Every woman who’s ever been pregnant will have unforgettable memories of those “pregnancy cravings.” While your pregnancy diet should be strict, here are a few cravings that is good for you, provided you ask your doctor first.
Pregnancy can be a draining time. You can feel tired and bloated so maybe chocolate cheers us up by releasing those feel-good hormones. Cocoa, which is used to make chocolate, also contains theobromine. This helps regulate blood pressure among pregnant women.
Ice cream or ice
In a survey of more than 2,000 pregnant women for a parenting website, 15% said they had a longing for ice cream. Ice by itself is a popular craving too. It seems to be the crunchy texture that’s the powerful draw.
Sweets and sugar
A common craving that could just point to the fact you are tired and need an energy boost, even if it’s short-lived. Pregnancy is hard work: carrying extra weight coupled with the emotional anxiety and often doing too much.
Giving into your sweet cravings occasionally won’t do you any real harm, however it is wise not to over-indulge as they have no nutritional value and are high in calories.
Sasha Watkins from the British Dietetic Association warns, “Sweets and sugary foods are high in calories and too much weight gain in pregnancy can increase the risk of gestational diabetes and high blood pressure.”
A healthy craving and one to be encouraged! Fruits are packed with essential nutrients and full of fibre. They also contain all the vitamins and minerals that you and your developing baby need. Another great thing about fruits is that they are low on calories making them excellent for maintaining a healthy weight.
One in 20 pregnant women surveyed had a curry craving. Perhaps it’s the fact that for many women, curry is a comfort food. Also our changing palates may make us crave spicy foods.
Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C and have very low calories, while offering numerous vitamins and minerals. Some of these vitamins and minerals include calcium, phosphorus and magnesium, which are vital nutrients for the healthy growth and development of your unborn baby.
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