I’m in my first trimester, and I am craving mustard-flavored pretzels all of the time. Before being pregnant, I didn’t even like them! Is this normal?
Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: I gained 70 pounds during my pregnancy, so don’t take the following advice to the extreme. But if you have morning sickness, and your body craves something that is not completely harmful, eat it. If you go along with what your body wants, you’re a lot less likely to throw up. Yes, I know, it might be junk food or your 1,000th taco, but sometimes you have to follow the cravings—or else. If your tummy wants ice cream and you’re eating salad and cottage cheese in the midst of nausea, what’s gonna happen? Please indulge from time to time.
—Tyeese Gaines Reid, DO, MA, a mom of one, an emergency medicine resident physician at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, and the author of a time management book for women, The Get a Life Campaign
Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: In my first pregnancy, I ate nonstop. I had 20 meals a day. This was before we knew what was good for you, so I ate a bagel in the morning before work. Then I’d eat breakfast in the hospital cafeteria. Lunch at work was a blur, but I’d stop for pizza and McDonald’s on my way home! I never worried about gaining weight, and in the end I had no problem losing it anyway.
I think it’s important to listen to your body. Cravings are a normal part of pregnancy. They’re not a sign that anything is wrong. If you’re craving something unhealthy, try to eat something healthier, such as yogurt instead of ice cream. But if you really must have that ice cream, eat it. Listen to your body.
-Erika Schwartz, MD, a mom of two, Bioidentical Hormone Doctor, and director of DrErika.com, who’s been in private practice for over 30 years in NYC, specializing over the past 15 years in women’s health, disease prevention, and bio identical hormones