Your Pregnancy Cravings and How to Deal with Them

Do you feel more inclined to eat than you used to? Or have you started yearning for weird combinations of food? Or maybe you have stopped feeling hungry and the mere thought of food, even your favorite meals, has started to make you feel nauseous? If that’s the case, then your pregnancy hormones have started kicking in!

Normally cravings and/or aversions start around the third to eighth week period in the first trimester and continue until the end of the 9 months. Cravings also tend to increase in intensity during the second trimester, subsiding gradually in the third trimester.  

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What causes Cravings and Aversions During Pregnancy?

Although a single cause has never been determined, there are several well-known factors responsible for your pregnancy appetite ups and downs.

Hormones: 

The hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), responsible for indicating your pregnancy test to be positive, is released in high amounts during the first trimester. At the 11th week mark, it reaches its highest levels. This rapid rise in hormone levels can be the cause behind most of your food cravings, nausea, and aversions. 

Comfort Food:

With the increasing amount of growth and developmental changes your body is going through, you may switch back into your roots and look for food that brought you comfort as a child or are associated with your childhood home and traditions. So if you loved Cheeseburgers when you were a kid, you may find yourself yearning for it again now.

Nutritional Signals:

There is a myth that during pregnancy, women crave what’s good for the body while getting repulsed by what’s unhealthy. Hence, when one’s pregnant, they automatically stop craving coffee as much as they did before. But that’s not always the case. Sometimes, women end up getting repulsed by the healthy food they otherwise preferred eating e.g. salad. In such cases, it could be that the body knows it needs certain nutrients, but it demands them in the form of their modern alterations instead of an old-school fix. 

Sense Receptors: 

It’s normal for your senses to become extra strong, dull or entirely poor during this period. Hence this can result in a lot of side-effects going from making you yearn for a certain food to make you vomit at the mere sensation that a particular food is being cooked.

Morning Sickness:

It’s possible that your food aversions are happening due to morning sickness. Firstly, this could be due to the hormone hCG, as both symptoms occur due to its release. But the second most important factor could be that you may have associated your meal with a certain episode of morning sickness and now you can’t bear to look at the food without feeling nauseated.

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How to Deal with Cravings and Aversions?

While there isn’t any way to stop your body from feeling the way they do about food, there are a few things you can do to make it easier.

  1. Stock up on healthier alternatives e.g. fruits, yogurt, dark chocolates, etc for when you crave sweets and dairy.
  2. Stay away from excess caffeine, alcohol, undercooked or raw eggs and some types of meat, hotdogs, fish with high mercury levels, unpasteurized milk, etc.
  3. If you feel nauseated by the thought of a certain food e.g. sea-food, then order something else in order to avoid any unfavorable consequences.
  4. Find healthy alternatives for unreasonable cravings e.g. chewing sugarfree gum, taking a walk outside, distracting yourself by talking to a friend.
  5. Do not, in any case, visit the grocery store when you’re feeling hungry.
  6. Make sure you have a healthy sleep schedule. Sleep-deprived people tend to eat more junk food than those who have a normal sleep cycle. 
  7. Follow a balanced pregnancy diet, but also treat yourself every once in a while with ice-cream, etc. As long as you have it under control, it’s going to be good.

When to Expect Cravings?

 Most women report their cravings and aversions heightened during the second trimester and their appetite returns to their pre-pregnancy phase by the end of the third trimester. Although in some women, the symptoms aren’t regular and they heighten and fade away from day today. If this change in appetite doesn’t end by then, don’t worry. It’s still a temporary condition and will be over once you’ve delivered the baby.

When to Contact the Doctor?

In some cases, a rare condition called ‘Pita’ occurs. In this state, women start craving for inedible items such as sand, clay, ice or burnt matches (Yes!). Chances are this has happened due to iron deficiency. It’s important that you contact your doctor if this happens, follow a proper protocol and prescriptions on how to tackle it. And you also need to contact your doctor if your morning sickness seems more severe than what’s reported to be normal. 

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