Tamsen Carson, Physician Assistant
Cravings are a very natural part of pregnancy, and there are a lot of reasons why we crave certain foods. The body is a finely tuned machine during pregnancy, 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 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 cheese burger 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, 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. To find a doctor visit renown.org/findadoc.