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Weird Pregnancy Cravings, Pica & Ice

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It’s happened again! I have weird pregnancy cravings!

One of the joys of pregnancy is craving weird and wonderful foods and what people don’t understand is the absolute NEED to have them. I literally cry sometimes as if it is the end of the world if I don’t have mine! Basically, pregnancy makes you mentally unstable (obviously!) Ice is a craving that I had during my last pregnancy and it seems that it has come around for a second time. Ice cravings can actually be a symptom of iron deficiency in pregnant women because we need a higher intake but I have had plenty of tests and I am all good, fit as a fiddle and not deficient, just strange!

Ice Ice Baby!

So, yet again, I have the ice craving and it is driving husband up the wall with the constant crunching. I have them first thing in the morning, throughout the day and the other night I was chomping away in bed. We’ve even bought more ice cube trays and have 6 freezing at once so that in case I want double helpings (it happens) there are enough freezing!

At one point the husband decided to have the audacity to have 2 (yes 2) ice cubes for his drink in the heat and I grew angry and monster like about how unreasonable this was! Don’t take mamas ice cubes. (husband has since apologized, and then, of course, I did when I realized I was being an ice Psyco!)

I am not really sure what it is, but there’s something about crunching them that I crave! At least, this time around it is also a great way to keep cool over the summer. It was a nightmare in the winter for my first pregnancy as I was cold all the time anyway!

When I was pregnant the first time around, I didn’t really crave anything except ice cubes towards the end and this time the cravings started earlier but although it is weird I am on the lesser end of pica with these.

What is Pica?

Pica is the craving of non-food substances but foods (such as ice) that hold no nutritional value can also be included in this definition as well and it takes the food cravings a little further. Although I am fortunate enough that I haven’t had other typical pica cravings such as chalk, clay or dirt! (not sure how I would get around that one!)

What Causes Pregnancy Cravings?

There are plenty of hypotheses such as craving nutrients that your body is lacking, however, this doesn’t account for weird and wonderful combinations or pica! But doctors seem to most commonly attribute it to hormone fluctuations (and we pregnant ladies have plenty of those). For pica there can also be an element of mental health or compulsion disorders that can have a factor in craving types so it is always important to speak to your midwife. We have discussed mine and I have neither (yay) but it is always important to get checked out, just in case as it might increase your risk for post-partum depression.

Top 5 Weirdest Pregnancy Cravings

Here are a few more weird ones, just so I don’t feel so alone:

  1. Onions (raw!)
  2. Pizza and ice cream (together)
  3. Dirt
  4. Pickles and mustard (might not be weird for some but I hate both ingredients, let alone together)
  5. Laundry detergent (yep, you read that correctly)

Have you ever experienced pica during pregnancy or had any weird cravings?

 

Charlotte

Founder at The Mummy Toolbox

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