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To suck water out of newly washed clothes?

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honeytea Sun 11-Nov-12 20:42:32

I know it is disgusting, but do you think it is actually damaging?

I have a really strong urge to dip newly washed clothes in water and drink the water from the clothes. I am 36 weeks pregnant and this is my first proper craving, I have been thinking about it for a couple of weeks but yesterday whilst hanging up the clean washing I was too tempted and acted on my urge.

Am I going crazy?

fosterdream Sun 11-Nov-12 21:09:34

I never had any cravings :-( I don't think its that bad of a craving my friend would eat hair!

Cortana Sun 11-Nov-12 21:10:17

I'd be worried about chemicals left over from the wash.

Could you try a clean wet flannel? Wash in hot water only. Dip and suck? I love flannels and sponges and sucking the water out when I was pregnant.

Panzee Sun 11-Nov-12 21:11:50

Sounds yummy - but the flannels sound nicer! smile

OpheliaPayneAgain Sun 11-Nov-12 21:12:34

All cravings are usual dietry defiecient based.

Water, maybe iodine deficient, although I'd wonder how. Unusual to get cravings this late. Do you eat properly?

MrsCantSayAnything Sun 11-Nov-12 21:14:09

It's Pica and I SO relate as I was obsessed with smelling Flash with bleach and used to squirt it in the sink and huff away!

I was very iron deficient. Get yours's a real sign.

Cortana Sun 11-Nov-12 21:14:47

I'd assume it was early nesting rather than Honey not eating properly. Associating the smell and taste of the fresh washing with cleanliness and hygiene perhaps?

HanSolo Sun 11-Nov-12 21:15:15

Oh- I completely understand!

Mine was petrol shock - I didn't indulge just inhaled a few times

freddiefrog Sun 11-Nov-12 21:15:55

I had a thing about sucking water out of flannels when I was pregnant with DD2


BertieBotts Sun 11-Nov-12 21:16:32

Non food cravings can be due to a deficiency though! Maybe mention to your midwife?

And yes... I'd second the idea of using something like a sponge grin

honeytea Sun 11-Nov-12 21:21:29

It was actually the idea of sucking water out of a flannel that made me start thinking about it. As a child I would suck bath water out of the flannel whilst my mum wasn't looking. We don't have flannels we have those plastic net ball type wash things (badly described!) I do have some lovely clean IKEA flannel rags ready for the baby so I will try one of those smile

I do eat well, so far my iron has been fine but I will mention it to the midwife tomorrow, I'm glad I'm not the only one with odd cravings!

melonribena Sun 11-Nov-12 21:21:58

In my last week of pregnancy I was obsessed with smelling cleaning fluids (flash eg) and sucking water from sponges! No deficiency, just yum!

MissPants Sun 11-Nov-12 22:11:19

Jeyes fluid. I couldn't get enough of the smell! When I told my GM about it she told me she craved exactly the same thing. My Aunts and Uncles all remember her having a brown ring around her nose from time to time when she was carrying my mother.

She had no clue they all knew she'd been at the Jeyes again grin

YANBU, totally normal and not half as bizarre as some I've heard smile

StaceymReadyForNumber3 Sun 11-Nov-12 22:13:38

Honey with dd I used to suck cold water from a sponge. It was great. Go for it, it won't hurt you or baby smile

amarylisnightandday Sun 11-Nov-12 22:20:18

Early this pregnancy I could only eat sushi and green olives. Late, 35 weeks plus I reckon I just love chemical smells. My favourite is pine disinfectant - adore it! Followed by swimming pool chlorine and ecover washing liquid. I am carrying Olbas oil with me everywhere even in hospital where I am now because it smells so lovely! Wish I'd brought the disinfectant though.....

Softlysoftly Sun 11-Nov-12 22:20:52

I sniffed workmen who were doing up next door with DD2, the mix of paint and sawdust yum, I think I was discreet hanging out by the flower beds blush

duke Sun 11-Nov-12 22:33:15

I used to suck the bath sponge and still do occasionally treat myself to a quick suck now, the soapyer the better.

SoleSource Mon 12-Nov-12 00:25:51

Oh I love petrol to lick and freshly laid tarmac. I 'm not pregnant.

BattlingFanjos Mon 12-Nov-12 00:32:04

I am so glad I'm not the only one!! I LOVED sucking a cold wet sponge when pregnant. Everyone thought I was mental.....I'm not woooo! Lol!

honeytea Mon 12-Nov-12 09:51:06

I'm going to buy a sponge today, my mum craved mud when she was pregnant with me so I guess I have got away fairly lightly!

Those of you who had pregnancy cravings and have now given birth did the cravings go away once the baby came out?

bottleofbeer Mon 12-Nov-12 10:01:34

I still crave the smell of petrol whilst eating chalk or bits of plaster off the walls. If I see a building site with rubble I sooooo want to go and munch on said rubble.

happy2bhomely Mon 12-Nov-12 10:01:56

I crunched my way through bags and bags of ice while pregnant. I also drank milk constantly. I woke up one night and went to the fridge and in my half awake state gulped it so fast that I poured it down my front and still didn't stop until I had to come up for air!

The smell of creosote makes my mouth water. blush

I think it's all fairly normal, so go ahead and suck some flannels!

GrimAndHumourless Mon 12-Nov-12 10:05:47

mmmmmmmmmm petrol

and orange lollies

and strawberry jam

Yes honey, the cravings disappeared before labour

StaceymReadyForNumber3 Mon 12-Nov-12 10:12:26

Honey my One to suck sponges hasn't fully gone away since dd but is only really bad when pg. ps the soft round baby sponges are the best grin

Rachog Mon 12-Nov-12 10:13:50

I'm another sponge sucker. I started off sniffing them an progressed to sucking. All nice hot water from the shower. I used to sniff the washing too.

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