weird pregnancy cravings pica and ice

Weird Pregnancy Cravings, Pica & Ice

It’s happened again! I have weird pregnancy cravings!

One of the joys of pregnancy is craving weird and wonderful foods and what people don’t understand is the absolute NEED to have them. I literally cry sometimes as if it is the end of the world if I don’t have mine! Basically, pregnancy makes you mentally unstable (obviously!) Ice is a craving that I had during my last pregnancy and it seems that it has come around for a second time. Ice cravings can actually be a symptom of iron deficiency in pregnant women because we need a higher intake but I have had plenty of tests and I am all good, fit as a fiddle and not deficient, just strange!

Ice Ice Baby!

So, yet again, I have the ice craving and it is driving husband up the wall with the constant crunching. I have them first thing in the morning, throughout the day and the other night I was chomping away in bed. We’ve even bought more ice cube trays and have 6 freezing at once so that in case I want double helpings (it happens) there are enough freezing!

At one point the husband decided to have the audacity to have 2 (yes 2) ice cubes for his drink in the heat and I grew angry and monster like about how unreasonable this was! Don’t take mamas ice cubes. (husband has since apologized, and then, of course, I did when I realized I was being an ice Psyco!)

I am not really sure what it is, but there’s something about crunching them that I crave! At least, this time around it is also a great way to keep cool over the summer. It was a nightmare in the winter for my first pregnancy as I was cold all the time anyway!

When I was pregnant the first time around, I didn’t really crave anything except ice cubes towards the end and this time the cravings started earlier but although it is weird I am on the lesser end of pica with these.

ice cubes

What is Pica?

Pica is the craving of non-food substances but foods (such as ice) that hold no nutritional value can also be included in this definition as well and it takes the food cravings a little further. Although I am fortunate enough that I haven’t had other typical pica cravings such as chalk, clay or dirt! (not sure how I would get around that one!)

What Causes Pregnancy Cravings?

There are plenty of hypotheses such as craving nutrients that your body is lacking, however, this doesn’t account for weird and wonderful combinations or pica! But doctors seem to most commonly attribute it to hormone fluctuations (and we pregnant ladies have plenty of those). For pica there can also be an element of mental health or compulsion disorders that can have a factor in craving types so it is always important to speak to your midwife. We have discussed mine and I have neither (yay) but it is always important to get checked out, just in case as it might increase your risk for post-partum depression.

Top 5 Weirdest Pregnancy Cravings

Here are a few more weird ones, just so I don’t feel so alone:

  1.  Onions (raw!)
  2. Pizza and ice cream (together)
  3. Dirt
  4. Pickles and mustard (might not be weird for some but I hate both ingredients, let alone together)
  5. Laundry detergent (yep, you read that correctly)

dirt weird pregnancy cravings

Have you ever experienced pica during pregnancy or had any weird cravings? 

My weird pregnancy cravings are back! Find out what I am craving this time around, plus what pica in pregnancy is and some weird cravings I have heard of!

 

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Written by Charlotte

Founder at The Mummy Toolbox

45 Comments

  • LindseyLondonMumma (#)
    June 20th, 2017

    Oh my, these are definitely weird cravings! But I can join in, mine was mac Donald’s chip dipped in milkshake lol!

  • Tiffany Haywood (#)
    June 18th, 2017

    My weirdest cravings were grey poupon mustard and green olives – together!

  • Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle (#)
    June 16th, 2017

    That is a strange craving, at least ice does not add weight and you keep hydrated. I did not have cravings but with my first I could not stand chocolate. This was great because I had been eating far too much chocolate. I lost weight with all my babies. The babies were all around 7-8 lbs.
    Happy crunching, not long to go now.
    Kathleen

  • Kara (#)
    June 15th, 2017

    new potatoes and garlic mayonnaise was mine LOl

  • Sue (#)
    June 15th, 2017

    Hi Charlotte! There certainly are some weird cravings here. I didn’t really have any with my daughter and with my son I just craved chocolate milkshakes – not very weird at all!

