Food cravings during pregnancy are not uncommon, in fact, some women have pretty strange cravings. I this post, we will be exploring whether a tomato craving during pregnancy is a good thing or could be a sign of an underlying medical cause.
My pregnancy cravings
I remember when I was expecting my son, I had severe morning sickness symptoms during my first trimester. But I referred to it as afternoon and evening sickness because it used to be at its worst during those times to the point where I ended up losing weight instead of gaining. Most foods were unappealing to me and just the thought of it made me want to throw up.
My biggest craving was orange juice. I do not normally drink a lot of orange juice even though I love the taste. It is just not my go-to drink. Well, during my first trimester I used to crave it all the time and it went down easily. I also had a craving for toasted cheese sandwiches and skinny American fries with Robertson’s salt and vinegar spice. It was fairly safe to eat these without feeling sick afterwards. Thankfully, with my second trimester the morning sickness subsided, and I had a broader range of menu choices to choose from.
Tomato craving during pregnancy
A voracious craving for tomatoes or products that contain tomato is referred to as tomatophagia. This condition is sometimes linked to nutritional deficiencies, particularly in pregnant women. It often happens with individuals that have an iron deficiency anemia, although raw tomatoes do not have a high iron content.
What is the leading cause for tomato cravings?
Tomatoes contain plenty of minerals, antioxidants, vitamins, and phytochemicals which include:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Folic acid
When you have a nutritional deficiency that is due to restricted eating or dieting, it could lead to a tomato craving or a craving for tomato-based foods. Tomato craving during pregnancy or any other cravings are not out of the ordinary. While there is no certain reason as to why these cravings happen, they might be the result of hormonal fluctuations or nutritional deficits.
Food cravings might be the side effect of an iron deficiency anemia which is a condition that results from not having enough healthy red blood cells.
What are the symptoms linked to iron deficiency anemia?
The symptoms associated with an iron deficiency anemia include:
- Cold hands and feet
- Pale skin
When to see a doctor?
If you have a tomato craving during pregnancy, it is possible that you might have some nutritional deficiency. Speak to your OB/GYN about your present eating plan to find out whether it needs to be changed. Always try to supplement your diet with the appropriate prenatal vitamins during pregnancy. They are generally high in folate an essential nutrient contained in tomatoes.
When you are consuming a lot of tomatoes and the skin on the palms of your hands as well as the soles of your feet has a yellow color, you should consult your doctor. It could by lycopenemia or carotenemia which are conditions that are the result of eating too many foods that have a carotene content.
How can you treat a tomato craving?
If your tomato craving during pregnancy is due to an underlying medical issue, there are certain things you can do to help lower the craving.
- Eat alternative foods with the same nutrients as tomatoes – This will help with preventing lycopenemia or carotenemia while contributing to a well-balanced diet.
- Maintain a food diary – Keep tabs on everything you eat and drink and write them down. This could assist with finding patterns in your eating plan and symptoms.
- Follow a balanced eating plan – This will ensure that you are getting the necessary nutrients.
If you have a tomato craving during pregnancy, it could be due to an underlying condition. Eating an excess of tomato-based items or tomatoes can also cause carotenemia or lycopenemia. If you are eating more tomatoes than usual while being pregnant, it is best to see your doctor to rule out any underlying medical issues or food deficiencies.
I hope this post was useful to you and if you had any strange food cravings during your pregnancy, I would like to hear all about it in the comments.