Celebrity Moms' Top Pregnancy Cravings
"Orange is the New Black" star Laura Prepon revealed she's having all sorts of old-school cravings for her childhood favorites such as pastrami sandwiches on rye and cherry soda. “I haven’t eaten that stuff in years,” she said on Live with Kelly and Ryan. “Since I’ve been pregnant I’ve been craving kind of like this Jewish deli food, with like the pickles and the sauerkraut and mustard." The 37-year-old is expecting her first child, a girl, with fiancé Ben Foster.
The human right lawyer is currently several months preggers with twins, and she recently divulged to RadarOnline that she and husband George Clooney are expecting one boy and one girl! Amal is reportedly due sometime this summer, and in the meantime a source told Closer Weekly that the mama-to-be has been frequenting La Pelouse restaurant in Paris, where she was spotted with the former ER star over the weekend. “He’s more nervous than she is,” the source explained. “He’s insisting she rest more, and he’s spoiling her with all of her favorite treats. Amal’s been craving pasta and risotto with white truffles lately.” Awwww! And because the first-time dad is super supportive, he’s been indulging right along with her. “He feels like he’s going to gain all the weight,” the source added, “but he’s fine with it.”
The Sports Illustrated supermodel—who is expecting her first child with husband Derek Jeter—is a vegetarian, but her pregnancy has her itching to break that rule. "I don't eat meat, but now I crave beef jerky all the time, which is kind of interesting," she told Extra. And Davis also gets hankerings for yummy junk food. We feel that, Mama! "I like a lot of gummies, like candy and stuff like that...anything salty, sweet," the model said. Apparently, her baby-on-the-way has driven away her picky-eating tendencies: “Now it’s like…give me everything!”
Yes, even professional dancers get cravings during pregnancy. Peta Murgatroyd of “Dancing with the Stars,” who recently announced she is expecting her first child with her fiancé and fellow DWTS star Maksim Chmerkovskiy, admitted to People, “My diet right now is crazy. I crave fresh fruit and pickles and I’ll have everything at the same time."
Another recent craving? Let’s just say dessert for breakfast is not out of the question for Murgatroyd. “I really crave cold ice cream for anytime of the day,” the shimmying superstar told E! News.
Still, the gorgeous mama-to-be is doing her best to satiate her cravings with healthy snacks. “I’ll have organic salsa and chips and then pineapple, and I’ll finish it with two pickles.” Murgatroyd adds, “I’m glad I ate really healthily before I got pregnant because I don’t crave McDonald’s and doughnuts and stuff like that.”
Yup, we’ll agree ice cream is perfectly healthy when you’re growing a tiny human!
During her first pregnancy, it was all butter and pastries and sugar when it came to cravings for the "Veep" star. "It's funny because [2½-year-old daughter Penelope] will lick the icing off of something," she recently explained on "Last Call With Carson Daly." "So I'm like, 'Does that correlate with the cravings?'" If so, the Emmy-nominated actress—who is currently six months preggers with her second child with husband Shaun So—probably doesn't have to worry about history repeating itself. "With this pregnancy, I want Japanese food all the time," she said. "I want sushi!" Something tells us she better start stocking up on those colorful, plastic kiddie chopsticks now!
Hubby Adam Levine recently spilled the beans about the Victoria Secret Angel's pregnancy cravings to Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. "She's eating a lot of watermelon," he told Jimmy. "A LOT of watermelon. You get random cravings for stuff, and it's just like SO much watermelon." Not a bad hankering to have, considering the sweet snack has been shown to do everything from help keep pregnant mamas hydrated and soothe morning sickness to boost the body's immune system and raise the skin's SPF. Can't do much better than that—though the Maroon 5 frontman added that the model mama is starting to get into ice cream, too. But because the first-time father-to-be is the ultimate team player, he doesn't let his wife indulge alone. "I eat a lot of stuff," he admitted. "A lot of stuff."
