When it comes to pregnancy, it's safe to say that many expectant mothers experience a whole myriad of side effects (most of which are completely normal and nothing to worry about). From swollen hands and feet, to skin changing colour, the influx of hormones to the body (and the whole, y'know, casual act of growing an entire human) can also be accompanied by another classic: cravings.
Not only do pregnant women often experience cravings for specific foods, the NHS website explains that it's common to suddenly go off some of your favourite meals too. "During early pregnancy, you may find you no longer like some foods or drinks you used to enjoy," it says. "You might [also] notice you crave new foods [or] you lose interest in certain foods or drinks you used to enjoy, such as tea, coffee or fatty food."
Whilst most are harmless, the NHS does also say while "cravings come in all shapes and sizes", on some occasions they can be an indication of a vitamin deficiency – for example, if what you're craving isn't exactly food (e.g. coal, toothpaste and even soil). If this is the case, or you're worried about any aspect of pregnancy, the best thing to do is to book in for a chat with your GP or midwife.
And of course, when it comes to pregnancy cravings, celebrities are no exception – and many have delighted their fans by openly discussing how their tastebuds have changed as a result of carrying a baby. From extra chocolatey brownies to Tabasco on everything, these are some of the odder celebrity pregnancy cravings we've heard of.
1) Perrie Edwards
While chatting away on TikTok during a Little Mix interview, Perrie shared that during the early stages of her pregnancy she was all about the sour sweets, specifically Toxic Waste. "Mine [cravings] have been weird," she said. "My one was Toxic Waste, you know the barrel. All I wanted was just sour, sour, sour, I loved it."
She added, "And Brain Lickers, I had to get myself on Amazon and get all the classics, Juicy Drop Pops, anything that was sour, I'm so over it, that was when I was feeling really sick but I'm great now."
2) Leigh-Anne Pinnock
In the same interview, Leigh-Anne added that she too had been experiencing some very specific cravings – namely prawn sandwiches from a certain shop. "It's prawn sandwiches, but the M&S kind," she said, before continuing on to say that she's also been fixating on a particular type of crisp too (thank God for meal deals, eh?). "And Frazzles, I literally ordered a box on Amazon because I was that obsessed, and Fruit Pastilles. They're my three."
3) Christine Quinn
The Selling Sunset star revealed during an interview with Us Weekly that not only has pregnancy put her off some of her favourite foods (eggs) but has seen her seriously lust after anything sugary. "My biggest cravings so far are definitely pizza [and] chocolate sweets," Christine shared. "I mean, a lot of the stuff that I already loved before, but now it’s amped up and I’m like, 'I must have this now!', I’m a big soda drinker now, which I know isn’t the best, but I love Dr. Pepper and I love pineapple juice and orange juice. So, definitely a lot of sugar cravings for sure."
4) Katy Perry
Always an open book with her fans, singer Katy Perry shared her newfound love of spice and burritos during pregnancy on Instagram. "You want to talk cravings…" she wrote. "I like, literally, never cared for spice, and now, I have to carry Tabasco sauce in my purse like that woman. Like, I am that woman. I am Karen with her Tabasco sauce. Some people have essential oils, and I have Tabasco sauce. ... I've been eating the same burrito for weeks on end."
5) Jessica Alba
The mother of two revealed during an interview with Latina magazine back in 2011 that her top craving during pregnancy was fruit. "Sometimes you can't get a food out of your mind. I could always eat watermelon," she said. "With Honor [her eldest daughter], I loved fruit, too. It's a decent craving. You still eat cheeseburgers and pickles – you just want watermelon really bad."
6) Kourtney Kardashian
Known for following a gluten and dairy-free diet the majority of the time (and being teased about it by her sisters on their family show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians), Kourtney craved Nilla Wafers and cheese and pickle sandwiches during her pregnancies. Speaking to Natural Health in 2014 she said, "I try to eat pretty healthy, but I think it's fun and important to listen to your cravings. I develop a thing for Nilla Wafer cookies every time [I'm pregnant]. I have no idea why! I've also been into cheese and pickle sandwiches."
7) Kim Kardashian
During her second pregnancy with son Saint, the reality star apparently craved both sweet and salty snacks. Kris Jenner, her mum, told Extra, "She likes sweets right now. She probably shouldn't eat too many sweets... but she loves all my desserts." Kim was also seen on KUWTK indulging her cravings by flying to New Orleans and tucking into crab fingers, then later visiting France for cheesecake. The dream.
When expecting her eldest daughter, Blue Ivy, Beyoncé's mother, fashion designer Tina Knowles, let slip to US Weekly that she'd been craving waffles. "She's going to be an awesome mom," Tina gushed at the time. N'aww!
