Most of the pregnant women love their second trimester as it has no morning sickness and their appetite will be normal without any nausea or vomiting sensation. And this is the stage in which those infamous pregnancy cravings mostly set about, as well as the notorious antipathies to formerly favorite foods.
It is considered that these food cravings and aversions symptoms are the body’s natural way of acquiring the nutrients it needs in this particular time. But however there’s no scientific evidence to support this.
Most of the pregnant women have the craving feeling on a healthy food, such as strawberries in that case you can go ahead and indulge. But in some case, the craving feeling goes on a non-food item, such as chalk, ice, charcoal, or paint, which is not safe so it is better to consult your health care provider to get some advice to overcome these kinds of cravings, and these types of carvings are known as pica. Pica in pregnant women usually indicates a serious fundamental deficiency which has to be addressed. Even you can include small amounts of ice cream and chocolate in your daily diet during pregnancy.
The cravings which are hard to resist may be those foods which are not good for your health. For instance, sushi is a type of food which is not good for pregnant women, so they must stay away from these kinds of food. If you are experiencing craving for sushi, then just try to have some other food like eat cooked fish with the combination sushi rice.
Or, if you love to eat feta cheese, then have some substituting food like a pasteurized goat’s milk cheese. And if you like to have potato chips, remember that you are adding enough salt because the chip craving usually indicates a want for additional salt. Or try some popcorn with butter and salt will give you the salt you need, along with a fiber, whole grain, and also with healthy fat. Are you craving pizza? Then try some food with lighter meats and heavier on the vegetables but don’t leave you without having anything.
Most women have plenty of energy in their second trimester, so it is a good time to plan for those last months of pregnancy and for the first few days after delivery. So use this time to cook extra quantity of healthy foods and store them in your refrigerator.
Also, have healthy snacks with you always. Having fresh vegetables and fruit will be a great idea as it makes good snacks. And always remember that your diet includes some amount of protein, such as cheese or milk.
As second trimester is the most important time to concentrate on diet and nutrition, you must be very careful in having the right food in right quantity. Eat as healthy as you can. This period will restore all your health which you have dropped during your first trimester because of morning sickness, nausea and vomiting. And not only that it also help you to prepare your body health condition for the additional challenges which you are going to face in the last trimester.
You should be consuming about 70 grams of protein each day, several servings of fruits and vegetables – including leafy green vegetables leafy green vegetables, fruits rich in Vitamin C and a good source of Vitamin A – several servings of whole grains, healthy fats and essential fatty acids. If you have any questions about your diet, talk with your health care provider.