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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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  • 5 days ago » hillinamanda said:
    12dpo pickles and OJ
  • 1 week ago » trishlr94 said:
    I think I am 11dpo, and last week was arbys every time I could drive. This week is onion rings (mind you I hate onion rings), weird...o.O
  • 5 weeks ago » derod36 said:
    6dpo- haven't had caffeine in 3 years and used to be repulsed by coffee, now I have the most intense craving for plain black coffee
  • 7 weeks ago » Hopeful! said:
    5DPO don't think it's a symptom but I've been eating a lot of cheese lately!
  • 10 weeks ago » All4love said:
    Mmmm peanut butter and spaghetti
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