Don't Crave That!!


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The weirdest, yet normal, thing I've heard a woman crave and eat during her pregnancy was ice cream and pickles, snickers and Pepsi, spaghetti drowned in tomato and hot sauce, and cheese. These combos are quite strange, yet normal for a pregnant woman to crave. However, most women don't crave these "normal" cravings. Some cravings are over that top that women who aren't pregnant and regular people wouldn't eat. The Quick 10 gives a list of 10 strange cravings that pregnant women have and eaten on that list are charcoal, dirt, and even detergent.

            When women crave and eat non-food items, they have an eating disorder called pica. Pica is a craving to eat substances, other than normal foods, and occurs during childhood or pregnancy. It is very serious and can cause serious health problems, especially to your unborn child. According to Pregnancy-Info.net, having pica cravings can harm your unborn child, such as premature labor and even low birth rate. The article also expresses the complications that pica causes to the mother and the baby.

            Pica is serious and even though not only do some pregnant women have this disorder, a lot of regular folks do too. So if you see a pregnant relative or friend eating non-food items and you want her to stop, seek her help. You are saving her and her baby's life.

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I have learned about Pica in my psychology class, however I have never heard of it being developed during pregnancy. This was an interesting thing to hear, however you did not really have strong or supporting evidence that was convincing enough. I was able to find a study that was done by comparing women of low income from Mexico to women from Southern California. They were able to find that there were higher percentages of women in Mexico suffering from pica compared to those in the United States. Do you think that income and location may have an impact on developing Pica? Check out the study they did it is fascinating!
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1070964/

I have learned about Pica in my psychology class, however I have never heard of it being developed during pregnancy. This was an interesting thing to hear, however you did not really have strong or supporting evidence that was convincing enough. I was able to find a study that was done by comparing women of low income from Mexico to women from Southern California. They were able to find that there were higher percentages of women in Mexico suffering from pica compared to those in the United States. Do you think that income and location may have an impact on developing Pica? Check out the study they did it is fascinating!
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1070964/

I have also learned about Pica in my psychology class. I am obsessed with ice and eat it everyday, once the thought of ice enters my head I need to have it. This is also a form of pica because ice does not have any nutritional value. However, it is not as extreme as craving dirt or detergent.. Anemia may be a cause of why pica is prevelant. Here's a link that shows symtoms and causes for pica.
http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/mental-health-pica

I've seen many cases of pica on the show, "My Strange Addiction", where people have abnormal obsessions or addictions to things average people find taboo. There are often people on the show that consume and crave non-edible objects, such as bleach powder or toilet paper. I often wondered how these obsessions came about and how they did not kill the human from the inside out. The only solution for this disorder is treatment, which must be done before any damage has been caused. Treatments include medical monitoring, as well as therapy, mainly simply behavioral changes. There is more about the disease written here, that you might find interesting: http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/mental-health-pica

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