Milla Jovovich talks about her pregnancy cravings

10/19/2007 at 01:37 PM ET

Millajovovitch092607_01_cbb_2Resident Evil actress Milla Jovovich, 31, spoke to Britain’s Grazia magazine about some of her unusual pregnancy cravings. Milla was in Paris when she felt a desire for ‘the leg of a cow.’ Milla goes on to explain:

I was craving bone marrow one day, and I scoured the whole of Paris searching for the leg of a cow. When I finally found what I was looking for, I cut in half, digging out the yellowish substance, slathering it all over bread.

Milla and her fiancĂ©, director Paul W.S. Anderson, 42, are expecting a girl. Milla also spoke about her new eating habits since she has become pregnant saying:

Before I got pregnant, I really didn’t care about food. I saw is as fuel, not something to sit down and enjoy. As an actress and model, I lived on cigarettes and coffee, and jet-lag tended to kill off any appetite I had. My diet for most of this year has been – for breakfast, four eggs with bacon, toast and butter, if I was at home. Then if I was at a diner, I’d have a Mexican omlette, a stack of pancakes and strawberry milkshake.

I’d stuff myself with cookies all morning – whatever was in the cupboard really – then I’d have a box of Krispy Kreme donuts for dessert. And I once ate two whole packs of coffee cake in one sitting!

Milla has gained 70 pounds with this, her first pregnancy. Paul and Milla’s first child is due sometime in November.

Source: Grazia magazine via LifeStyleExtra

Have you ever experienced unusual pregnancy cravings? What kind of things did you eat while expecting?

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Campbell on

I for one really appreciate that kind of honesty. WOW

Preesi on

I hope people dont go eeeewww that sounds gross!

For YEARS Marrow Bones were delicacies eaten with special long spoons (http://www.coquinaria.nl/images/merglepel.jpg). They are yummmmyyy!

Bone marrow has fallen out of favor as a food, commonly now being used only as a flavoring for soup. Bone marrow is a source of protein and high in monounsaturated fats . These fats are known to decrease LDL cholesterol levels. Some believe this results in a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, prompting them to make bone marrow a dietary staple . The lack of heart disease and obesity in the hominid ancestors of humans has been credited to their regular consumption of bone marrow. It has also been credited to the fact that they were physically active and died at a young age of other causes. The actual health effects of the addition of bone marrow to the diet is unknown.

A recipe:
http://www.brilligsbooks.com/historical_articles/recipes/bone_marrow_toast.php

madison on

I’m no shrink, but from the sounds of things I think maybe she cared more about food pre-pregnancy than she is letting on. Maybe it was subconcious…..its just not unreasonable to think that after so many years of seriously depriving herself to stay thin for her career that she is enjoying being able to eat. Just my opinion……

sil on

I ate a lot of pizza and hamburguers! i gained 22 kilograms (50 pounds), and after two years I’m still trying to loose my pregnancy weight, but it’s ok, I enjoyed eating during my pregnancy :)

meja on

U and me Sil ;) I gained 25 kilograms.pizza,burgers,icecream,cookies,double meals++ I just couldnt get enough! I figured I wasnt going to do this so many times in my life,why not take it all the way :) of course,I didnt eat ONLY the junky stuff. but life was gooood :) Its been 2 years since my last kid was born,and Im still about 18-20 pounds (ca 10 kg) over my pre-preg weight. A bit soft in the edges,but I really dont care :)

Alexa on

She was probably below body weight when she got pregnant and needed to put on more weight for the baby… but she better watch out. No one needs 70 pounds (and counting) for a pregnancy.

Plus some “non edible” cravings mean other stuff like lack of iron.

Pregnancy is beautiful, but the health of the mother and baby are priority #1 and to always follow doctors orders.

Heather Voiselle on

I craved the smell of gasoline and rubbing alcohol. I mean seriously craved it morning noon and night. I would have drunk it if I could.

? on

I didn’t hear her mention anything that is “non edible”. She’s enjoying food after depriving herself for so many years. I say go for it. She can worry about the weight gain later.

