My Crazy Dust Craving During Pregnancy
It's dust too much...
When I was about 28 weeks pregnant I developed my first craving - for dust. Not dirt. Not mud. Dust. The fine powdery substance with the qualities of brown flour that's often found in places like outback dirt roads.
I was dusting shelves at work out of boredom when I realized I liked the smell - then - wonder of wonders, I realized I wanted to lick it. Strange! However, let's just say that, for the rest of my pregnancy if there was dusting to be done, my work associates nicely let me do it! I had certain spots I knew were just coated in mounds of it where I could dust away and enjoy the heavy clouds of dust around me.
I looked it up and the closest craving I could find online was dirt - which to me was like someone who loved hass avocados being told to eat a fuerte avocado. According to the internet my dust craving probably meant I had a lack of iron.
I went to my doctor and told her I had low iron. I don't think she believed me because I had no other symptoms but she did a blood test - and I had low iron. I started taking iron tablets but my dust craving still remained.
It's dust not what you think...
It's been six months since I had my baby girl - and my craving hasn't subsided. So I thought I'd write a hub about it - since when it began, I could find barely two words online even telling me about dust craving. Oh yes, there were pages on toilet paper and baking soda cravings - but no dust!
While I was pregnant I asked my dad to bring me a bucket of dust on one of his regular work trips out of town - he brought back a big container which I contented myself with sticking my finger in and licking once a day during pregnancy, from its spot beside my bed. It was a little crunchy so I ended up with a sieve and bowl beside it to strain it. No, it didn't end up with its own chair.
Near the end of my pregnancy we had a dust storm envelop a large part of the state. I was in heaven. While my asthmatic friends coughed and cursed, I just enjoyed the thick, dusty air. My husband kept telling me it was bad for me and to close the door - but the furniture ended up with a thicker coating of dust than it may have otherwise!
Dust to dust... and more dust
I don't think my dust craving has changed since pregnancy - the idea of dust makes me salivate more than an all you can eat take away meal from anywhere you can name.
I will admit it may occasionally sneak into the bedroom too. However I'm lucky to have a husband who's happy... as long as he's happy. Hell, you thought strawberries and cream was enough!
Hopefully any other weird women like me with intense dust cravings out there will find this page and rest in the knowledge that you aren't alone - and if you do find my page please leave a message to say I'm not alone!
Meanwhile I'll be here, sitting back, enjoying watching dust storm videos and eating a muffin finely dusted... and not with icing sugar!
Alternatives for your Dust Cravings and Updates
I wrote the above article more than a year ago about the dust cravings in my first pregnancy. After having my daughter the cravings abated but never fully went away.Now I'm pregnant with my second daughter and my cravings have returned in full force - and at an earlier stage of my pregnancy than last time.
I figured there had to be an alternative to dust - it's so hard to get good quality stuff and I'm not sure I want something that's been sitting outside for years. And I found an alternative that, although it's not perfect, is generally ok for your body and has almost the same texture without the grit.
Charcoal powder is the answer! Just don't tell them why you're buying it - I did and had two girls and a pharmacist giving me little talks about it and warnings, plus tons of questions about my weird craving. I purchased it in capsules and any day that I feel I can't resist the cravings, I open a capsule, put it in a container and lick it or run my fingers through it.