Study On Pregnancy Cravings Reveals That Most Don’t Want Sweets

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Pregnancy, for many women, is a time when cravings for certain tastes and particular foods becomes a day and night occupation. From chocolates to ice cream and mayonnaise to pickles these craving can be as varied as the women themselves and often become too hard a temptation to resist. A recent survey in fact suggests that 60 percent of women have cravings during pregnancy and that modern women show more food cravings than past generations.

According to a survey conducted by in 2008 of the 2,231 women studied 75% experienced pregnancy cravings and this was found to be much higher than the 30% of women who had cravings during pregnancy 50 years ago.

Valerie Duffy, a professor in the University of Connecticut, conducted an independent survey of expectant moms and found that the three major tastes that these women craved were bitter, sour and salty and surprisingly not sweet.

Research revealed that during the first trimester women usually have an intensified perception of the bitter taste though they may not crave it. This was probably a natural body reaction to warn the women against consuming any food product or plant that was poisonous or toxic.

In the second and the third trimester the craving for the sour taste was the greatest and most common. Women were found to relish sour green mangoes, pickles and other sour fruits during pregnancy much more than the past when they were not carrying a child.

Salty taste was also found to be highly tempting by pregnant women and the experts associated this need with the body’s need for more sodium to support their increasing blood volume.

Despite the common tastes however, women could have a craving for diverse things during pregnancy and the surveyors warned that if this included harmful things like cigarettes, paints and other unusual substances, it was important to consult the doctor for the safety of the mother and child.

For all other cravings, cakes, pastries or ice creams, chips or fries, it was okay to satisfy the pang as long as the women also took care of the right nutrients for themselves and the child and also ate within health limits. – Atula, Staff Writer

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Atula is a writer, traveler and a nature-lover. She is also mom to a boy who seems to have inherited all her creative genes. When Atula is not busy making up stories with her son, she writes for numerous magazines, websites and blogs. She is also working on her site on endangered species called

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