"I'll have a burger" says the Vegetarian
"I could eat an entire field of Kale! "
"An extra scoop or three of ice cream wont hurt. I'm eating for two... right?"
Let's Demystify Cravings and Diet During Pregnancy
Eating for Two
Pregnancy is an important time to learn about body acceptance and embrace the curves and changes that come with this amazing time. A woman is creating a life, and that takes extra calories, but how many?
According to the Mayo Clinic here's approximately where the weight goes
- Baby: 7 to 8 pounds (about 3 to 3.6 kilograms)
- Larger breasts: 2 pounds (about 1 kilogram)
- Larger uterus: 2 pounds (about 1 kilogram)
- Placenta: 1 1/2 pounds (about 0.7 kilogram)
- Amniotic fluid: 2 pounds (about 1 kilogram)
- Increased blood volume: 3 to 4 pounds (about 1.4 to 1.8 kilograms)
- Increased fluid volume: 3 to 4 pounds (about 1.4 to 1.8 kilograms)
- Fat stores: 6 to 8 pounds (about 2.7 to 3.6 kilograms)
When you think of pregnancy cravings, what comes to mind? Perhaps the stereotypical scenario of a Partner making a midnight run for pickles and ice cream? We all have coveted foods that quell our needs for salt, sugar, etc, but what does it mean when you begin to desire foods that you've never thought of as yummy, or even items that are inedible?
I was recently brainstorming with a Lamaze class about body and emotional changes in the pregnant Mother when the topic of cravings was brought up. As one Mother neared the end of her list, she mentioned rootbeer and that peaked the interest of everyone in the room. What was it about rootbeer that seems so refreshing and at times even immediately necessary to the Pregnant Woman?
Cravings can stem from a number of sources. Perhaps the idea of something cold sounds refreshing, the ph balance calms an upset stomach, or according to Dr. Ruben Mesa of The Mayo Clinic, cravings can be linked to emotional problems, such as stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder or a developmental disorder. . Some cravings have a biological purpose; PICA is a disorder characterized by the intense craving of non nutritive substances like dirk, clay or ice. An example of PICA is an extreme ice craving which has been linked to anemia. Interestingly, the desired food or source may or may not be rich in the deficient mineral.
I have been unable to find any researched about the craving of rootbeer, but I have a few theories. 1.Rootbeer is made with a lot of sugar, which is used to fuel the body. 2. It's a yummy alternative to sworn off caffeine-laden soft drinks 3. The cold and pH balance is refreshing and easy on the digestive tract 4. Sassafras, a key ingredient, was once used to alleviate pain.
Whatever the reason, most cravings, even if odd, are safe and will subside postpartum. If a Mother begins to crave inedible objects, it is advised that she seek medical advice.