Erika on

I gained 70-75 pounds during my pregnancy. My daughter is now 14 months and I have taken off 55 pounds- so I still have about 15 to 20 to go before I’m back to my pre-pregnancy weight. Next time I’m going to definitely watch what I eat more closely- I agree with the previous poster who said that after years of deprivation to stay slim, it is very easy to “let loose” while pregnant. I don’t regret gaining so much weight b/c my daughter came out perfect and very healthy- but I am sick of the dieting I have to do now to get back to pre-pregnancy size. I am still breastfeeding- and that seems to keep the pounds on more than take them off for me. ;-)

MissAllisonJenny on

“I say go for it. She can worry about the weight gain later.”

I’m all for not being neurotic
about dieting while pregnant. But the way she’s eating is not healthy for her or the baby. She’s putting herself at risk for gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. Pregnant women only need 300 extra calories per day. People take the phrase “eating for two” a bit two literally. The weight doesn’t just peel off,
as any seasoned mom will tell you.

gianna on

She was underweight to begin with, but 70lbs is a bit too much IMO. Nobody needs to gain 70lbs to have a healthy baby. But I’m sure in her line of business she will lose the weight quickly. Personally that’s too much, I wouldn’t wanna have to work my butt off to have to lose all that excess weight, when I could gain 35lbs and still have a healthy child.

PSB on

She’s obviously making up for lost time! She must’ve brain-washed herself into not desiring food, out of career necessity. Wish I had that kind of willpower. Glad she’s finally allowing herself to enjoy all the food she’s missed out on for the last 30 years.

Sabina on

I’ve never been pregnant, so I don’t know just how strong one’s general appetite/cravings can be, or to what extent eating junk food can alleviate the stress and other symptoms. Therefore I’m not making a moral judgment on any mothers. But personally, I would do my best to avoid eating ANY junk food whilst I was pregnant. I’m not a health freak by any stretch of the imagination, and I don’t doubt that at some points during the 9 months I would crack and devour a whole tub of icecream. But I also wouldn’t be able to forget the fact that everything I put into my body would go into my child’s body too, and I’d want my baby to be nourished from fruits and vegetables and whole grains, not burgers and fries and pizza. Once again, *personally*, I would feel guilty if I just let myself eat whatever I wanted, I’d feel like I wasn’t giving my baby the best possible start in life.

Renee on

If she was really doing damge to herself and her baby, her doctor would have told her.I think she has looked great throughout her pregnancy. Also,there have been people who eat healthy throughout their pregnancy and gained 60 pounds.

Melissa C. on

The only weird thing I craved during my first pregnancy was a peanut butter and hazelnut creamcheese sandwich, but I couldn’t convince myself to eat it.

augustmoon6075 on

as a lifelong vegetarian, i’m about to be sick reading about eating bone marrow…i didn’t even know that happened. YUCK!

aaronisagirl on

You know aside from the vitamins,protein and fats, it all gets broken down into sugars in the bloodstream anyway, which is where her baby is getting it’s food. To think that your baby is getting whole grains if you eat them is not accurate. It will help you with constipation to some degree, and it’s of course healthier in the long run for you, and is not prone to cause a sugar rush as much as eating a donut, but really the benefits of whole grains are going to be for you, not for your baby. Your baby is getting glucose, regardless.

Liza on

Jeez. I didn’t change any habits while pregnant (besides quitting smoking) and went from 137 to 198.

Annabel on

I really, really appreciate her honesty. Not many Hollywood actresses would admit to eating that much of all that crazy food. Go, Milla!

P.S. Marrow is yummy!

aaronisagirl on

Yeah, the whole marrow story grosses me out, too…:P Yuck! But, you know, to each his or her own. I have a problem with bones and skin in general in my food, but it’s just an aesthetics thing, not because I have some fundamental opposition to animal protein. I do enjoy a nice steak, just not one that has a bone in it, or one I’ve seen cut off the cow. I need to be able to kind of disassociate myself from the source, lol! Pretty lily livered of me, I realize. Just picturing her slathering bread with marrow is kind of freaking me out!