9) Behati Prinsloo
The Victoria's Secret angel and activist, who is married to Maroon 5's Adam Levine, posted some of her pregnancy cravings on her Instagram Stories. Top of the list? French fries dipped in milkshake (we have tried this and can confirm it's delicious) and slices of apple topped with tajin –a mixture of lime, chillies and sea salt.
10) Kelly Rowland
Always candid during pregnancy (the singer also shared with fans that her bump had changed colour at one point!), Kelly told ELLE that her past cravings have included nachos, cherry pie and chocolate ice cream with peanut butter. Sounds like a great night in in front of Netflix, if you ask us.
11) Mariah Carey
While pregnant with twins, Roc and Roe, Mariah said she had a real want for toffee apples! Well, she is the Queen of All Things Festive (yep, that includes Halloween as well as Christmas), so it makes sense. Right?
12) Hilary Duff
During her pregnancy with daughter Banks, the Lizzie McGuire star said she'd been obsessed with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. "The other day I made a grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich, which I have never done, and it was so, so good," Delish reported. Her jelly of choice: Strawberry, usually, or apricot if she's in the mood something a little less sweet.
13) Millie Mackintosh
The Made In Chelsea-turned-fitness icon opened up about her various cravings on Instagram, saying they'd changed throughout the course of her pregnancy. "I’m a real foodie, so I was interested to see what my body was yearning for through the different stages of my pregnancy," Millie said. "In the early days all I wanted was beige food, all the carbs. Now I’m craving juicy fruits like water melon and grapes, I can’t get enough of them."
14) Holly Willoughby
Another sweet snack has made an appearance on the list! "My sweet tooth was out of control. Harry was made of cupcakes and with Belle, it was worse," the presenter said during a chat with Asda’s Good Living magazine. "I’d just eat the buttercream, chuck the sponge and get another one!"
15) Serena Williams
Given that she's an athlete, is it any surprise that Serena's pregnancy cravings were on the more nutritious side? Her husband, Alexis Ohanian, shared a video of himself hitting the shops on a Friday night in search of... vegetables! "I was told there would be cravings, I was not told they would be these," he jokes in it. "Zucchini, asparagus, and... what’s this one called again? Artichoke. Really?"
16) Ellie Goulding
By keeping her pregnancy a secret, singer Ellie also kept her eclectic cravings for tinned sardines and Weetabix Minis – not at the same time, let's be clear – under wraps. Typically known as being passionate about having a healthy diet, Ellie also revealed in an interview that her pregnancy saw her lusting after a McDonald's. "I know!" she laughed, while speaking with Stella. "But it was only [twice]!"
17) Gigi Hadid
During her pregnancy with daughter, Khai, who she shares with Zayn Malik, the model revealed she'd made a special food order of her favourite Sprinkles cupcakes on Twitter: "Pregnancy is real when u order nationally shipped @sprinkles to be delivered to yourself". She later answered a fan who asked if she'd had any cravings by saying, "Supreme triple chunk brownies & make-your-own ranch mix dip w carrots ...... lol".
Gigi also later shared a series of pregnancy throwback snaps on her Instagram Stories, one of which revealed she'd also experienced a craving for ribs. She captioned a shot of Zayn adding sauce to some with 'ribz - a big pregnancy craving'.
18) Ashley Tisdale
Much like Christine Quinn, High School Musical Star Ashley says she suddenly developed a thirst for orange juice while expecting, as well as a love of steak. "Orange juice is my favourite thing in the entire world," she told Us Weekly. "[It’s] so strange. I’ve liked orange juice, but I’ve never gone through so many orange juices in my life."
19) Nicki Minaj
While answering fan questions on Twitter, Nicki let the world know that while pregnant with her son, her tastebuds were all about the meat and spice: "Steak. Shrimp. Plus my famous cheeseburgers. So good. Been really having red meat cravings then salad cravings with extra jalapeños".
20) Amanda Seyfried
Is butter a carb? (Sorry, couldn't help it!) Mean Girls and Mamma Mia star Amanda is said to have wanted anything buttery or floury while expecting her daughter, according to W!. "I crave everything that’s made of flour, butter and sugar. Or not even sugar. Just flour and butter," she said. "You know what? Not even flour. Just butter. A stick of butter."
Singer Ciara, who has spoken candidly about wanting to return to her pre-baby shape after giving birth, said that while battling morning sickness, lemon and water was the only thing that helped. "I really like water with lemon," she told PEOPLE, adding that she also starts the day with huevos rancheros or an acai bowl. "Honestly, I eat. I love eating. I enjoy it, and I take advantage of it when I’m carrying! I eat all the food I want to at any time."
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