Pregnancy Cravings – What do they really mean?

Many women will experience cravings during pregnancy, and they’re often one of the symptoms that women actually look forward to! From ice cream to pickles, our changing bodies often make us crave some weird and wonderful concoctions. I actually think it’s almost a right of passage, experiencing and sharing one of the odder and more amusing symptoms of pregnancy.

The pregnancy vitamin experts over at Pregnacare carried out a survey on women across the UK, to find out what pregnancy cravings are most common. Take a look at what they found!

pregnancy cravings explained
The meaning behind your pregnancy cravings…

Although lots of pregnancy cravings are just caused by hormonal changes, some of your cravings could be trying to send you a message. Find out more below.

Missing Nutrients

There is an old wives’ tale that your pregnancy cravings could be due to missing nutrients or vitamins in your diet. Although this has not been scientifically proven to be true, many women report that their cravings disappear once they add more vitamins and nutrients into their diet. For example, if you’re craving ice to crunch on, try upping your iron intake or taking a pregnancy supplement containing iron. Many women have reported their ice craving going away after increasing their iron.

Tiredness and Fatigue

Pregnancy is hard work, and it’s likely that you’ll find yourself with less energy than usual. This a completely normal pregnancy symptom, but it may mean you find yourself reaching for sweet treats like chocolate or cake that will give you a sugar hit. If you find yourself eating lots of sweets for an energy boost, make sure to carve out time to relax and rest every day, which will help you to feel a little brighter and more energetic. I also found being more organised with my snacks, making sure I had lots of small healthy things to nibble on helped with both fatigue and nausea.

Low Blood Pressure

During the early stages of pregnancy, your blood pressure may drop slightly. This is due to the physical changes your body is going through, and may leave you feeling dizzy, lightheaded and easily worn out. You may find yourself reaching for salty foods, such as crisps or pickles, which can help up your blood pressure and feel a bit better. Although a little salt is needed each day for good health, be careful not to overdo it with the salty snacks as you may put yourself at risk of high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease.

Did you have any weird or wonderful pregnancy cravings? If so, let me know in the comments below what they were!

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