Close Close
Mother and Baby

Pregnant And Craving Chocolate? Sorry Ladies – It Looks Like It's Not Related To Hormones

Mums-to-be may not be able to blame their hankering for Dairy Milk on their pregnancy hormones as a new study finds the two AREN'T related

It’s been revealed that hormones probably aren’t to blame for a pregnant woman’s urge to eat chocolate. Instead, pregnancy makes us indulge in the sweet treat because it’s the only time they don’t feel guilty as it’s the ‘socially acceptable time to indulge.’ Ever heard the expression ‘eating for two’?
Researchers have been looking into the connection between pregnancy hormones and cravings as studies haven’t yet been able to fully explain why one spurs on the other.

Hormones probably aren’t to blame for a pregnant woman’s urge to eat chocolate

READ: MARTINE MCCUTCHEON REVEALS PREGNANCY HAS TURNED HER VEGETARIAN

In a paper published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, psychologist Natalia Orloff says that existing theories like mums-to-be wanting the caffeine in chocolate don’t ring true. She also rejects the idea that pregnant women eat chocolate because they’re craving certain nutrients, saying that if this were the case then they would be snacking on milk or lean meat.

Natalia and her fellow researchers worry that cravings during pregnancy may lead women to gain too much weight during their pregnancies – potentially resulting in health issues for both mum and baby.

READ: PREGNANCY FOOD HACKS: HOW YOU CAN STILL EAT WHAT YOU’RE CRAVING (AND STICK TO THE SAFETY RULES)

‘Conflicting attitudes toward foods like chocolate that are perceived to be simultaneously appealing and “forbidden” have recently been hypothesised to be associated with a greater likelihood of craving,’ says Natalia.

‘Evidence suggests that efforts to avoid foods that cause these conflicting feelings may have the paradoxical effect of increasing the likelihood of craving,’ she continues. ‘The result is a sort of “vicious cycle” of alternating restraint and overconsumption or binge eating.’

If you’re experiencing a constant surge of unhealthy pregnancy cravings, try swapping some of your more sugar-filled treats for some healthier options. If you really can’t resist chocolate, snack on a few cubes of dark chocolate or a chocolate-flavoured yoghurt to curb your cravings. 

READ: THE BEST HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES FOR YOUR PREGNANCY CRAVINGS

What are you currently craving? Let us know in the comments box below.

 
Related content:

Comments

No comments have been made yet.


It’s Christmas!
It’s Christmas!

From the best Advent Calendars, to festive pyjamas, and all the best Christmas gift guides... Plus our favourite Elf on the Shelf photos! 

Subscribe to Mother&Baby!
Subscribe to Mother&Baby!

Be the best mum you can be and let Mother & Baby guide you along the way. Each issue is jam packed with REAL advice from mums just like you. Subscribe today & get a free welcome gift!

Ovulation Calculator
Ovulation calculator
Trying for a baby? Work out when you're most fertile to increase your chances of getting pregnant with our easy-to-use ovulation calculator.
Pregnant woman
Due Date Calculator

When is your baby due? If you’re having trouble remembering dates and counting up the days on your fingers and toes, don’t worry – use our due date calculator.

Get M&B in your inbox!

Sign up to Mother&Baby today and get news and advice about your body and your baby straight to your inbox every week.