Think you had some pretty strange cravings when pregnant? Come and see what our Babyology readers wanted to feast on while pregnant and learn what some of these cravings could mean for your health. You may not be alone in your late night lettuce cravings after all…
Pregnancy can turn you into a blubbering mess one day, a nauseous nightmare the next and a beached whale by the end. And through it all, many women also experience some pretty intense cravings for all sorts of foods and household items.
We asked our readers to share their own pregnancy dishes and delights, and let’s just say that our readers took strange pregnancy cravings to a whole new level.
OK, so that’s weird!
What are some of the weirdest combinations? We took a Babyology vote and here are the winners:
- Mussels in vinegar and crayfish
- Parmesan cheese on pancakes
- Beef jerky and beer
- Steamed cabbage smothered in butter
- Cucumber, pepper and squash
- Pizza crusts
- Raspberry jam on everything
- Lettuce with ice cream
- Spaghetti mixed with a can of baked beans and a dash of Tabasco sauce
- Pickles and silverside
- Chocolate milk and Weet-Bix
- Wholegrain mustard, by the spoonful
- Hot chips dipped in a spearmint milkshake
- Fig jam and sardine sandwiches
But there’s more. Some mums even admit to craving household items, not to eat, but just to smell:
- Vapour rub
- Diesel fuel
- Washing powder
- Soap, eucalyptus and toothpaste
Give me all the chocolate
Strangely enough, many of our readers admitted to craving the same salty and sweet things. Some of the most common cravings include:
- Hot chips
- Fruit of all sort
- Ice cream
- Soft drink
- Peanut butter
According to an old wives’ tale, what you crave during pregnancy can indicate the gender of bub. If you are desperate for sweets, then it’s a girl. For savoury – then it’s a boy. However, there has been little evidence to prove this.
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Nutritional therapist, Kerry Torrens explains that, while wanting chocolate while pregnant doesn’t necessarily mean you’re having a girl, there could actually be a connection between pregnancy cravings and nutrition. Often common cravings are linked to a deficiency in your diet.
Craving chocolate, for example, could be an indication that you need more magnesium in your diet. Craving ice is often associated with those who are low in iron and wanting lemons may suggest that you are lacking Vitamin C. Kerry also suggests that if you’re craving ice cream, then it could indicate a protein deficiency.
As long as your cravings do not threaten your health and you continue to eat a balanced diet, it’s okay to go with your cravings and indulge occasionally.