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Food Cravings during Pregnancy

Pregnant women craves for some specific types of foods. Foods like pickles, chocolates, raw mangoes. Some have cravngs for chalk, ash, clay, mud etc but eating these foods should not be encouraged. The food cravings will be mainly for highly salty or highly sweet dishes. Many people crave for spicy or fatty foods too. The main reason pregnant women experience food cravings during pregnancy could be due to the need of the body's cravings for additional calories. The pregnant women's body is working 24 hours a day to help the baby to grow healthy. How to deal with food cravings during pregnancy? Though it is OK to eat the foods that the pregnant women crave for, it is not OK to overindulge in itself. Most food cravings are healthy still, pregnant women need to keep a check on what they eat and what they not eat.

Pregnant Women need more fruits and vegetables

Expecting mothers are at more risk towards developing Upper Respiratory Tract Infection. Consuming atleast 7 servings of fruits and vegetables in moderate quantity will help in reducing that risk. URTI includes common cold, sinus etc which leads to asthma or pneumonia too. Pregnant women are prone to get more of these common cold and flu very easily. Eating fruits and vegetables help in inproving one's immunity towards these diseases and especially more in pregnant women.  Pregnant women are recommended to consume atleast 5 servings of fruits or vegetables per day and more the servings (to a max of 6 or 7), helps in increasing the immunity. Pregnant women need more fruits and vegetables to cope up with the extra demands of the body.