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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE PICA DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

                                                                                                                                                

What is pica during pregnancy?

Pica is a category of eating disorder characterized by a craving for, and compulsive consumption of, things that are not usually considered edible or nutritious. Various subtypes of pica all have names with the suffix phagia (Greek for eat/eating), following a particular prefix referring to the type of non-food substance that the person eats. Examples include geophagia (eating clay or dirt, sometimes called chthonophagia), lithophagia (eating stones/gravel), trichophagia (eating hair), geomelophagia (eating raw potatoes, more than just a small slice that you might sample as part of a nature activity in summer camp), pagophagia (eating ice, more than just the ice remaining in your beverage on a hot day), amylophagia (eating starch, not just a loaf of bread, but purified starch, such as flour or corn starch, in high amounts), cautopyreiophagia (eating burned matches). Other items that people may consume include coffee grounds, plants, paper, soap, baking soda, and paint chips.


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