Do you get strange cravings for food during pregnancy? It’s really common and in this guest blog post Anna, the Nutritional Therapist from The Gentle Touch, explains what pregnancy cravings are along with some healthy alternatives for what you crave!
Cravings may happen at any point during your pregnancy. Sometimes unusual cravings can develop, which are known as pica. Some pica include ice, freezer frost, washing starch, corn starch, clay dirt, dust or charcoal.
Dust, charcoal, dirt and ice cravings may indicate an iron deficiency.
Chalk and plaster cravings may indicate a calcium deficiency. More commonly expectant mums get really hungry, and often really crave certain foods. If you can’t get enough of the following foods, here are some alternatives which may be the root of your craving:
Chocolate – may indicate a need for more magnesium. High quality chocolate such as dark chocolate (70% cocoa) can provide some antioxidants, iron and magnesium and less sugar than milk chocolate. Magnesium rich foods: whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, and green vegetables such as spinach.
Crisps – You may be after the sodium, or perhaps you love the feeling of crunching food. How about trying kale crisps, humus with raw veg sticks, or roasted chickpeas.
Pickles – Sometimes this can indicate a need for more sodium. Try sauerkraut which also added bonus of probiotic benefits, or adding pickle to a salad.
Cake, stodgy carbs – It’s really common to crave these foods when you’re tired and need energy. Try to increase your protein intake to help boost your energy levels. Can you make some nuts and seeds into energy balls with dates? Or how about flapjacks made with banana to sweeten instead of syrup.
Spicy foods – A common craving in pregnancy, spicy foods cool down body. Add chilli and spices (e.g. ginger, pepper) to food and enjoy it.
Sour tastes (e.g. lemon)- You may enjoy the sharp taste or sour foods so add lemon to water and drink through the day.
Get some ideas for healthy pregnancy foods and recipe ideas from The Gentle Touch – they are running a new Pregnancy Nutrition Workshop on 18th November in Southville. There is a 2 for 1 offer on booking until 12th November if you book with a friend, and loads of discounts and offers in their booking bundle.
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Anna has a diploma in naturopathic nutrition from the college of natural medicine, she is also a member of the BANT and CNHC
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