Changes during pregnancy

When did my tastes change?

It’s not unusual to change your mind about food from time to time, but you might find your palate changing a lot during pregnancy. This is due to hormonal changes – you can experience a whole range of cravings during pregnancy. It should settle down once you’ve given birth, and in the meantime here are a few things you might encounter because of hormonal shifts.

Pregnancy cravings

Coffee and Curry aren’t my friends any more

Some foods you used to love can suddenly seem like your worst enemy. This is because your sense of taste and smell changes. Some women get a metallic taste lingering in their mouths, which can make a difference to what you eat. Foods with sharp or tangy flavours like citrus fruit or vinegar can help sometimes help cut through that metallic taste.

Cravings during pregnancy

Pickles and ice cream suddenly sounds good

Cravings during pregnancy might seem like a cliché, but many women get them, and they can create some bizarre combinations of food. Some experts believe that cravings are your body's way of telling you it needs more of certain nutrients.

Craving chalk?

It’s not hugely common, but some women find they have cravings for non-food items like coal, chalk and matchboxes. There are many theories, but the exact cause isn’t known. If you’re having problems with this it’s best to chat to your doctor or lead maternity carer.

I can smell it a mile away

A lot of women will experience a heightened sense of smell during pregnancy, and since aroma can shape taste you might find this affects what you feel like eating. The smell of fried onions, which used to be heavenly, might start turning your stomach when you’re pregnant.

You could notice your favourite perfume smells different on your body too. This is also because hormonal changes can alter your skin's chemistry.

My mouth seems to be watering all the time

Excess saliva production can affect some mums-to-be. It’s especially common in the first trimester, and when you have morning sickness. It won’t last forever, and in the meantime try sucking on a lolly to help you swallow.

My throat feels like it’s burning after I eat

This can be hormone related but can also be food related if eating larger meals.  As pregnancy progresses baby takes up more space and can constrict your internal organs to the point where you may experience indigestion or heart burn sensations after mealtimes.  The best way to avoid this discomfort is to eat smaller meals more regularly. For more information click here.


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