Celebrity Pregnancy Cravings, Revealed
Pregnancy can bring out strange food cravings in some expectant mothers and celebrities are not immune to the dietary desires that range from delicious to disgusting.
Blame it on the hormones.
"There are certain hormonal changes that influence the metabolism of a pregnant woman," explains Manny Alvarez, M.D. "Those hormonal changes can make certain foods less appetizing and others more so."
Alvarez adds that "there are cravings that are predicated on nutritional deficiencies, but most of the cravings are due to the hormonal changes of estrogen and progesterone, which will alter your appetite or your sense of liking something."
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So from ice cream with hot sauce to lavender cookies, check out what some stars dined on while waiting for baby:
Duchess of Cambridge
The former Kate Middleton, expecting her first child —and heir to the British throne—in July enjoys lavender shortbread, which is said to ease nausea. The Duchess was briefly hospitalized in the early stages of her pregnancy with hyperemesis gravidarum, or severe morning sickness.
When Jessica Simpson was pregnant with her daughter Maxwell, she confessed to “Extra” host Mario Lopez that she “had a buttered Pop Tart” that morning and was eating a lot of comfort foods from her childhood. “I have given in to my cravings,” said the singer-turned-fashion mogul. “I’m like ‘Yeah, I can do it.’ We’ll worry about the rest afterwards.”
When socialite-turned-designer Nicole Richie was pregnant with her second child in 2009, her cravings were on the spicy side. I eat a lot of Wasabi right now, which I actually hate in my real life,” she told Access Hollywood.
Rumors swirled that the singer was enjoying some crazy snacks while pregnant with daughter Blue Ivy, including ice cream with hot chili sauce and hot sauce with pickles and bananas. But Beyonce called such combos "absolutely disgusting" while keeping mum on her actual cravings.
When the former Spice Girl-turned-designer was expecting her fourth child in 2011, she reportedly favored sweet orange preserves on toast with tea.
When Hilary Duff was expecting her first child in 2011, she was reaching for gooey marshmallow snacks.
Don’t expect the rebellious pop singer to indulge in cutesy cupcakes. Pink told Shape Magazine that during her 2011 pregnancy to her first daughter she was craving for Sour Skittles, Sour Patch Kids and key lime pie.
What does a Victoria’s Secret model who is expecting a baby eat? Fruits, of course. Miranda Kerr said she ate lots of tomatoes and oranges during her pregnancy. That would explain how she managed to rock the runway just two months after giving birth in 2011.
During her 2004 pregnancy, supermodel Claudia Schiffer admitted she was thirsty for non-alcoholic beer and wanted to eat lots of doughnuts.
The actress reportedly indulged in pretzels dipped in cream cheese to cope with her morning sickness.
When Kourtney Kardashian was pregnant with her son Mason in 2009, she yearned for one dish we won’t be trying anytime soon. The reality TV star said that her weirdest craving was “maybe a relish and mayo sandwich, but only once thank God!”