I crave strange foods and tastes at odd hours!

@devijay78 (1575)
India
April 1, 2011 4:44am CST
I am five months pregnant as my friends here in mylot know. And this happened even when I was carrying my first kid. I have had strange cravings but I have never known anyone pregnant to have a craving for something bitter. Yes, I do crave to eat bittergourd sometimes and my mom and others say they have never seen any pregnant woman crave for something bitter to eat! Is this normal? I know it is different for different women and some have a sweet tooth, some want sour(which I do most of the time), some hot and spicy stuff, some salty etc. But bitter?
7 responses
@Cherish14 (2695)
• Philippines
1 Apr 11
hi there, i wasn't sure about what you meant by bitter gourd so i was going to say that i know someone having cravings for bitter melons. but then i just found out because i searched on it that bitter gourds and bitter melons are just the same. i think that is just normal. my mom told us that when i was i her belly, all she wanted to eat was just banana banana banana and all she wanted to drink was coke coke coke hhehehe. you can also ask your OB-GYN about this. she can advise you if eating this is okay and safe for the baby. some pregnant women are even having this pica eating where they eat soaps, clay, coal, dirt. that is horrible right? it is like a craving they cant control. i hope you are doing well, take care and Congratulations on the baby
@devijay78 (1575)
• India
1 Apr 11
Hi cherish. I don't think it is harmful especially if taken once in a while and not all the time. Moreover it is cooked and not eaten raw. I did have it when I was pregnant with my first child too. She turned out okay. I had the craving for ashes in the last two months of my pregnancy. My mom used to scold me for eating ash but I used to do it without her knowledge too. And you are right. It was a craving that I could not control. I had to have ash right away! Later I learnt that pregnant women who were anemic had such cravings to eat ash, dirt etc. Thanks and I am doing great as of now.
@Cherish14 (2695)
• Philippines
1 Apr 11
yeah it is associated with iron deficiency anemia. that is why when women get pregnant they are always prescribed to take iron supplements. awww i am sure it feels good being pregnant and having a baby, well except for the labor pains part hehe. i wanted to get pregnant already but my boyfriend does not want it yet, not now. i know we are not ready yet. we need to strive even harder.
@devijay78 (1575)
• India
1 Apr 11
It does feel great to be pregnant Cherish except for the first few months when you are nauseous and keep throwing up all the time. And I did enjoy every second of my first pregnancy because it was something which I did not experience before. The labor pains were also something new so it was more of a curious thing in the beginning and then horrible later on. But I was glad it was over and forgot all about it when I saw my plump little angel(she was 4 kgs and looked like a baby elephant minus the trunk). She was too big for a new born, especially for a woman of short stature and delivered normally. Phew! Enjoy your days now because after giving birth to a baby, you will find no time for anything else.
• United States
8 Apr 11
I do know two women that while pregnant craved odd and bitter tasting foods, in fact one of them use to crave and eat chalk like it was candy. I use to ask her if that was safe and according to her, her OB was not concerned because her blood testing was all normal. She use to eat chalk like figurines and I could not believe she was doing that and it being okay. Well her son now is 4 years old and healthy so apparently it did not affect her.
@devijay78 (1575)
• India
26 Apr 11
Thanks HWG. I used to eat ash too when I was pregnant with my daughter. She turned out okay. Now I do not have that craving or I can say that I have not yet had that craving. I read somewhere that women with anemia crave ash. I was a little worried but I have to check with my gynec.
@mermaidivy (15415)
• United States
1 Apr 11
It is new to me, I never heard pregnant women craves for bitter food , you are the first. But I'm not suprised because every pregnant women is different due to the homones changes, I craved for spicy food when Iw as pregnant.
@devijay78 (1575)
• India
2 Apr 11
Hi mermaidivy. I too crave spicy and hot food now. And even though I crave fried items, I am not able to take them as I am still a bit nauseous. But otherwise, all other veggies and fruits are okay with me. And I do not take a lot of non veg now.
• United States
1 Apr 11
When my mother was pregnant with my brother she used to eat the leaf of a certain plant. It was a bitter taste that she said she craved. We would walk to a store about half a mile away just so she could take one leaf of the plant to eat and then she would feel guilty and buy things we really didn't need. When I was pregnant with my daughter I became a cheese junkie. There is an ingredient in cheese that can become addictive! I had to have a personal pan pizza everyday from a certain pizzeria. It was in another town but I would have her dad drive 20 minutes just to take me there. I also ate at least a half pound of american cheese everyday. Needless to say, I gained 72 pounds for that pregnancy!
@devijay78 (1575)
• India
2 Apr 11
My god! 72 pounds! I gained around 9 kgs when I was pregnant and found it very difficult to shed that weight! I cannot imagine putting on that much weight nor do I think I can shed that weight off after delivery. Did you manage to shed that weight off? It is comforting to know that I do have company. I thought I was the only one craving for bitter tasting foods. But I never go to that extent to get what I feel like eating. I eat if I do find it nearby otherwise supress the urge.
@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
1 Apr 11
hello devijay, I don't know anyone personally that crave for bitter taste foods during pregnancy,thu ive heard from other mothers that other preggy do crave for bitter taste foods. But i know one odd food craving when she's pregnant is my aunt's sister-in law,she always bring rice grains in her pocket and eating it like a popcorn. I was young by that time,and don't understand why she's eating rice grains and what's the relevance with her pregnancy. But now,i know that many pregnant women craves different foods and tastes during pregnancy. have a great weekend
@devijay78 (1575)
• India
2 Apr 11
Hi jaiho. I too don't know anyone craving for bitter tasting foods when pregnant. Mine is the first case I have ever known. Same with my mom and people I know. Craving rice?!! Well, that is new to me too. I have never heard of anyone having rice grains when pregnant. You have a wonderful weekend too.
@kalav56 (11502)
• India
1 Apr 11
I suppose you always like bittergourd or perhaps you are not averse to it.In that case it is pretty natural.
@devijay78 (1575)
• India
2 Apr 11
Hi. I have always liked bittergourd. But I am averse to a lot of food and taste which I earlier liked a lot. My parents say that they have not met any woman who craved for a bitter tasting food when pregnant.
@toniganzon (53392)
• Philippines
1 Apr 11
I know somebody who craved for bitter taste when she was pregnant and that was my grandmother when she was pregnant with my mom. My mom always had this poker face when she's too busy and my grandmother told me it's because of the food she ate when she was pregnant. She craved for bitter taste so that's why my mom always had this poker face. That was her explanation to me. So i guess you are not alone in this world. I wish to get pregnant again and go through that feeling again, craving for strange taste.
@devijay78 (1575)
• India
1 Apr 11
It is a big relief to know that I have company. I was a little worried when everyone told me that no one they knew had a craving for bitter taste when they were pregnant. That was one good explanation your grandma gave for your mom's expression My daughter is short tempered. I cannot say that it is because of my cravings for hot and spicy stuff that she is like that, can I And good luck. Hope your wish comes true.