Pregnancy: Your Guide to Eating Right (cont.)
In this Article
- Eating right when pregnant introduction
- Goals for healthy eating when pregnant
- Foods to avoid when pregnant
- What to eat when pregnant and don't feel well
- Can I diet while pregnant?
- Can I eat a "low carb" diet when pregnant?
- Can I maintain my vegetarian diet when pregnant?
- Why do I need more calcium when pregnant?
- How can I get enough calcium if I'm lactose intolerant?
- Should I take a calcium supplement during pregnancy?
- Why do I need more iron during pregnancy?
- What are good sources of iron?
- Should I take an iron supplement during pregnancy?
- Food cravings during pregnancy
- Find a local Obstetrician-Gynecologist in your town
Food Cravings During Pregnancy
Food cravings during pregnancy are normal. Although there is no widely accepted explanation for food cravings, almost two-thirds of all pregnant women have them. If you develop a sudden urge for a certain food, go ahead and indulge your craving if it provides energy or an essential nutrient. But, if your craving persists and prevents you from getting other essential nutrients in your diet, try to create more of a balance in your daily diet during pregnancy.
During pregnancy, your taste for certain foods may change. You may suddenly dislike foods you were fond of before you became pregnant. In addition, during pregnancy, some women feel strong urges to eat non-food items such as ice, laundry starch, dirt, clay, chalk, ashes, or paint chips. This is called pica, and it may be associated with an iron deficiency such as anemia. Do not give in to these non-food cravings -- they can be harmful to both you and your baby. Tell your health care provider if you have these non-food cravings.
If you have any problems that prevent you from eating balanced meals and gaining weight properly, ask your health care provider for advice. Registered dietitians -- the nutrition experts -- are available to help you maintain good nutrition throughout your pregnancy.
WebMD Medical Reference
The National Women's Health Information Center.
Reviewed by Trina Pagano, MD, FACOG on May 16, 2012
Last Editorial Review: 5/16/2012
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