You’ll be hard-pressed to find a mother who didn’t experience a craving or two whilst pregnant. But are there foods that women crave more than others? We asked the Babybee community to tell us their pregnancy cravings and discovered a LOT of women were binging on the exact same foods. Keep reading to find out why particular pregnancy cravings are more common than others, and what you can do to combat them.
We reached out to the Babybee community and found there were 5 foods that women craved whilst pregnant overwhelmingly more than others. Whilst the exact reason for pregnancy cravings is unknown, there are two key theories for this phenomenon: hormones and nutrients. As your hormones are - to put it frankly - all over the place during pregnancy, your dopamine levels may drop, resulting in a craving for fatty, high calorie foods (or feel good foods).
The second theory behind pregnancy cravings is that its your body’s way of telling you what nutrients your baby needs. If your craving salty foods, for example, it could be a sign that you need to increase your magnesium levels. The same theory holds for dairy cravings (calcium deficiency), fat cravings (omega-3 deficiency), or red meat cravings (iron deficiency). Whilst you don’t want to overdo the bad foods whilst pregnant, you also should be mindful to listen to these cravings and the potential deficiencies behind them.
So, what were the most common food cravings among pregnant women?
Overwhelmingly, the Babybee community told us that gherkins were their most craved food whilst pregnant. Gherkins (or pickles) are high in salt and could be a sign that you aren’t getting enough sodium or magnesium in your diet. As @claules told us via Instagram, she not only craved gherkins but “Green Olives (and I hate olives)”.