Mum-of-five revealed she started to eat toilet paper following a strange pregnancy craving.
Jade Sylvester shared that she developed the urge to eat toilet paper during her first pregnancy and then could not stop.
She first developed the habit while she was expecting her youngest son Jaxon, but 15 months after giving birth she still couldn’t stop eating the paper.
“Two months into the pregnancy, I started craving toilet roll. I still don’t know why,” said Jade from the UK.
“I like the feeling of the texture in my mouth, rather than the taste. I like the dryness, she said in 2014.
“My family tell me it isn’t very good for me – but I can’t help it!”
“While I was pregnant I went to the loo and looked at the toilet roll and thought ‘I have to eat that’ – I know it sounds silly,” she said.
“I usually eat around eight pieces per visit – sometimes I go to the bathroom just to get some toilet roll,” she said at the time.
“It does fill me up quite a bit.”
“Different brands taste different. I have one roll in the bathroom for eating and one to be used normally,” she said.
The mum is actually suffering from a condition known as Pica.
What is Pica?
Pica is the term used to describe having an intense craving for – and eating – nonfood items, such as soil, clay, laundry starch, ice, ashes, plaster, paint chips, and coffee grounds.
Pica, which comes from the Latin word for magpie (a bird known for eating almost anything), is a worldwide phenomenon that seems to be more common during pregnancy.
No one knows what causes these unusual cravings, but a combination of biochemical, psychological, and cultural factors may be at work. In some studies, pica has been linked to iron deficiency.
Did you suffer with any weird pregnancy cravings like this mum?