Cravings are real
Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you cease to be a normal human who has regular food cravings, and at times that can be due to anything from dehydration to being a signal from your body that it’s craving specific nutrients. If you’re curious about food cravings in general, check out this guide.
But pregnancy does involve a surge of hormones, and that’s where things start to get weird. “As your body and hormones are shifting and changing during pregnancy—starting for the most part in the first trimester and peaking in the second—though these for the most part can be attributed to increases or at times decreases of appetite and metabolism, not necessarily cravings for a specific food,” says Yael Varnado, MD.
Cravings can be an excuse
While many women do experience cravings during pregnancy, for some the cravings are an excuse to eat foods they’d normally avoid. Want ice cream? You’re eating for two, so… Cheeseburgers with all the fixings? Now you can justify them when you might not, normally. Just remember that the eating-for-two thing can be taken too far. If you need help reining in cravings, try some of these tips.