Pregnancy Cravings

If you suddenly feel like you could eat peanut butter for breakfast, lunch and dinner (and maybe a snack), you’re not alone. Up to 68% of women have cravings during pregnancy.

According to a BabyCenter survey, almost 40% of expectant moms craved sweets, while about one-third preferred salty snacks. About 17% wanted Mexican or other spicy foods, and only 10% had to have sour foods like citrus fruit or green apples.

You’re Craving What?

Some pregnant women start craving really strange foods and combinations. Here are some common and not-so-common cravings we’ve heard of:

  • Brownies with mustard
  • Peanut butter & cheese
  • Nachos with extra jalapenos
  • Gummi bears
  • Horseradish
  • Cheese dipped in ketchup
  • Root beer
  • Pickle chips on chocolate cookies
  • Watermelon
  • Tabasco sauce on everything!

You can give in to your cravings occasionally, as long as they’re not unsafe for you or your baby. Just be sure that most of the time you eat healthy.

Food Safety During Pregnancy

Much of food safety during pregnancy is common sense, but here are guidelines that may help, especially if you find yourself craving something unusual. From alcohol to seafood, find out what foods may be risky during pregnancy.

Foods to Avoid

Resources

Health and Nutrition Information for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women

Eating During Pregnancy

Choose My Plate

Focus on Fruits

Eat Right when Money’s Tight!


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