How To Deal With Pregnancy Cravings

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For many women, powerful food cravings for certain foods come with the territory during pregnancy. You’ve probably heard tales of loved ones being dispatched at all hours to search for a certain brand of bacon double cheeseburger or rocky road ice cream to quell an expectant mom’s desire. Perhaps you’ve felt an overwhelming urge to splurge firsthand.

Pregnancy cravings – those seemingly unquenchable longings for oftentimes eclectic combinations of foods that you might never otherwise even dream of eating!

But what’s behind these mysterious food fantasies, and can they ever be harmful? Doctors say the answers depend a lot on what you are craving.

“No one really knows why pregnancy cravings occur, though there are theories that it represents some nutrient that the mother may be lacking — and the crave is the body’s way of asking for what it needs,” says Andrei Rebarber, MD, associate director of the division of maternal-fetal medicine at NYU Medical Center in New York.

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When that overwhelming desire for pickles or processed cheese hits, Rebarber says it could be the body asking for more sodium. That aching for a Big Mac and a plate of fries may be your need for more protein, sodium, or potassium. The burning in your belly for a double helping of chocolate double latte ice cream may be signaling a need for morecalcium or fat.

The following items are not to be consumed during pregnancy:

  • Under-cooked Meat
  • Fresh Juice
  • Sushi
  • Soft Cheese
  • Raw Cookie Dough
  • Homemade Caesar Salad
  • Fish with Mercury
  • Deli Meats
  • Meat Spread
  • Unwashed fruits/veggies
  • Raw Sprouts
  • Smoked Seafood
  • Raw Shellfsh
  • Unpasteurized Milk
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
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