What is Pica?
During pregnancy, an individual can experience Pica. This is described as 'the compulsive urge to ingest non-food substances' such as laundry detergent, mud, clay, dirt, chalk, burnt matches, mothballs, charcoal and so on. If this is experienced, an individual should immediately seek the assistance of their health professional. Ingesting such non food items can not only prove to be toxic for the mother but for the unborn child as well. It is said that this condition is most often the cause or effect of iron deficiency. Speaking to your health professional can help you get the right dosage of iron needed. (Too much iron intake can cause more complications)
Note: I have mentioned this before and will keep re-iterating - every individual pregnancy is different so seek assistance from your doctor.