During my last pregnancy I developed pica, the craving for non food items. My pica wasn’t as bad as eating ashes from an ash tray. I did find myself craving ice as I neared 35 weeks pregnant. It got so bad I was eating ice all day long. Now that I’m in my next pregnancy sure enough 36 weeks rolls around and I see a commercial of an ice cold soda on tv. It was not the soda I craved, it was the ice.
I told my husband at midnight that I need ice. Not that I wanted, that I needed! Not just any ice, I like the thin stuff. I could easily go to McDonald’s and order myself just a cup of ice. A large cup and over the next hour eat the whole thing.Â I like a certain kind of ice as I’ve come to realize, I’ll take what I can get but I like a certain kind. I fear I may ruin the teeth that I’ve spent so much money on too.
Pica during pregnancy can be dangerous but I am not consuming harmful substances, just water. My doctor is aware and while some say there is a link been iron deficiency and pica I am taking the proper vitamins that my body needs. I do suggest though that if you crave ice or anything non-food related during pregnancy that you tell your doctor right away.
I’m not sure if my pica will come back with every pregnancy but so far it has, and it also goes away after the baby is born. Have you had pica during pregnancy?
Did you have pica during pregnancy? Did you crave anything odd or unusual?