Tuesday, May 4, 2010

When Pregnant Women Crave Dirt...

We just read an interesting article about strange cravings that some women experience during their pregnancy. We knew that it happened from time to time, but didn't really know it had a name of it's own! Most people don't even realize that women can crave dirt and chalk while they are pregnant, so we wanted to share this article with you. Here is a snippet:

"Strange cravings during pregnancy are referred to as "pica," eating non-food substances. Pica stems from the Latin word for Magpie, a bird known for eating pretty much anything. Pica occurs to a small percentage of pregnant women, less than 30 percent, and many women are unaware of this experience until it happens to them, or someone they know.

The first question many ask is why women have cravings for dirt in the first place. Unfortunately the answer is not entirely known for certain, although some studies have shown it may be due to an iron deficiency or even an overall lacking of minerals that have not been consumed from regular food intake. Getting enough vitamins during pregnancy is important, and it may be nature kicking in to find these minerals elsewhere, often, from dirt."

To read the full article, check out healthtree.com or click HERE to go straight to it.

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