The craving: This makes the top ten cravings list for pregnant women – although people who aren’t and have never been pregnant can experience it too. People who experience this craving desperately want to eat or nibble on chalk, various talcum powders or baking soda.
Common reasons for this craving: This craving is most commonly caused by low levels of iron. You’ll need to see your doctor for a blood test and may need to take a supplement.
Alternatives for this craving: Try taking something like Tums, but avoid taking too much – they have high levels of calcium which can decrease iron absorption and cause kidney stones when taken in high and regular dosages. Try chewing on other things which come in pill form – such as charcoal. But take whatever you take in moderation to avoid any unwanted side effects.