From peanut butter on pickles to handfuls of river sand, pregnancy cravings are known to strike at the oddest times, demanding the strangest items! Catherine Versfeld takes a bite out of this meaty topic to reveal the truth behind preggy snack attacks.
Research into the subject of food cravings whilst pregnant is ongoing and although there are many theories that try to get to the real reasons, to date there is no official medical explanation for the strange cravings so many pregnant women seem to experience. However, experts have some ideas as to why it might be.
What Are Pregnancy Cravings?
According to Dr Brian Wansink, author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think (Random House Publishing, 2010), at least 50 percent of pregnant women will crave something strange, or different from their usual diets at some point during their pregnancies. It may be an uncommon blend of foods, for example, apples with salt or something the woman never really had a taste for before. Although it does not occur more commonly during any particular trimester, once it surfaces, it tends to be the same food craved throughout the pregnancy and will usually strike at more or less the same time every day.