The high levels of hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) are responsible for food cravings and aversions. These symptoms continue till the first trimester or can even last till the end of the pregnancy.
Handling food cravings and ensuring the calorie count does not go overboard is challenging. However, there are a few tips, which will take care of both.
Never skip your breakfast. This can aggravate the food cravings during the day. Have small portions of sweet, spicy or salty food that you crave for. Eating small frequent meals and doing moderate form of exercise will keep hunger at bay and ensure you are conscious of the food choices being made. Few of the food cravings experienced during this time are chocolate, cheese, eggs, ice-cream, lemon, etc.
A food that comes as craving for one can be an aversion to another. Also, a food which you loved having would be hated now and vice versa. If the food aversions include items that are necessary to consume during pregnancy, try replacing them with other foods, which will compensate the nutrients needed. For instance, if you are hating meat, include nuts, beans in your diet. This way, protein levels do not suffer. If you don’t want to have vegetables, consume them with rice and lentils in the form of khichdi. Instead of french fries, you can make baked potatoes. Few of the food aversions include milk, tea, coffee, eggs, spicy foods, etc
Both food cravings and food aversions are normal during pregnancy. Acceptance of the same and working out a balanced diet, which allows moderate indulgence, without adding too many calories and replacing disliked foods with substitutes that take care of the nutrient level, you can tackle this situation.
In case you have weird and harm causing food cravings, like eating chalk, medical intervention is needed. Speak to your doctor to check if there is any undiagnosed medical condition going on.
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