2023 Author: Anita Thornton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-22 03:30
Have you had any funny tastes since you got pregnant? Worse, do you have a dislike for dishes or foods that you liked before? You are normal! Your hormones are the culprit!
“To my man, I consumed mayonnaise with a big spoon and I had cravings for McDonalds. Garlic sickened me and I was unable to use my favorite cleanser. To my daughter, I loved apples and orange juice, but red meat loathed me. »
“Yummy! Muffins with Cheese Weez!!! I needed at least 2 or 3 a day! »
“When I was first pregnant, I loved chips at Bar-B-Q… I don't know why because I didn't even like those chips before I was pregnant! »
“I need my chocolate cone every night…”
“I went on a trip of garlic butter prawns, oatmeal and fruit…but the smell of mustard, certain perfumes and soaps makes my heart ache. »
“I had sugar cravings and fixations on certain fruits to the point of eating about ten per meal. But the weirdest thing was my meat cravings because I'm a vegetarian! »
« Me, it wasice cream, fruit and tons of toffee puddings, while the red meat was so much to bear. »
“I eat peanut butter and bananas all the time. A chance that I have that because everything else does not tempt me. Especially fish and meat. »
“I ate so much chicken when I was pregnant… At least 4-5 times a week! »
“I have different cravings that take me without warning and as long as I don’t succumb I only think about that. »
“Since I got pregnant, I have a 'bionic' nose! I can feel everything from far or near. I've always eaten a lot of meat and since I got pregnant I can't eat it anymore, the taste is bitter. »
While the pickle-ice cream combination may be more myth than reality, cravings for fruit, dairy, or chocolate, such as sudden disgust for red meat or certain smells are currency common in pregnant women. Some studies suggest that 85% of pregnant women are affected by these changes in their diet.
An unscientific survey found that 40% had sweet cravings, 33% s alty cravings, 17% leaned towards the spicy and the rest loved sour fruits like lemons and apples green.
A widely held theory is that the major hormonal changes that a pregnant woman goes through have a definite impact on taste and smell and, byTherefore, are responsible for these sudden tastes for particular foods since women in premenstrual period or menopause often feel the same kind of cravings.
Others say that if hormones have a certain responsibility, they cannot be the only cause since cravings vary from one woman to another. As a pregnant woman's caloric needs increase by approximately 150 calories per day during the first trimester and 350 calories per day during the second and third trimesters, the simple need to eat more could also play a role.
So what about the theory that these peculiar tastes are caused by a vitamin or mineral deficiency and that it is the body that sends its message? Are we lacking in protein? We want to eat meat at all costs. We lack beta-carotene, we want to eat carrots and peaches. But if these cravings do stem from deficiencies, why don't we crave broccoli instead of chocolate?
Due to hormonal changes and increased sweating during pregnancy, you can also expect your nose to feel different! So the scent you've always adored might suddenly make you nauseous! Opt for light and fruity scents that will feel less "heavy" to your nose!
The truth is that deep down, no one really knows the origin of these cravings
Doctors agree that if they don't prevent you from having a he althy diet, then you shouldn't make yourself feel guilty by indulging yourself! Rather, it is the excessive cravings for sweets or junk food that you should watch out for to avoid ending up with excess weight. For example, if you have a big craving for ice cream, try ice milk or frozen yogurt which is lower in fat and calories. In any case, it is recommended to speak with your doctor so that he can advise you in the event of a dietary imbalance.
Folic acid (vitamin B9) promotes he althy embryo development
vitamin D, thecalcium and iron help your baby's cell and skeletal formation
vitamin A actively participates in the growth of the fetus.
vitamin C gives tone and strengthens the placenta.