June 17, 2017
When you think of pregnancy, you think of cravings! Most women will have either sweet or salty cravings during their pregnancy. When I was pregnant with my first son back in 1998, I craved everything sweet. The sweeter the better! I needed Dairy Queen Blizzards, gummy bears, Nerds and of course, chocolate! If you are like me and craving unhealthy foods, such as sweets or chocolate, try not to over-indulge. Too much sugar can cause excessive weight gain and dental problem. I gained almost 60lbs during that pregnancy and got 2 cavities! With my second and third pregnancies, I craved healthier foods and gained half the weight that I did with my first pregnancy. I wanted watermelon, grapes, smoothies, salads and pineapples all the time. I ate pineapple chunks everyday with my youngest son and now he loves pineapples as well. I am not sure if there is a connection between the two, but I would bet money there is!
Why do we have food cravings?
No one knows why we develop food cravings. It seems logical that cravings might be due to something lacking in the diet, or an increased need for certain vitamins and minerals. However, this is always not the case. Pregnancy books will mention moms craving strange food combinations, like pickles and ice cream, but I personally don’t know anyone who ate anything weird during pregnancy. A lot of expectant moms have no cravings at all and just eat the same foods they ate before pregnancy.
Having a balanced diet is so important during pregnant, so make sure to have incorporate protein and healthy fats into your diet. In addition to food cravings, many pregnant women also develop a sudden dislike or aversion for certain strong-tasting foods. For me, I hated hot dogs and hamburgers during my three pregnancies. Always talk to your doctor, midwife if you develop cravings for non-food craving suck as chalk, clay, laundry detergent or soap.
This blog is written by Lisa Raynor, a childbirth doula and mom of 3 boys in Coral Springs, FL. Over the years, Lisa has work with many families, including first-time moms, VBAC, teen moms, high risk moms and moms working with fertility doctors. Lisa offers compassionate support to moms in Boca Raton, Parkland, Coral Springs, Ft. Lauderdale and Surrounding areas. Lisa has attended births at every hospitals in Broward County and Boca Raton. Call today to schedule your complementary consultation 954-914-3933.