Thursday, July 12, 2012

Pica

When I was a young child I used to eat soap. Of course I don’t remember this, but over the years I have heard many stories about me grabbing a handful of laundry detergent while my diaper was being changed or chowing down on the bubbles in my bubble bath. 

This is relevant now because yesterday I *almost* ate soap.  I was moving the Tide pods from under the sink (because at first I thought they were dishwashing detergent – another story for another day) to the laundry room to start a load of laundry. 


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As a grabbed one to throw in the washer the smell hit me.  It wasn’t a flowery, clean, laundry aisle at the grocery store type good smell.  Instead, it was an appetizing, make your tummy growl type good smell.  I looked down at the little pod and it just looked like it would taste so good. 

Of course, I had my wits about me enough to laugh at myself and throw the pod into the washing machine.  When I later told the story to Dan he looked at me like I might actually eat it and tried to hide the Tide.  No trust. 

According to the American Pregnancy Association, pica (the craving of non-food substances) can occur during pregnancy, but the cause is unknown.  It could be due to a lack of vitamins or minerals (most commonly iron) or possibly to a mental or physical illness. 

When my OB-GYN checked my blood, all of my levels came back normal, including iron.  I do plan on talking to my mid-wife about this at our next appointment, but I am hoping this is a one time thing and I won’t start fantasizing of swimming in soap filled oceans.

Edible Food

Breakfast didn’t sound good until I started eating it – everything bagel thin toasted and topped with cream cheese, eggs and hot sauce

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Lunch was spinach and a broccoli and chicken quiche from the cafeteria.  I promise, one day I will go grocery shopping and bring my lunch again.

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Some snacks.

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I am ashamed to admit that I ate candy and cereal for dinner.  Not that great health-wise, but I guess I should be happy it wasn’t soap. 

Walk

I walked for 45 minutes / 3 miles while reading Divergent. 

This book is really good – I plan to do a full review on it when I am done – probably tomorrow. 

Thought for the day

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