Unsurprisingly, here at the JoJo Maman Bébé office, we always have babies on the brain. With not one, but two JoJo babies born last month, and the imminent arrival of the royal baby, the baby-o-meter has gone into overdrive.
Talking of the royal baby, The Duchess of Cambridge has apparently been experiencing some unusual cravings – namely, lavender shortbread from Fortnum & Mason. Very princess-like! Anyway, it appears that lavender’s healing properties help alleviate morning sickness – which begs the question – are cravings just our body’s naturally clever way of telling us what it needs?
Although scientific research into the subject is limited, there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that there may be more to cravings than we might think.
If you’ve ever experienced a hankering for ketchup, you’d be in good company, with both Beyoncé and Natalie Portman claiming to have developed a penchant for the sauce during their pregnancies. In fact, this isn’t such a strange craving. Ketchup’s saltiness can be effective for satisfying a sodium deficiency.
Having asked around the office for the strangest pregnancy cravings the JoJo team have come across, Haleh, one of our merchandisers, told of her interesting experience. She started to eat more oranges even before she found out she was pregnant, and later found out the fruit is rich in folic acid – which as most of us know – is vital for healthy baby development.
The most hilarious offering was that of cold meat pies, but only the ones from service stations. This led the poor lady in question to carry around a cold meat pie in her handbag in case of emergencies.
Alongside cravings – and perhaps more common – are strong aversions to certain things. My mother told me that although she didn’t have any particular cravings when she was pregnant with me, there were things that made her nauseous – red meat and oddly, the sound of my father’s voice, but only on the phone. That one remains unexplained.
JoJo founder Laura couldn’t stomach anything during her pregnancy apart from bananas, ice cream and milk, which sounds like a delicious problem to have but I’m guessing the novelty wore off pretty quickly!
Although there might be some logic to sugar cravings and responding by gorging on copious amounts of Haribo Tangfastics, some cravings are just downright bizarre. So count yourself lucky – it could be a lot worse, like this unfortunate woman.
Have any of you had any unusual cravings during your pregnancies? Or maybe you suddenly loved the smell of petrol? And eating charcoal – is it more than just an old wives’ tale? We’d love to hear your weird and wonderful stories!
Photo credits: http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/809184/early-signs-of-pregnancy http://www.allparenting.com/my-pregnancy/articles/966449/what-women-crave-during-pregnancy