Food Cravings During Pregnancyby Laura Driver
Weird or wonderful, food cravings are TOTALLY normal, during pregnancy, and won’t stick around once you’ve given birth. It’s not clear why we crave certain foods during pregnancy but rapidly changing hormones may be to blame, along with the extra work your body is doing to quickly produce more blood.
Alongside this, you may notice a strange metallic taste in your mouth which can be quite strong. Other women notice that their tastes change and foods they once loved can taste revolting.
We asked our Facebook fans what cravings they’d had or were having and the most popular answers were chocolate, fruit and ice pops. Some had had no cravings at all but here are some of the slightly stranger ones;
Kit Kats dipped in garlic mayo
Ice, ice and more ice
Bacon sandwiches “only from the Salvation Army café”
Anything cremated on the BBQ
Scampi with gravy
Skittles with no shell
Very spicy chicken wings
Jelly beans and cheese crackers
Rum baba cakes
Some cravings came in the form of smells;
The inner of a school plimsoll
New rubber bicycle tyres
Creosote on a fence
When should you see a doctor about your pregnancy cravings?
Some cravings can be dangerous and a sign that you need to see a Doctor. If you have a strong desire to eat metal, soil, chalk, soap, or other non-food items you may have Pica. Cases of Pica are very rare and can be treated by supplements to correct any iron or vitamin deficiency.
A diet of unhealthy foods can lead to excessive weight gain, gestational diabetes or other problems that can last beyond the birth of your baby.