A couple of weeks ago, I was walking home from taking my daughter to preschool and started to smell a mix of water and bleach that they had just used to clean the sidewalks. I’m so used to this smell because it’s common in NYC for people to wash the sidewalks everyday. Although I smell it all the time, on this particular day, I really enjoyed it.
I found myself just standing in the middle of the sidewalk, taking in the smell of these newly-washed sidewalks. After a couple of minutes, I snapped out of it and thought that it was the strangest thing that I was enjoying it so much. I even secretly hoped that I would smell it again on my walk back to pick her up. It was yet another pregnancy side effect — a craving — that I had never experienced before.
While pregnancy cravings of pickles and ice cream might seem like the norm, a new survey reveals that there are many moms that crave bizarre things while pregnant.
The survey, done by C&G Baby Club Community, has found that some pregnant women find themselves craving strange things such soap, chalk and toothpaste and even the smell of tree bark and shoe polish. The results also confirmed that nearly half of all pregnant woman are embarrassed by their pregnancy cravings — but apparently not embarrassed enough to travel five to ten miles just to get exactly what they are craving at that moment. The survey stated that 49 percent of pregnant women were willing to leave the house to satisfy their pregnancy craving.
While I didn’t crave much during pregnancy, when I did crave something, I had to have it right at that moment. One of the greatest things about living in NYC during pregnancy is that you can virtually have anything you want delivered within minutes. It’s not one of my proudest moments to have frozen yogurt delivered at 10 at night, but if that’s what I wanted, I knew I had to get it.
Our body does strange things while creating this little person inside of you. But as crazy as it sounds, these are the things you must embrace during these nine months because they will be gone before you know it.
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