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During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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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

-- Nicole Meadow, MPN, RD, nutritionist

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