Pickles and Ice Cream for Breakfast?

by Kelly Mills on June 18, 2010 at 8:19 am

We’ve all heard of pregnant women having crazy cravings, like pickles and ice cream, but where do cravings come from? 

"Cravings can occur at anytime during pregnancy and they can be crazy things. Such as eating paper plates or doing braunschweiger all kinds of crazy things," says Dr. Robert Aepli, OB/GYN.

Christina Gibson is 32 weeks pregnant with her first child, she first noticed the cravings at three months.

"I wanted orange juice and oranges all the time. Like I could not get enough oranges or orange juice," says Christina Gibson, 32 weeks pregnant.

As her pregnancy went along Christina’s cravings evolved.

"I went through a phase where I wanted Frosty’s all the time. Every night and then recently it’s more along the lines of meats, and cheeses, and milk, a lot of milk," says Gibson.

Dr. Aepli says cravings are as much a mystery to doctors as they are to expectant mothers.

"Lots of hormonal and chemical changes in your body, we can’t explain a lot of those," he says.

But doctors do know certain cravings can signal problems.

"The craving for ice is called pagophagia and can represent severe anemia," says Aepli.

And they can even be dangerous.

"We’ve had some people wanting to eat pins. I think that’s the craziest one," he says.

It’s important not to over indulge in your cravings. An average weight woman should gain 25 to 35 pounds, an under weight woman should gain slightly more, and an obese woman should only gain 15 to 20 pounds.

So as you move along in your pregnancy and safely chose foods to pack on your baby weight, hopefully you have someone willing to make the late night Frosty runs, like Christina’s husband.

"He always offers. I feel bad sending him out though, because lots of times it seems to be really late at night when I really want stuff and I feel really bad sending him out but if he’s on his way home I can definitely have him pick something up," says Gibson.

Tune in next week when I cover aide available for expectant mothers.