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star recently revealed that she's expecting her first-born with husband Michael Koman sometime this summer. And so far, her pregnancy cravings have been pretty, well, chill. "I've been eating a LOT of ice cream," she told Conan O'Brian. "It's gotten to the point where... I feel like an alcoholic, but it's for Ben & Jerry's. Like, I go there every night. And the guy looks at me... and he's so kind. But he knows."
Too funny! "I, like, peruse the avocados, and I'm like, 'Oh maybe I'll get an apple," the actress continued. "And then, like, of course I'm going to the freezer. I said on Tuesday, 'I can't get ice cream again until Friday, you have to hold me to it.' And then I came in on Thursday night, and he looked at me and he just slowly shook his head." Eat it if you got it, Ellie!
While expecting her second son with husband and co-star Josh Dallas, the "Once Upon a Time" star revealed to E! News that her pregnancy cravings didn't change much from her first pregnancy. "My biggest craving with this pregnancy is banana peppers," she said. "The last pregnancy, I was all about jalapenos, which aren't very far from the banana pepper tree." The modern-day fairy tale couple welcomed their first son, Oliver Finlay, in May 2014.
Jessa (Duggar) Seewald
It's no surprise that some celebs are Instagramming their pregnancy cravings, and first-time mom-to-be Jessa Seewald kept hers totally real, admitting that a recent fast-food lunch date with her hubby was "because 'the baby' was craving Arby's! I love being able to use that excuse. #BabySeewald #RoastBeef #ArbysSauce #JamochaShake"
Sims experienced some major sugar cravings! While pregnant with her second child (daughter Scarlett, who was born in March 2015), the 41-year-old actress and model told Parents.com that she indulged in two hot chocolates in a row. "Literally two packs, two sets of marshmallows in two different cups," she said. And while carrying her first child, son Brooks, she confessed to devouring a slice of confetti birthday cake with a plastic fork at stop lights while driving her car!
The country music powerhouse, whose first baby is due this spring, is apparently craving food from her past: The typically vegan eater said on The Rachael Ray Show, "I ate Pop-Tarts. I haven't done that since college," adding that she's "giving myself license to have things I might not normally have. Sometimes I'll wake up in the middle of the night and I'll be like, 'Man, I'm hungry' and then I'll get up and have a midnight snack, which I've never done before."
After finally getting through another severe case of hyperemesis gravidarum, the duchess,due in April 2015 is now reportedly ravenous for anything sweet. A palace insider told Woman's Day that the royal kitchen can barely keep up with her demand for cupcakes, biscuits, and raspberry ripple ice cream. "She's like a kid in a candy store; it's hilarious!" the insider said. And here's a fun family fact: "When Carole [Middleton's mother] was pregnant with Kate and her sister, Pippa, she indulged in every sweet she could get her hands on," says a Middleton family friend. Maybe that means a princess is on the way!
Before welcoming her daughter late last year, the Gossip Girl star reportedly had some stereotypical pregnancy food cravings: pickles and ice cream! But not just any pickles and ice cream, mind you. A source told Heat magazine that Lively was sending hubby Ryan Reynolds "out in the middle of the night for organic hand-churned pumpkin-flavored ice cream and small-batch pickles." We would expect nothing less from the Preserve founder.
How to Eat Healthy During Pregnancy:Decoding Pregnancy Cravings
While pregnant with twin boys Cy Aridio and Bowie Ezio, born November 27, 2014, Saldana confessed to a bizarre food craving on E!'s Untold With Maria Menounos: eating baked goods and preserved meats together. And on "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson", she admitted that she used pregnancy as an excuse to indulge in whatever she wanted. "You trick yourself, working in Hollywood. You trick yourself, going, 'That burger's disgusting. That burger's awful,'" Saldana said. "But now that [I'm] pregnant, [I'm] like, 'I can eat all this together, at the same time. Like, I can have the pickle with the donut, and it would probably be life-changing.'"