  • Rachel (#)
    June 15th, 2017

    I never had pica but it sounds awful. Cravings already make you a bit crazy so I can’t imagine wanting to eat sand.

  • I never had any pregnancy cravings. But I know how terrible it feels when you can’t eat something that you really want because you’ve run out (pizza, pizza…)

  • HilLesha O'Nan (#)
    June 14th, 2017

    I have never experienced pica before, but I can be a pretty weird eater at times, pregnant or not. For example, I like BBQ sauce on my veggie subs. 😀

  • Brittany (#)
    June 14th, 2017

    I had the craziest cravings when I was pregnant. One of my favorites was pickle grilled cheese and tomato soup! It was delicious!

  • Chelsea (#)
    June 14th, 2017

    I’ve heard that craving ice can be a sign of anemia which is actually pretty common in pregnancy!

  • Cassie Tucker (#)
    June 14th, 2017

    I’m not pregnant, but some combinations of pizza and ice cream doesn’t seem like it would be too bad. Does that make me weird? LOL

  • Di (#)
    June 14th, 2017

    The weird thing to me is that PICA can happen at any time not just pregnancy. Anyone can get these sudden urge to eat weird things. I had a dog that loved sandpaper… even crossed species

  • Amber Nelson (#)
    June 14th, 2017

    I have never had any weird pregnancy cravings, however I have heard of a lot of different food combos!

  • Rhian Westbury (#)
    June 14th, 2017

    Wow I can’t believe so many woman get strange cravings when they are pregnant. Ice cream and pizza is an odd combination x

  • Melissa (#)
    June 13th, 2017

    I never realized people craved plain old dirt. I had cravings for salt and tomatoes. Good luck wit all the side effects of pregnancy.

  • This post brings back memories from my pregnancy! Funny that you should mention onions, because I def. craved onions when I was pregnant!

    • Florencia (#)
      June 21st, 2017

      My craving where green olives , anchovies and prosciutto ham

  • Wendy | The Art of "Why Not?" (#)
    June 13th, 2017

    I’ve never heard of pica cravings! The only thing I craved while pregnant was loaded steak and cheese subs, every day, every meal! Ice though, I crave that every day — and I’m NOT pregnant! 🙂

  • Cecilia C. Cannon (#)
    June 13th, 2017

    oh my gosh, I don’t think I have heard of this craving, pica. I learn everyday, well, I hope you are feeling good and ice chips are keeping you cool 🙂

  • Rachel (#)
    June 13th, 2017

    Some women have crazy cravings, haha!! A few of my friends had a craving for ice cubes, I had one for Rice Pudding!! Great Post!!

  • Fashion and Style Police (#)
    June 13th, 2017

    I do crave for ice sometimes. That is about it.

  • Chloe Ciliberto (#)
    June 13th, 2017

    What a strange craving, like you said, lucky its not a craving for dirt or coal! I used to crave fudge. Really badly. One time it even affected my need to sleep and the next morning my partner rushed out to get some. The only weird thing was, every time I craved it, if I’d then have some I’d feel so sick! x

  • Cindy Ingalls (#)
    June 13th, 2017

    Wow, who knew laundry detergent or dirt cravings could happen during pregnancy. It’s such an odd thing to want. I can understand the ice because of the crunch and coolness.

  • Jennifer (#)
    June 13th, 2017

    Man, I wish I had ice cravings! I had Yodel cravings that drove my husband insane. It was an expensive craving, that is for sure!

  • Ana De- Jesus (#)
    June 13th, 2017

    Lol I hope that I never have a craving for dirt but I think that ice is perfectly normal. It did make me laugh when you got annoyed at your partner for eating your ice cubes lol !

  • Kristina (#)
    June 13th, 2017

    I did crave baking soda with my last baby. Also craved cream soda with him too. My first kid was scrambled eggs, another pizza and then my third was Little Debbie snack cakes.

