10 of the Craziest Pregnancy Cravings EVER

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I wasn't really a woman who got a ton of pregnancy cravings. I mean, I'm always a fan of food, and pregnancy didn't really change that. I definitely wanted more food when I was pregnant, carbs were my friend but also my enemy, and every night was a good night for ice cream.

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But as far as crazy pregnancy cravings go, I didn't really have any. Which is why some of these pregnancy cravings are sometimes hard to believe. Moral of the story, ladies? The pregnancy cravings struggle is real.

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Mary Cooper didn't just crave food — she craved certain scents. “I craved ice and the smell of laundry detergent!” she laughs. “Oh, and the smell of nail polish, although I didn't sit and smell that!”

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Melissa B. may not have been able to eat sushi because she was pregnant, but that didn't stop her from craving wasabi. “Could not get enough of it!!!” Melissa says. “I would buy it by the tube and put it on crackers!!! UGH!!!”

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Can I just say, “Ew”?

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Who doesn't love cake? Pregnancy made this sweet treat a little irresistible to mom of two Nicole Brabant. ” I ate 12 cakes during my second trimester!” she says. 

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“Chocolate chip mint ice cream with Chinese sweet and sour sauce,” relates Laura Ricketts. “I would drizzle tons of that bright orange sauce from the Chinese food restaurant (warm of course) right on top of the ice cream.”

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That puts a new meaning into sweet and sour!

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This is the best craving story I've ever heard–

“Sweet Tarts when I was pregnant with my eldest,” says Cayce Utley of Becky Not Becky. “I ate so many of those Easter chicks and bunny-shaped ones that the sour part of my tongue turned white. According to the medical experts on the Internet, I killed my taste buds. It took about two weeks before my tongue looked normal again.”

Who knew such a thing could even happen??

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Laundry softener sheets,” says Chelsie Armstrong, currently expecting baby #5. “I wanted to eat one … My doctor said that is a common craving (soap, dirt) when you are lacking a certain vitamin.”

(And she's right. Pica is a real thing for pregnant women!) 

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“Spaghetti with red sauce for breakfast,” remembers writer Kirsetin Morello. “Regularly!”

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“I am a grandma of 18 grandkids, but I do remember my craving during pregnancy for all three of my children,” says Linda Vizard. “I would go home to my mom, and she would cook me homemade paper-thin pancakes — three on the bottom layer.

“Then she would put vanilla ice cream about three inches thick on top and cook one more plate-size, paper-thin pancake and put that on top, and then it was all done. We would poor gobs of pancake syrup on top of all of that, and I would eat the WHOLE PLATE — and this was after I had my normal breakfast!”

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“I had pica and literally would take spoonfuls of coffee grounds right out of the coffee can,” says mom of two Emily Laurie. “I also snuck in little pieces of paper, and I would smell laundry detergent but wouldn't ingest it … but I did crave it. It happened with both pregnancies, and the doctor told me it's a disorder that some pregnant moms get. Now, looking back, I'm sooooooo grossed out at the thought!”

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Mom of two and nurse Jenny Erwin loved that pregnancy mom favorite, Tums. “I didn't have heartburn ever — just loved the taste of them!” she says. “I ate them like candy.” 

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10 of the Craziest Pregnancy Cravings EVER

Chaunie Brusie is a coffee mug addict, a labor and delivery nurse turned freelance writer, and a young(ish) mom of four. She is the author of "Tiny Blue Lines: Preparing For Your Baby, Moving Forward In Faith, & Reclaiming Your Life In An Unplanned Pregnancy" and "The Moments That Made You A Mother". She also runs Passion Meets Practicality, a community of tips + inspiration for work-at-home mothers. ... More

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  1. Profile photo of Bethenia Bethenia says:

    What is so crazy about craving cake? :/

  2. Profile photo of Lynsey Lynsey says:

    My mom craved banana milkshakes for me and sweet picked for my brother. Gross!

  3. Profile photo of Candice Candice says:

    well it wasn’t my craving but my cousin craved HOT DOGS. Not just regular hot dogs they had to be from a gas station. I always told her how unhealthy it is to eat anything from the gas station but she had to have them and without fail a few times a week in the middle of the night ( i had the bigger car that would fit both of our kids car seats in it) i would get a call to find a gas station that was open and had the most hot dogs.

  4. Profile photo of BillyJ BillyJ says:

    *IN “RETROSPECT” AT, NOW, AGE 85 – *The first time around, 1954,

    • Profile photo of BillyJ BillyJ says:

      CRAVINGS ARE NO JOKE!! TO CONTINUE…*AT, NOW, AGE 85, *The first time around, 1954, I could NOT GET ENOUGH OATMEAL – MORNING/NOON/OR NIGHT! *Fast forward – 1957 – must have eaten

      • Profile photo of BillyJ BillyJ says:

        *I keep getting getting “posted” before “finished” about “cravings” – 2nd time around, 1957, must have eaten TONS of tomato-based foods, spaghetti, chili, etc. – HAD CONTINUOUS HEARTBURN!!! *BOUGHT TUMS BY THE CARTON!!! *3rd or 4th time around, not sure which, I could NOT GET ENOUGH CHILI!!

        • Profile photo of BillyJ BillyJ says:

          *I keep getting “posted” before I am through…*3rd or 4th time around – while cooking a REALLY BIG POT OF CHILI – I would go out to the local drive-in and get a order of “take out” chili. *AND that is really “bad craving”! *AND continued buying Tums by the carton! *AND NOW AT AGE 85, KNOWING I DEFINITELY AM NOT PREGNANT!! -*I cannot seem to get my fill of radishes!! *Radishes have no particular food value! *HOWEVER – I cannot seem to get my fill of radishes! *I even have several radishes cut-up, and salted, with my F

          • Profile photo of BillyJ BillyJ says:

            *I keep getting “posted” before I am through…*3rd or 4th time around – while cooking a REALLY BIG POT OF CHILI – I would go out to the local drive-in and get a order of “take out” chili. *AND that is really “bad craving”! *AND continued buying Tums by the carton! *AND NOW AT AGE 85, KNOWING I DEFINITELY AM NOT PREGNANT!! -*I cannot seem to get my fill of radishes!! *Radishes have no particular food value! *HOWEVER – I cannot seem to get my fill of radishes! *I even have several radishes cut-up, and salted, with my FIRST CUP OF COFFEE! Now that is BAD! *AND have several radishes on my way to bed – *AND at all times during the day! *Nuf sed for now – gotta go get a radish! 😉 NOW – I am through commenting about “cravings”.

  5. Profile photo of Danielle Danielle says:

    My oddest craving to date (I’m on my third pregnancy and I got this craving for for #1 and #3) was bacon dipped in guacamole….YUM!

  6. Profile photo of mary mary says:

    In one of my pregnancies, I craved pickled pigs feet!

  7. Profile photo of Laramie Laramie says:

    I’m so exited to see TUMS haha. That was my craving with my first. I would get like 5-6 and just eat them like candy!!! I never had heartburn either well I geuess I never gave it a chance!!!

  8. Profile photo of Hillary Hillary says:

    My husband would get grossed out by my cravings. We would go to Perkins Restaurant everyday and I would order the Southern fried chicken biscuits. They topped the biscuits with sausage gravy, but that wasn’t enough for me. I would put Tabasco, ketchup, and maple syrup on top as well! Thinking about it now just makes me gag!

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