October 16, 2023

Pregnancy cravings..

The reality is pregnancy cravings are no joke and hit 50 to 90% of pregnant women.  Sweet, salty, sour and spicy cravings are just some of them, while certain cravings may indicate a nutritional need; many of them can be credited to the amped up hormones running through your body.

•Pickles along with olives are a typical craving amongst pregnant mommies; increased blood volume raises a pregnant woman’s need for sodium. Sometimes a pickle craving escalates, and it turns out vinegar is what a pregnant woman really wants; while some even admit to drinking the stuff straight from the jar.

•Chocolate or any sweet stuff is something pregnant woman can also not get enough of; some believe that this craving indicates that your body is deficient in magnesium.  Chocolate also increases ‘serotonin’ in the brain, a neurotransmitter responsible for better mood. Women generally have a natural decrease in serotonin in the brain the week before menstruation.

•It's also not unheard of to see a pregnant women eating a straight lemon or adding a ton of the juice to their water, a lemon craving is more prevalent in the second and third trimester and some think it’s the body’s natural way of craving a more balanced diet.

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*All of our information are only guidelines and are not intended to replace the advice of a professional medical specialist; we are providing information to you on a general information basis only.  My Pregnancy Journey disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information. 

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