Why do pregnant women crave pickles ?

A recent study introduced related to pregnancy food cravings found that almost 40% of pregnant women list something sweet as their number 1 pregnancy food craving. Trailing at the second position, “salty food” was craved by nearly 33% of women during the pregnancy, while spicy food was following at 17% and sour or tart food like green apples and citrus fruits coming in 4th as 10% of pregnant women’s favorite snack.
Food cravings are a common feature of pregnancy symptoms; however, the reasons behind these pregnancy urges are still not well understood. Some believe that these cravings are meant to indicate a nutritional deficiency in the expectant mother’s diet. But this does not explain the strange “pica” cravings and unexpected preference for foods that actually have low levels of nutrition. A craving for pickles indicates low sodium levels in the blood. A way to deal with such cravings is to substitute them with healthy alternatives, for instance, popcorn sprinkled with herb blends or sesame bread sticks with a spicy mustard dip. Once possible explanation for a craving like pickles and ice cream is simply that the woman’s body is in search of specific nutrients. Many midwives are of the opinion that pregnancy cravings indicate a sort of vitamin or mineral deficiency, and that the body is trying to make up for such deficiencies by making the foods with the needed nutrition seem particularly appealing. Pregnant women often develop  dehydration and electrolyte deficiencies which the brain translate into cravings for salty foods, in order to help them receive electrolyte and retain water. Craving pickles wrapped in cheese and exclusively craving a single food like pickles onions is also common. Frequently, women report having cravings for food that they never ate on a regular basis prior to pregnancy; in the same way, many women ever experience an aversion to the same craved for items after the birth of their baby.

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