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Those Pregnancy Chocolate Cravings: Mental, or Physical?

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Early in my pregnancy, I was casually strolling the aisles of Lowe’s Home Improvement with my husband. With the cash register impulse buys, I spied a packet of Red Vines. My reaction caught me off guard: I have never, ever wanted any single food item so badly. I needed it. It was a downright visceral, bodily urge.

And if you’ve ever experienced a pregnancy craving too, you know that it can feel about as physical a need as thirst in a desert. But are they? I was fascinated to read in New York magazine that new research suggests pregnancy cravings may be indeed be mental.

The study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, focused on chocolate. Instead of craving chocolate, say, as a biological response to needing more calories to support a growing fetus, or as a result of fluctuating hormones, or out of a desire for caffeine during a period of flagging energy — the research showed that women may be drawn to chocolate during the one time in her life it’s “socially acceptable” to indulge in such consumption.

The study found that during pregnancy, “women take on a more functional view of their body, which legitimizes divergence from cultural ideals of thinness and restraint.” Few women, according to the research, even report efforts to battle their cravings.

Apparently, we figure if we’re ever going to settle in for some Netflix binge-watching with a spoon in a bucket of rocky road—pregnancy’s the time.

But let’s hear from the mamas out there: Do you buy the idea that your pregnancy cravings are all in your head?

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How to Eat Healthy During Pregnancy:Decoding Pregnancy Cravings
How to Eat Healthy During Pregnancy:Decoding Pregnancy Cravings
How to Eat Healthy During Pregnancy:Decoding Pregnancy Cravings

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Meet the Duggars of England: The Radfords!

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

While America has the Duggars, who have 19 children and are contemplating having their twentieth, England has the Radfords—the largest family in Britain. Matriarch Sue Radford, 39, is pregnant with her 17th baby (due in November), who will join her nine sons and seven daughters ranging in age from 25 to 1.

To add to the family’s excitement, Sue and husband Noel’s 20-year-old daughter, Sophie, is also pregnant and will be having her second child just five weeks earlier than her mom! Sue says going through the pregnancies together has kept her mind off worrying about her own baby. Sadly, Sue had a miscarriage in September (similar to her U.S. counterpart Michelle Duggar). Sue says she and Noel were “devastated beyond words” when a 12-week scan revealed they had lost their baby.

“After everything we went through when we had a miscarriage, Sophie really helps to keep me calm, Sue told The Daily Mail. “I worried constantly during my last pregnancy but instead of doing the same this time, I just keep saying that what will be, will be. Because we are going through the same thing, we are able to talk about everything and reassure each other. It is great not to have to go through it all on your own.”

The two moms-to-be aren’t only sharing their feelings with each other, but their food cravings too. “We are craving all of the same things, particularly junk food,” shares Sue. “We just laugh and say at least we will get fat together.”

Sophie knows she is having a girl, but Sue hasn’t found out the sex of her baby yet, but has a gut feeling it will be another boy. Will they stop there, or keep adding to their brood like their American equivalent across the Pond, the Duggars? “I always say ‘never say never,’ but maybe this time it is the last,” says Sue.

Wondering if you’re having a boy or a girl? Check our ancient Chinese birth chart for fun!

Stress During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Stress During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Stress During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?

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Pregnancy Weight Gain: Too Much OR Too Little Could Lead to Childhood Obesity!

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

File under Pregnant Women Just Can’t Catch a Break! It seems pregnant women need to follow the message from Goldie Locks and the Three Bears: You don’t want to be eating too much food or two little food, you want to be eating just the right amount—unless you want your kids to be overweight.

You probably already know that research says that if you gorge yourself on junk food while you’re pregnant, your child has a bigger chance of getting addicted to junk food, and to grow up to be obese. But now a new study in American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, which observed 4,000 pregnant women and their children, says that eating too little while pregnant can have the same effect. So as much as it is important to curb your crazy pregnancy cravings (but do let yourself indulge in some!), you don’t want to overdo it with a restrictive diet while you’re pregnant either.

Not only do you need to make sure you’re getting all of the nutrients you need to have the energy to carry your baby, but he or she needs a healthy diet in utero as well. Otherwise, there could be long-lasting consequences to the child’s metabolism, appetite control, and fat storage. So you could be contributing to childhood obesity before you even have your baby!

According to the study, children of women who were a healthy weight before getting pregnant ended up being affected the most by what their moms ate while pregnant. A slim woman who ate too much in pregnancy was 80 percent more likely to have a heavy child than one who ate the right amount. That may not surprise you. But a woman who was a healthy weight before pregnancy, who ate too little, was still 63 percent more likely to have an overweight or obese child. Say what? It seems virtually impossible to know how much to eat!

Talk to your doctor about what is the right amount of weight gain for you, as each woman is different, but here are some general guidelines. If you were a normal weight before pregnancy, a 25-35 pound weight gain is best. If you were underweight, you should gain 28-40 pounds. If you were overweight, you should only gain 15-25 pounds. If you were obese, 15 pounds is sufficient, and if you are carrying twins, aim to gain 35-45 pounds.

How much will you gain? Check out our pregnancy weight gain calculator!

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Is Rihanna Pregnant? Baby Bump Spotted!

Monday, April 7th, 2014

The internet is buzzing that the usually flat-stomached RiRi is sporting what appears to be a small baby bump in photos shot on April 4. While the hip-hop star is taking a break from touring, she seems to have suddenly changed her partying ways—which has people wondering, Is she really pregnant? And if so, whose baby is it?

Most likely Drake, who she may have been secretly dating for some time, although they didn’t publicly reunite till February? They’ve even reportedly spoken about moving in together. So could baby make three? Or could the dad be Drake’s arch nemesis, Chris Brown, who Rihanna seems to have an eternal flame for?

I don’t really care who the baby’s daddy is! If the news is true, I’m just glad that Rihanna is getting healthy for the baby. MediaTakeOut.com claims that Rihanna no longer smokes cigarettes or weed, has turned down alcohol on several occasions at events (where she normally wouldn’t), and that she even order decaffeinated tea during a recent Starbucks run with her dad.

I certainly know how it feels to have those mama bear instincts kick in. Suddenly you have this amazing little being inside you and you want to make sure you’re making his or her home as safe as possible. I wanted to eat right (minus those pesky donut cravings!), get some exercise in (when I wasn’t completely exhausted!), and rest as much as possible (even though I had a really hard time changing from sleeping on my back to my side), trying not to let things that would normally stress me out get to me, because I didn’t want my son still in the womb to feel anxious like I did. I also remember being hyper-aware of anyone smoking remotely around me—even outside on the city street, which I really had no control over. I’d practically sprint, so I wouldn’t be downwind of a cigarette. When you’re pregnant, it ceases to be about you. It’s all about the baby (as it should be!).

TELL US: What health changes did you make when you found out you were pregnant? Which things were the hardest to give up?

 

Coffee & Tea During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Coffee & Tea During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Coffee & Tea During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?

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Try This Pregnancy-Safe Sushi Recipe

Friday, February 28th, 2014

One of pregnant women’s major food cravings is always sushi! Even though there is evidence that having sushi during pregnancy is safer than you think—and that eating fish while pregnant actually helps lower anxiety—so many pregnant women still don’t want to risk it (no pressure, ladies!). So, in honor of Foodie Friday, here is a fish-free alternative from the creative chefs at SUSHISAMBA that will satisfy your sushi pregnancy cravings while packing in tons of potassium, fiber, magnesium, iron, B-6 (with all-important folic acids), vitamin A, and protein.

Yasai Temaki Recipe
serves 1 (but can be multiplied to make larger batches)

Ingredients:
2 pieces sweet potato tempura (approximately 1.4 oz.)
0.1 oz. sweet soy (bottled)
2 slices avocado, ripe/freshly sliced (approximately 0.7 oz.)
2 pieces pea shoot
1.2 oz. red quinoa, cooked
.5” soy paper (half cut)
tempura batter

Quinoa ingredients:
1 cup red quinoa (100% organic)
2 cups water

Method: Heat water with quinoa in a medium sized pan. Cover and keep heat on high until water is boiling, then turn heat to medium until water is absorbed. Total boiling time is roughly 15 minutes.

Temaki preparation:
Step 1: Prepare sweet potato tempura
Slice sweet potato in half lengthwise. Lightly coat in tempura batter and cook (as per instructions on tempura batter box). Then, slice the sweet potato into fries (1 fry equals 1 piece).

Step 2: Prepare avocado
Cut the avocado in half lengthwise and twist the two halves until they separate. Cut the half into quarters. Cut off the ends, remove the skin and slice lengthwise into ¼ inch slices. Set the slices aside.

Tip: You can include whatever vegetables you like—scallion, carrot, zucchini, radish —to customize your temaki to your own personal taste.

Step 3: Prepare the soy paper
Tear or cut the soy paper sheets in half. Hold a ½ sheet of soy paper with one side down in the palm of one hand.

Step 4: Press quinoa into soy paper
Moisten your other hand with a little water and ball up the 1.2 oz. of prepared quinoa. Press it into the left side of the soy paper.

Step 5: Add filling
Lay vegetable filling alongside quinoa.

Step 6: Wrap into cone
Tightly wrap the opposite right-hand edge around, using a folding and tucking method to create a cone shape with the filling on the inside.

Step 7: Secure edge
Use a dab of quinoa on the corner to secure the inside edge of the soy paper to the outside of the cone.

Step 8: Place on plate, garnish, and enjoy!

SUSHISAMBA has locations in London, Las Vegas, New York City, Chicago, Coral Gables, and Miami.

How well do you know your favorite celebrity’s pregnancy cravings? Find out here!

TELL US: What is your biggest pregnancy craving? Are you eating fish and sushi while pregnant? Why or why not?

Image courtesy of SUSHISAMBA.

 

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