Imli Ladoo, anyone??One of the most common feelings among pregnant women is food cravings. Food craving is a strong desire which arouses in pregnant women, to eat a particular food item(s) immediately, instantly and on the go. About 85% of pregnant women have atleast one type of food craving- sometimes for food they have not even liked before. The most common food cravings among expectant mothers are to eat pickles, ice-creams, sweets and sour fruits, though many women opt for strange choices like raw cauliflower or cabbage! Now the question is what causes this craving? Well! There is no scientific answer to this question. It may be due to changing hormones during pregnancy or might just be a psychological factor. Some expert says it is the body which is demanding these foods due to nutrition deficiency, hence causing cravings while others argue if it is due to nutrition deficiency, the craving should be only for healthy food and not for ice-creams, chocolates and pickles!!
The common food cravings during pregnancy:
What can be done for cravings?
Usually these cravings disappear or lessen by fourth month of pregnancy. If yours continue for long you may need lots of emotional support from your partner. Hugs and attention is what you are looking for. Lack of emotional support may also turn you to eating.
Cravings during pregnancy also depend on cultural factors. In different parts of the world, woman may crave foods available in their region. Indian women crave pickles or tamarinds during pregnancy while in western countries cravings for soda, ice creams etc. is very popular. It is also seen in many cases that the food which a woman did not like prior to pregnancy becomes her favourite during this period.