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Is it normal to crave junk food during pregnancy?
It's fine to binge a little during pregnancy -- a milkshake after lunch every now and then, an extra scoop of ice cream for dessert -- but if your diet consists mainly of high-fat, sugary snacks or fast food, you're right to be concerned. Your growing baby relies on you for all his nutritional needs, and he'll be healthier if he gets a mix of nutrients from fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and protein -- not just empty calories from the local bakery.
Cravings are a normal part of being pregnant, but try to enjoy your less-healthy favorites in moderation. Split an order of French fries with your coworker instead of going for the whole bag, for example, or try a tiny sliver of pie instead of carving up a huge slice.
If you find that you really need help controlling your cravings, ask your doctor to refer you to a registered dietitian who can help you substitute the junk food you're eating with smarter choices and create a diet plan just for you. Maybe having a professional identify why you're eating what you're eating will result in a lifestyle change that extends beyond your pregnancy. After all, you'll need all the strength and energy you can get to keep up with your newborn.
The answers from our experts are for educational purposes only. Please always refer to your child's pediatrician and mental health expert for more in-depth advice.