Pica During Pregnancy
Are you having really weird cravings? We're not talking about the pickles and ice cream kind -- but for non-food items? Check out what to do if you have pica.
What’s the best way to treat pica?
If you're experiencing unusual cravings, contact your health care provider. Your doctor may test you for nutrition deficiency and give you vitamin supplements.
What can I do to prevent pica?
There’s no specific way to prevent pica, but getting the right amount of nutrients may help.
What do other pregnant moms do when they have pica?
“The last two weeks I’ve been craving ice, and I’ve been losing the battle to NOT eat snow. Doctor put me on iron pills yesterday.”
“I had it with my first pregnancy -- I craved dirt. Don’t worry -- I knew not to really eat it, but I loved to smell it. This time around, it’s sand.”
“I don’t have it, but a girlfriend of mine craved laundry detergent and dirt when she was pregnant.”
Are there any other resources for pica?
The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness
Plus more from The Bump:
What You Need to Know About Crazy Pregnancy Cravings
Weird Pregnancy Cravings
Most Common Pregnancy Symptoms
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