Pica is a condition in which pregnant women get strange cravings for things that aren’t edible. The word “Pica” is Latin for magpie which is a bird notorious for eating almost anything.
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The exact cause is unknown but it could be one of, or the combination of, different conditions/factors like:
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Some women develop a craving for non-food items, like
In case you have any more to add, which is quite possible, which is also different from the above list, you could add. This is just to say that a pregnant woman with Pica is not uncommon and so is the temporary nuances of Pica!
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Don’t panic; it happens and is not abnormal. Some experts think it’s our body telling us we need certain nutrients. There could be hormonal and psychological reasons for cravings. If you’re experiencing pica cravings to the point where you NEED to eat or lick the item, try looking for similar food items that you can use instead. Many pica items have very specific textures that you can similarly replicate in real food items. Some examples of food items that may help:
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Try to eat a balanced diet with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, protein, carbohydrate and plenty of water – don’t think that I am being impractical in suggesting this one, but where it is possible to allow your willpower and discretion to take the upper hand.
Are you one of the blessed candidates going through PICA? – No worries, yield to your craving in moderation and try to eat healthy where and when possible.
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