Most pregnant women deal with food cravings and aversions in some form. The specific kind of cravings you may have can range greatly, which may make them seem like they have no rhyme or reason. But rest assured, there are a few key factors to keep in mind when dealing with cravings that can curb even the trickiest of temptations.
Cravings are often associated with fluctuating hormones that heighten your sense of smell and increased physical discomfort. Neither of these associations put cravings in a positive light, however, the side effect of food cravings can be minimized. Firstly, your body needs to be getting sufficient protein and nutrients that promote healthy growth in your baby. As long as you are getting enough protein, cravings will not be able to derail you as frequently because your body will be left feeling more full and nourished from the good nutrients present in protein-dense foods.
It’s important that you do not cause yourself to stress out over your cravings and/or aversions. Stress is far more detrimental to your health than cravings are, and fixating on these hormonal impulses will only strengthen the power they have over you. To prevent yourself from worrying over your cravings, keep in mind that cravings are not typically problematic to your health, as long as you are craving edible foods and continue to monitor the weight you gain during pregnancy. Because cravings are not typically harmful, if you keep these elements in mind, it is usually okay to indulge them; just remember to use moderation and watch your portion sizes. If you feel like your stress continues to grow even after implementing these tips, you can further reduce your stress by consulting your OB family doctor or a mental health professional.
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