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New or Strange Cravings

Early pregnancy symptom

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 of how often this symptom is experienced by pregnant vs non-pregnant women.

 


After implantation (9 dpo+)
experiencing this symptom
increases
the probability of pregnancy

 


Overall (during the luteal phase)
experiencing this symptom
increases
the probability of pregnancy

 

 

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Summary of chart

An explanation of the affect on the probability of pregnancy for each day past ovulation or group of days.

0 dpo - 1 dpo

Slightly increases probability of pregnancy

2 dpo - 10 dpo

Does not significantly affect probability of pregnancy

11 dpo - 16 dpo

Slightly increases probability of pregnancy

17 dpo - 18 dpo

Does not significantly affect probability of pregnancy

 

Detailed breakdown by DPO

Shows data for days where differences are meaningful.

Day past ovulationPregnant vs non-pregnant
0 dpo 1.2 times more (+15%)
11 dpo 1.2 times more (+18%)
12 dpo 1.3 times more (+24%)
13 dpo 1.3 times more (+26%)
14 dpo 1.3 times more (+29%)
15 dpo 1.3 times more (+23%)
16 dpo 1.2 times more (+16%)
Understanding the data

Pregnant women experience this symptom the number of times listed as often as non-pregnant. The percentage listed refers to the percentage increase or decrease between pregnant and non-pregnant.

Visit the dpo chart pages to view most common and significant positive and negative indicators of pregnancy for each day past ovulation.

 

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Comments

What women are saying about this symptom.

melineejoan  5 months ago
5dpo and I want salsa!!

mrs.delgado  6 months ago
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!

Lconnolly  7 months ago
Craving coco puffs cereal all day! I haven't had that cereal in years.

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