You've probably heard all the jokes about pregnant women and their sometimes strange, even crazy, food tastes and cravings. Jokes aside, unusual food cravings, which often occur late at night, are a reality for many women. Scientists really don't know why.
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Some experts think these cravings might be your body's way of alerting you to nutrients missing from your diet. The cravings could also result from a need for more flavorful food during pregnancy, or even a need for extra calories. So it is important to listen to your body when it is telling you to eat, whatever your pregnancy eating habits are.
To cope with late-night cravings, eat well balanced meals, and have a light snack with a glass of milk before bedtime. Note: Eating soil or starch is never normal. Avoid ingesting these or any non-food items, and talk to your healthcare provider if you have the urge to eat these items.