Pregnancy is usually the only time you get to eat whatever you like whenever you like, because, well, you can! We have a few ideas on how to control your cravings if they get a bit out of hand.
The big question is just how should you should deal with constant cravings, especially when you find yourself surrounded by people who are willing to bend over to make sure you and your baby are well taken care of? It’s hard, but not impossible, especially if you have a strong willpower.
Check out these tips to help you manage your food cravings:
1. Try Making It Yourself
Let’s hope that yours is a simple one you can make yourself. If you’re craving chocolate brownies, start baking. This way you’ll be able to control what goes into the mix. If you want to stick to a healthy diet, opt for applesauce instead of oil.
2. Hold Off
Take a closer look into your craving; maybe it’s not really food that you’re after. You could be doing what is tagged as emotional eating. Heads up, even when pregnant, it’s still emotional eating!
3. Exercise A Bit
Physical activity during pregnancy is a big must. One way to tackle unhealthy cravings is to go for a walk and breathe in some fresh air.
4. Give In
It’s OK to give into your cravings occasionally. We’re not saying have a tall glass of milkshake every day. Rather, make it an exercise exchange: one glass today for an extra 15 minute walk the next day.
5. Determine The Cause
Ask yourself why you crave something. Is it after having an altercation with someone or is there another reason? Just remember that gobbling down a tub of ice cream isn’t going to solve any of your issues.
If you are worried about your cravings in any way, talk to your doctor or midwife about it. If you’re craving non-food items like soap, rock, sand or detergent, you could have what is called pica, which can be hazardous to your health and means your body is lacking certain minerals.
By Thina Mthembu.