What are cravings in pregnancy?
Cravings are thought to be due to the rising hormone levels, and it's your body sending signals of what it needs. If you are getting a balanced diet you probably won’t have any strong pregnancy cravings at all. Remember a baby’s first food is the amniotic fluid in the womb, and the foods you eat as a mum-to-be will change its flavour.
When do pregnancy cravings start?
Most pregnancy cravings start in the first trimester, peaking during the second trimester, and declining in the last.
For a long time there was a misconception that pregnant women needed to eat for two but we now know that you only need an extra 200kcal a day in the last trimester when your baby’s weight increases to get ready for birth. The first two trimesters, eating a healthy balanced diet will provide all the nutrients your growing baby needs. Women can sometimes miss out on these key nutrients but with a bit of extra planning you can make sure you’re eating just what you need to nourish your growing bump.