Pregnancy Cravings

Pregnancy Cravings

The Science Behind Pregnancy Cravings

From peanut butter and chocolate to strangely specific salads, cravings are a well-known phenomenon of pregnancy – more than half of expecting mothers experience them to some extent. But why do they occur? Here’s a quick look at some of the science behind these odd appetite swings.

Healthy eating during pregnancyDifferent Trimesters, Different Tastes

Some studies have revealed that women can experience a heightened sense of taste in regards to certain types of food during different stages of their pregnancies. For example, in your first few months, you might be constantly craving sugary treats. Then, in your second or third trimester, you might develop a taste for salty snacks.

Stress and Tiredness

Cravings may not always be a direct result of your growing baby. Pregnancy typically comes with more stress and less sleep than you might usually experience. When life gets tougher or circumstances feel overwhelming, it makes perfect sense for our bodies to call out for foods that make us feel better.



Some theories suggest that a pregnant woman’s cravings can reveal the nutrients or vitamins she is currently lacking, thus naturally guiding her towards the foods that she and her baby need to be stronger. While there isn’t a great deal of proof behind this concept, is does seem somewhat logical.

If you’re pregnant or planning to be soon, food cravings are just one of the many changes to prepare yourself for. Get in touch with our clinic today to book a consultation; we can talk through everything with you to help your pregnancy go as smoothly as possible.

Hands off my pregnant belly

Dr Ken Law is a Brisbane Obstetrician specialising in the management of pregnancy and delivery.  For more information and to discuss your specific situation, please contact Dr Ken Law to arrange a consultation at Greenslopes Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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