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Doctor insights on: Food Cravings And What They Mean During Pregnancy

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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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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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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When women are craving food, throwing up everyday(nausea) and are sick does it mean they are pregnant?

When women are craving food, throwing up everyday(nausea) and are sick does it mean they are pregnant?

Possibly.: The early pregnancy symptoms you descrobe can mimic other conditions such as reflux of the esophagus, gastroenteritis, psychopathology/neurotic/psychotic conditions. A urine pregnancy test is much more definitive than those symptoms. ...Read more

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What are some foods I can eat during the day to satisfy my munching cravings?

What are some foods I can eat during the day to satisfy my munching cravings?

Muncher: Hi, muncher protein and fat have natural abiltiy to satisfy your hunger!find that most of my pre diabetic obese patients do very well following a lower glycemic index plan.Look on websitesplease do not eat lots of starches during unless you exercise alot..1+ hr of sweating exercise/ daystick to lean protein, veg, fruits , nut butters, small amounts. You will not feel empty!. Don't eat frequent! ...Read more

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What kinds of food do women crave most during pregnancy? And why do they crave these foods in particular?

What kinds of food do women crave most during pregnancy? And why do they crave these foods in particular?

Many: Foods craved during pregnancy vary a lot between women. Yet there's no real scientific research to establish "why" they crave these foods. Some common ones include chocolate, pickles, lemons, spicy foods, potato chips, ice, ice cream, etc. Ice cravings can be more common when women have anemia. Other cravings seem more unique to the woman involved. http://tinyurl.com/ks6kr96. ...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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When do cravings and cramps occur as signs of pregnancy?

When do cravings and cramps occur as signs of pregnancy?

Athough they can: Occur with pregnancy, they are not diagnostic of pregnancy. So, you will need to take a pregnancy test to find out if you have missed your period. ...Read more

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What are the best foods to eat during early pregnancy?

What are the best foods to eat during early pregnancy?

See this link : Here is a link to the ACOG patient info page on nutrition in pregnancy: http://www.acog.org/~/media/For%20Patients/faq001.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20140528T0843536016 ...Read more

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What does mean when you have nausea and throwing up and cravings and increase in eating food?

What does mean when you have nausea and throwing up and cravings and increase in eating food?

Pregnancy, of course: Is the first thing i would think of if you have had unprotected sex. If it is close to your next expected period, you can do a urine pregnancy test with a first morning urine specimen for best results. ...Read more

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What vitamins to take when pregnant and having cravings?

What vitamins to take when pregnant and having cravings?

All of them: A good well rounded multivitamin will provide them. Be sure that you have adequate folate (folic acid). Vitamins do not stop the cravings. That is for you to face responsibly since the total effect is in your baby as well as you. ...Read more

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Is it true that eating spicy food during pregnancy causes the baby to grow with hair? What types of foods should be avoid during pregnancy?

Is it true that eating spicy food during pregnancy causes the baby to grow with hair? What types of foods should be avoid during pregnancy?

Not true: Spicy food does not affect your baby's hair. Foods to avoid during pregnancy are seafood high in mercury, undercooked meat poultry and eggs, unpasteurized milk, unwashed fruits and vegetables and alcohol. ...Read more

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Can i eat cinnamon. What are foods that are best.For me to eat in the first trimester?

Can i eat cinnamon. What are foods that are best.For me to eat in the first trimester?

Spices: Just eating a well balanced diet in general is your best bet supplemented with a prenatal vitamin and possibly extra folic acid. Cinnamon is used in alot of processed foods like cereal, cookies, etc. I know of no restrictions on eating foods that contain cinnamon in pregnancy. However, there are lots of old wives tales out there regarding spices and other foods. ...Read more

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Does it matter what kind of prenatal you take before and during pregnancy? Or are they all the same ?

Does it matter what kind of prenatal you take before and during pregnancy? Or are they all the same ?

They are not all : Tehesame but most are similar, each one has their unique difference but the important vit and minerals should be in all of them, u need to take one that agrees with you, 10 diff women can like 10 diff ones. ...Read more

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What specific foods can I eat before glucose test during pregnancy?

What specific foods can I eat before glucose test during pregnancy?

FASTING: To get accurate result of glucose, you should be fasting before blood test. Just eat regular food. ...Read more

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What kind of food can I take to increase hemoglobin levels during pregnancy?

What kind of food can I take to increase hemoglobin levels during pregnancy?

Oral iron: It would be easier to take oral iron supplement and multivitamin. See this site for information on iron rich foods. http://www.webmd.com/diet/iron-rich-foods ...Read more

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What are early signs of pregnancy? How will your belly feel? When does your stomach usually get hard?? Can you have period spotting while pregnant?

What are early signs of pregnancy? How will your belly feel? When does your stomach usually get hard?? Can you have period spotting while pregnant?

Pregnancy: The most important issue is missing your period and all other symptoms can be associated with numerous conditions. If you feel unusual and you are worrying about being pregnant do a pregnancy test ...Read more

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What will cause tender breast, some cramping from time to time, and weight gain in stomach? I have taken pregnancy tests but they are negative.

What will cause tender breast, some cramping from time to time, and weight gain in stomach? I have taken pregnancy tests but they are negative.

Breast tenderness: Hormonal changes can give you these symptoms. Have our harmones levels checked, also have TSH checked.increase water intake, cutting down on chocolates , sodas , coffee, etc may ease the breast tenderness. Also take vit E 800 units a day . If sym still persist see your gyn . ...Read more

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Negative pregnancy test but all my symptoms are those of early pregnancy. I exercise and eat healthy how is this possible?

Negative pregnancy test but all my symptoms are those of early pregnancy. I exercise and eat healthy how is this possible?

Other possibilities: While i don't know what "all the symptoms" are from your point of view, the symptoms we normally associate with early pregnancy are merely suggestive and not definitive. They are all nonspecific and could have other explanations. While you ought to repeat the pregnancy test in a few days to be certain, you should consider getting a check up. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Nutrition (Definition)

Nutrition is the synergistic combination of nutrients found in food and water that allows the human body to perform all essential ...Read more


Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Food Cravings (Definition)

Food cravings means a person strongly desires to eat more of certain foods. Some women during pregnancy have ...Read more