Pregnancy and green mangoes


Indian Mangoes

“You’re craving green mangoes? Are you pregnant?”

Is it a myth that women gravitate towards green mangoes most especially when pregnant? I wonder. But I can attest that there was one time I HOGGED a whole bowl of green mangoes from my sister. I didn’t know I was pregnant then. My sister knew better than to tease me. So a day later, when I found out I WAS pregnant and told her about it, she shouted out “I knew it! I knew it! You were hogging the green mangoes! I knew it!”

I wonder why green mangoes are craved for by pregnant women. Is it because the mangoes have a distinct sweet-sour taste? Hmm. I’ve always loved green mangoes, especially when it’s bordering on the ripe side already. The Indian Mangoes in the picture are the perfect mangoes for me — not fully ripe, still a bit green on some sides, and still great with bagoong (shrimp paste). Funny thing is I don’t look for mangoes, I don’t crave it. But once a bowl is placed before me, well, make way for the mangoes hogger.

Do you know of anyone who had an intense craving for mangoes when they were pregnant? What’s your green mango-pregnancy story? :)

28 Comments on Pregnancy and green mangoes

  1. abbee
    June 19, 2009 at 5:12 pm (15 years ago)

    I would eat nearly-ripe green mangoes with soy sauce, haha, & only with friends who’d happily prepare the spread for me & my other friends. & no, I haven’t been pregnant yet. Never na ata, ahuhuhu. :))

    abbees last blog post..summer solstice 2009

    That’s what my Dad does! Green mangoes with soy sauce! I found it weird until I tried it. Hehe. Sarap din pala.

  2. kreez
    June 19, 2009 at 5:39 pm (15 years ago)

    I experienced the same thing, I am not craving for green mangoes but when a bowl is in front of me I start gobbling it up.

    kreezs last blog post..What’s in a name

    Korek! So I try to avoid having a bowl before me. It’s so hard to control my eating.

  3. kayni
    June 19, 2009 at 11:56 pm (15 years ago)

    i am not pregnant, but i eat a lot of green mangoes with vinegar…lol.

    Vinegar! Wow! I haven’t tried that yet.

  4. Lissa
    June 19, 2009 at 11:57 pm (15 years ago)

    I think the sour taste offsets the nausea that most pregnant women get in the first trimester. I didn’t crave green mangoes since there weren’t any available here but I did crave hot and sour soup all the time at some point during my pregnancy.

    If there were mangoes there perhaps you would’ve feasted on them too? 😀 And you’re right, it could offset the nausea come to think of it!

  5. Kay
    June 20, 2009 at 4:25 am (15 years ago)

    I craved for ripe mangoes … nothing sour. Lol! I was weird.

    Kays last blog post..I love cuddling!

    Haha! Iba-iba naman yan.

  6. Daphne
    June 20, 2009 at 9:42 am (15 years ago)

    It has been ages since I’ve had green mangoes with bagoong. The more asim it is the better for me. But next time I will lay off the bagoong hehe

    Hopefully *if* and *when* I do get pregnant this will be one of my cravings. 😉

    Daphnes last blog post..Jose Rizal

    You *will* get pregnant and this *will* be one of your cravings. 😉

  7. christine
    June 20, 2009 at 11:59 am (15 years ago)

    My mom craved green mangoes when she was pregnant with me! In fact, she was in Hawaii, visiting friends, and spotted unripe mangoes dangling from a tree spotted in someone’s backyard. She made my dad knock on the door and ask if they could buy some. “But they’re not ripe!” the owners said. “We know,” my dad answered, “but my wife’s pregnant.” The homeowners ended up giving them a whole bag.

    christines last blog post..two-thirds

    Aw, cheers to the kindness of strangers!! :)

  8. lady cess
    June 21, 2009 at 9:51 am (15 years ago)

    with coffee ice cream bwahahaha! totally weird, pero ang saraaaap!

    lady cesss last blog post..Pregnant and Malling

    I recall that entry of yours!! Medyo weird nga. Hahaha!

