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Doctor insights on: Craving Salty Foods During Pregnancy

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Why am I craving salty foods? Is it just because they taste so good?

Why am I craving salty foods? Is it just because they taste so good?

Could be, or: It could mean you're pregnant or dehydrated or that you're addicted to salty snacks. It could mean you have a mineral deficiency or an electrolyte of balance. Or maybe you've been trying to cut back and old habits die hard! ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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What causes food cravings during pregnancy?

What causes food cravings during pregnancy?

No one can say for: Sure. It's likely some complicated relationship between altered hormone interactions, altered nutritional balance and emotional effect that pregnancy induces that leads to these cravings. ...Read more

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Does craving spicy food during pregnancy mean your having a boy ?

Does craving spicy food during pregnancy mean your having a boy ?

Not a predictor : Cravings come in all types and varieties as you know,but the association with a particular sex is usually just a happy coincidence. ...Read more

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What can I do for cravings during pregnancy?

What can I do for cravings during pregnancy?

Healthy eating: Healthy eating and appropriate snacks. Frequent small snacks will help avoid the out of control eating. You've heard "you need what you crave". Wrong! no one needs a dozen jelly donuts or a gallon of ice cream! much still depends on discipline. Remember a few months of discipline can equal a life time without a weight struggle. ...Read more

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Aside from pregnancy what could cause weird food cravings?

Aside from pregnancy what could cause weird food cravings?

See below: Some nutritionists and healthcare practitioners believe that certain cravings are meaningful. For example, cravings for ice and bizarre substances like dirt and cigarette butts (a condition called pica have been linked to an iron deficiency – even though none of those items contain significant amounts of iron. Some physicians believe it's a lack of minerals but no one really knows.. ...Read more

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I am craving fish but I am also over 35 and pregnant. Is it ok to eat swai and whiting during pregnancy?

I am craving fish but I am also over 35 and pregnant.  Is it ok to eat swai and whiting during pregnancy?

In moderation: Here is a list of fish that you should avoid and other fish that are safe in moderation. http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/fishmercury.htm. ...Read more

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My craving during my pregnancy is gummy bears (haribo gold bears gummy candy) is it okay for me to eat gummy bears while pregnant ? I love them

My craving during my pregnancy is gummy bears (haribo gold bears gummy candy) is it okay for me to eat gummy bears while pregnant ? I love them

Yes: No harm in indulging your craving some; however, gummy bears are basically sugar. You need to make sure you are eating a balanced diet for a healthy pregnancy. Also, too many sweets could result in excess weight gain which can have negative effects on pregnancy and increase risks of diabetes. Enjoy your gummy bears - in moderation! ...Read more

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What causes food cravings in pregnancy?

What causes food cravings in pregnancy?

Unknown: We really don't know why some women have food cravings during pregnancy and why they may crave one thing over another. ...Read more

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Why am I having unusual food cravings in pregnancy?

No one knows: Weird food cravings are common in pregnancy. Some people even crave non-edible items (PICA) like dirt. It is ok to crave and eat different foods in pregnancy as long as they are healthy and as long as they are actually food substances. ...Read more

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Is there any benefit to food cravings in pregnancy?

Is there any benefit to food cravings in pregnancy?

Who knows? : Food cravings or aversions have been not been shown to correlate with a physiologic need during pregnancy or at other times. Maybe it's psychological. The important thing is to follow a healthy diet while pregnant to give your baby the best possible start in life. See http://www.Webmd.Com/baby/features/coping-with-pregnancy-food-cravings for an interesting discussion of this topic. ...Read more

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Are pregnancy food cravings and aversions for real?

Many people have it.: Many pregnant women have this --quite common actually. We don't truly understand why, but possibly because of the rapid hormonal changes associated with pregnancy. Some become somewhat anemic and thus can crave/chew ice etc... So, ask around...I am sure there are many women around your neighborhood.... Good luck on your pregnacy, if you are... ...Read more

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When should you ignore your cravings during pregnancy?

When should you ignore your cravings during pregnancy?

Not necessary: ...Unless your cravings are unusual, such as cravings for ice, dirt, chalk, etc. It is called pica and should be addressed with your ob/gyn. It might be a sign of anemia. ...Read more

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Is it ok to eat raw flour during pregnancy. I have started craving it.

Is it ok to eat raw flour during pregnancy. I have started craving it.

No: Cravings for specific foods are generally an indication of a vitamin or mineral deficiency. Please indicate to your prenatal care provider that you are having these specific cravings. Your provider is likely to recommend further testing to determine if you have a nutritional deficiency that can be corrected. ...Read more

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I'm having weird food cravings, I'll heat up food then not want it anymore, is this a pregnancy symptom??

I'm having weird food cravings, I'll heat up food then not want it anymore, is this a pregnancy symptom??

Have U been checked?: Your symptoms can be caused by lots of things & may originate outside the GI tract. Further evaluation is in order before anyone can answer what to do. Your doctor will want to know the quality, timing, duration, exact location, associations (eating, position, activity, stooling, urinating) of any distress to better direct the next appropriate step. Pls buy &check a home pregnancy test now though. ...Read more

Craving Salty Foods (Definition)

Craving salty foods is the hunger and strong desire for things that taste salty. This can be a sign that there are problems with the kidneys that are causing the salt levels in the ...Read more