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Monday, October 7th, 2013
When you’re pregnant, a big chunk of your time is consumed with thoughts of food. Pregnancy food cravings are intense (sweet, salty, spicy, sour—and sometimes you want all four of them at once!). Then there’s the list of things you should and shouldn’t eat when you’re expecting that can really start to freak you out—especially if you’re a first-time mama who wants to make sure she’s doing everything right. But it’s hard to know exactly what to do when there are always new studies coming out that debunk everything you’ve read in the past (the latest is that eating fish while pregnant probably isn’t a huge mercury risk after all).
Well now a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition says that eating garlic in the early stages of pregnancy reduces the risk of premature birth by 30 percent, and eating raisins and other dried fruits towards the end of pregnancy also contributes to women having full-term births. The researchers at Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska University Hospital studied 20,000 pregnant women’s diets to come to these conclusions about foods that help prevent premature births.
But you have to take these findings with a grain of salt because the researchers say that more studies on the subject are necessary before they encourage all pregnant women to change their dietary habits since at this point they’re not sure why garlic and dried fruits would have any effect on a woman’s gestational length. So no need to buy the possible super foods in bulk just yet, but if you already like eating garlic and dried fruit there’s certainly no harm in beefing up your intake, don’t you think?
TELL US: In light of these findings, will you add garlic and dried fruits to your pregnancy diet?
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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
It’s midnight, and all you can think about is some sweet or salty treat you must have right that second or that hangry monster inside you is going to bust out again. Been there, done that. Yes, that’s called pregnancy cravings—which try as you might, you can’t control.
But while your pregnancy cravings are the little devil on one shoulder, telling you that you can eat anything and everything you want because you’re pregnant, the little angel on your other shoulder is the scale, reminding you to not go too crazy because you want to have a healthy pregnancy. (If you were a normal weight before getting pregnant, you should only be gaining 15-25 pounds throughout your entire pregnancy; if you were underweight it should be more like 28-40 pounds; if you were overweight, 15-25 pounds; and if you are carrying twins, 35-45 pounds. Check out the Pregnancy Weight Gain Calculator to see if you’re on track).
So in order to not overdo it, you have to get creative on how to satisfy those extra-strong cravings. That’s why Burger King’s new menu item, “Satisfries” are extra-exciting. “The fries—which are said to have 20 percent less fat than BK’s regular fries, but the same yummy taste—can majorly help with those salty pregnancy cravings. The crinkle-cut “diet” fries have a secret ingredient that allows them to absorb less oil, cutting the calories of a small fry down from 340 calories to 270 (which they say is actually 40 percent less fat and 30 percent less calories than most of its competitors).
If you’re craving something crunchy, like potato chips, check out baked chips rather than fried for fewer calories (but still read the labels, because some baked chips pack in more salt—which can make you bloat, something you really don’t need when you’re pregnant!).
If sweets are your sweet spot, then consider eating what you want, but controlling the portion size. Want cake? Have a cake pop instead. Want a donut? I did! Eat a donut hole (or two!), and get the same delicious satisfaction with way less fat and calories. Craving apple pie? Cut out the crust—where most of the calories hide—and bake apples with a sprinkle of cinnamon for the same sweet fix.
Remember, you’re not actually eating for two (you only need about an extra 200 calories per day in the beginning of your pregnancy, and 400 calories extra towards the end), so as easy as it can be to get carried away, try to keep your cravings in check the best you can. That way you’ll not only have a shorter labor with less complications, a healthier baby, who will live longer, and is less likely to be a food addict, but you’ll also have less baby weight to lose after your little one comes. It’s a win-win!
TELL US: What are your biggest cravings, and how are you satisfying them in a healthy way?
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Friday, July 5th, 2013
Even though I’m sure your honey is awesome at being woken up in the middle of the night to satisfy yet another one of your pregnancy cravings, Yin Yong in Chongqing, China, wins the prize for most devoted husband. When he woke up at 2 am and saw that his two-story home had been flooded, and his kitchen was underwater, he swam 500 meters across a flooded river (That’s Michael Phelps-level swimming—five laps in an Olympic-size pool!) to find hot rice and salted vegetables for his 5-month-pregnant wife. Roundtrip it took him one hour of swimming, and on the return trip he was carrying a tray filled with food over his head to ensure nothing got soggy. Talk about a workout!
Pregnant women know that pregnancy cravings are no joke. They can strike at any hour of the day, and can range from sweet to savory to spicy and tart. Or you might even want all of those taste sensations at once—and that’s your prerogative!
