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Doctor insights on: Cravings Pregnancy

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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How can I manage my cravings in pregnancy?

How can I manage my cravings in pregnancy?

Find a common theme: Some cravings in pregnancy are strange and hard to explain. But some can reflect a dietary need. Make a list of what you crave and see if there are any common themes. Bring the list to your doctor's appointment and discuss them. Sometimes, a nutritionist may help shed some light on what you crave may reflect. ...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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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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Why am I having unusual food cravings in pregnancy?

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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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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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