Elaine on

augustmoon, I don’t know if you have had a baby but just to warn you, as someone who had been vegetarian for several years followed by several years of also eating chicken and fish, with my first pregnancy I really craved parma ham! I even ate it for breakfast. It was the cured, salty taste that I really wanted, I believe that is a fairly common craving.

sabina, I have to say you really don’t know what you will be like. In both my pregnancies I had terrible heartburn, which was made worse by a lot of fruits, because of the fruit acid. Bananas also brought on heart burn and in my second pregnancy made me sick. In my second pregnancy salad vegetables made me heave. Sweet, doughy foods, and creamy foods helped relieve my nausea. Mashed potato also helped. Anyway you may find the healthy foods you would like to eat, are not going to suit you when you are pregnant.

Morgan on

Nothing too crazy here… Popsicles and watermelon with my daughter. Ate a can of lemon pie filling and lemon icee’s with my son one day. My sister in law craved Sauerkraut and my best friend craved and ate bags of radishes.

Melany on

In my last pregnancy I had healthy cravings: I craved fresh fruit and vegetables. I couldn’t get enough of them and made a fruit salad every day. I was never too lazy to cut several different fruits, bananas, melons, pineapples, apples, grapes, strawberries, etc. yumm!

ofao on

I craved cheese and salami…and then in the third trimester, chocolate chip cookies and pizza (probably the cheese of the pizza). In my first pregnancy, I did not go crazy, but did “enjoy” myself…and gained 50lbs. My girls are 17 months apart, so when my oldest was 8 months, I became pregnant with my second. At this point, I was not at my pre-pregnancy weight, and DID NOT want to gain +/- 50lbs. on top of the 20 first baby pounds I still wanted to lose. So for my second pregnancy, I gained +/- 20lbs. (10 kgs.). I also craved cheese and salami during my second pregnancy.

During both pregnancies I took fish oil pills/supplements daily (in Europe the prenatal vitamins I was taking, there was a special fish oil packet in addition to the daily 1 pill). Salmon was one of my favorite fish before (and during) my pregnancies, so I also ate salmon 1 to 2 times a week. Now I almost hate salmon. …the things we do for our children – but I have smart children with super brain I hope :-).

I read somewhere (I think on CBB) that non-edible cravings are a sign of something else that should be looked into. Bone marrow is edible, so I do not think anything is wrong with this craving. If one has this craving when pregnant, I am sure it is not “yuck”…when pregnant, a craving is a craving, is a craving…no matter what it is, as a craving it is satisfying. Who are we to judge bone marrow (particularly if we have not tried it…pregnant or not).

Quel on

I craved potato chips and ranch dressing for about two weeks during my first trimester.

Then I craved Subway roastbeef sandwiches with extra pickels, banana peppers and mayo during my second trimester for about 2 weeks.

My doctor told me my weight was a concern when I packed on 10 pounds in one month and since then I’ve been loading up on good fuel in a balanced diet, and will keep it up for the next 3.5 months of my pregnancy.

J.Brown on

A craving for bone marrow sounds like something out of Resident Evil.

lissa on

i think that Milla is The most beautiful girl in the world… i am look like you…. :)

StrawberryShotcake on

Haha. My best friend an another friend of ours is pregnant. Before her pregnancy, my best friend didn’t dislike coconuts, but they were just kind of . . . there. She didn’t eat coconuts unless they were natural. No artificial coconut flavoring. Since her cravings started, she’s all about coconuts. Loves them. Our friend that is pregnant likes mustard on everything. I think she’s possibly made the weirdest sandwhich to date: a peanut butter and mustard sandwhich.
I actually think that sandwhich she made is yet another reason why I refuse to have kids. Lol.
Well, Milla is the most gorgeous woman in the world, and her daughter, Ever, is adorable!

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