Week 14: We are moving right ahead with the pregnancy and so far things are going well. I am feeling better, but still don’t have too much of an appetite. However, what I am eating has gotten fairly better. Last week, I was convinced I was having a baseball-obsessed boy. My cravings were: potato chips, honey-roasted peanuts, soda, and ketchup. All things, by the way, I rarely eat, and certainly never crave. “Take me out to the ball game” was playing in my head all week!
Pregnancy does weird things to the body. Usually I know how to handle cravings: 1. Drink a glass of water first, 2. Try to find a healthier version of what you are craving or find out what it is about that food you are craving, (i.e. chips – is it the salt or the crunch? If crunch, then fruit or raw veggies may handle the craving just the same). 3. Ask if it is really food you want, or some other “primary food” like relaxation, a hug, a phone call with a good friend, a good book, etc. 4. Tough it out and just say no (which obviously takes a lot strength). But, when pregnant, that does not work. Ice cream, chips, carrots, green beans (I ate green beans every day with my first child) – whatever it may be – one thing for sure is IT IS NOW!
As I continue on this journey, I continue to be mindful of what my body, and my baby needs, as well as the changes taking place. Of course, pregnant or not, paying close attention to our body is important. And cravings are messages from the body that it needs something. So listen carefully. Most likely it doesn’t need the junk food it may be crying out for, but it does need something else. Decipher your cravings and get to know your body more. It knows best!