When a woman finds out that she is expecting a baby, she has to realize that she needs to provide nourishment for herself and for her growing child. At Reza Ahmadinia OBGYN, we recognize that many High Desert women will experience cravings throughout their pregnancies. However, it is important to remember that moderation is still important while pregnant. Instead of indulging in cravings on a regular basis, Apple Valley women should focus on making healthy choices throughout the entire experience.

Why Do Pregnancy Cravings Occur?

Scientists and medical researchers are not completely certain why pregnancy cravings occur, but it is assumed that the drastic hormonal changes as well as the frequent nutritional deficiencies play a role. Women may find that they crave a particular flavor of food — such as salty snacks or sweet treats. Others may find that one particular item sounds better than anything else, such as potato chips, cheeseburgers or fruit. Women should discuss any excessive cravings with Dr. Ahmadinia in order to be sure that they are not lacking any vital nutrients.

What Foods Should You Avoid While Pregnant?

There are some foods you need to pass on even if you are craving them during pregnancy. For example, you should never eat raw or undercooked fish and seafood products. Also avoid fish that are high in mercury, such as swordfish, mahi mahi and king mackerel. Always make sure all meat products are fully cooked. Avoid certain vegetables such as alfalfa and radish. Do not consume unpasteurized products, such as feta cheese, apple cider and brie. If you are concerned about eating a particular food, contact your doctor in order to be sure it is safe to eat while pregnant.

What Foods Are Exceptionally Beneficial During Pregnancy?

There are certain foods that provide nutritional boosts for pregnant women and are considered very beneficial for the growing baby. It is important to include plenty of protein in your diet in order to provide enough sustenance for you and your baby, and yogurt is a great choice. Berries are a wonderful treat during pregnancy, as blackberries, blueberries and raspberries provide people with a significant amount of vitamin C. Bananas are a quick and easy snack that pack additional folate and potassium into the diet, which can help the baby as it continues to develop each day.

Your OB/GYN will monitor your weight gain throughout your pregnancy. Most women who are pregnant will gain weight, and the amount of weight that is right for you will be determined by your doctor. If you are concerned about the choices you are making during pregnancy or you are having a hard time controlling your cravings, talk with Dr. Ahmadinia at your next appointment. Your OB/GYN will be able to provide you with tips and advice that will help you have a healthy and happy pregnancy.