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Food Cravings 101

Ice Cream? Chocolate? Pickles? Potato Chips? These are just a few of the most popular food cravings during pregnancy. Read on to find out why your body yearns for these salty and sweet snacks and score some unique recipes that will make both baby & your belly happy!

The Reason Behind the Hunger

There is not one certain explanation for food cravings during pregnancy, but experts believe that these hankering hungers are caused by hormones. Hormonal shifts during pregnancy intensify your sense of smell which ultimately influences your sense of taste.

While there's nothing specifically bad about food cravings, we have provided a few tips to help you fight your hunger and also be healthy for baby during your three trimesters:

  1. Eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day to keep your blood sugar at a stable level.
  2. Substitute unhealthy cravings with reduced fat and reduced sodium alternatives.
  3. Craving candy? Eat a fun-size bar instead of a king-size bar!
  4. Instead of reaching for an unhealthy snack-try going for some fresh air instead.
  5. Lastly, drink at least eight cups of water a day.

Remember, it's normal to splurge during pregnancy with the raging food cravings, but always try to counterbalance the unhealthy cravings with nutritional options.

Delish & Healthy Alternatives to a Naughty Nibble

Craving...Strawberry Shortcake?

Take two honey graham crackers, a half a cup of fresh strawberries, a packet of splenda, and a dollop of fat free whipped cream.

Craving...Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Ice Cream...or all Three?

Take a half a cup of ice cubes, a quarter cup of skim milk, 2 tablespoons of low sugar chocolate syrup, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, and half a banana and blend it for a delicious, healthy chocolate peanut butter smoothie (add extra chocolate and peanut butter for the toughest food cravings).

Craving...Chips & Dip ?

Substitute chips for low sodium pretzels or pita chips and pair it with hummus for a healthy alternative.

Got Baby Aches?

Soothe them with this inexpensive remedy!

  1. Fill a sock with rice.
  2. Throw in the microwave for a minute.
  3. Apply!

Not So Fun Nausea

Feeling a little green... literally? Now that you're having a wee one you may be realizing that morning sickness is not designated just to mornings! Here are some ways you can help keep the nauseous-ness at bay all throughout the day:

  1. Take a Walk.
    The fresh air will help you settle your stomach, clear your mind, and even get in a little exercise all at the same time!
     
  2. Wear a Bracelet.
    Ok. So it's not exactly the cutest accessory but many moms-to-be wear an acupuncture wrist band to help ward off any stomach sickness. Hey — it works for people when they're seasick so why not try it for your morning sickness?
     
  3. Sleep it Off.
    If you are able to, take it easy and get as much rest as possible.