Celebrity moms have indulged in some strange pregnancy cravings just like us. But what is your baby trying to tell you? The experts weigh in.
The craving: The 41-year old actress grew a sweet tooth while she was growing her second child, Scarlett, who was born in March of this year. Her winter pregnancy gave her an excuse to indulge in hot chocolate, she confessed to Parents.com, (sometimes even two packs with two packs of marshmallows). She had similar cravings with her first child, Brooks, and told Fit Pregnancy she once had to drop everything to eat a slice of confetti birthday cake with a plastic fork in the car.
The explanation: Dr Lydia Sims, an OBGYN with Banner Health in Mesa, Ariz., says Sims might have actually needed some magnesium, which is why chocolate sent her over the edge. "Magnesium is a cofactor in biochemical reactions including making protein, controlling blood glucose, and regulating blood pressure and muscle and nerve function," she says.
The craving: Alicia Keys told an interviewer that a craving for a root beer float came to her out of nowhere when she was pregnant with her second child, Genesis Ali Dean.
The explanation: Though it might seem like Keys was just hankering for the sweet stuff, that urge for the summery treat was actually helping her to cool down, says Dr. Sims. "Most pregnancy cravings are categorized as sweet, salty, spicy or a combination, a root beer float is the mix of sweet and salty," Sims says. "The root beer had that spicy kick, while the ice cream brought down her temperature."
The craving: While pregnant with her baby girl, James, Blake's cravings were super-specific: organic hand-churned pumpkin-flavored ice cream and small batch pickles. (Word on the street is that Blake sent hubby Ryan Reynolds out late at night to fulfill her hunger!)
The explanation: While some preg ladies are fine with anything that hits the spot, Sims says salt is a common desire. "Pickles are very salty," Dr. Sims says. "As the blood volume increases during pregnancy, so does the dietary need for sodium."
The craving: When pregnant with her third baby, Reign Aston, Kourtney Kardashian would eat bagels for dinner every night. She told E! Online her go-to meal was a blueberry bagel with cream cheese and jelly.
The explanation: Dr. Sims says that this craving helped comfort her, not fulfill a need in her body from the pregnancy. "Hunger is controlled by the stomach, whereas cravings are controlled by the brain," Sims says. "Bread and starchy foods fulfill the need for comfort or to tame morning sickness."
The craving: Hayden Panettiere always loved chicken noodle soup growing up, but she overindulged in it when she was pregnant.
The explanation: "The craving might be an emotional one because pregnancy can be stressful and the raging hormones can be difficult to control," Dr. Sims says. Though chicken noodle soup is fine in moderation, too much comfort food can be unhealthy during pregnancy, she adds.
The craving: The Jersey Shore mom-of-two didn't go after fried Italian goods when she was expecting, but rather, her taste buds craved fruit.
The explanation: Fruit might seem normal to snack on, but Dr. Sims says it's actually the opposite. "Very few women crave healthy snacks," she says. "It may mean that the pregnant woman wants/needs Vitamin C when craving fruits."
The craving: The pint-sized star craved a quite smelly food when she was pregnant with her first babe: sauerkraut. She loved odd foods so much that hubby Ashton Kutcher kept a separate fridge to stock her go-tos: sauerkraut, anchovies, pickles and more.
The explanation: "Often times the pregnancy hormones can alter a woman's sense of taste and smell creating different food cravings that are usually unexplainable," Sims says. But that smelly food isn't bad for you: it can help prevent constipation, stop infections, lower sugar levels in your blood and urine, and alleviate morning sickness, she adds.
The craving: The actress, breastfeeding advocate and mom-of-two had an interesting combination of cravings while expecting: broccoli, lentils and orange juice.
The explanation: According to Dr. Sims, these tastes may indicate the need for certain vitamins. "Her body could be needing protein, magnesium and vitamin C," she says. "The broccoli and lentils are a great source of fiber too, which helps with the constipation of pregnancy." Looks like baby has a healthy appetite and diet, just like her mom!
The craving: When expecting her babe, Natalie Portman only had one thing that she couldn't get enough of: vinegar.
The explanation: Though she never gave insight on what she put vinegar on (maybe she went English and put it on her french fries?), Dr. Sims says its benefits could be good for pregnant ladies, like reducing blood sugar and indigestion. Unfortunately for those expecting women with heartburn, it can also cause some indigestion.