Weirdest Pregnancy Cravings Revealed

Weirdest Pregnancy Cravings Revealed

Haribo sweets, boiled eggs with horseradish and garlic mushrooms dipped in custard are among some of the strange foods craved by pregnant women, according to a new study.

Researchers who polled 1,400 mums found others had a hankering for dry chocolate powder while one vegetarian even said she suddenly developed a taste for bacon.

Grated carrot mixed with ketchup, cold toast with Marmite and a banana and ready salted crisp toastie are also among the weird combinations pregnant women have wanted to tuck into. Mmm.

More than a third of women also said they craved ice cubes and ate them during their pregnancy.

The study, by Pregnacare, found 67 per cent had cravings while they were pregnant, with chocolate, fruit and ice lollies the most common.

Cake, fizzy drink, ice cream and spicy food are also popular foods women long for during pregnancy.

But research suggests there has been an increase in cravings for more unhealthy options with three in 10 women today admitting they wanted chocolate while they pregnant.

However, they said their mums were more likely to want lean proteins and fish during their pregnancies, a shift nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston believes could be due to the influence of modern diets and the wide availability of processed foods.

She said: “Rarely, a true nutritional deficiency can trigger cravings and is thought to be behind the condition pica, where there is an intense craving for non-food items such as soil or clay.

Yvonne added that the cravings for more unusual foods, and those which women don’t usually eat prior to falling pregnant could be a result of searching for foods they ate as a child which leave them feeling cared for.

And while it is thought women often crave the foods which will offer the nutrients they need during pregnancy, often the opposite is true.

Yvonne said: “It is thought women may have pregnancy food cravings as it is a time of higher nutrient need.

“However, the most reported food cravings don’t tend to be for the healthy foods which are needed in pregnancy such a rainbow of differently coloured fruits and vegetables, whole-grains, beans, lentils and seeds.

“The most reported cravings are for low-nutrient foods such as chocolate and ice-cream.

“Cravings for sweet foods and starchy carbohydrates are usually at the top of the list and in my nutrition clinics pregnant women report the desire for carbs from early pregnancy, and especially when nausea kicks in.

“What drives this isn’t fully understood. It may be that the energy dip associated with early pregnancy triggers the craving for quick fixes which, if indulged, lead to a blood sugar low and the craving for more.

“Many carbs such as bread, pasta and crackers are also quite bland and gentle on the stomach so seem a natural choice when feeling sick.”

Most popular pregnancy cravings:

1. Chocolate

2. Fruit

3. Ice lollies

4. Cake

5. Fizzy drinks

6. Ice cream

7. Spicy food

8. Biscuits

9. Desserts

10. Chips

11. Fried Chicken

12. Burgers

13. Bread

14. Pizzas

15. Boiled sweets

16. Peanut butter

17. Crackers/ rice cakes

18. Greens like spinach

19. Pasties

20. Fish

Some unusual cravings:

Haribo sweets

Boiled eggs with horseradish

Garlic mushrooms dipped in custard

Dry chocolate powder

Grated carrot mixed with ketchup

Cold toast with marmite

Cold rice pudding

Banana and ready salted crisp toastie

Potato salad and spaghetti hoops together

We'd love to hear what weird cravings you experienced during pregnancy! Leave us a comment here or come and join the conversation over on our Facebook page.

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  • Janet M.

    Gerrkins picked beetroot , bananas, fresh apricots . I couldn't stand the smell of coffee or petrol

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    • Kerry B.

      Sucking on bath sponges ( new ones:joy::joy:)....I used to hide in the bathroom haha...my husband really worried how often i used to go to the bathroom till i told him what i was doing :hushed:

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      • Nicole P.

        Apparently this is caused by iron deficiency I do it too and have low iron I googled it :joy: my mouth waters just thinking about it :joy: x

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        • Kerry B.

          Glad i wasn't the only one haha x

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          • Beverley H.

            I did it too through both of my pregnancies, more so on the first. Drew the line at car sponges though, too big :joy:

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            • Emma M.

              I'm just obsessed with eating bubbles (like from a bubble bath) :joy:

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              • Nadia J.

                feel less weird now that I'm not only one to do this :joy::joy:

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                • Louise B.

                  Yep, that was me :joy: was also partial to a bit of coal and the smell of dove soap

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                  • Eve B.

                    I still do it now .... 18 month later x

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                  • Vicky R.

                    Sprouts mashed inside a cheese toastie

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                    • Debbie H.

                      Lemon Meringue pies with my first and tuna & horseradish sauce sandwiches with the 2nd.

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                      • Nicola D.

                        :wink: picked onions dipped in sherbet :joy::blush:

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                        • Shirley C.

                          Don't knock it x

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                        • Jenny B.

                          I craved salt with my son.

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                          • Andie H.

                            Same!

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                          • Samii B.

                            Pickled beetroot and couldn't stand cheese or the smell of oil

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                            • Vikki M.

                              Olives, Jalapenos, pickled gherkins/onions and beetroot In that order :joy:

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                              • Wendy M.

                                marmite :(

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                              • Missy B.

                                Parsley sauce on everything even cake.

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                                • Charlotte M.

                                  Red peppers, grapefruit & jalapeños.

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                                  • Stacey M.

                                    Soap :joy: although I didn’t eat it just sniffed it :joy:

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                                    • Laura S.

                                      1st satsumas 2nd pickled onions 3rd bubblegum (fire balls!) 4th raspberry jam doughnuts :joy:

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                                      • Samantha E.

                                        Pickled garlic and pickled onions

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                                        • Nj1981

                                          i craved cherry tomatoes with my eldest and then pomegrantes with my youngest..

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                                          • Grace A.

                                            That picked ginger in sushi packs.

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                                            • Dave D.

                                              I'm still craving that. Daughter is 4.

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                                              • Grace A.

                                                You can gets jars of it in Tesco now :smile:

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                                              • Nj1981

                                                i craved cherry tomatoes with my eldest and then pomegrantes with my youngest.. weird but i could eat them all day long and not feel sick..

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                                                • Victoria J.

                                                  Tub of curry sauce with malteasters in and cans of Barr’s cherryade :heart_eyes:

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                                                  • Lucy A.

                                                    Oh you dirty cow :joy: xxx

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                                                    • Victoria J.

                                                      Oh Lucy you might like it! I made everyone at work try and some thought it was nice :joy: I mean I don’t like curry sauce as it’s to hot and now the thought of malteasers

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                                                      • Lucy A.

                                                        Pregnancy is a funny thing xxx

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                                                        • Julie J.

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                                                          • Julie J.

                                                            I have no idea why that many sick faces sent especially as I did t even send one lol xx

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                                                          • Jade

                                                            My daughter it was the sour pink and blue milkshake sweets. With my son it was celery with salt and vinegar on it :joy:

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                                                            • Sara H.

                                                              Just food! When I needed to eat, I needed to eat straight away!!

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                                                              • Leà D.

                                                                Same or I'd get sick:persevere:

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                                                              • Linda B.

                                                                I ate lemons and limes whole like apples when I was pregnant with my daughter :joy:

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                                                                • Emma-louise A.

                                                                  Which one

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                                                                  • Linda B.

                                                                    All of them were sour things. With Eva and Alice it was just a little bit of le.on or lime with Lucy I used to eat them whole :persevere:

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