Maybe don't finish that whole box of Oreos.
A pregnancy craving is among the strongest forces of nature, other than perhaps the urge to procreate. And if you don't believe that to be true, well, then maybe you've never been pregnant!
But according to rather obvious new research published in the health journal Appetite, indulging in every food whim your hormones serve up during pregnancy may not be too healthy. As in, if you eat a pint of ice cream every night because "the baby wants it," you are likely to gain too much weight. Um, apparently we needed scientists to tell us this?
Specifically, what the researchers found is that over 50 percent of American women they looked at gained an excessive amount of weight during pregnancy, while all women caved to at least one craving. Sweets and fast food topped the list of the most crave-worthy delights.
Pregnancy cravings can kick in as early as the first trimester. So obviously if you indulge in everything from Beefy Crunch Burritos at Taco Bell, to a tray of homemade brownies, to hamburgers and fries at Mickey D's, to a Frosty at Wendy's on a daily basis starting the minute you get a positive pregnancy test, you are going to gain more weight than the recommended 25 to 35 pounds.
And that's definitely a problem that should not be made light of, given that excess weight and poor diet are risk factors for a host of pregnancy complications from gestational diabetes to preeclampsia, and can put your baby's health at risk as well.
So, maybe don't pull a Blac Chyna and set a 100-pound weight gain goal for yourself in pregnancy. But as long as you strive to eat a healthy, balanced diet most of the time, and don't take "eating for two" to epic levels, indulging in a craving every now and again should be okay. Again, ice cream every night? Not brilliant. Ice cream once in a while? Mandatory.
And as for those people who say pregnancy cravings are all in your head? Back off. Scientists have found that an increase in the polypeptide Neuropeptide Y (NPY) in a pregnant woman's brain could cause cravings, since NPY is "one of the most potent appetite stimulants known to man." There you have it!