Nutrition During Pregnancy

Cravings

It is normal to have cravings during pregnancy.  Usually having one serving of a food is better than trying to avoid it all together.

If you crave things that are not food, like ice, laundry starch, dirt, powdered laundry detergent and other non-food items you have a condition called pica.  This is more common in women who have an iron deficiency and you need to consult your health care provider as soon as possible. (1)(2)

References:

  1. Wilson, WH, Lowdermilk, P, Maternal Child Nursing Care, 3rd Edition, St. Louis, MO, Mosby, 2006 p 250.
  2. Mahan, KL, Escott-Stump, S, Krause’s Food & Nutrition Therapy, 12th Edition, Saunders Elsevier, 2008, p 180-82.