The stereotypical foods associated with pregnancy cravings are mostly true
Back in 1978, researchers deemed ice cream, sweets, candy (especially chocolate), dairy, fruits, and fish the most commonly craved items. A few decades later, a study of pregnant adolescents would rank sweets, fruits, fast food, pickles, ice cream, and pizza as the top contenders. Recent surveys have returned similar results -- sugary stuff is always a major player, particularly in the second trimester. In the third trimester, women might start reaching for salty snacks like chips. But chocolate seems to be the kingmaker here. It pops up in just about every study, and has been recorded as the object of pregnant ladies' affections for at least four decades.
Some expectant moms eat dirt
It's not really tied to pregnancy, though -- it's a delusional misidentification syndrome (DMS) called pica, and dudes can have it, too. It happens when you eat non-food items like sand, glass, or clay. The habit has to persist for at least a month before it's officially pica, and scientists believe it may be tied to nutritional deficiencies or even OCD.
Science still hasn't completely explained what drives pregnancy cravings
Or much less how to manage them. But you should always talk to your doctor if you feel a particular fixation has gotten out of hand. (Especially if your fixation concerns glass. That's on the bad foods list.) The bottom line is you shouldn't beat yourself up for hoarding candy around week 14, no matter the reason you're craving it.
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Kristin Hunt is a staff writer for Thrillist. She is not pregnant, but probably craves pickles and candy as much as an expectant mother. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.