If you are pregnant, you may be experiencing food cravings – whether sweet, salty, sour or fried – just like 75 percent of other pregnant women experience, according to “YOU: Having a Baby.” Food cravings are a normal part of pregnancy. Be sure to talk with your health care practitioner about how many calories you need during pregnancy. You can still satisfy your cravings without your intake of calories and fat getting out of hand. Here are four ways to be in control of your cravings – rather than letting them control you.
No. 1: Moderation. Moderation. Moderation.
It is ok to let yourself feed your food cravings as long as you practice moderation. A small amount of the food you’re dreaming about is the right way to indulge. Craving ice cream? Go out for a small cone, and savor every bite. Plan for it and make healthy choices for the rest of the day. You can run into problems if you keep indulging over and over again, or replacing nutrient-rich foods with empty calories from junk food.
No. 2: Hydrate Throughout the Day
Your body may be telling you that it is craving donuts, potato chips, cookies or ice cream, but it may just be thirsty. Try drinking a tall glass of water before you succumb to sweet and salty treats – your craving may go away. If you want to excite your taste buds, try a flavored water, like Mother Nurture®’s enhanced waters, which includes Quali®-B folic acid (vitamin B9) important during pregnancy.
No. 3: Avoid Buying in Bulk
If you buy a party-sized bag of potato chips, it’s likely you’ll eat more than you planned. If you cannot avoid buying foods and beverages in bulk, then divide them into single serve portions as soon as you bring them home. This will help guide you to eat only a serving or two at a time and these single serve portions are perfect for on-the-go snacks.
No. 4: Grab an Apple
Or a banana, orange, cherries or another fruit you love. The fruit will give you some sweetness while delivering essential vitamins and nutrients you and baby need.