Why We Get Pregnancy Cravings and How to Satisfy Them

By Kerry Weiss
Reviewed by Alyssa Quimby, M.D.
May 03, 2023

Ice cream. Pickles. Pizza. Pickles on pizza. Pregnancy is known as a time for food cravings. You might find yourself with an overwhelming urge to eat a specific food or a strange combination of foods. Cravings can vary from day to day, or even hour by hour.

In some ways, pregnancy cravings are a bit of a mystery. But here’s what we do know about pregnancy cravings and how to handle them.

How Common Are Pregnancy Cravings?

Pregnancy cravings are common. Some research has estimated that up to 90% of pregnant people in the U.S. experience a food craving at some point.