Pregnancy is the time for cravings! You crave for something sour, you crave for something spicy, you crave for something sweet – the cravings never seem to end. And then you have food aversions! Things that you loved before your pregnancy might nauseate now. What causes all these cravings and food aversions? It is partly your hormones. As you know pregnancy brings about a number of hormonal changes in your body, which indirectly affect your sense of smell and sense of taste. Some practitioners feel there is a link between cravings and any nutrient deficiency the pregnant woman might be having. For example, if there is a protein deficiency, there will be a meat craving and so on. But mostly, no one knows why certain women get certain cravings, while others get different cravings, and some do not even get cravings.
Among all the cravings, one to look out for is the sweet food cravings! In one survey, as much as 40% of the women admitted to having a sweet tooth during their pregnancy. Although elders advise you to indulge yourself during your pregnancy time, sugar is something to be wary of. So before you reach out for a candy or ice cream, remember that sugar is not nutritious. It results in lot of weight gain. It can also increase the chances of gestational diabetics. So are we suggesting you forget about the sweet craving and apply mind over matter? Nope. There are ways to handle your sweet food cravings. Here are some tips:
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