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Food cravings. What are they?

Why do we get food cravings in pregnancy?

Having crazy cravings?

For some women it is sniffing tyres, for others it is nibbling chalk – while some might just chow their way through an indecent amount of pickled onions every day!

At a glance

  • Cravings are thought to be due to your body's hormonal changes
  • Often mums-to-be crave non food items too
  • As long as you aren't craving anything harmful, there is nothing to worry about
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We're talking pregnancy cravings, and why, when we're expecting a baby, our taste buds suddenly decide they can only be sated by the weirdest flavours and textures – and not always from actual food items!

What causes food cravings on pregnancy?

Food cravings can be one of the early signs of pregnancy. No one really knows why we have cravings, but it is thought that like with everything else in pregnancy, it's the hormonal changes that bring on our desire for weird and wacky food combinations, or just one particular ingredient.

What will I crave?

For some women, it will be sweet stuff, with partners dispatched to the 24 hour supermarket in the middle of the night to stock up on tubs of ice cream, while other women will want strongly flavoured savoury or salty items, or pickled foods.

Some will even want both – so ice cream with a large spoonful of gherkins being their snack of choice! And then there are those who are desperate to get their hands – and lips – on non-food items, such as coal or sponges, or even just to SNIFF certain things!

Likewise, we can also go off foods, too, with even the smell of some things (coffee is often a big no no for newly pregnant women) causing waves of nausea.

Should I be concerned?

Medics are usually unconcerned about women's food cravings in pregnancy, the feeling generally being that as long as you are not eating anything harmful, then it is just a passing phase.

At a glance

  • Cravings are thought to be due to your body's hormonal changes
  • Often mums-to-be crave non food items too
  • As long as you aren't craving anything harmful, there is nothing to worry about
I've been obsessed with dry Ryvitas. I've gone through about 20+ packets in the past two months!

Food cravings. What are they?