Hope you all had a great weekend. I spent mine sitting in the hot sun and eating…ice! Some of you may love ice and some may hate it. Recently during my pregnancy I have been eating ice everyday…excessively. Back when I was in high school I used to chew on ice all the time, but I never thought it meant anything. However, when I had seen someone about nutrient deficiencies they thought that I should be including more iron rich foods in my diet. In the past few years I haven’t had much desire to chew in ice. Except, for the past few weeks. I have noticed many new symptoms and changes throughout this pregnancy, but this is one that definitely caught my eye right away.
I just so happened to be going to my glucose tolerance test last week and they took blood for my hemoglobin as well and what do you know, my iron was way too low. I found this so interesting because of my recent change of going back to chewing on ice, I learned that iron deficiency can lead to a symptom called Pica. Pica is the craving to eat things with no nutritional benefits whatsoever. The craving of chewing on ice is the most common form of that symptom. So, as much as I love ice on a hot day, I have been adding more iron rich foods to my diet. It makes complete sense because during my pregnancy some of these iron rich foods haven’t seemed the most appealing.
At the end of the day, it can be hard to focus on every single nutrient we need, but that is why we need to make sure we are getting a variety of vegetables, protein, and fruits. When life circumstances like pregnancy arise it is important to pay attention to your body because it will tell you what it needs! So, for now, I’ll get my iron levels up and save the ice chewing for when it’s time to deliver. 😉