Have you had any non-food craving during your pregnancy? Is it normal to want to eat chalk or coal?
I've read about this condition. It is called Pica. Pica is the term used to describe the intense craving for – and eating of – non-food items. Pica is the Latin word for magpie and I suppose because magpies are known to eat pretty much anything. It is a worldwide phenomenon that is pretty common during pregnancy. No one knows what causes these unusual cravings, but a combination of biochemical, psychological, and cultural factors may be at work. In some studies, pica has been linked to iron deficiency – even though none of the craved items contain a significant amount of iron. There is some research suggesting that iron-deficiency anemia is associated with these strange cravings. http://www.babycenter.com/404_what-causes-pica-craving-and-consuming-non-food-items-during_1186643.bcRead more
Ooooh! Interesting! This one's new to me and I just learned they have a term for it. Thanks for asking and for Idza answering. :) But if I am to share my non-food craving during my pregnancy, I guess it's craving for my partner's presence all the time! Haha! Not only because I adored his face very much that time (ya, cheesy I know^^) but also to squeeze his hand, bite his arms everytime I can feel something painful most especially in my throat after I threw up due to morning sickness (that goes morning til end of work shift).Read more