We’ve all heard the cliché of pregnant women craving pickles and ice cream. While not every woman craves this specific combination, very few women go through their entire pregnancy without experiencing food cravings at some point.
Though women vary widely in what they crave, pregnancy cravings are often very specific, and can be linked to a number of possible dietary needs. What does it mean when cravings pop up? No one knows for sure, but here are some possible triggers for common pregnancy cravings.
Sweet cravings may just be the body looking for extra fats and to provide pleasure when other food and beverages must be avoided. Most women crave sweets at some point during pregnancy.
Craving salty foods can signal a greater need for potassium or sodium. It may also be the body’s way of trying to retain fluids. Be aware of how much water you’re drinking and be sure to get 8-10 eight-ounce glasses per day.
During the summer months when excessive sweating may deplete the body of vital electrolytes and moisture, be on the lookout for signs of dehydration such as dark urine, extreme swelling of the ankles and calves, sluggishness, dry mouth, or lack of perspiration.
If increasing fluids or drinking a sports drink do not improve symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
Changes to taste buds and hormones during pregnancy may cause women to choose spicy foods because they cause a strong taste bud reaction.
How You Can Resolve Cravings the Healthy Way
Ignoring pregnancy food cravings usually don’t work, but there are ways to control cravings by swapping guilt-inducing foods with healthier alternatives. Here are some swaps you can make to avoid feeling deprived:
- Ice cream: Swap for frozen yogurt, sorbet, soy or coconut based ice creams, or frozen fruit such as organic grapes or blueberries
- Potato chips: Swap for pretzels, whole grain crackers, baked snacks with low sodium, organic veggie sticks with hummus
- Fried foods: Swap for baked items such as organic oven-baked fries or sweet potatoes
It’s fine to indulge once in a while, but keep your portions in check and try healthy alternatives whenever possible. You’ll be glad you did when you’re trying to lose the baby weight later!
Your Post-Baby Body
Even if your food choices were relatively healthy during pregnancy, most every woman struggles with extra weight after pregnancy, either for a short time or sometimes for years. Weakened stomach muscles and stretched out skin can be of particular concern if you had a large baby or have been pregnant more than once.
Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is the only effective way to resolve these skin and muscle problems. If you’ve decided you are finished having children and would like to get back your hourglass figure, abdominoplasty with our NY plastic and cosmetic surgeons could be the perfect solution for you.
We will answer all of your questions regarding post op tummy tuck recovery, the cost of surgery, and which procedure is right for you.
To learn more about the types of tummy tuck procedures we offer, call us in New York City or Long Island today to schedule your complimentary consultation.
*The information on this page is not intended to be used as medical advice in any way. Always consult with your doctor for any health related concerns and before starting a new diet or exercise program.