I'm almost five months pregnant and could eat creamed spinach for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Is a food craving like this just a normal part of pregnancy or something I should worry about?

Q: I'm almost five months pregnant and could eat creamed spinach for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Is a food craving like this just a normal part of pregnancy or something I should worry about?

Cravings

A: Experiencing a food craving during pregnancy often indicates that a woman is deficient in an essential nutrient. For instance, the classic "pickles and ice cream" craving is likely the result of a need for calcium, and perhaps also emerges to satisfy pregnancy-induced sweet and sour cravings. The nutrient most women lack is iron, and spinach is an iron-rich vegetable. Plus, the cream may soothe a queasy stomach. Rest assured that as long as your craving is not an unhealthy one, nearly any food is OK in moderation. But do be sure to take a daily prenatal vitamin as well.

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