Weird Pregnancy Cravings


We polled our friends, neighbors, readers — even the tellers at our bank — and compiled this exhaustive list of weird pregnancy cravings. Names have been omitted to protect the innocent.

Pickles and Peanut Butter

This is a thing; it’s true. While not all the items on this list combine the two, they clearly show a trend in pregnancy food cravings.

  • Peanut butter sandwich with nacho cheese Doritos in the middle.
  • Peanut butter and pickle sandwiches.
  • A spoonful of peanut butter, topped with Irish butter.
  • Pickles and peanut butter with a Coke

  • Ramen noodles with pickle juice.
  • Pickles with crushed up Funyuns.
  • Peanut butter and chocolate cookies.
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Downright Odd

Some pregnancy cravings are simply un-categorizeable. Whether a one-off oddity or a — ahem — UNIQUE flavor combo, pregnant women crave it all.

  • Tuna fish with chocolate milk.
  • Tuna, tuna, TUNA. Like, enough for her OB/GYN to recommend a calendar of mercury consumption.
  • Black olives, sour cream, and pickled beets. Together.
  • Straight up, whole lemons. Actually, anything sour in general.
  • Chalk.
  • Corn flakes (dry, no milk) with a side of tomato juice with lime and salt. 
  • Chinese food and Krispy Kreme donuts. Together.
  • Cottage cheese, a hamburger patty, and pineapple. In the same bite.
  • French fries dipped in a chocolate milkshake. (Maybe this one isn’t SO odd.)
  • Chili dogs WITH ketchup.

Oddly Specific

Yup. That about sums it up.

  • Hellmann’s Mayonnaise.
  • Olive Garden salad dressing. Like, to drink.
  • Dill pickle chips with lemonade — and they had to be LAY’S Dill Pickle Flavored Potato Chips.
  • Homemade ranch dressing with Ruffles Original Potato Chips.
  • Lima beans with butter and garlic. Pounds per week.
  • Only green, Granny Smith apples with peanut butter.
  • Red Powerade. NOT Gatorade; Powerade.
  • The skin of a baked potato.
  • A turkey sandwich with a honeycrisp apple — and the apple had to be from Central Market.
  • Snickers, chips and salsa, and pickles (at the same time, but eaten separately).
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Love Me Some Fast Food

Ahhhhh yeah! You don’t have to be pregnant to crave the neon signs, drive-throughs, and takeout menus on this list. But it helps.

  • McDonald’s breakfast bagels and iced coffee.
  • Taco Bell bean burritos with green sauce.
  • Sonic foot-long chili-cheese coneys.
  • Pizza Hut buffet (never before or since pregnancy).
  • Whataburger onion rings.
  • Galligaskin’s cheese sticks.
  • Jack in the Box — chili cheese fries or potato cheese wedges.
  • Luby’s fried fish and collard greens (never before or since).
  • Baja gorditas from Taco Bell, Arby’s sandwiches, and McDonald’s hamburgers. Alternate weekly.
  • Anything from Braum’s!
  • Chick-fil-A nuggets (from a devout vegetarian).
  • Taco Bell chicken quesadillas.
  • Chinese takeout. Egg rolls.
  • ‪Hamburger pizza.
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Not Too Crazy

Here’s the thing about some of these. They’re not totally off the wall. Either they just get inside your head and constantly nag . . . or mama might need to practice some moderation. We’re not judging.

  • Ketchup. Like, as a legit component of the weekly meal plan.
  • Pasta: spaghetti, ramen noodles, or macaroni and cheese.
  • Deviled eggs.
  • Pickles.
  • Dairy. You name it. Cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, whole milk.
  • Anything mayonnaise-based.
  • Chicken wings.
  • ‪Fried okra.
  • Tacos.
  • Waffles.
  • Pineapple juice. Gallons of it.
  • Cheetos.
  • Sea salt & vinegar potato chips.
  • Goldfish crackers.
  • Steak/burgers/red meat.
  • Cereal. Like, one family-size box per day. (Froot Loops, Special K, and Honey Nut Cheerios were some of the top mentions.)
  • BLTs.
  • Steak and broccoli. For every meal except breakfast.
  • Hot dogs (never before or since).

Dat Spice Though

Heat definitely warrants its own category. What is it about spice that speaks to a pregnant woman’s cravings?

  • Cajun food.
  • Salsa. By the spoonful.
  • Chicken fajitas for every single meal.
  • Jalapeños (never before or since).
  • Spicy Asian food (Pad Thai, curries, spicy Korean pork, Szechuan anything, etc.

  • Hot sauce. With a side of bean burrito.
  • Frito pie, extra cheese.

ALL the Sweets

Isn’t this so relatable? Even gals with admittedly ZERO sense of a sweet tooth can crave the cloying while pregnant!

  • Gobstoppers candy.
  • Bluebell ice cream.
  • Klondike bars.
  • Sour Jelly Beans.
  • Dr. Pepper.
  • Lemon sherbet.
  • Fig Newtons.
  • Strawberry tarts from Swiss Pastry Shop. (Not a sponsor, but . . . shout out!)
  • Strawberry ice cream or cherry pie.
  • Taco Bell cinnamon twists.
  • Dairy Queen ice cream sundaes with extra, EXTRA hot fudge.
  • Black forest sundae from Braum’s.
  • Sno cones.
  • CHOCOLATE! We had responses of chocolate milk, chocolate shakes, straight up chocolate, and even chocolate croissants. The struggle is real.

Good for You

We saved this category for last because, honestly, we’re a little bit ashamed of our own pregnancy indulgences and A LOT impressed by these healthier cravings. You go, mama!

  • Cucumbers.
  • Kale salad and grapefruit.
  • Lebanese cabbage rolls.
  • Fresh plums (the juicy, squishy kind).
  • Frozen grapes.
  • Lentil soup.
  • Salad! Greek, chicken, etc.
  • Anything avocado.
  • Pineapples.
  • Blackberries. Like, two cartons per day.

What were some of your craziest pregnancy cravings — or aversions?



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