If you are expecting to welcome your little bundle of joy, congratulations! It is an experience unique to every woman, while some experience an easy pregnancy others may not have a smooth ride. Along with many pregnancy symptoms come the most famous pregnancy cravings. *Cue the song "Paune baarah baje, dono ghar se chale. What's going on?" from the movie Salaam Namaste. Sorry Gen-Z, millennials know what we are talking about! Scientifically pregnancy food cravings are sudden urges to eat a particular kind of food such as cakes, chocolates, ice creams, french fries, or more. For some, pregnancy cravings are mild but for others, they are intense just like Phoebe from "FRIENDS" turning into a non-vegetarian while being pregnant. If that's the case with you, don't fret you are not alone.
Sometimes you may crave regular food, but sometimes you may have an unusual pregnancy craving that you did not like in your regular day-to-day life.
One of the most common questions that may come to your mind is "Why do pregnancy food cravings develop?". There is no logical or medical reasoning for it, but stay assured that pregnancy cravings are nowhere related to any kind of nutritional deficiency in your body as many people indicate. A lot of women suddenly will develop a sudden dislike or hatred for foods having a strong fragrance, or pungent smell. Sometimes, you may not be able to cook your favorite cuisine during pregnancy because of its smell. Pregnancy cravings are all related to the immense hormonal changes a woman is going through while developing a life inside of her.
Sometimes, it is okay to indulge in your occasional food cravings while pregnant as long as you are maintaining a healthy nutritional diet. There are multiple things that you may want to indulge in as cravings of pregnancy such as:
There are endless pregnancy cravings experienced by women across the globe. However, it is essential that just like your regular routine life you do not over-invest yourself in your pregnancy cravings as it will lead to heartburn, indigestion, bloating, unhealthy weight gain, and many more complications later. Generally, a healthy bracket of weight gain during your pregnancy is 5 to 12 kgs. More information about pregnancy cravings can be given to you by your doctor, or midwife.
We understand that there are multiple reasons to justify eating that one extra cupcake, or that one bowl of extra spicy hot ramen. However, it is not always good to give in to your cravings during pregnancy. We have compiled a list of methods to tackle these pregnancy cravings and how to manage them to the best of your ability:
Cravings can occur at any point in your pregnancy journey. However, it is most common to start in the first trimester around the 5th week. As there are no time limits for pregnancy cravings they can come as early as in the first week of your pregnancy and leave you feeling like indulging in a big bowl of ice cream. Most pregnant women have experienced their pregnancy cravings to lighten by the second trimester but many of them have said that they have had pregnancy cravings up until their child was born.
Nutrition is an essential part of your pregnancy journey, pregnancy and cravings go hand in hand. It is advised to indulge in your pregnancy cravings carefully. An excess of any kind of consumption of junk food can lead to multiple complications in your pregnancy hence it is advised to visit your OB-GYN in order to manage your weight and nutrition.