During her second pregnancy, with son Genesis Ali Dean, born December 27, 2014, Keys told one interviewer, "I've had this strange craving for roasted fruit, like roasted cherries and grilled bananas, and that's sounds crazy, but it's real easy. You put it on what you might make a panini on and you grill the banana and it's amazing." Another odd thing the R&B singer craved? A root beer float! "That came out of nowhere. I haven't had a root beer float in forever, so that was weird."
While pregnant with son Reign Aston, born December 14, 2014, reality star Kourtney Kardashian had a constant craving for New York bagels. "I had them literally for dinner every night," Kourtney told E! Online while promoting Kourtney & Khloé Take the Hamptons last fall. "A bagel with cream cheese and jelly." Her favorite was blueberry, but she enjoyed plain bagels, too. "I would get nauseous a lot...so just eating a plain bagel was like my savior," she said.
The mom of three with boyfriend Scott Disick revealed some additional cravings to Natural Health magazine, too: "I develop a thing for Nilla Wafer cookies every time [I'm pregnant]. I have no idea why!" she said. "I've also been into cheese and pickle sandwiches. Everyone thinks I'm gross when I order them."
Before Nashville star Hayden Panettiere gave birth to daughter Kaya Evdokia on December 9, 2014, the petite actress admitted to E! Online that pregnancy increased her appetite for her favorite foods. "[Pregnancy] probably just accentuated my craving for chicken noodle soup," said Panettiere, who's engaged to professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko. "I've always been a chicken noodle soup lover."
We can totally get behind the pregnancy cravings that consumed singer Kelly Rowland while pregnant with son Titan Jewell Witherspoon, born November 4, 2014. "I love cherry pie and chocolate ice cream with peanut butter mixed in it," Rowland told Elle magazine. "And I had a week straight where I was obsessed with nachos." Bring 'em on!
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi
If only all mamas-to-be were as lucky as Snooki, who developed a super-healthy craving for fruit during her pregnancies with daughter Giovanna Marie, born September 26, 2014, and son Lorenzo, born in 2012. "I craved a lot of fruit the first pregnancy, and this time it's strawberries," the reality TV star told Us magazine. "During my first pregnancy, I would eat so much pineapple that my tongue would burn from the acid." Well, maybe that isn't so lucky.
While pregnant with daughter Wyatt, born October 1, 2014, the Black Swan actress had stereotypical cravings: "I eat sauerkraut all day long," she revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "Here's the truth: This is the worst craving to have because sauerkraut smells and so every time you open up a jar, it just reeks in the whole kitchen. It's not like ice cream, where everything smells lovely."
Luckily, her fiancé, Ashton Kutcher, anticipated it: "He assumed that I was gonna have goofy cravings, so he stocked our secondary fridge with weird food," she said. "Just like pickles and sauerkraut, or like anchovies and ice creams, just in case at one point during this pregnancy I'd be like, 'I really want something.' And it happened last week. I was like, 'Oh, my God, I need a pickle!' It was just the weirdest thing, like I needed this pickle. And he was like, 'Hold on a second,' and disappeared in the backyard and came back with the most amazing dill pickle of all time."
The television actress and star of the hit show Mistresses experienced different cravings with her second baby, daughter Elizabella Dylan Bugliari, born September 4, 2014, than she did with her 2-year-old son, Milo. "With Milo I craved broccoli," Milano told Canada.com. "This time around it's lentils and orange juice."
Portman's baby bump graced the Oscar stage and the red carpet, but her baby-to-be inspired simple tastes. The actress and first-time mom told Access Hollywood's Shaun Robinson she craved "anything with vinegar."
While Carey was eating for three, she curbed her cravings by cooking comfort foods like smothered pork chops and pecan pie with homemade whipped cream. But to keep the pregnancy pounds from piling on, she cooks the food, takes a taste, and then serves her then-husband, Nick Cannon. After a few small bites, her cravings disappeared, Cannon told People.
