It’s common knowledge that women who are carrying a baby in their belly need a little extra nourishment.
That’s hardly news and we both know it.
But there is a wonderfully curious slant to the whole ‘hungry pregnant woman’ thing, too. Namely, you should never get in the way of one.
I have literally watched with my own two eyes as my pregnant wife once bit a seven-inch chunk out of a particle board book shelf when she hadn’t gotten her Special Edition Spicy Sour Cream and Burnt Cheese Doritos in time when the hunger pangs hit.
And NO: she did not stop chewing until she swallowed the whole weird, flaky mouthful.
Pregnant women are often hungry women (naturally!!) and thus many pregnancy cravings, like…say, “pickles and ice cream” are almost considered legendary when it comes to discussing such things. (In reality, if the lady that first has that particular urge would have Patented the whole deal…her and her little one would have been super damn rich by now, huh?)
Yet little is ever said about what exactly, or even remotely, these food urges reveal about that pregnant women that are affected by them and the unborn little babies who begin life in a harrowing hailstorm of culinary bizarreness.
Scientists have avoided it. Experts have better things to figure out. No one has even cared! But I’ve never let the little things get in my way.
So, come along and learn. Or come along and laugh.
Either way…you win.
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