While driving into the office last week, I was listening to some radio DJ’s talking about Jessica Simpson’s pregnancy cravings. They played an audio clip of Jessica declaring her love for Pop Tarts, Cap’n Crunch cereal and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Nothing crazy here. These are all within the confines of reason.
During my first pregnancy, I craved fresh fruit and especially peaches. Thank goodness I was pregnant during peach season! I remember my neighbor leaving me a bushel of peaches that she picked in Gaffney, SC. I devoured 6 peaches in one sitting. It was like I had been on a ship at sea for months without fresh fruit. I just couldn’t get enough.
During my second pregnancy, I craved…wait for it…wait for it…wait for it…Spaghettios. Gross, right? I had cans and cans of it in my pantry. My friend Katie was pregnant, too, and she also craved Spaghettios, which is so random, but we were glad to find someone else who loved some Spaghettios! As soon as I had my son, the craving was gone and I haven’t eaten that crap since.
Sometimes, members of the pregnancy tribe have non-food cravings. For example, my friend’s sister experienced weird cravings that would literally keep her up at night; her neighbor had a garden and grew turnips. She had never even eaten turnips but was consumed with sneaking over there, digging them up and eating them – dirt and all. She learned from her doctor that she was having “pica” cravings . “Pica” refers to the craving of substances with little or no nutritional value. Most pica cravings involve non-food substances such as dirt or chalk and can allude to a vitamin defeciency.
The “peaches and Spaghettios” phases of my pregnancies were a distant and faded memory and being reminded made me smile. Smarties, share your pregnancy cravings!