Food Cravings During Pregnancy

by 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.

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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
Oxo cubes
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;

Burnt matches
Old books
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.


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Written by

Laura Driver

Blogger & Social Media Manager
Laura lives in Yorkshire, UK with her two teenage children. When they were little (and definitely not taller than her) she used to blog avidly about the trials and tribulations of motherhood. Laura is no stranger to all the joys small children can bring; sleepless nights, a random public meltdown or a spectacular poonami. She fondly remembers the time her youngest child rolled across a supermarket carpark in a trolley while she was putting her eldest child in the car and the time her, then, three year old took up swearing at a church event. Laura has worked for Your Baby Club, as a Social Media Manager, since 2014.

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