These 16 Weird Pregnancy Cravings Women Have Had Are Really Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

Pregnant women: not only are they eating for two, but the normal menu doesn't suffice. One must not bat an eye when they see a pregnant woman chomping down on pickles and ice cream — although, if we're being honest, the weirdest pregnancy cravings women have ever had get a whole lot stranger than that, according to Reddit.

One brave man posted asking for help in understanding pregnancy cravings women experience, encouraging people to share the weirdest they've ever had or heard of. And things do get weird — as in, women eating things that aren't even traditionally edible.

Where do these bizarre cravings come from, anyway? Much research agrees that it's largely thanks to hormones, which would make sense, since hormones change so much during pregnancy. Then there's the substance known as Neuropeptide Y (NPY), one of the most powerful appetite stimulants science knows of. Research has found that the synthesis of NPY increases during pregnancy; this could explain the increase in appetite and also in cravings.

Furthermore, cravings are fueled even more by the abnormal taste and smell perception associated with pregnancy — plus aversion to specific foods that women may have previously liked (or vice versa — loving foods you previously hated).

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Research also suggests that cravings depend largely on your own culture; in other words, you're likeliest to crave something that people in your culture typically eat. For women in the United States, this means the most common pregnancy cravings are for dairy and sweet foods, like chocolate and fruit. And despite the seemingly common craving for pickles and ice cream, expectant women crave salty food less frequently.

Knowing all of this, it would seem, then, that the sky is the limit when it comes to odd pregnancy cravings. Let's see just how odd it really gets.

1Gardetto's

To be fair, these are delicious pregnant or not. But they are certainly potent, so it's understandable that one could get sick of them.

2Tar

Hopefully she didn't eat it too...

3"Salad"

A wee bit random? Possibly; but maybe it was the sweet-and-salty combination that hit the spot.

4Ice Cream On Toast

Both delicious, both satiating; so why not put them together and have dessert and breakfast simultaneously? You do you, girl.

5Concrete

At least she cleaned it first. A little disinfected concrete never hurt anyone.

6Charcoal

Charcoal is all the rage now; we’re brushing our teeth with it, taking charcoal supplements, and using it on our skin. So really, we should give this woman credit for being ahead of the game.

7Dirt

Spinach is high in iron, too; but sometimes, that just won't cut it. Doesn’t a nice bowl of dirt sound so much better?

8Pop, Watermelon, And Eggs

You know what they say: no two fetuses are alike.

9Straight Lemon Juice

My face is twisting up all funky just thinking about this.

10Tomatoes And...

Does that mean frosting? Tomatoes and frosting? Who knows?

11Spaghetti Sandwiches

That's a really intense sandwich, there. This stuff isn't for the faint of heart.

12Oreos And Mustard

...Together? Not sure. But the heart wants what it wants.

13Salty Kool-Aid

Yummy. Sour Kool-Aid. It’s almost like she invented a whole new flavor.

14Halls

It's always a good time for a pack of cough drops, amiright? At least she did her part to fend off a sore throat.

15Freezer Air

I'm not even sure what to say about this. Smell responsibly, friend. Maybe wear a cardigan, too.

16Bananas And Lemon Juice

Is this another pickles-and-ice-cream type of thing? Pregnant women must be tough as steel to handle so much lemon juice.