I fully understand that you cannot understand pregnancy or childbirth entirely until you go through it. I claim ignorance on the matter on the regular. I haven't even had any close friends get pregnant, so I really have only a distant understanding of the whole baby-incubating thing.
I have heard about the joys of pregnancy and the horror stories, of course, but there are certain things about pregnancy that just don't get mentioned often. When other mothers or pregnant women hear about them, however, it's just treated as a sort of occupational hazard, but for those of us who are unaware of the process, it's all like WHA?????
I am a big fan of of Jill Krause over Baby Rabies. She makes me laugh on the regular, and I follow her on Twitter like the blog fan girl that I am. Then she tweeted this the other day. And I was, again, all like WHHAAAA???
I'm afraid pregnancy #pica is back. I could really go for a spoonful of wet sand right now, followed by a couple sticks of chalk.
— Jill Krause (@babyrabies) April 2, 2013
So, I went to my good friend The Google and researched pica. Uh, pica had a totally different meaning in my page design class in college. People actually want to eat sand? And gritty things? And ickiness?
Okay. I can deal with that part. I think what really got me was that other pregnant women and mothers just, like, treated it like just another thing.
At no point in my entire life has it ever occurred to me that making babies would lead to eating dirt or other scratchy things.
What else am I missing out on? 'Cause, I still have lots of time to change my mind...
Yeah. Like that's going to happen.
As always, it's hip to be square (and WHHHAAA??), kids.