When people think of what women go through during pregnancy, food cravings is one of the first things that comes to mind. You get visions of women eating pickles and peanut butter, sweet and spicy foods, and other unusual combinations. Weird food cravings come on strong and in most cases, women have to try something once it gets stuck in their head.
Experts believe that food cravings during pregnancy are mostly psychological, but hormones could also be at play. Neuropeptide Y, the hormone responsible for appetite signals, can increase during pregnancy, leading to extreme food cravings. Some women have reported an odd food craving out of the blue being their clue that they were pregnant. Having intense cravings during nausea is also common. Nausea can get so strong that only one item, in particular, sounds appetizing.