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Why Preferences Change During Pregnancy

and prolonging the nutrient extraction of suitable food.


However this process is not always is so simple. When in the woman’s

system there are latent metabolic derangements, the “searcher’s”

command can be paradoxical, i.e. instead of liquidation a of deficiency,

it makes it worse. And the result is a vicious circle. For example, in

a body which has no iron and the woman suffering from anemia (a decrease

in quantity of hemoglobin), she will have a distinct metalic taste in

her mouth. She will suffer an aversion to meat, even though consumption

of meat would partly help the lack of iron. In such cases, the only remedy

is taking vitamin and mineral pills. Though sometimes even their smell

can also provoke disgust. The reason for this phenomenon remains a riddle

to science.

Earlier we spoke about desires which, as a whole, do not threaten the

lives of a mother or her baby. However during early pregnancy, some women

have a desire to eat inedible products: clay, sand, lime, and soil. Some

women like to smell the fumes of gasoline, acetone and other volatile

matters. Fortunately, this phenomena is rare. Is it necessary to satisfy

such desires? Certainly not! These desires are also caused by a "command"

of the same "searcher". If they are strong and constant it is

recommended to consult a doctor, since they are caused by neurochemical

changes in the body. Probably, the fumes of harmful substances somehow

influence the brain: in such a way that the body reacts to the changes

in balance certain chemicals. But a future mother should not satiate such

desires in any case. In fact, harmful fumes can have a mutilating effect

on the fetus. In such cases, doctors prescribe special prescriptions that

normalize certain chemical productions (glycine, glutamic acid, vitamins).

So, hormonal reorganization in the body strongly influences food preferences

(when a woman constantly wants one thing and can’t stand another).

According to the world famous Doctor of Medicine Michel Glisman, ‘these

eccentric hormones that run around the organism during the first three

months of pregnancy, provoke freaky predilections.”


Samuel M. Flacksman and Paul Sherman have declared, that the nausea,

vomiting and the changed food preferences during pregnancy carry out a

salutary function: it is the natural mechanism of protection for a mother

and a fetus from the diseases caused by improper food. It also protects

a fetus from harmful substances which can negatively affect the formation

of its organs and tissues. Their conclusion helps to explain why early

on many pregnant women begin to loathe meat, some vegetables and drinks

containing caffeine, and prefer products with an bland taste. According

to Sherman, by this mechanism of disgust for certain food, the fetus is

also protected from the toxins developed by microorganisms and other teratogenic

substances (causing defects of the fetus development).

At the same time, during the first three months of pregnancy the cells

of an embryo start to form structures. This is a critical stage in the

formation of a new life. The developing structures and systems - hands,

legs, eyes and the central nervous system – can be adversely influenced

by teratogenic substances contained in some plants; their components can

also have a negative impact on the course of pregnancy. For example, parsley

can cause contraction of the uterus, and lead to a miscarriage. It’s

not by accident that a pregnant woman’s body frequently refuses



It is known, that tastes and desires of the pregnant woman vary. Nature

has supplied the future mother with a so-called "food intuition of

the pregnant woman". Modern dietology, medicine and biology don’t

have complete information regarding the perfect nutrition during preganacy.

We know only the main principle: the food should be varied, healthy and

contain a minimum quantity of processed and artificial products. During

the first trimester of pregnancy there is an active reorganization of

the body as it adapts to a new condition. Now the baby (through his mother)

expresses his needs demanding useful microcells, vitamins and nutrients.

Both mom and her family should take this into consideration and provide

the baby with the desired substances. However here, as anywhere, a reasonable

approach is pertinent. You should listen to your desires and satisfy them

reasonably (in moderate quantity).

So, whatever is hidden behind such strange desires of pregnant women,

it is necessary to listen to them and try to find out what deficiency

our "whims" are indicating. Scientists confess that some cases

of flavor preferences are unexplainable. And in any case, do not force

yourself to eat something that is considered to be good for you if you

do not want it.



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