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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. Michael Kleerekoper
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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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Tell me about pica.?

PICA: Pica means the abnormal craving of nonnutritional products like clay, charcoal, paint, dirt, ice, etc. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pica?

PICA: An abnormal appetite or craving for substances that are not fit to eat. Such as chalk, clay or dirt. Pica is common in malnutrition. ...Read more

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Does having pica harming my body?

Does having pica harming my body?

It can.: Pica is the injestion of non-food substances and can include nearly anything from paper to dirt to plastic, etc. Depending on what you injest and how much, it may pose risks for your health. In children, pica often arises in the contest of a nutritional deficiency, so get examined by a physician to see if you have an chemcial imbalance. ...Read more

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Lately i've been eating my own hair. Is this a pica thing?

Maybe: You must be careful about trichobezoars--it's not uncommon to need surgery for a trichobezoars.Hopefully you don't eat lead paint or other things. ...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