When I was pregnant with my son, I craved meat. Never having been a big meat eater, my body simply craved roast beef and steak about once a week. I’ve since gone vegetarian and can’t quite fathom eating meat again. That was the extent of my pregnancy cravings — no pickles and chocolate or any of the typical cravings talked so much about.
Yet I know that many women have had strange cravings and food combination requests during those nine long months. That being said, you might be hard pressed to find a pregnant woman with a more absurd craving than Alison Brierley.
Hailing from the U.K., Brierley is a professional artist and regularly uses animal hides and skin in some of her pieces of jewelry, which might be somewhat responsible for her , shall we say, eclectic craving. The NY Daily News reports that Brierley’s craving began in a spur-of-the-moment observation.
The 42-year-old mom-to-be says she “she drove past a perfectly good pheasant and thought it would make a nice homecooked meal.” Since then she has regularly been consuming roadkill as part of her diet:
Because I’m pregnant, I’ve been extra careful when handling the carcasses, and I always wear gloves. I don’t want to risk any infections that could hurt the baby. I took it home and marinated it in olive oil for four days before I made a kind of Kentucky fried pheasant dish. I’ve also tried hare, deer, pigeon, rabbit, owls and partridges, but pheasant is still the staple because it’s so common. I would like to try fox and badger, but they’re never in good enough condition to eat; although I have used them for my artwork.
With all the precautionary advice involving everything from not eating deli meat and soft cheeses to caffeine and alcohol, it’s safe to say that eating roadkill wouldn’t be approved by any obstetrician or midwife. The health implications of the practice in an unborn baby might be severe if the animal had rabies, parasites or a host of other diseases.
Since this practice is so bizarre, you have to wonder if this is a true pregnancy craving or if the artist is trying to make a name for herself and using shock value to do it. And if she is, I hope it’s just a gimmick, and she’s not actually consuming the day’s roadkill.
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