It’s well-known that during pregnancy, women can crave some pretty crazy things. Peanut butter and pickles? French friends and root beer? Things that usually aren’t very healthy, but satisfy your salty-savoury-sweet cravings in the only way that will work for you. So we’ve scoured the internet, read hoards of mommy blogs, researching pregnancy cravings, and found the weirdest ones out there.
First things first…
Why do women get pregnancy cravings?
During pregnancy, a women’s hormones are fluctuating like crazy. Think about how much you crave junk food when you’re on your period, and then times that by 10. According to Psychology Today,
[pull_quote_center]Leptin is a hormone that your fat cells secrete, and it functions to reduce appetite and stimulate metabolism. On the other hand, a substance called Neuropeptide Y (NPY) is one of the most potent appetite stimulants known to man. It’s a substance that is manufactured in your hypothalamus and delivered to various regions of your brain to increase your appetite. For example, the research shows that if you inject this substance into specific parts of mouse brains you can dramatically increase their appetite. Recently, research has suggested that NPY synthesis is increased during pregnancy, and may be responsible for some of the appetite increases seen in pregnancy.[/pull_quote_center]
What are the weirdest pregnancy cravings?
Lemon Slush Puppies and Cheddar Cheese Pretzel Combos
Onion and Pineapple Pizza
Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli and Donuts
Italian dressing on everything
Potato salad by the gallon
Veggie delights from Subway loaded with mayo and stuffed with Cheetos
Salt & Vinegar Chips
Ice cream with chilli sauce (Beyonce)
Banana’s with ketchup
Croissants with melted candy bars inside
Cap’n Crunch Cereal
Cheeseburgers and pickles
DQ Dipped Cones
Relish & Mayo Sandwich
Litres of Apple Juice
Fried Chicken Wings with Ranch
Crackers with Cream Cheese and Coleslaw
Feta Cheese and Corned Beef Hash
Cottage Cheese with Sunflower Seeds
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Grapefruit and Toblerone Bars
Iceberg Lettuce with Sugar Sprinkled on Top
Breakfast Sausages with Strawberry Jam
… dirt (apparently).
So tell us:
What weird cravings did you have during pregnancy?
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