Over 50% of all expecting mothers crave an unusual food during their pregnancy.
It’s not just pickles and ice cream any more. There are an equal number of women who crave sweet, salty and spicy foods as well as a smaller percentage who crave fruits and veggies.
This is a normal phenomenon and it is okay to indulge (within reason as this may cause inappropriate weight gain).
The underlying explanation may lie in the body’s need to replace something of nutritional value that is missing and is believed to be caused by the hormonal changes taking place.
There are some patients who may crave more unusual things like ice, dirt, clay and paper. This is known as Pica, and may be a sign of iron deficiency anemia . Let your doctor know if you are craving these things.
Just as you are likely to crave a food, you may develop an aversion to certain foods and smells. This is normal and will likely resolve into the later part of your second trimester.