What were/are your strangest pregnancy cravings?

I haven't craved anything too weird but when I get onto something, thats all I want to eat until I have had my fill. I once had my hubby take me to the Olive Garden every night for a whole week so that I could have Fettucini Alfredo. I would get my fill at dinner, take the leftovers home for lunch the next day and do it all over again ha ha. My poor hubby - he's such a good sport!

I have read that some women crave chalk, metal, paint and all kinds of other non-food items but I have no idea how true that really is.

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asked 03 Oct '09, 04:05

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Oh wow, I had the Olive Garden Fettucini Alfredo (and salad) craving too -- I went there for lunch every week for a while until suddenly, no more Olive Garden, ever.

(20 Sep '10, 12:09) Anne

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My wife wanted what ever we didn't have in the house. Once we bought a bunch of it, she was no longer interested.

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answered 03 Oct '09, 12:24

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Yes, hun. I always want what I can't have. 8-)

(03 Oct '09, 13:06) JBunky

lol .

(05 Oct '09, 21:40) JJJ

It's called pica and it's real.

My wife's strangest cravings were mashed potatoes with yogurt on top (she ate it) and Carl's Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburgers (strange because it was so specific).

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answered 03 Oct '09, 13:39

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Pica is more about non-nutrient cravings involving dirt or something like that. It happens to about 8% or 9% of pregnant women. While it is a weird craving, the regular cravings for foods (mashed potatoes, ,cheeseburgers) are something else.

(12 Nov '09, 03:37) dlamblin

@dlamblin I'm pretty sure bbrown was responding to the second part of dreamerisme's question regarding craving non-food items, not his wife's cravings. Thanks for the clarification though.

(18 Jun '10, 19:18) Tammy ♦♦

Anything with protein, but mostly eggs. I think I ate more eggs during my pregnancy than I ever have in my life. I couldn't get enough. I never got the classic pickles and ice cream cravings.

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answered 04 Oct '09, 06:11

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My weirdest craving/thought was eating my shoes. They were leather and it seemed like they would be the best in satisfying my craving for something salty and chewy. My husband still teases me...

I am happy to say that I did not eat my shoes but I did crave a lot of fresh veggies. I would eat an entire veggie tray for dinner. The thought of meat made me sick so I had to be a really good vegetarian in the beginning months.

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answered 05 Oct '09, 18:04

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My cravings weren't exactly strange, just strange for me. After years of not eating red meat, I craved beef during most of the last half of my pregnancy. I'm also the type of person who has always preferred salty versus sweet snacks, yet I craved ice cream and frozen yogurt. I have no scientific evidence but my thoughts were that my body probably needed the iron and the calcium.

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answered 03 Oct '09, 17:23

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I definitely almost always wanted pizza . . . not too strange but oh so good!

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answered 04 Oct '09, 06:20

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Yep, I was totally into pizza too!

(06 Oct '09, 21:14) Sabrina

Apparently this is more common than we thought. We ate a lot of pizza when pregnant with our 1st.

(10 Nov '09, 21:01) Dinah

I did not have too many cravings....milk, ice cream, and watermelon. But, I could not eat shrimp or pickles, they made me sick to my stomach.

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answered 05 Oct '09, 21:25

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Ah yes Watermelon and milk were on my list too!

(06 Oct '09, 21:15) Sabrina

My wife had tried and not liked Indian food twice before the pregnancy. One day into her second trimester she just said "I want Indian food... today". We had it regularly after that.

Luckily my 2-year-olds really like it as well (they like spicy food... go figure).

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answered 18 Oct '09, 14:53

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Not so much a craving as a new palette -- one apparently of a 10 year old. We've always eaten well and enjoy a wide range of quality food. Not during pregnancy though: cheeseburgers, hot dogs, milkshakes, cheeseburgers, fries, pizza, cheeseburgers, mac & cheese, did I mention cheeseburgers? Lots of cheeseburgers. The only craving that strayed from the 10-year-old's diet was that after too much grease a salad and fresh veggies were deeply longed for.

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answered 10 Nov '09, 17:39

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My wife HATES chocolate. So, of course, she had to have some.

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