Food cravings and aversions to certain foods are common during
pregnancy. The causes of cravings remain a mystery!
There is no harm in satisfying food cravings within
reasonable limits especially when they have nutritional
Some women find the smell and taste of a special type
of clay and other non-food items irresistible
in pregnancy. Other women are attracted to dry
laundry starch, dirt, or other substances that
are not thought of as being food. Some women find
dried powdered milk as a good substitute for dry
laundry starch to satisfy their cravings.
If you crave for something which is good for you and your baby
then you can enjoy it. But if your cravings may
put you and your baby's nutritional needs in jeopardy,
then it is better to be avoided or substituted
by other nutritious substances.
Raisins, dried apricots, cookies or chocolate bars instead of
sugary candies. When substitutes donot satisfy,
try distractions like exercise, knitting, reading,
watching movies, listening to music etc.
Most cravings and aversions disappear by four months. If they
don't disappear by the fourth month they could
be due to emotional needs-the need for extra attention
from your spouse. Some women find themselves craving
for peculiar substances like clay, ash and laundry
starch. This may be due to nutritional deficiency,mainly
of iron.You should report to your doctor for this.