Let’s Talk Pregnancy Cravings

Let’s Talk Pregnancy Cravings
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Pregnancy cravings are one of the most interesting things to me. If you scroll through Facebook you’re bound to see a mama thanking her husband for a late night run to Subway or an Instagram photo showcasing some odd combination of foods likes pickles and ice cream. With baby #3, I’m currently on a huge orange juice kick and will pretty much cry if we run out without a back up in sight. Yes, cravings are funny thing.

But this is my big question … and one I’d love for all to chime in on. Did what you crave during pregnancy point towards either a girl or a boy … and if you’ve been pregnant more than once did the same cravings prove true for subsequent pregnancies?

Here’s my story. During pregnancy #1 I ate lots of cereal and citrus type fruits during my first trimester, then towards the end I started eating burgers and steak. I had never before in my life liked beef and all of a sudden I couldn’t get enough of it! That baby was a girl 🙂 Then, during pregnancy #2 I ate gobs of watermelon and pancakes. Again, two things I had never really liked. Baby was a boy 🙂 Now, at 11 weeks pregnant with baby #3 I’m guzzling orange juice, living on cereal and anything with marinara sauce. Hmmm … I’m leaning towards baby #3 being born a girl based on the similarity of citrus.

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So, what were cravings like for you? Some fellow mamas weighed in with their cravings and outcomes!

  • I wanted sweets, which “they” say is indicative of a girl, which was right. – Jeannette
  • I craved sour in the first trimester. Was told it meant boy, it was, but then I craved it badly again this time and it’s a girl. – Rachel
  • I wanted more meat based meals with [my son] … Heavier meals. With [my daughter] I wanted more sweets, granola with yogurt, fruit. – Alexis
  • I was never a sweets person before my girls! – Carmen
  • I craved lemons with my first (boy), and blood oranges with my second (also boy). – Tricia
  • With my girl I craved orange juice and berries (indicative of girl) and with my boy I remember craving hot dogs and Top Ramen (both of which I didn’t have and I don’t eat meat). My intense orange juice cravings this time around made me really wonder if I was pregnant again– Yep! I have strong feelings that this babe is a girl. I also crave burritos though. – Brittany
  • I also crave orange juice this pregnancy , and it’s a girl! – Heather
  • I cannot tell you how many flats of fresh strawberries I consumed when pregnant with [my son]! Strawberries and diet Pepsi with that boy. [My daughter] forced me to devour entire chocolate cheesecakes. Nothing too crazy, although I had huge meat aversion with my boy and I am normally a meat eater daily. – Stephanie
  • I was a vegetarian for almost 5 years when I got pregnant. Meat literally repulsed me. When I got pregnant, all of a sudden all I wanted was beef. I craved steaks and hamburgers constantly. Everyone kept saying “oh it’s gotta be a big boy in there wanting all that meat!” Just my teensy little lady though! (And BTW, she loves meat and asks for hamburgers every day!) – Lauren
  • With [my daughter] early on all I wanted was pickles and cheese, mashed potatoes, Jimmy dean d-lite breakfast sandwiches with mustard, or scrambled eggs & sausage with mustard, lol. Later on it was strawberries and strawberry lemonade. -Christa
  • I’m normally a big sweets person, but I craved bagels with cream cheese and Thai green curry with both boys. – Jackie

Now, it’s your turn! What did you crave for each of your pregnancies – did it line up with boy/girl predications?

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).


  1. With my first, I craved mashed potatoes early on and milk shakes all the time. It was a girl. #2 have me terrible morning sickness weeks 10-17 and tater tots were the only think I wanted to eat during that time. Eventually I craved milk shakes and beef. It was a boy. #3, another girl came soon after #2 and I just craved more of everything but nothing in particular. I had a strong chocolate aversion with all 3. I couldn’t eat a piece of chocolate, like a bar, m&m, or kiss it was so upsetting.

  2. With my first son, I preferred salty & savory foods. Also had a huge craving for beef-steak & burgers were in regular rotation! With my daughter I wanted sweet & healthey options. I craved watermelon, melon, and fruit salad for the first half of my pregnancy then mashed potatoes’ and French fries, and pasta the second half of my pregnancy. With my third child (a boy) I didn’t have many cravings. Mostly aversions for the majority of my pregnancy.

    Congrats & best wishes!

  3. With my first two I had no special cravings or aversions (I had a boy and a girl, separately). I am two months pregnant with my third and am craving everything meat, and carbs- potatoes, pasta, bread/toast, pizza!!!!, rice and of course I have to have my orange juice everyday! I am very disappointed if we run out (we live in the country so no quick runs to the store for me).
    The thought of sweets makes me nauseous right now. I have no idea what I’m having, daddy wants a boy but I’m ok with either, although I may have purchased a few girl outfits already because they were so cute!! 😉


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