Women have detailed the strangest pregnancy cravings they’ve ever had to manage, from Cheetos dipped in yogurt to cream cheese on everything including pizza and chocolate cake.
Some became obsessed with very specific types of food, such as ‘cream cheese on everything’, mangoes in all forms, and English muffins.
Others tried strange combinations, such as strawberry yogurt with beef jerky or hot sauce on peanut butter.
Munchies: Women have detailed the strangest pregnancy cravings they’ve ever had to manage, from Cheetos dipped in yogurt to cream cheese on everything (stock picture)
‘The one thing I did make my partner go get immediately was English muffins!’ Laura, 28, told Cosmopolitan. ‘It felt so random but I ate all six of them that day in various forms. Breakfast sandwich, with butter, with peanut butter and jelly. It didn’t matter how but I needed those nooks and crannies in my mouth.’
Another pregnant mother detailed her sudden love of oranges in a Reddit thread, writing: ‘I used to crave fresh fruits, juice and salad. Particularly oranges from the fridge! I would cut up like four oranges and pour a big glass of orange juice and that would be me at my happiest.’
One woman experienced fruity cravings, too, but with mangoes, to the point of eating two to four a day.
‘I was addicted,’ Terri, 29, told Cosmo. ‘When we didn’t have any mangoes at home late at night, I remember going to my nearest Wawa hoping to score mango. I definitely preferred fresh mango, but when it was out of season and hard to find, I settled for mango-flavored drinks, canned mango, mango desserts, etc.’
For another Reddit user, cravings centered on cream cheese, which she tried to sneak into every meal.
‘At a certain point, I’d just cut a small bit off of the block and eat it like that,’ she wrote. ‘Mashed potatoes with cream cheese were my jam. Then I got creative and tried it on really weird stuff like the rice guy. Pizza 10/10. Pizza with cream cheese 11/10. Highly recommend. Chocolate cake? Why not. Every food I ate became the vehicle for cream cheese.’
One woman became so obsessed with KFC’s gravy that pouring it on top of chicken and biscuits wasn’t enough—she ended up drinking it from the cup.
Sounds… Yummy? Some felt compelled to try strange food combinations they would have found repulsive at any other time (stock picture)
Another mother experienced extreme cravings for apple juice. ‘I remember a time toward the end of my pregnancy, when I was on bed rest, and had a meltdown because we ran out,’ she wrote. ‘I couldn’t go to the store to get any, and my husband couldn’t take a break at work and bring me some. Worst day ever.’
Others found themselves suddenly seeking out tart tastes, with Ashley, 35, telling Cosmo she went for super tart lemonade and this super spicy five-chili chicken from an Asian fusion restaurant by my house’.
‘It seemed I always wanted something extremely sour, or extremely spicy,’ she added. ‘I didn’t even care about the heartburn.’
My husband caught me putting hot sauce on a spoonful of peanut butter
Another mother, 29-year-old Lauren, said she craved ‘undiluted lime juice, straight out of the frozen concentrate can’.
‘My husband would bring home a few frozen concentrate cans each week and I would blend it up in a blender—without even diluting it and drink it just like juice or eat it with a spoon straight out of the freezer,’ she added.
Some felt compelled to try strange food combinations they would have found repulsive at any other time.
‘I came home from work and my husband caught me putting hot sauce on a spoonful of peanut butter,’ Chelsea, 29, said. ‘It ended up tasting terrible, but all day long I thought about it and had to try it. A few days later I found out I was pregnant!
‘All throughout the pregnancy I wanted vinegar—salt and vinegar chips were my go to. I even tried to (unsuccessfully) make salt and vinegar ice cream one afternoon.’
As for 31-year-old Amber, she wanted ‘Hot Cheetos dipped in yogurt’, but can no longer eat either after becoming allergic to some of the ingredients.
One Reddit user reported craving ‘peanut butter, honey, and celery sandwiches’—nothing too unusual, if not for the addition of ‘strawberry ice cream with a stick of spicy beef jerky to use as an edible spoon’.
A woman also detailed her experience with pica, a craving for substances that are not normally eaten, which can occur during pregnancy.
‘I had the most bizarre craving during pregnancy — sand,’ Nicole, 29, told Cosmo.
‘Like, straight from the beach, sand. I just wanted to grind salt between my teeth. It was so odd, I told my doctor and their only advice was “don’t do it.” Also, any earthy smells were euphoric… like the smell of fresh air or dirt.’