Food cravings are real! While there are speculations on the reasons for food cravings, there is little scientific evidence to support them.2,3
Pregnancy means making dietary changes.4 You can satisfy your food cravings and maintain a healthy and nutritious diet at the same time. In fact, by maintaining a proper diet you can avoid overindulgence and unhealthy cravings.
Let’s consider the dos and don’ts for maintaining a healthy diet and managing your cravings.
Cravings for non-food items like dirt, clay, cigarette ash, laundry detergent, chalk or paint are extremely unhealthy and an indicator of nutritional deficiencies.3 This condition, called pica, should be reported to the doctor.
Enjoy your pregnancy the right way; give in to your cravings in a healthy way; you deserve to be pampered!
1 Blau LE, Lipsky LM, Dempster KW, et al. Women’s Experience and Understanding of Food Cravings in Pregnancy: A Qualitative Study in Women Receiving Prenatal Care at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2020;120(5):815-824. doi:10.1016/j.jand.2019.09.020.
2 Placek C. A test of four evolutionary hypotheses of pregnancy food cravings: evidence for the social bargaining model. R Soc open Sci. 2017;4(10):170243. doi:10.1098/rsos.170243.
3 Orloff NC, Hormes JM. Pickles and ice cream! Food cravings in pregnancy: hypotheses, preliminary evidence, and directions for future research. Front Psychol. 2014;5:1076. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01076.
4 Forbes LE, Graham JE, Berglund C, Bell RC. Dietary Change during Pregnancy and Women’s Reasons for Change. Nutrients. 2018;10(8):1032. doi:10.3390/nu10081032.
5 Kaiser LL, Allen L. Position of The American Dietetic Association: Nutrition and Lifestyle for a Healthy Pregnancy Outcome. J Am Diet Assoc. 2002;102(10):1479-1490. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0002-8223(02)90327-5.
6 WHO Recommendations on Antenatal Care for a Positive Pregnancy Experience. World Health Organisation; 2017.