Talking about these cravings is not only in the form of food, besides that many women have cravings for strange things. Like the cravings to stroke the head of a bald person, hold a mustache, there are also others. These cravings are a strange type of cravings. Some of the cravings that are sensible and still in the normal stage are still quite reasonable. However, when it has entered a stage that makes no sense, this should be watched out for and stopped, like the PICA. Pica is a term used to denote an uncontrollable desire to eat things that are not for consumption such as paper, clay, dirt and so on. Some cases that have happened are the desire of pregnant women to eat powder. It is not clear what factor this was caused. Apart from wanting to eat powder, there are many other things that pregnant women want to consume. Among them are mud, clay, wax, lime, wasp, lead, cigarette butts, flour, ice cubes, and so on. From this it can be seen that it turns out that women who are pregnant can have extraordinary talents by this very strange desire and craving factor.
Until now, no one knows why pregnant women experience pica. Many hypotheses have also been made to explain this kind of midwifery behavior. This hypothesis covers various factors such as economic, social, cultural factors, deficiency diseases or psychological disorders themselves. If usually pica is associated with the pregnant woman’s nutritional adequacy, for example, when she eats clay, this can be related to several conditions in the body that are deficient in iron intake. But is the absorption of iron caused by eating the clay or the lack of iron in the body can encourage pregnant women to eat soil? Until now there has been no scientific explanation of this question.
The following are dangerous consequences of the pica problem, including:
- Eating clay can cause constipation or constipation.
- Eating sand or soil can cause stomach pain and occasional bleeding.
- Chewing directly on ice cubes can make your teeth appear abnormal.
- Eating feces leads to diseases caused by infections such as toxoplasmosis, trichuriasis, and toxocariasis.
- Swallowing metal objects can perforate the intestines.
- Eating items made of lead can cause kidney damage and mental retardation.
This Pica does seem very scary and dangerous. Therefore, it is better if you keep an eye on the symptoms of your cravings. And you as a pregnant woman should be more in control of your desires.