Until now, the cause of cravings in pregnant women cannot be explained with certainty. Even though it is medical science that cravings do not get a special place, the phenomenon of cravings in society seems to have received attention during pregnancy. The term cravings seems to have been packaged with the gestation period that has been passed down from generation to generation by the community. Even so, there are also those who say that cravings are one of the psychological influences experienced by pregnant women to get attention from their husbands, especially if the husbands are busy in their careers. While the effect of hormonal changes is characterized by symptoms of nausea and vomiting (morning sickness) which is often triggered by an increase in hormones which results in the desire to get food that your body can accept.
There is also an explanation that cravings are also influenced by nutritional needs in the body, if you crave for mangoes, it means that your body is in need of vitamin C. So for pregnant women who want certain foods, this is related to the lack of certain nutrients needed by the body. Although feelings of cravings often appear in early pregnancy, it turns out that cravings will last throughout your pregnancy. Even in a study quoted from parents, the desire to consume food with a certain taste will differ according to gestational age.
On first trimester so it is more sensitive to bitter tastes, however, this is due to the instinct to protect the fetus in the womb in plants that have a bitter and bitter taste. Meanwhile, during pregnancy entering the second trimester to the final trimester associated with sour taste. This is because the need for various types of food to meet nutritional needs, while pregnant women who like salty foods are associated with increased sodium requirements.
Cravings make it difficult for family members, your husband and even yourself if your wishes are not followed. Although pregnant women often realize that these ‘strange’ desires do not have to be complied with, they sometimes create disappointment. In general, if a pregnant woman has a craving for a type of food that does not endanger the health of the fetus and mother, she may comply. The strange thing that is usually unexpected for pregnant women who do not usually consume caffeine such as coffee, so they consume coffee more often and even have a desire for more than three glasses per day. It is better if this desire is not obeyed because it will interfere with the development of your fetus. Thus, the myth in society related to cravings that can determine the sex of a baby is not true, as well as the ‘crusting’ which is often experienced by babies because they are not obeyed by the wishes of pregnant women is also not true.