I've got some serious pica issues, and I suddenly realized that I probably have an iron issue going on. I haven't taken any prenatals in months, they make me sick : I eat well, but, I don't think its good enough...
I have great Iron levels too! I just like ice. Hope it don't hurt my teeth!
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For the past week or so, I have become obsessed with chewing on ice. Its really odd for me b/c I have very sensitive teeth usually to cold things - but apparently not anymore.
I have my own ice cube tray that I fill up very little, so its like little ice chips. I never had this with my first pregnancy. Too funny!
Oh, I too have pica issues, but also run very anemic during each pregnancy. I take Floradix Iron and Herbs, it's liquid and you mix a tiny bit with oj twice a day and you get a ton of iron, b vits, etc. I can't take my prenatals and haven't in a long time because of the way that they make me feel. This stuff actually makes me feel BETTER though. Which reminds me I am due for my second "dose" now. It's at HFS or homeopathic places. A month supply is around $25.
Oh a tip... If you have a health savings account and your midwife/ob writes that you take it for pregnancy needs, you can get it reimbursed even though its not a prescription
I take Floradix Iron and Herbs, it's liquid and you mix a tiny bit with oj twice a day and you get a ton of iron, b vits, etc.
Don't they make pills now? I need to go looking. Seriously, I can smell/taste it a mile away.
Found this on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pagophagia
Monocyte, the ice crunching can just be a sensory thing, but some also feel that it is a sign of iron deficiency.
For both of you I would second/third the Floradix Iron + Herbs suggestion. It is like the midwife's trade secret. It will skyrocket your iron up and won't constipate you at all. The liquid is far more digestable than the pills, so even though the liquid is nasty its worth taking (I chug it and then grink a glass of grapefruit juice without breathing in between). Its really expensive (at my natural foods store a months' supply (really big bottle) is $40). However, I've been taking it for a few months and feel awesome. I'm really happy with it.
Being anemic can significantly increase your chances of bleeding problems during labor, so in my mind the expense of the Floradix is worth it to minimize that risk.
OMG. How coincidental. I was thinking of posting how I'm craving the smell and feel of sunbaked rocks and dirt right now, and wondering if it's related to my mild iron deficiency. I don't feel like actually *eating* dirt yet, but I just want to find a big pile of sunbaked rocks or a big patch of rich, sunbaked dirt and just roll around in it. I can't stop thinking about it.
Ok, totally weird. A couple times this week I took DS for a walk to the beach just so I could play in the sand, feel in in my hands, feet etc. Its not unusual for us to go to the beach, but, I had to drag him once last week. Not sure if its just a weird sort of craving, but I def was strongly moved to go there...
I bet compulsive ice chewing is also a halmark sign for a classic homeopeathic constitutional remedy... could be worth looking into...
i get smell cravings, i did last time too. hot rocks, asphalt, garages, windex, diesel exhaust. it makes my mouth water to think about smelling them. i've been taking a ton of iron and B vits.
It said that b12 def can be caused by excessive/long term use of acid blockers...well, I've had stomach issues since week 5 of this preg when I was in the hospital with the nastiest stomach bug (lost a twin, had all sorts of issues while there that only got worse when the m/s kicked in.) SO..I've been on meds (zantac now - but reglan, protonix, etc) since being discharged. Once this baby's out, I've got to go for extensive testing to see how much damage was done to my stomach, esophagus, etc.
I've got an appointment Monday with my mw...but, Im going to start both today.
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All three pregnancies my iron was checked and found to be at good levels. As soon as the baby was born the craving was gone.
As a side note, the three pregnancies that I had the ice craving with I also had gestational diabetes. These 3 were my biggest babies as well, 13 lbs, 10 lbs 2 ozs and 9lbs 7ozs.
Sorry I couldn't help much with this, but just wanted to share that I have so been there and understand completely.
I even walked 3 blocks to the closest gas station only to find out that they didn't sell it. I was super pissed :