A couple food craving questions:
1) When do pregnancy cravings usually begin? I know all about the AVERSIONS - those I'm quite familiar with. But the desire for very specific things?
2) My non-pregnant body avoided bread and pasta like the plague - they were usually a source of much digestive distress. For years, my grains of choice were brown rice and quinoa -- and even with those, I didn't eat much. But times have clearly changed since I've been pregnant. Since about 8 or 9 weeks along, I've been able to pack away what to me seems like HUGE quantities of spaghetti in particular. I digest it just fine as well! I find it particularly strange that my body is excited about something I had always considered to be rather nutritionally empty - so what am I getting out of it? Why do I want it so bad? And why is my digestive system suddenly just fine with me eating?
And 3) Anyone else have particularly strange cravings? Under the influence of my out-of-character wheat/carb desires, I bought a loaf of challah bread the other day and ate nearly the entire thing to myself, slathered in extra garlic hummus. I thought it was totally fine, but anyone who witnessed this was a bit humored by this combination. They called the sweet bread/garlic combo a "weird pregnancy craving," while I just considered it a particularly good idea! Even though I still don't think it was odd at all, it did make me realize that I may be eating some things in the coming months will be odd indeed. What are the strangest cravings any of you guys have had with this or prior pregnancies?