Alba got to spend some time in the food lovers' paradise: Paris! While taking in the French culture, she blogged on her Myspace page about her pregnancy cravings. "Every day I have eaten ham and cheese sandwiches; I can't get enough of them," she wrote. "My tummy is getting bigger by the second and the little one must like the food too because it is moving and kicking like crazy. ITS THE BEST."
Former Spice Girl Bunton admitted to craving a big pregnancy no-no with baby number two: "Got a craving for sushi and I can't have it!!!!!!!" she said via Twitter.
Beckham's fourth pregnancy (she already has her hands full with three boys!) brought out the former Spice Girl's inner Brit. A source told The Sun that Beckham had a rather unusual sweet-tooth pregnancy craving: "Victoria's having a lot of tea and toast with lashings of marmalade. She can't get enough of the stuff."
The former 30 Rock star was hooked on fruit juice! And it must be the baby's thirst she was quenching, as Krakowski said she never drank juice before being pregnant. She confessed she wants "only good things for the baby," to E!'s Giuliana Rancic.
Adams didn't need a pregnancy test to tell her that daughter Aviana was on the way. Her hormones clued her in immediately -- when she saw almond milk, which she'd never tasted, in her fridge, she downed the entire carton in less than 10 minutes. After she had killed the carton, she looked at her fiance and said, "I think... yeah, I'm pregnant," she told Parade.
This blond bombshell, and amazingly inspiring breast cancer survivor, earned her new-mom happiness with daughter Sadie Grace. Before she was born, Sadie made her mom crave "weird things at weird hours," especially healthy fats like avocados, Applegate told Entertainment Tonight.
With a hard-rocking mom, and a motocross daredevil dad, Pink's baby is sure to be a rebel -- but did she show a sour streak early? Pink revealed her pregnancy cravings on The Billy Bush Show: "Sour Patch Kids, or Sour Skittles, sour anything."
Actress Connelly had a rough first trimester with baby number three, dealing with nausea and morning sickness. So how'd she cope? By giving in to her pregnancy cravings! She snacked on pretzels dipped in cream cheese, and even revealed on The Late Show with David Letterman that she was constantly stuffing them in her mouth.
Though this Australian supermodel returned to the runway just two months after giving birth to her son, Flynn -- she had pregnancy cravings just like the rest of us. Fortunately, she went for super-healthy foods, eating lots of tomatoes and oranges, she told Vogue Australia.
Jewel kept her pregnancy diet clean and healthy, and tried to maintain her pre-preggo good nutrition, while satisfying her extra cravings for protein, she told Devna Shukla from CNN's Eatocracy.
Ali told People: "This pregnancy I'm a little surprised -- I'm having cravings. The first pregnancy I didn't -- now I crave sweets, sweets, sweets!" Luckily, the super-fit momma, a former boxing champ and top contender on Dancing with the Stars, could indulge without worrying too much about shedding her pregnancy pounds.
This fashionista passed up sweet-tooth treats like chocolate and candy for healthier options. Zoe told People she didn't crave anything really weird. Rather, she had a taste for fruits that are sour and tart.
The former Bachelor contestant and star of The Bachelorette craved junk food during her nine months. She feasted on huge meals like two Big Macs and two large fries, or a full pizza all to herself, while baby Mae was getting ready to meet the world. And don't bother adding broccoli or mushrooms as toppings -- she told USMagazine.com that veggies repulsed her while she was pregnant.
This former Saved By the Bell sweetheart and mom to daughter Harper Renn was a vegetarian for many years, but her pregnancy cravings overrode her veggie mentality. She gave in and ate red meat during her nine months, she told People at a USA network and Vanity Fair bash in New York.
Though Schiffer gave up booze during her pregnancy, her Germanic roots kept calling for her to drink some beer. But, she found a clever way around her cravings -- she curbed her taste for beer by indulging in the non-alcoholic version, she told Vogue UK.
Copyright © 2011 Meredith Corporation. Updated January 2015