How to Control Pregnancy Cravings

How to Control Pregnancy CravingsWe’ve all seen the commercials of the man driving his pregnant wife during the middle of the night so she can indulge in a double bacon cheeseburger from Wendy’s, or the smell of Gain’s laundry detergent. Maybe your pregnancy cravings were nothing like that, but they still happen to every woman experiencing the unstoppable hormones.

During pregnancy your body will experience hormonal shifts. You might begin to notice your emotions are all over the place due to the hormones affecting your levels of neurotransmitters, or how your senses have intensified. Your sense of smell is one of these things and that can be a cause of many of your food cravings. Because of your precipitous change of emotions and your all of a sudden love for chocolate covered bacon, you might not notice that many of your cravings are actually you “emotionally” eating. In fact, many pregnancy cravings are in fact just that. How do you control them? Today we are going to discuss a few ways to control your pregnancy cravings, and why it’s important for your health, and your baby’s.

Pregnancy cravings can be hard to shake. You might be really craving something sweet like a chocolate chip cookie, or maybe it’s something greasy and fried. No matter what it is your best bet is to try to take your mind off of it. It will be hard, but try calling a friend, your partner, or maybe going for a walk or cleaning. Doing simple things like this can help take your mind off eating unhealthy. Sometimes the cravings won’t go away, and it’s okay to indulge every once in a while, but just remember to never over-consume.

Over-consuming unhealthy foods can be a life altering to you and your baby’s future. Studies show that if you over eat during your pregnancy and indulge in sweet and fatty foods your baby is very likely to follow those unhealthy eating habits through their lives. Even if you try and teach them how to eat properly, and to choose healthier options, they might always have a craving for junk food.

If you find yourself emotionally eating, instead of eating when you’re hungry, take a closer look at your diet. Your body could be trying to tell you that you’re missing certain nutrients. When you find yourself craving certain foods such as, potato chips, your body might actually really needing food high in choline, which is something needed for a healthy digestion. Or if you’re craving sugary foods your body could be in fact telling you it needs sulfur or calcium, and you should be eating things like fruits or cheese instead. Keep in touch with valuable nutrients your body needs to thrive. If you do this then you will come to recognize your “pregnancy” cravings dwindling down.

One of the best ways to do this is by remembering your portion sizes and never setting yourself up to fail. If you keep to the same diet you had before your pregnancy, or you if you want to begin a new healthier lifestyle, add two to three healthy snacks a day to your regime. Even though you’re eating for two now, you still need to remember to stay healthy and strong in order for your baby to grow up healthy and strong. Try drinking more milk throughout your day, or eat foods rich in calcium for your snacks. You don’t need to excessively keep track of your calories, but do keep in mind how much you eat during the day. Try not to stock up the pantry with junk food. If you are aware you have chocolate covered donuts in your kitchen then you’re likely to eat them. That’s hard for anyone to resist. If you don’t have junk food in the house, it’s more probable you’ll stick to your diet.

Making your own versions of your favorite snacks, but in a healthier way, is such a great way to have fun with your food and be healthy. There are tons of different ways to make nachos or your grandma’s homemade brownies, that you will have no problem staying away bad food. Even though it might not taste exactly the same, or have grandma’s special ingredient, try it out. You never know, you might actually come to like it!

If you’re craving non-foods such as, rocks, laundry detergent, or something else, immediately contact your doctor. This could be a form of an illness called pica, and you will want to be treated right away. Try to remember every pregnancy is different from woman to woman, and even from child to child. You’re cravings might be really hard to pass up with your first child, but then with your second you barely notice. It’s okay to indulge every once in a while as long as you remember to never over-consume! Being pregnant is a beautiful thing, even though it’s a whirl-wind of emotions. When that baby finally comes you’ll know keeping yourself healthy was well worth the pain because of that sweet bundle of joy!