Millions of Mums-to-be have experienced them but despite much research it is still unclear exactly why we crave certain things while pregnant. Pregnancy cravings can strike at any stage during pregnancy but are most common in the early weeks and can change throughout your pregnancy.

One theory around cravings are that they are a sign from your body – for instance, a craving for milk could mean that you need calcium or a craving for fruit may signal a need for vitamin C. Another theory is that it is down to the changing pregnancy hormones in your body. Cravings can be mild or intense but common cravings are for spicy, sour or salty foods. Equally, you may never experience any cravings – this can be just as common.

Pregnancy cravings are nothing to worried about

Pregnancy cravings are nothing to worried about but if you are craving unhealthy, fatty or salty foods it is important to try to curb these cravings as maintaining a healthy diet during pregnancy will have long lasting benefits for your baby’s future health.

Here are a few simple swap ideas for some common cravings

  • Swap ice cream cravings for low fat frozen yoghurt or try freezing some bananas and then blending these with other fruit like blueberries – trust us it really works!
  • Swap cravings for crisps for a homemade vegetable crisp variety. Thinly slice sweet potatoes, beetroot or parsnips, drizzle with olive or rapeseed oil, flavour with herbs and black pepper and bake in an oven at 200 degrees for about 15-20 mins. If you are craving chips just do the same but chop into chip sized pieces! Try these sweet potato fries.
    Pregnant young woman drinking milk in kitchen
  • If you’re craving cake opt for a healthier banana bread option or make mini fairy buns for a small but satisfying replacement. You could also try these healthy banana berry muffins. 
  • If it’s fizzy drinks you fancy try sparkling water flavoured with fruit like strawberries, lemon or lime. You could also go for some fruit juice in fizzy water or try an occasional smoothie.
  • If you’re craving chocolate, (there isn’t much that can come close to replacing it) but if you do opt for a fun size bar rather than a large and go for the dark chocolate – as it’s more rich it might satisfy your craving with a smaller amount! You could also try a hot chocolate with some coco powder in milk – at least you will be getting your calcium intake too.

If you have any questions in relation to cravings give our Careline a call