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Why do women get pica in pregnancy?

Why do women get pica in pregnancy?

Unknown: It is still unknown why some pregnant women develop pica. Some theorize that some mineral deficiencies or the need for more minerals because the pregnancy is consuming reserves drives the behaviors associated with pica. ...Read more

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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Do you have pica only in pregnancy?

No: I know that kids, particularly with iron deficency anema can exhibit pica. ...Read more

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What can I do to help deal with problems such as vomiting, excessive saliva, pica and syncope during pregnancy?

What can I do to help deal with problems such as vomiting, excessive saliva, pica and syncope during pregnancy?

OB/GYN: You need to call your obstetrician, right away in f act, to discuss these issues. Some of what you describe can be serious. But really, your OB is the one to help with these problems. Then, if he or she needs some consultation with someone else, those arrangements can be made after your obstetrician has seen you. Good luck. ...Read more

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How rare is pica outside of pregnant woman or children?

How rare is pica outside of pregnant woman or children?

PICA: Pica is seen more in young children than adults. Between 10 and 32% of children ages 1 - 6 have these behaviors. Pica can also occur during pregnancy. In some cases, a lack of certain nutrients, such as iron deficiency anemia and zinc deficiency, may trigger the unusual cravings. Pica may also occur in adults who crave a certain texture in their mouth. ...Read more

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How rare is pica that is not in pregnant woman or in children?

PICA: Pica occurs not only in children and pregnant women but to persons who suffers from iron- deficiency anemia. Some patients continue to have pica even if they are aware that it is not healthy to consume non- nutritive substances such as clay, ice, paint, etc. So it is not rare. ...Read more

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What do I do to get tiny tiny picas from the cactus out of your foot the next day?

What do I do to get tiny tiny picas from the cactus out of your foot the next day?

Soak it: I would suggest soaking your foot, maybe twice a day in warm water for 10-15 minutes. Usually, such things will work themselves out. Otherwise, you may need to see the foot doctor who can remove the little irritating bits in your foot. Good luck. ...Read more

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What exactly is pica disease? Are any types of people more likely to get it than others?

If you eat nonfood: Pica by definition is the eating of non-nutratitive subsances. If this is something you have issues with, then you have pica. ...Read more

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How can a child get checked for PICA? She's two and eats everything but food! What else are signs and how do they properly diagnose

How can a child get checked for PICA? She's two and eats everything but food! What else are signs and how do they properly diagnose

PICA: PICA could be a symptom of iron deficiency anemia and possibly elevated lead levels. Some children might be emotionally distressed but typically in older children. I recommend a visit to your pediatrician. Simple lab tests can be performed as well as a thorough exam. ...Read more

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So I have Pica and I ate some brittle grey rock at a creek. I'm wondering if I'll get some type of disease.It left a weird egg taste in my mouth.

So I have Pica and I ate some brittle grey rock at a creek. I'm wondering if I'll get some type of disease.It left a weird egg taste in my mouth.

Danger: Always at danger if you are eating unknown substances. Be checked and get help for your addiction. All the best and stay safe. ...Read more

Pica (Definition)

An abnormal appetite or craving for substances that are not fit to eat. Such as chalk, clay or dirt. Pica ...Read more