I know I was craving donuts one minute and salt & vinegar potato chips the next, and I wanted to wash it all down with something spicy, so I’d add sriracha to a Ziploc bag full of chips and shake it up, Mexican street food-style.
It’s up to the poor guys in our lives’ to fill every last craving no matter how weird or how late it is, because you do not want to evoke the wrath of a pregnant woman in need of an ice cream-dipped pickle! (Cue images of Khaleesi’s fire-breathing dragons on Game of Thrones.)
Now test your celebrity pregnancy cravings knowledge of what Kate Middleton, Fergie and Jamie-Lynn Sigler are craving here in our fun pregnancy cravings quiz.
TELL US: What has been your craziest pregnancy craving you’ve sent your partner out to find?
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Friday, May 24th, 2013
When you’re pregnant a voracious appetite suddenly comes over you, and whatever food pops into your mind, you must have at that very second. This can lead to lots of late night take-out, trips to the grocery store, and midnight snacks straight out of the container (there is no time for plates and bowls when you get a craving!).
Whether you’re a sweet or salty girl, or you need a sour or spicy fix, there is a star with a baby on the way that you can identify with. Take our celebrity pregnancy cravings quiz and see if you know what your fave celeb mamas are munching on!
1. This actress-dancer, who’s married to one magical guy, has been known to step up to the plate for spicy Mexican food.
2. Surprisingly, this sexy singer isn’t chowing down on black eyed peas. Instead, she just can’t get enough of the sweet, juicy stuff like mangos and papayas.
3. It’s not kiwis, kabobs or ketchup that this reality star wants—she can’t resist the lure of In ‘N’ Out Burger!
4. This brunette beauty has a royal craving for vegetable curry.
5. Now that she’s pregnant, this star always has an entourage of two as she picks up her must-have meal: a McDonald’s cheeseburger.
6. A double-salted bagel with cream cheese trumps all other cravings for this native New Yorker.
7. She’s not acting—this blonde babe would actually travel across the universe for pickled onions.
8. This lady knows that when you’ve got a good thing, you want more. For her that thing is Pop Tarts.
a) Kate Middleton
b) Hillary Scot
c) Jenna Dewan-Tatum
d) Evan Rachel Wood
e) Kim Kardashian
f) Ivanka Trump
h) Jamie-Lynn Sigler
THE ANSWERS! 1. c, 2. g, 3. e, 4. a, 5. h, 6. f, 7. d, 8. b
Tell Us: What are your pregnancy cravings? What’s the craziest thing you or your guy has done to fill one of your cravings?
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Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
If a new study out of Australia is true, pregnant women everywhere—and their offspring—are in deep trouble! According to the findings, moms who eat junk food while pregnant or breastfeeding have already turned their babies into junk food addicts, jonesing for fat and sugar before they can even ask for it.
I know what you’re thinking: I thought I was supposed to be eating for two? Sadly, when you’re pregnant, you only need an extra 150 to 200 calories a day in the first trimester (the equivalent of a 6 oz. low-fat yogurt) and 300 calories a day in the second and third (about half a sandwich and a glass of skim milk).
Whether you’re craving something sweet, sour, or tart, you’re not alone! Even celebrities, can’t resist cheating on their usually-strict diets. How could we forget Jessica Simpson’s “Slutty Brownies,” the super-decadent splurge she gave into with her first pregnancy— before she joined Weight Watchers.
Confession time: I, too, had severe pregnancy cravings. Besides healthy fruits, I wanted chocolate, ice cream, and donuts (which I normally never ate)! And I needed vinegar on everything—balsamic vinegar on salads and vegetables and salt and vinegar potato chips (another thing I never ate until I was pregnant, but that pregnancy craving seems to have lingered post-baby. Oops!).
While the occasional indulgence is fine (mmm…a chocolate chip cookie), researchers warn that a mom’s overly-active pregnancy cravings can cause overeating, food addiction and obesity in your unborn child. Like we need more things to feel guilty about before the baby’s even born!
The good news is that research also shows that many of the long-term health problems associated with junk food addictions can be avoided if the child has a healthy diet once weaned from a junk-food junkie mom. Though the predisposition for loving sweets and fatty foods will always be there for the child, a healthy body weight can be maintained through proper diet and exercise. So if you’re going to have that extra scoop of Ben & Jerry’s Red Velvet Cake ice cream, be prepared to be active with your family, and to show your child that veggies can be yummy too!
Tell us what you think: What food cravings are you having? Do you believe eating junk food while pregnant can cause your child to be a junk food addict? Leave your comments below.
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