Monday, July 12, 2010

I'll Have A SANDwich, Please

I have heard about pica and the odd non-food cravings. With Will, I did have a phase of wanting ice, but it was never overwhelming and I didn't feel bad crunching away on a few cubes here and there.

The past two days, however, I have been wanting. . . dreaming. . . fantasizing. . . about eating SAND.

That's right. Beach sand.

And not just any sand. What I really want is Columbia River beach sand. The type of salty, tangy, gritty stuff I used to get in my mouth (accidentally) as a small child on trips to the river. Now, back then, I didn't get the sand in my mouth on purpose, and it was never very much, but I can clearly remember the feel and taste of it. And I want it again. Bad.

I'd take some sandbox sand right about now, but I seriously cannot stop thinking about eating sand. Of course, I googled it. Normal pica, folks, and they don't know what causes it or how to stop it, but this is definitely one pregnancy craving that I won't be indulging.

I guess I'll have to settle for one of my other loves. Red Vines. In a large tub. It ain't sand, but it'll do.


RoseAnn said...

I've never experienced pica. Would something with similar texture (I'm thinking crushed graham crackers or something similar) help stop the craving or is it a flavor thing as well?

Ms. J said...

I remember watching one of those L&D shows on T.LC and they had a woman on there who was eating sticks of chalk. Really.

I remarked to my husband the other day that I never had any real cravings while pregnant with Peanut. He looked at me like I was crazy and said "Uh, do you have any idea how many PB&J sandwiches I made for you?!"

Katie said...

RoseAnn, my husband had the same thought, so I ate some cinnamon and sugar mixed together. It didn't work, but I might try something saltier today.

Ms. J, the chalk thing would have sounded more strange to me before this sand obsession started. Now, I have to say, I can understand it. It's weird, because logically, I know it's gross, but. . . oh, man.

HereWeGoAJen said...

I know that pica is real and can be a serious problem and I am sure that it is horribly annoying and all, but my first thought was that is awesome. Also, I love that you have a specific kind of sand in mind, it makes it all the more awesome.

The only thing I remember about pica is that some people think it might be because of some kind of deficiency somewhere else. Iron, maybe? What's in sand?