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Craving sponge

(25 Posts)
HTKB Sun 28-Feb-16 18:13:39

When I was a child I secretly chewed sponges. I never ate them but it was close!

I'm now absolutely CRAVING a sponge chew. I'm 37 weeks and cannot stop thinking about stuffing a sponge in my gob. I haven't got any in the house but I think I'll probably end up eating them if I got hold of some.

Has anyone else had a sponge craving and satisfied it with something else normal????

cantbelieveImquittingcoffee Sun 28-Feb-16 18:16:45

hahahaha!! Not yet, but then I am 30 weeks so maybe it's yet to come - but I LOVED chewing sponges as a child, especially sucking bathwater through them, my sister and i were crazy for doing this!

Pantone363 Sun 28-Feb-16 18:21:12

I craved chalk.

Ate about 3 tubs of Talcum powder shock

Just eat the sponge, it will go away after the birth

zannyminxoxox Sun 28-Feb-16 22:02:16

Really needing a sponge to chew now 😕 i am the same although i have no sponges so have been using flannels with this pregnancy my other two it was sponge. I might have to buy some tomorrow now

novemberchild Sun 28-Feb-16 23:14:49

I craved talc with DD1! Never heard of anyone else doing it - sure it was some kind of deficiency I had.

SerBronn Mon 29-Feb-16 10:41:10

I craved sponges when I was pregnant with DS. I would chew on pieces of it but not actually eat it or I'd have to stand around and smell them.
I still love the smell of new sponges now, if I get a new one out to do the dishes I have to stand and smell it for 5 minutes first.

BisherBasherBosher Mon 29-Feb-16 10:51:41

OMG! I used to chew on sponges as a child. Thought I was the only one.

Zombiemama Mon 29-Feb-16 10:59:29

Haha yes I craved sponge so bad during my pregnancy. I used to eat it as a child although I don't think we'll I hope I didn't actually swallow it!

When pregnant I used to buy sponges and rip them up the sound of the sponge tearing was amazing. The taste of dry sponge on my tongue was indescribable although I never did actually eat it!

My mouth is watering at the min just thinking about it...

HTKB Mon 29-Feb-16 12:38:56

Well you've all been literally no help at all grin.... I've just been on Amazon and ordered three sponges.... They'll be here tomorrow!!!

Jellybeam Mon 29-Feb-16 12:47:08

I used to chew sponges as a child but I didn't crave them during my pregnancy. I dod crave dry wall towards the end of my pregnancy though.

whatdoIget Mon 29-Feb-16 12:48:09

Isn't it linked to iron deficiency? It's called Pica I think.

suspiciousofgoldfish Mon 29-Feb-16 13:27:55

Absolutely no advice (you are a right bunch of wierdos wink), but just wanted to pop on and let you know that I found this all highly entertaining. Thanks.

Tfoot75 Mon 29-Feb-16 16:07:00

Was just going to ask if you've been tested for anaemia as well, as it can cause cravings for non food things that are more about the texture, pica as pp said. I am slightly anaemic and craving crunchy things, luckily edible such as raw carrots and underripe nectarines.

Bearberry Mon 29-Feb-16 16:07:26

Not had this but remember vaguely from a uni lecture this is linked to calcium deficiency/craving... Might go away if you eat some calcium rich foods?

AuntieMaggie Mon 29-Feb-16 16:10:23

I would mention it to your midwife just incase it is linked to some deficiency

Farawaytreeandme Tue 01-Mar-16 14:08:32

OMG! I have never come across anyone else that has craved sponges in pregnancy! I thought I was totally on my own, haha! With DS2 it was all I could think about - for my birthday, my husband wrapped me one up in ribbon as a joke! I would get in the bath and chew it, and always had to have Neals Yard bubble bath for mums to be. I knew it was totally weird yet couldn't stop blush. Am now pregnancy with DC3 and don't have any cravings at all!
Never got to the bottom of why!!

stumblymonkey Tue 01-Mar-16 14:28:14

No advice from me....but now I'm wondering if, when upduffed, I'll be going back to drinking malt vinegar from the bottle which was my weird childhood habit!

Branleuse Tue 01-Mar-16 14:36:58

I used to eat sponges for years, then the cravings went away suddenly, reappearing in each pregnancy. I used to actually eat them. No idea what the hell deficiency would cause that craving, but I assumed it was something hormonal, as it was at its worst in both adolescence and pregnancy

Iwonderif Tue 01-Mar-16 14:51:22

It is called pica. Very common. I wanted to drink fabric conditioner but my iron levels were on top form so no idea why I felt the need.

I can appreciate the need for a sponge OP so you enjoy them when they arrive tomorrow!!

IHaveBrilloHair Tue 01-Mar-16 14:52:12

I ate sponges when I was pregnant

Everythinggettingbigger Tue 01-Mar-16 16:14:06

no experience either but just wanted to say enjoy your sponge....this really put a smile on my face grin

HTKB Tue 01-Mar-16 18:42:44

Sponge arrived....OMG it was amazing. Managed not to swallow any. Poor DS very confused.... Told him I was cleaning the inside of my mouth. Utterly divine.

notagiraffe Tue 01-Mar-16 18:47:34

I loved chewing sponges as a child. Totally forgot until you mentioned it and now I want one.
I craved gravel and cement. I remember walking past a building site and wanting to stuff cement dust into my mouth. Did occasionally suck on sterilised gravel but never swallowed it.

Zombiemama Tue 01-Mar-16 19:59:44

Glad you enjoyed your sponge op part of me wants to grab one and try it to see if it's still as satisfying outside of pregnancy.

Ps I didn't have a very bad iron deficiency during pregnancy no idea if it was related to the craving as I never told any one in a professional capacity incase they thought I was crazy

fanks Tue 01-Mar-16 20:04:02

All 4 pregnancies I've licked, smelt and can't get enough of sponges 😃

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