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Pregnancy Cravings – Why DO We Love The Taste Of Chalk And The Smell Of Tennis Balls?

What did you crave most in pregnancy? Were you addicted to strange food combinations, like Marmite and chocolate buttons? Or was it a certain smell that you just had to keep sniffing?

According to one survey, there is a huge range of pregnancy cravings that expectant mums can experience. The findings from the C&C Baby Club Community study, mums-to-be hanker for all sorts of odd things, including the taste of chalk, rubber and toothpaste – even the smell of tennis balls.

Dr Virginia Beckett of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists told the Northern Echo that it is totally normal for pregnant women’s tastes to change, so food that they would once not have touched will become irresistible.

However, she warns against trying to satisfy cravings for some of the weirder non-edible items.

Although research has never actually worked out why women have certain cravings in pregnancy, some believe it corresponds to what the body needs

‘Occasionally, cravings are for non-food items which could cause harm. Eating soil, for example, could lead to parasitic infections, and crunching ice can damage the teeth,’ she advised.

‘If you have any concerns, talk to your midwife – if you think you’re overeating sugary foods, for example. But although most women do experience cravings during pregnancy, they usually go away.’

Although research has never actually worked out why women have certain cravings in pregnancy, some healthcare workers believe it corresponds to what the body needs.

Expectant mums with aneamia, for example, are more likely to eat lots of ice because it can sooth inflammation of the mouth, while those who desire really spicy food may just want to cool down through the sweat released when you eat a hot curry.

What strange things did you crave while pregnant? Tell us your weird food combinations in the comments section.

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