Food cravings are one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy. Why women have food cravings during pregnancy is still unclear. But around 2/3 of all pregnant women experience them.
But here is the thing you should consider about food cravings:
If you have a sudden urge to eat something, go ahead – as long as it provides energy or an important nutrient. If your craving persists and it keeps you from getting other important nutrients, try to control it create more balance in your diet during your pregnancy. Often, these food cravings lessen about 3 months into your pregnancy.
What is pica?
Your taste for certain foods may change during pregnancy. You may find that you’re suddenly craving for foods that you do not like before you became pregnant. Also, some women feel weird urges to eat non-food items such as ice, laundry starch, dirt, clay, chalk, ashes, or paint chips. This craving for non-food items is called pica, and it may be linked to iron deficiency anemia.
Prevent yourself from giving in to your non-food cravings. Ingesting non-food items can be dangerous to you and your baby’s health. Talk to your doctor if you are having these non-food cravings. You should also talk your doctor if you are experiencing problems that keep you from eating a well-balanced diet and gaining the proper weight.