Cravings [noun]: intense desires occurring during pregnancy for specific--and often strange--foods, courtesy of shifting hormones, nutrient deficiencies, or the mind seeking calmness.

Pregnancy is often a period of time when our relationship with food becomes complicated. Whether or not you’ve had a troubled relationship with food in the past, it can be tough to find the line between indulging a craving reasonably and overdoing it -- both on the mind and the body.

The human body is an incredible machine: it has all kinds of ways to communicate its needs, so it’s to our benefit to listen to its signals. Sometimes you just need a cheeseburger (and any mama who’s been around the block knows that nothing is going to come between you and that cheeseburger). And you should give yourself permission to listen to what your body asks for.

But sometimes your body is craving something more specific that you might be able to fulfill in other ways. Determine where the need stems from, and seek out healthful options to nourish not only your body but your mind, too.

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