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Are chalk and dust cravings normal while pregnant and is it safe to eat chalk?


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2009-06-24 21:27:13
2009-06-24 21:27:13

Cravings for non-food things (chalk, dirt, tin foil, that sort of thing) is called Pica. It can occur from a nutritional deficiency, and for other reasons.You should contact your doctor or midwife as soon as possible to discuss this with them. Chalk and other Pica cravings can be harmful to you and your developing fetus. Chalk is not intended for consumption and can have toxic ingredients or ingredients that can hurt you and your baby. (I think a couple of years ago a supposedly non-toxic kid's sidewalk chalk was recalled as it had lead in it). Please call your doctor or midwife as soon as possible to discuss this with them, for your safety and the safety of your child.

http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/unusualcravingspica.html

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