  • Danielle (#)
    June 13th, 2017

    I didn’t get any strange cravings during either of my pregnancies. I just wanted to eat all of my favorite foods, all the time, and have double helpings!

  • Cassie (#)
    June 13th, 2017

    Wow sounds like there can be a lot of intense and strange cravings during pregnancy! I’ve always been curious about cravings. Ice is an interesting one and I can understand about the different texture for sure.

  • Joanna (#)
    June 12th, 2017

    I didn’t really have any major pregnancy cravings apart from when I was in Tesco once during my pregnancy with my son and i just had to have a cheese and beetroot sandwhich. My mother in law told me her mum craved coal in her pregnancy with her.

  • Suzy mccullough (#)
    June 12th, 2017

    Funnily enough I didn’t crave anything while pregnant. I’ve never heard of women craving ice before. Crikey. My boy loves an ice cube though and I get the crunching thing lol

  • emmerson329 (#)
    June 12th, 2017

    I’m kind of jealous!! I really wanted a weird pregnancy craving but all I craved was vinegar and tangerines!

  • Janel (#)
    June 12th, 2017

    Hormones in your body can certainly make you do strange things. I didn’t realize this was something that’s pretty common in pregnancy. I was so incredibly sick with my last pregnancy that everything did not sound good to me .

  • Ashley (#)
    June 12th, 2017

    I will definitely keep these in mind if I get pregnant! This is a super informative post for anyone who is going through pregnancy currently and wants to know they aren’t alone.

    Much love,
    Ashley | dearash.com

  • Jessica Joachim (#)
    June 12th, 2017

    I never had Pica, but I did want ice, but only hospital ice lol. My major craving was tacos. Tacos, enchiladas, anything Mexican I wanted to eat it!

  • Sona Jain (#)
    June 12th, 2017

    Cravings for ice? Thats the first time I am hearing this. Very unique. But yeah, these are cravings after all. No one has any control!

  • Debbie - Hello Deborah (#)
    June 12th, 2017

    I was all about ice pops during pregnancy, especially nearer the end through last summer. I knew someone that was craving sponges which is so weird! In the middle of my pregnancy all I wanted was cream – chocolate eclairs, cream horns, even a cream tea would cut it.

  • Talya (#)
    June 12th, 2017

    I’ve heard of pica before but never experienced it myself it is truly bizarre isn’t it! I never experienced this only wanted to eat bucket loads of yogurt lol.

  • robin rue (#)
    June 12th, 2017

    I remember reading about this when I was pregnant. Lucky for me I only craved McDonald’s Big Mac’s – which I suppose is bad enough….

  • Marnie (#)
    June 12th, 2017

    It is a good thing you don’t crave anything like metal or the stuffing from the inside of a sofa! I have heard some awful PICA stories. I still crave ice, since I was obsessed during my pregnancy. I am pretty sure it is the reason my daughter loves ice and eggplant as well! Good luck on your pregnancy!

  • Michelle (#)
    June 12th, 2017

    I never had any weird cravings like chalk, or pickles and ice cream, but I did go through days and even weeks of wanting to eat only certain foods like bowls of coco pops, or tuna sandwiches!

  • Karen Morse (#)
    June 12th, 2017

    That’s so interesting! I’ve never heard of moms-to-be craving for ice! I think it’s better than craving for dirt though. I don’t know how to deal with a craving like that. I guess that’s just really how pregnancy is.

  • Helen (#)
    June 12th, 2017

    I’ve heard quite a few people say they craved ice! I’m currently 10 days overdue with my second baby and throughout both pregnancy I’ve not really had any proper cravings. I’ve fancied certain things, but not that burning desire I hear so much about.

    • Charlotte (#)
      June 12th, 2017

      good luck! hope your baby comes soon! It’s strange how it differs isn’t it!

  • Jon (#)
    June 12th, 2017

    Crikey, craving raw onions is something else. Don’t think you could pay me enough to eat those!!!

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