Here's to Pickles and Ice Cream
Aversions: The Body's Natural Defense? continued...
They also worry that if women give in to aversions without some
thought about their overall nutritional intake, they may unwittingly be
shortchanging themselves on important nutrients. Many vegetables, for example,
contain folic acid and iron, which are important during pregnancy.
"One important, although unusual, aversion is milk,"
says Pitkin. "Rather than being an aversion, it might actually be a lactose
intolerance, and if that's the case, then [we'd] recommend lactose-free milk
... since calcium is important during pregnancy."
The bottom line: Don't let your natural instincts overtake your
"Eating is one of life's more pleasant things," Pitkin
says. "It isn't medicine or a treatment. If you want it, have it, as long
as your diet provides for that sort of thing. And if you can get your husband
to do something he might not otherwise do -- like those midnight grocery store
runs -- then sure, go ahead!"