Skittles. Starburst. Snickers. Everyone has a favorite candy. Because this is America, people — land of the free and home of the refined sugar. For those without dietary restrictions, satisfying a chewy hankering is as close as your nearest grocery store checkout line. As a pregnant person, however, not only are your longings more acute, indulging in them isn't always possible (or, you know, good for you). I wanted to know how real life expectant moms handled chewy candy cravings during pregnancy, so I asked women to share their no-fail go-to saccharine snacks.
I don't have a huge sweet tooth, but I do love me some Sour Punch Bites and Junior Mints. Prior to pregnancy, a small handful would suffice. But as this current fetus grows inside me, my self-control when it comes to food has shrunk and in dramatic fashion. Exhibit A: the pile of candy wrappers on the arm of the couch that my husband so kindly pointed out. Thanks to a never-ending loop of candy-filled holidays, I have constant access to sweet treats of all varieties. If I'm feeling especially virtuous, I'll go for a small bowl of raspberries. I find that dried fruit strips can also do the trick, but there are plenty of times when I just go straight to the Red Vines.
According to a 2015 study, cravings of sweets and candy are the most commonly reported among pregnant women. That comes as no surprise to a full quarter of us, including these mamas who revealed just how they tackled their urges to mainline Swedish Fish in bulk: