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What is the deal with pregnant women and pickles?

Asked by bulbatron9 (3707points) March 1st, 2008 from iPhone

My wife is about 6 months pregnant, and she can eat a gallon jar of pickles in a couple of days.

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Spargett's avatar

I imagine this is partly a placebo due to the power of suggestion. Women subconsciously fulfilling a social norm.

“I always hear about pregnant women eating lots of pickles. I’m pregnant, I want pickles.”

gailcalled's avatar

The rapid hormonal changes during pregnancy trigger a lot of changes in relation to food – nausea, cravings, heartburn, and it varies from woman to woman and from trimester to trimester (and from pregnancy to pregnancy.) The thought of going within smelling distance of a pickle during my pregnancies would have been sickening…but scrambled eggs and tuna salad and choc. milk shakes..Now, that was a different story.

kawaii_ninja's avatar

My mum used to eat pancakes 24/7. I guess it’s different every pregnancy, because when she had my brother, she loved eggs.

bunkin's avatar

Salt… they crave salt due to the water retention. Pickles are very salty.

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