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Even before we find out that we are pregnant, we often experience certain aversions to smells and foods that we used to like and, in the same way, there are foods that now attract us enormously. Especially during the first three months, nausea, cravings, indigestion or flatulence are part of our day to day, they are signs that our body is experiencing great changes.
When I was pregnant, I had a crazy craving for ketchup fries, chorizo tripe, or pickled gherkins. These sudden gastronomic cravings or eccentricities may also have a physiological explanation. Surely, they are produced by the effect of hormones or by the need for a caloric increase or by the constant feeling of hunger (although later we suffer horrific indigestion).
Taste and smell change, to a greater or lesser extent, during pregnancy, both senses are closely related, and can be sharpened in an extraordinary way. I still remember hearing from my sister powerful gags of disgust at the presence of foods such as fish or shellfish, which, curiously, without being pregnant she loves. It is a physiological alteration caused by the increase in estrogens that causes women to have a more prominent smell and extreme sensitivity to odors. It is much more pronounced in the first three months when the physiological changes are more pronounced, although later it normalizes or, at least, decreases, until it disappears completely after delivery.
Connoisseurs say that there is also a psychological aspect in this of cravings, it may be that the pregnant woman needs to feel pampered by her partner or she may need to unleash some appetite that deviates from the ideal diet, aggravated by the hormonal ravages that her They request sweets or other foods to alleviate nausea. It is quite popular the belief that these foods appeal to us because our body wisely 'asks us to', but this is something quite doubtful, rather it seems to respond imperiously satisfy a gastronomic temptation.
So, as a general rule, we must give free rein to cravings as long as they do not involve an unhealthy diet (food that is neither very caloric nor not very nutritious). Cravings should be indulged when responding to foods suitable for both mother and baby. On the other hand, healthy foods that temporarily dislike us should be replaced by others that provide us with the same benefits or nutritional contributions. And if the aversion is towards not very nutritious foods, then better for us, although it is quite difficult for any pregnant woman to have an aversion to her favorite candy or chocolate ice cream.
Patro Gabaldon. Editor of our site
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