Pregnancy Cravings: Why We Get Them, When They Start and The Most Common Foods We Crave!

Pregnancy cravings are a common experience for many. These cravings may be defined as desire for a certain food. Some common pregnancy cravings include sweet foods (such as sweets or chocolate), salty foods (such as crisps or popcorn), and even non-food items (such as ice or chalk).

When do pregnancy cravings start?

Many people who experience cravings during pregnancy experience them during the second trimester, although they can start as early as the first trimester. 

What are the top most common pregnancy cravings? 

  1. Sweet foods such as chocolate, ice cream, sweets and pastries.
  2. Salty foods such as crisps and popcorn.
  3. Spicy foods such as Mexican or Indian cuisine.
  4. Sour foods such as pickles, lemons, and sour fruits.
  5. Non-food items such as ice or chalk.
  6. Certain textures or temperatures of food, like frozen food.
  7. Specific foods that you may not have had a particular interest in before, such as a sudden craving for a certain food.

Why do we experience pregnancy cravings?

The truth is, there's no definitive answer! It is thought, however, that cravings are due to hormonal changes in the body during pregnancy. It's also thought that cravings can be an indication of a lack of certain nutrients at the time of the craving. 

Did you experience any particular cravings during your pregnancy? Let us know in the comments! 

16th Jan 2023


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