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Food Cravings During Pregnancy
Pregnancy period brings in a lot of changes in a woman's body. The most noticeable change one notices during pregnancy happens to be craving. Generally, the change in hormones make the expectant mother crave for certain food types. Some women form a liking for ice-creams while some just crave for pickles.
These cravings may range from pickles to fruits to sour lemons, whatever they may be, but the fact is that they have to be catered to.
Some common cravings
Some common cravings among pregnant women are for sugar products, dairy products, spicy food, cheesecakes, animal meat, ice creams, and chocolates.
Some pregnant women have a craving for certain strange things like chalk, dirt, detergent powder or soap, toothpaste, coal or even cigarette butts. These are called ‘pica’ cravings. Indulging in pica cravings may prove to be dangerous and unhealthy for both the child and the mother.
Reason behind pica cravings
Dealing with the Cravings
The best way to deal with these pregnancy cravings is to replace them with some similar but healthy food. Also you can integrate your daily diet with all kinds of sugary, spicy and sour food so that you readily cater to your food cravings. Like for example ice creams can be replaced with non fat frozen curd and chocolates with non fat syrup of chocolate on a fruit.
Being pregnant is a wonderful experience and with it comes the responsibility of a child. A mother- to -be should watch out for her cravings. Make sure that you take proper and balanced diets. Keep a track of the food that you eat and take all varieties of food. Make sure you compliment all the unhealthy food that you take in with some healthy food. Make sure to discuss any and every problem that you face with your doctor and try to avoid having pica cravings because thay may prove hazardous to you and your child.