Is it normal to have junk food cravings during first trimester?

It is a very common phenomenon for a pregnant woman to crave for junk food in their first trimester because the hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy. Eating junk food during pregnancy is okay for you but that is also not the best thing. Junk food contains carbohydrate in higher amounts and after your body consumes the carbohydrate it produces a hormone called insulin.

Insulin reduces the amount of amino acid content of your blood except for one tryptophan. When tryptophan reaches brain, it produces and releases serotonin which makes you feel good and content.

Healthy fixes for pregnancy junk food cravings

We have here some tips for you to fix your junk food diet

Exercise: Exercising regularly will make your body fit and it will also keep your mood swings stable. Regular exercising is a great way for a healthy pregnancy

Never skip the first meal: You should always have your breakfast like a king. Have a heavy breakfast of healthy food and it will lower down your urge to have junk food when you are hungry.

Keep it small: Even if you are having any sort of junk food make sure you are consuming a little portion of it taking just a scoop of ice cream or only a slice of pizza will be better.

Seek help: The emotional mood swings that you will be having during this time will make you shift to junk food. Talk your heart out to your friend or anyone who is close to you because communicating can also make you feel better.

Snack Smartly: Even if are having snacks to satisfy your food craving make sure your snacks are healthy. However, if you are in a dire need of food then going off the line will not be a problem.

Clean it out: Get rid of all the junk food that you have in your kitchen cupboard because you won’t be tempted to have them then.


Harmful effects of junk food

Food cravings are absolutely normal during pregnancy. But food craving for junk food can be harmful in some way because the food that you will be eating will contribute to your health in a major way. During pregnancy the following changes take place in your body:

  • Your weight
  • Blood sugar
  • Blood pressure
  • Mood swings
  • Food cravings

Here are some effects of eating junk food:

Absence of nutrients

The pizzas and burgers that you eat lack fiber which is one of the basic nutrient for you. You can get constipation and also be prone to other health issues.


Eating fast foods all the time will result in accumulation of fat in your body due to which the baby can be born obese and with health disorders.

Sugar Intake

We can very well understand your craving for chocolate at this time. But, to let you know, an intake of high level of sugar can cause mood swings and irritation.

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