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Not personally, but a lady I know once told me that when she was pregnant she really craved dirt, and said that her car tyres crusted in mud looked like the most appetizing thing in the world.<br>
She had to tell her husband not to let her lick them because she was 2 seconds from getting down on her hands and knees to give them a go.<br>
This lady was big on ceramics also, and she said she was forever eating the dried clay out from under her nails.
 

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Wow, that is SO interesting!! I've never known anyone with this before, but I've definitely heard about it as a warning sign of some nutrient deficiency or something. I'm sure you know what's going on. I hope you're able to treat it and get over these strange cravings or sponge rollers!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> That must be so weird for you!<br><br>
Let us know what your MW thinks of all this!
 

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I have NEVER heard of this ever!! What is this, you get cravings to eat things that are not food? I'm really confused! Pregnancy is supposed to cause this? This is very strange to me!! Wow, i'm sorry you are going through this, and other people go through this too????
 

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I don't think it's specifically a pregnancy thing...I think I've heard of it occuring in kids (and I don't just mean babies who will eat anything) too.<br><br>
I could be wrong though, & it's too late at night for me to look it up so dont hold me to that! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I have one friend who chews ice when she is pregnant, and one who chewed on clay cat litter.<br><br>
For both of them, upon birth that craving went away.
 

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From my understanding, pica is a craving for non-food items during pregnancy. It most commonly expresses itself as a craving for clay. Experiencing pica usually means that there is some mineral that your body is not getting enough us, clay is rich in minerals. That is why this sponge roller thing is so strange, what the heck is in those things besides toxic chemicals! Craving ice is not considered pica because its edible, but I craved ice toward the end of my last pregnancy and my midwife told me that can be a sign of iron deficiency. Uping my iron did take away the ice craving, but if its a hot summer, it might just be a neat way to keep hydrated...
 

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Wow, mahdokht, you got you pica facts down pat!<br><br>
The sponge rollers thing is amazing! I bet they're pretty inert; really small bites should go right thru, no? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I did the ice deal w/ both pgs, and yes, my iron was low--<br><br>
--but it is <b>shocking</b> to me how intense the craving is! And it goes away after birth...now, post-partum, I've got a 5 lb bag of ice in the freezer, & while pg I ate min. 10 lbs of ice a week.
 

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Okay, I have to admit that I literally almost laughed myself sick at the vision of you standing in the hair care aisle lusting over the pink rollers.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"> Little would those passing by know that you were dying to EAT them.<br><br>
With my first I just had to eat ice. I absolutely loved it. I figured it was a good way to get my water intake up, so what the heck. I've never craved any of the non food items, though. I think I'm glad. Of course I'm only 12 wks along with #3 so I could still get my just desserts, so to speak.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Sponge rollers! That's too funny. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I've never experienced anything like that but I remember my mom telling me when she was a young girl in Korea, she would eat the adobe / clay walls of her bedroom. I always tell her that's what made her so crazy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by sagewinna</i><br><b>I have one friend who chews ice when she is pregnant, and one who chewed on clay cat litter.<br><br>
For both of them, upon birth that craving went away.</b></td>
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I craved ice while pregnant. REALLY bad. Mine never went away. Now when I see ice I still get cravings. Just thinking about it now makes me want to chew on some. Bad thing is, when I do it kills my teeth. OUCH! :LOL<br><br><br>
Here's a couple of links:<br><br><a href="http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/behavior/pica.html" target="_blank">http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotion...vior/pica.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.eating-disorder.org/pica.html" target="_blank">http://www.eating-disorder.org/pica.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.emedicine.com/ped/topic1798.htm" target="_blank">http://www.emedicine.com/ped/topic1798.htm</a>
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by mahdokht</i><br><b>Craving ice is not considered pica because its edible,</b></td>
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I've read that it is. I guess because there's no nutritional value??<br><br><a href="http://pregnancyandbaby.com/inside/look/929.htm" target="_blank">http://pregnancyandbaby.com/inside/look/929.htm</a><br><br><a href="http://www.fhradio.org/fm/archives/2003/2651" target="_blank">http://www.fhradio.org/fm/archives/2003/2651</a>(FM).htm<br><br><a href="http://www.stopgettingsick.com/Conditions/condition_template.cfm/1095/103/1" target="_blank">http://www.stopgettingsick.com/Condi...cfm/1095/103/1</a><br><br><a href="http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/901213998.html" target="_blank">http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/901213998.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.healthatoz.com/healthatoz/Atoz/ency/pica.html" target="_blank">http://www.healthatoz.com/healthatoz...ency/pica.html</a>
 

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i've always been a fan of ice, but it was getting a little out of hand for awhile. i told my midwife and she wasn't concerned-- she said that it was no big deal, so long as i kept eating normal foods and didn't switch over to only eating ice.
 

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Oh I had Pica with my first two babies. The first time I craved dirt and Ivory soap. The second time I craved only Irish Spring soap. It is weird-but my midwife in Germany told me that it wasn't that big of a deal. Both my daughters are happy and healthy even though I did ingest some Ivory soap from time to time. I usually started craving soap in the third trimester. Don't stress about it-it might be a nutritional deficiency or something hormonal. Just know that you aren't alone!
 

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I find Pica fascinating. I also must admit to chuckling at the idea of you eyeballing the pink rollers...<br><br>
My mom said she had the dirt craving and that she had a friend who ate those little brown ants! My aunt craved freshly extinguished matches, I assume for the sulfur. I have heard of moms eating laundry starch too.<br><br>
I wonder if ice qualifies as actual pica. I, for one, usually cannot stand ice. To me chewing ice is like nails on a chalkboard but I have craved sucking on crushed ice. I would probably chew it if I could.<br><br>
What's weird is that I crave sounds, especially crunchy sounds. Like aural pica or something...<br><br>
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I keep trying to think about what the pink curlers would do for your system. Seems like it would go straight through and rub off toxins along the way? Sounds like the dried fruit is a good idea, because of the similar texture and having a regulating effect. If traditional pica is all about clay and the nutrients it provides, maybe pink curlers are about the cleansing effect to your intestines? How's the dried fruit been working for your cravings?<br><br>
Oh, and mahdokht -- glad you came out of the closet. That was very brave for you and good to educate us all. Thank you.
 

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My mom taught school during her first four months of being pregnant with me. She ate the chalk! Gobbled the pieces like candy.<br><br>
Maybe you crave something petroleum-based? That's what the pink rollers are. Maybe you could eat those biodegradable packing peanuts (the starch ones) to satisfy the tactile urge.<br><br>
I never had pica with my pregnancies. But for a brief time I craved semen! Dh sure was one happy dude...for the two days it lasted.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!">
 

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Hey mama,<br><br>
I'm with you. Pica afflicts children and pregnant women. this is the 4th pregnancy that I've had it. this time, I just can't igure out what will fix it. My first time it was dirt.... but fresh pick carrots rinsed off fixed the craving. the second time, again, dirt, and raw potatoes(fresh) fixed it. With the 3rd, it was any fresh veggie. Now i'm just craving. Myiron stores are awesome, all my blood work is fine and has been fine. It doesn't necessarily mean deficiency, but it can<br><br>
My 3rd child was also afflicted with geophagia(afflicted with urge to eat dirt or clay). She was 2 1/2 before she stopped. She'd pick up a clump of dirt and eat it like an apple. Sawdust could have been served with milk. There was NOTHING that would stop her. She is 4 1/2 now, and occasionaly still sucks on rocks. We had taken her to the Dr. and he said all we can do is keep her environment safe, make sure nothing toxic was within reach. Eventually she would grow out of it. And she kinda has.
 
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