Cravings during pregnancy are very common – a natural part of being pregnant.
There are a lot of reasons why we crave certain foods and many cravings can occur at any time in your pregnancy. The body is a finely tuned machine, and if you pay attention to exactly what you are craving, you will be healthy, gain a normal amount of weight and have more energy.
The prenatal vitamins you take give you the vitamins and minerals your diet is missing, but it’s also very important to eat well in order to get what those vitamins can’t give you.
If you are craving pickles your body may be telling you it wants more sodium. If you are craving a cheeseburger and fries you may be looking for protein. Try to pay attention to your cravings and decipher what messages your body might be sending you.
Sometimes, and this may sound odd, you may have cravings for non-food items like chalk, ice, dirt, or laundry soap.
First, do not eat these things.
Second do not worry, this happens often in pregnancy. It is called pica. It can often mean you have a lack of minerals, but most likely an iron deficiency.
Tell your doctor as soon as you start craving these things, and they may want to check your iron levels.
Tamsen Carson, PA
Tamsen Carson is an OB/GYN physician assistant with Renown Health. She provides essential prenatal, pregnancy and post-pregnancy care to women, including delivering babies. Tamsen completed her OB/GYN Physician Assistant residency at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, CA and has been a part of the Renown Health team for more than five years.