When Do Pregnancy Cravings Start?

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This is a very common question for women who just find out that they are pregnant! You have to keep in mind that everybody is different, so everyone will experience various cravings and separate times. However, there’s a general rule of thumb for pregnant women and their cravings. 

Most women start to feel cravings in their first trimester (or at least towards the end of their first trimester). By the second trimester, these cravings typically peak and then decline by the third trimester.

Doctors say that not many mothers continue to have cravings after the birth of their child, so whatever unique cravings you had during pregnancy should go away. However, cravings are so unpredictable. One day you could have cravings for multiple things that would never be typically eaten together, and the next day you could only want one specific item. 

When Do Pregnancy Cravings Start?

What are food aversions and what can they do?

Aversions to food are different from cravings. You may experience other, more unusual feelings of dislike for something. Unfortunately, pregnancy can lead to both food cravings and aversions throughout your term. 

Frontiers in psychology discovered that while food cravings may not be related to morning sickness symptoms like nausea and vomiting, avoiding certain foods might.

Meat is a staple food for American women, but it’s often rejected when they’re pregnant. Some pregnant women find the smell and texture of cooked or raw meat too overwhelming. According to 2006 research, women are more likely to experience morning sickness if they eat more meat.

Why is meat so negatively discerned by pregnant women? Researchers believe it is because meat can carry bacteria that can make babies and mothers sick, therefore, their bodies make meat unappetizing to protect them.

Most popular and weird pregnancy cravings 

Many pregnancy cravings are harmless and personal. The following are some of the most desired and weird foods pregnant women typically want: 

  • Sweets such as ice cream or candy
  • Dairies such as milk or sour cream
  • Starchy and/or savory carbohydrates such as chips 
  • Pickles
  • Lemons
  • Spicy foods
  • Fruits
  • Peanut butter 
  • Vegetables
  • Fast food such as Chinese cuisine or pizza

Though most women have hard-to-control cravings for food, it is important to note what foods not to eat while pregnant. Foods such as sushi, lunch meat, soft cheeses, and anything undercooked could be dangerous for you or the baby. 

What is the best time to see a doctor regarding your pregnancy cravings and concerns?

Certain cravings may be dangerous and should be reported to a doctor. Pica is a potentially fatal condition that can cause strong cravings for dirt, soap, and other non-food items. Not all women experience such desirous feelings for these things, but it is very important to address it if you do. Consuming a substance such as laundry detergent could be very hazardous for you and the baby. These odd cravings could also be an indicator of something more serious going on with your body such as a nutritional deficiency. 


  1. https://www.purewow.com/wellness/weird-pregnancy-cravings
  2. https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/learn/by-eating-disorder/other/pica

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