Hey there, lovely mamas and mamas-to-be! If you're currently navigating the rollercoaster ride of pregnancy, you know there's one aspect of this incredible journey that's a hot topic: cravings. Those irresistible, gotta-have-it-now, sometimes quirky, and oh-so-delicious hankerings for food that can turn even the most sensible of us into food-seeking missiles. Today, we're diving into the fascinating world of pregnancy cravings in the UK.

First things first, let's make one thing clear - pregnancy cravings are absolutely normal! You're not alone, and you're not going crazy. These cravings are nature's way of getting you to nourish your growing baby and yourself, and what a tasty adventure it can be. So, grab your cuppa and let's dish the deets.

The 'Nausea-Relief' Cravings

We all know that the early stages of pregnancy can be a bit rough in the nausea department. But don't worry, your body has its ways of helping you out. For many mums, this means reaching for the quintessential British cracker: the digestive biscuit. With its gentle crunch and sweet yet not overly sweet flavour, these golden delights can be a lifesaver when your tummy's playing tricks on you. Plus, they're perfect for dunking in tea. Is there anything more British?

The 'Savoury Comfort' Cravings

When you're in the mood for something hearty and comforting, you might find yourself turning to good old-fashioned British classics. Think cottage pie, sausage rolls, or a plate of fish and chips. These savoury delights offer a taste of home and nostalgia that can be immensely satisfying during pregnancy. And don't forget the mushy peas on the side – they seem to be a particular favourite!

The 'Sweet Tooth' Cravings

The UK has a longstanding love affair with sweet treats. During pregnancy, this relationship can blossom into a full-blown romance. Whether it's a warm, gooey treacle tart, a slice of Victoria sponge cake, or a flaky Eccles cake, there's no shortage of options to satisfy your sweet tooth. And let's not forget about the classic scones, often accompanied by clotted cream and jam. Talk about a decadent pregnancy indulgence!

The 'Spicy Surprise' Cravings

If you're finding yourself with an unusual hankering for spicy food, you're not alone. Many pregnant mamas in the UK have reported suddenly craving dishes with a bit of heat, like chicken tikka masala or a hearty curry. While these fiery cravings might surprise you, they can be a delightful adventure for your taste buds. Just be prepared for a little extra heartburn!

The 'Gherkin & Ice Cream' Combos

Pregnancy cravings can lead to some truly peculiar combinations. While it might not be a quintessentially British thing, you'll discover mums-to-be across the UK coming up with their unique concoctions. Perhaps you're one of those who crave the intriguing blend of gherkins and ice cream, or maybe you're drawn to pickled onions on your pizza. Hey, pregnancy is all about embracing the unexpected!

The Supportive Partner

Let's not forget the unsung heroes during this culinary adventure: our partners. Many times, they're the ones who dash to the store in the middle of the night to satisfy our craziest cravings. Give your partner a shout-out because they truly deserve it.

Most common cravings;

  • Chocolate
  • Fruit
  • Ice lollies
  • Cake
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Ice cream
  • Spicy food
  • Biscuits

Strangest cravings;

  • Pickled onions 
  • Sponge
  • Coal 
  • Petrol 
  • Coffee beans
  • Peanut butter with hot sauce

Remember, mamas, it's all part of the adventure. Enjoy your cravings, and savor every moment of your pregnancy – one delicious bite at a time! Cheers to the wonderful world of pregnancy cravings! Did you have any strange cravings? Let us know @themilkyteeco. 

Lauren Hampshire