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Weird Pregnancy Craving: Mom Eats Toilet Paper

The Short of It

Okay, I had some weird pregnancy cravings (I could have eaten a jar of peanut butter every day!), but British mom-of-five Jade Sylvester snacks on toilet paper. Can you top that?

The Lowdown

"Two months into the pregnancy, I started craving toilet roll. I still don't know why. I like the feeling of the texture in my mouth, rather than the taste. I like the dryness. My family tells me it isn't very good for me, but I can't help it," explains Sylvester.

The toilet paper munching mama likely suffers from a condition called Pica, which causes people to want to eat nonfood items, like the toilet tissue Sylvester snacks on up to eight times per day! Pica is more common during pregnancy, but according to the American Pregnancy Association, the condition mostly afflicts young children.

The potty mouthed mum estimates she is consuming about one roll daily. She has tried to stop—waiting until she has to use the bathroom to indulge—but can't, despite the urging of her young kids.

The Upshot

Eating toilet paper can't be good for a growing baby. I'd imagine it interferes with digestion for one thing! But I do feel badly for Sylvester. I know what it feels like to crave something during pregnancy. You simply have to have it right that second! It's an animalistic, almost primal need to eat one specific food—or toilet tissue, as the case may be.

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