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New or Strange Cravings

Very Early Pregnancy Symptom

Symptom Details

The exact reason for pregnancy cravings is not known, but many speculate that the new or strange cravings pregnant women experience are actually the body's way of asking for a particular nutrient it may be lacking. The actual food craved is not necessarily what the body needs but may need something in the food. The cliché of craving pickles may be an indication your body needs more sodium, or the desire for a burger and french fries may be a need for protein, sodium or potassium. Studies also show that the high levels of hormones present during pregnancy can alter a women's sense of taste and smell. This change can also lead to food aversion.

Comparison Chart

The chart below shows a comparison between the number of times this symptom was experienced by pregnant vs non-pregnant women.

**NOTE: Data for 15-21 dpo tends to be lower than expected as many women stop tracking symptoms after a positive pregnancy test.

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  • 2 weeks ago » MMYofSophie said:
    14 dpo for the last week been craving jalapeños. Or anything spicy. I did thus with my first two hoping it means something.
  • Aug. 9, 2017 11:34pm » melineejoan said:
    5dpo and I want salsa!!
  • Jul. 31, 2017 12:45pm » mrs.delgado said:
    I am 7 dpo and have been craving ramen soups and dried squid and alot of salty stuff. You know that chilli powder for fruits? Pickles!
  • Jun. 28, 2017 8:23pm » Lconnolly said:
    Craving coco puffs cereal all day! I haven't had that cereal in years.
  • Mar. 3, 2017 7:32am » LatifahSal said:
    My craving starts at night. Could not sleep till i get it.
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