  9. Sinta
    June 21, 2009 at 2:41 pm (15 years ago)

    If craving green mangoes and bagoong is a sign of pregnancy, then I must be in a constant state of pregnancy 😉

    Sintas last blog post..Pen-Y-Ghent

    Sinta LOL!!!

  10. lleng
    June 22, 2009 at 4:53 pm (15 years ago)

    i remember I ate a lot of green mangoes with sugar and salt nung preggy in a lot!my officemates then cant help but say eewww!..haha..sarap kaya parang champoy ang lasa..:)

    have a nce day ms. toni.

    llengs last blog post..Drooling

    Oo nga ‘no! Parang kiamoy or champoy ang dating!

  11. Loma
    October 26, 2010 at 4:57 pm (14 years ago)

    Pregnancy symptoms differ from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy; however, one of the most significant pregnancy symptoms is a delayed or missed menstrual cycle. Understanding the signs and symptoms of pregnancy is important because of each of these maybe related to something other than pregnancy. Some women experience signs and symptoms of pregnancy within a week of conception. For other women, pregnancy symptoms may develop over a few weeks or maybe not present at all. Below is a listing of some of the most common pregnancy signs and symptoms. If you have been sexually active and experiencing any of the following, it is important to take a pregnancy test.
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  12. Loma
    October 26, 2010 at 5:03 pm (14 years ago)

    Eat only the right food if yo are pregnant

  13. Jacqueline Westlake
    November 26, 2010 at 3:34 pm (14 years ago)

    Well I totally craved for green mangoes. I prepared a mixture of curry powder, vinegar, salt, sugar and lemon juice. I would slice the mangoes into bite sized pieces and munch it all up. I would sometimes even have dreams of swimming in a pool of diced up mangoes and the mixture…yum…yum…lol. I found out I was having a girl. It got to a point that I insisted my hubby drive around looking for a shop that sold mangoes. We eventually found 1 but they were selling 1 mango for the price of a pocket…still bought it though…hehehe….good stuff!

  14. Bel
    May 28, 2013 at 9:23 pm (11 years ago)

    I am pregnant and I crave and eat at least 2 bags of mangoes a day!

  15. christie
    January 15, 2016 at 9:36 pm (8 years ago)

    hi! I have been craving for green mangoes with patis or baggong or salt for a week …. and so yesterday I got green mango and bagoong the spicy one and ate , and ate… I still dont know if Im pregnant, but if this is true…maybe I am… I will now in 2-3 days…. hahahha.

  16. Pat
    February 9, 2016 at 9:13 pm (8 years ago)

    I like smelling green mangoes after peeling them off, I like the sour taste and I dont like it when it becomes half riped and half not its just not crunchy hahaha!

  17. Mica
    February 18, 2016 at 4:45 pm (8 years ago)

    I’m pregnant right now and gobbling up a bowl of green mangoes with bagoong. Which lead me to google why pregnant women crave this, which lead me to your blog. lol

  18. chanrel
    October 28, 2016 at 3:29 pm (8 years ago)

    I like green mango even when I am not pregnant. I just finished eating two unriped mangoes *yumyum Then I suddenly thought if its really safe to eat it on 1st trimester, which leads me to you blog. I haven’t craved for any food when I was pregnant with my first child. I am not really sure if I am craving because of pregnancy or maybe unriped mango is just my favorite eversince.

  19. Zsa
    August 6, 2017 at 11:36 am (7 years ago)

    I saw pictures of green mangoes in the internet and suddenly craved for it. My hubby promised to buy the next day but when he seemed to have no plans of buying, I argued with him until he did!! Haha I’m 3 months preggy :)

  20. amy jawad
    February 25, 2022 at 12:30 pm (2 years ago)

    I had a lot of cravings for green mangoes. Love your post

  21. Cynthia @ Activefamilychiroaz
    June 5, 2023 at 1:35 am (1 year ago)

    Green mangoes, with their tangy and slightly sour taste, have been known to captivate the taste buds of many expectant mothers. Whether it’s the crunchy texture or the burst of flavor, green mangoes can provide a refreshing and satisfying treat during pregnancy.


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