Is your body really craving chocolate, or is it all in your head? A University of Albany Psychology Department researcher has found evidence that those pregnancy cravings and subsequent weight gain may be all mental.
Researchers developed their hypothesis based on their earlier work involving women's cravings around menstruation. Researchers say that in the United States, both PMS and pregnancy are simply acceptable excuses to overindulge and that there is no true nutritional need for the cravings.
According to research, 76% of women crave at least one food item by the second trimester of pregnancy. Top cravings include ice cream, chips, chocolate, pizza and various fast foods.
To learn more about this research, read the full story from the Albany Times Union.