Dr Kendra Clifford ND
Today is National Burrito Day!
Did you know that today is National Burrito Day? Neither did I. Burritos have become a source of amusement in our house as when I was pregnant with my son they were all I craved (and all I could keep down!).
Often our cravings in pregnancy are a signal from our body that we're missing certain nutrients. In my case it was probably a lot as I had wicked nausea (and unfortunately vomiting!). Here are some prime examples:
Pickles: You may be needing additional sodium
Strawberries: Your body may need additional Vitamin C
Chocolate: Is chock (see what I did there) full of B Vitamins
Bananas: You may need potassium
Ice cream/dairy: You may have a calcium deficiency
Broccoli: Is full of calcium and folate
Red meat: You may need some extra protein and/or iron
These are just some examples of pregnancy cravings! Cravings typically start in the first trimester (or you may have food aversions, or have both!) These can often get stronger as your pregnancy progresses. Your best bet for a healthy pregnancy is to consume a wide variety of healthy foods - fruit, vegetables, complex carbohydrates, and lean protein!
There is a type of pregnancy craving that can be more concerning - this is called Pica. Pica is when a pregnant woman craves things that aren't commonly food. Some common examples are ice, dirt, and gravel but can even be toothpaste and many other things. This condition is commonly associated with an iron deficiency and should be addressed.
If you're experiencing any food cravings or aversions do not hesitate to reach out to your healthcare provider for assessment.
Wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy!