Q+A: Why Do I Get Cravings for Foods I Never Liked?

Dr. Elizabeth Pryor answers the question, Why do I have such strong cravings for certain foods?

Question

I've been having some unusual cravings lately for clam chowder and barbecue potato chips. I never particularly liked these foods before I got pregnant, but now I can't get enough! Why am I feeling these cravings so strongly?

Answer

Food cravings during pregnancy can be very interesting. They may be for foods that you never liked before, or for increased quantities of foods that you normally do like. The theory is that the cravings evolve from a need for increased nutrients in pregnancy. Similarly, there are certain foods that, if poorly prepared, can be dangerous early in pregnancy (raw meat, soft cheeses). Many women will experience aversions to these foods. Why some women crave certain foods and others don't is not known. Keep in mind that indulging most food cravings is fine, as long as you use moderation as your guide!

The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child's condition.

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