On the flip side, you might suddenly find yourself with some food and smell aversions. It could be that your body is repulsed by what’s not good for you. Quite often, pregnant women experience not being able to stand something they once enjoyed, like coffee, fish, or garlic.
It is important to listen to what your body is telling you, whatever your pregnancy eating habits.
Common Pregnancy Cravings
You’ve probably heard all the jokes about various strange pregnancy cravings. But, although you may not have resorted to spreading mustard on your croissant or sprinkling sugar over your steak, you may be experiencing some rather unusual food cravings, especially late at night. Some common pregnancy cravings include ice cream, chocolate, spicy food, pickles, and lemon, but you may find yourself longing for something even more peculiar.
What to Do About Pregnancy Cravings
Keep in mind that although most food cravings are harmless, you should always try to choose healthy, nutritious food starting early in your pregnancy. Of course, from time to time, it's OK to indulge in chocolate and ice cream, but a better choice can be to opt for exercise to stave off those cravings, or satisfy your craving for a tub of ice cream with a healthier option like frozen yogurt.
You should never give in to the urge to consume non-food items. Any substance that is not designed for human consumption could be harmful to you or your baby. Contact your doctor if you notice a craving for something weird, such as laundry starch, clay, or chalk.
Food cravings are likely to lessen as you enter the second trimester, and soon enough, you’ll be nearing your due date. By the time you take home your sweet newborn, those pregnancy cravings and aversions will be a thing of the past.