There's no doubt that pregnancy cravings can be very intense, to the point you make your SO drive to the store at 2am to get you that salty bag of chips or that sweet donut.
Typically when you crave something, it's your body's way of telling you it needs a certain vitamin or nutrient. For example, if you crave chocolate, you may be deficient in magnesium. Magnesium is a very important mineral that is used in over 300 reactions in the body, so it's no wonder your body is searching for magnesium.
However, it's not fully understood why pregnancy cravings are more intense. There are a couple theories out there--
If you crave salty foods like a bag of chips or pickles, one theory is that it's natures way of making sure you meet your sodium needs. Your sodium needs do INCREASE during pregnancy!
Another theory is that since women may be extra tired, bloated, crabby and nauseous during this time, they look to food for comfort. You may search out food that you ate as a child, or something that makes you feel happy, No matter the reason, cravings can be very strong and overwhelming during pregnancy.
It's okay to give into your cravings sometimes, as long as you're not eating half a chocolate cake everyday. You may try and see if a healthier alternative will satisfy your cravings. For example, if you crave an ice cream sundae, try plain Greek yogurt mixed with peanut butter, cacao, and topped with raspberries. This will satisfy your sweet tooth, help you meet your protein needs, and you get an extra serving of fruit!
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