The way I understand it is that our bodies need more vitamins/minerals/etc, so if we're craving something, we probably need it.
HOWEVER, if you're craving non-food items...something might be foul and you need to see your OB.
Strange fancies do not only affect women during pregnancy.
Cravings for odd food during pregnancy used to be thought to be due to the woman's body needing extra chemicals which might be found in such things as coal, grass and other peculiar sources. This is quite untrue. Even stranger than some of the cravings women develop during their pregnancies is the behavior of the men of certain African tribes. When their wives are discovered to be pregnant, the men take to their beds, often appearing to swell as much as their wives.
When the time comes for the birth the women leave the village and go into the bush to deliver their babies while the men stay in the huts, groaning and crying out with pain and appearing for all the world to be giving birth to the babies themselves. The swelling disappears and the men return to normal when their wives bring the newly born infants back to their husbands.
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