy, strange cravings can pop up and you may not be sure what to make of them. Some common cravings during pregnancy include strong desire for sugar, fresh fruits, and salty snacks.
During pregnancy, strange cravings can pop up and you may not be sure what to make of them. Some common cravings during pregnancy include strong desire for sugar, fresh fruits, and salty snacks. These cravings may seem strange at first, but they're actually quite common and normal. Here are some tips on how to deal with weird cravings during pregnancy: First, remember that these cravings are just a sign that your body is changing and is in need of some extra nourishment. It's important to eat foods that are high in nutrients and vitamins, and to avoid processed foods and sugary drinks. If you find that you can't avoid eating certain foods, try to make them healthier choices, like opting for fruit instead of candy, or packing a healthy snack with you when you go out. And if you find that you can't resist the temptation to eat something that's naughty, try to relax and enjoy the moment. Just know that these cravings will eventually pass.
What to expect during the first trimester
The second trimester: cravings galore
1. For salty foods.
Your body is likely craving salt because of all the extra water it's drinking and the increased blood flow to your digestive system.Plus, during pregnancy, your body releases more of the stress hormone cortisol, which can make you crave salty foods.
2. For sweet foods and drinks.
Your body is probably craving sweets because your blood sugar is going up and down a lot, and your body needs energy to sustain the new life inside you.
3. For unhealthy fats and greasy foods.
Your body is probably craving unhealthy fats and greasy foods because you're taking in more calories than you're burning.During pregnancy, your body stores more fat, so it's looking for ways to store that energy.
4. For weird combinations of foods.
Your body is probably craving weird combinations of foods because your stomach is swollen and uncomfortable, and you need something to relieve that pain.
5. For starchy foods.
Your body is probably craving starchy foods because you're not getting enough glucose, which is a type of sugar, from your diet. During pregnancy, your body produces more of the hormone insulin, which signals your cells to take up glucose from your blood.
6. For crunchy foods.
Your body is probably craving crunchy foods because you're going through cramps, and your stomach is swollen and painful.Crumbs are a good source of pain relief for your stomach.
7. For anything spicy.
Your body is probably craving spicy foods because it's trying to ward off a UTI, which is a urinary tract infection.During pregnancy, your bladder is getting bigger and your urethra is stretching, which may lead to a UTI.
Third trimester: the end of pregnancy cravings?
Here are some of the most common weird cravings during the third trimester:
Tips for handling cravings during pregnancy