When a woman is pregnant, the body goes through a huge transformation to accommodate the growth of the baby. In the process, the body also gets strange wirings like heightened sense of smell. Yes, what used to smell good to you may now send you vomiting to the nearest toilet.
Here are 7 of the strangest cravings of pregnant women:
Ice is one strange pregnancy craving, though it is quite common, at the same time. Craving to eat ice isn’t unusual for women who are suffering from anemia or iron deficiency syndrome, a common medical issue for pregnant women.
Iron deficiency is common during pregnancy when the body produces more blood to support the developing baby, yet unable to produce the necessary red blood cells to keep up. One symptom of iron deficiency or anemia is inflammation of the mouth and many women feel relief when chewing ice.
Some women with anemia also have weird pregnancy cravings like eating cigarette ash, paste, and toothpicks. This is known as pica, the ingestion of nonfood items during pregnancy.
2. Ice Cream
Dairy products like cheese and ice cream are also at the top of the list of strange food cravings during pregnancy. When your body craves for ice cream or other dairy items, for that matter, it may be a telltale sign that your body lacks calcium.
Calcium is a very important nutrient when you’re pregnant, since both you and your baby will be needing it. To make sure that you get enough calcium all throughout your pregnancy, drink milk and eat food that is calcium-enriched. Some women cannot stand the smell of cheese, so they turn to ice cream instead.
However, you should also keep tabs on the calorie content. If you continue to crave for ice cream, try looking for healthier options like low-fat yogurt or sorbet instead.