Pregnancy

The Pregnancy Phenomenon So STRANGE You Might Crave Eyeshadow

Pregnancy does some very weird and wonderful things to our bodies. It’s amazing in itself that we can create a human being inside of us, but have you ever craved blood while pregnant? No? Yeah, neither have we.

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What Is Pica?

There are women who crave ice cream and pickles when they’re pregnant. And there are women who crave eyeshadow, grass, dirt, chalk and even blood. But why? What makes them crave something so bizarre?

It’s called Pica and it is the practice of craving substances with little or no nutritional value. The word pica is latin for magpie because they are notorious for eating everything in sight, especially the back of your head in Spring.

Pica cravings are actually more common in children and will occur in 25-30 per cent of all children. And an even lower percentage for pregnant women. Kids eating handfuls of dirt is quite common so you may not suspect it.

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What Causes Pica?

Studies have shown the craving of substances can be due to an iron deficiency. Craving something with no nutritional value is your body’s attempt to top up your iron levels. For something that creates human life, our bodies sure are stupid.

Some of the most common cravings include:

  • Burnt matches
  • Stones
  • Charcoal
  • Mothballs
  • Ice
  • Cornstarch
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Sand
  • Plaster
  • Coffee grounds
  • Baking soda
  • Cigarette ashes

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Is It Bad For Your Baby?

Eating non-food substances is harmful to both you and your baby. Even though it may satisfy your cravings, the materials could contain toxic chemicals or parasitic ingredients. Maybe down a Healthy Mummy smoothie instead, both yummy and nutritious or try one these chocolate treats.

If you experience any type of craving that isn’t edible, don’t eat it and please go see your GP.

The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Pack

Did you know The Healthy Mummy has a Pregnancy Pack?

This pack contacts a Pregnancy Smoothie and Eating & Exercise Book which have been specially formulated to help women reach additional calorie and nutrient needs.

The Pregnancy Smoothie is designed to complement, not replace, your prenatal vitamin intake.

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Our nutritionists ensured that the vitamins and minerals in the smoothie are at a low level so there is no risk of doubling up on any pregnancy vitamins.

It is ideal as a high-protein, high-calcium snack in pregnancy. You can download the Pregnancy Smoothie Label here.

You can BUY your pack HERE.

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written by:

Krystal Haddad

Krystal is a writer from Sydney's Northern Beaches with a passion for tattoos. When she isn't chasing her 3 kids around, she's on her laptop pretending she's Carrie Bradshaw.