So I was wandering around the American Pregnancy Website and found this information quite interesting.
I've heard of pica cravings before, but that's all. I had no idea what they were. For those of you in the dark, such as I was, pica cravings are cravings that surround non-food items. Like when little kids, or pregnant women apparently, just want to eat dirt or rocks.
It's thought that these cravings may be the cause of low iron (which would explain why I DON'T have them- my iron levels are awesome) or an underlying mental or physical illness. Yikes!
The article outlines some 'common' (really there are common pica cravings?) pica cravings, such as: burnt matches, stones, charcoal, mothballs, ice, cornstarch, toothpaste, soap, sand, plaster, coffee grounds, baking soda, and cigarette ashes. Then it says, "If you have pica cravings, don't panic, it is not abnormal." Huh? Craving mothballs is not abnormal? Wha-?
I also love this question from the website: "Are pica cravings harmful to the baby?" "Eating non-food substances is potentially harmful to you and your baby." Oh, okay. Well, now I know. No cigarette ashes for me. Shoot! It was on the menu tonight.