Food Cravings During Pregnancy and Pregnancy Food Aversions

What are food cravings during pregnancy?

The sudden urge for a particular (and particularly unusual) dish. Almost all expectant mothers experience cravings during pregnancy.

What are food aversions during pregnancy?

Most pregnant women experience at least one food aversion, or a new sense of repulsion at the very thought of a food they previously enjoyed.

What causes them?

Pregnancy hormones play a role, especially early in pregnancy when your body is positively flooded with them — and still getting used to them. But there may also be some truth to the notion that you crave what your body needs and are repulsed by what’s not good for you. This theory works with items such as coffee and alcohol, which can suddenly turn off regular drinkers of both. But it doesn’t explain why you might suddenly turn your nose up at healthy foods you used to love, such as salad, stew or soups.One theory is that humans have moved so far from the original food chain that the body can no longer reliably interpret its own internal signals.

What you need to know:

You can’t always fight this symptom, so just try to respond to cravings and aversions with reason. Keep in mind that most disappear or lessen by the fourth month — if yours don’t, that may be an indication of an emotional need you should address. Talk to your partner: If what you really crave is some more Tender Loving Care, he should be able to help out with extra hugs and attention.