53. Weird cravings can be an indication of more significant concern.
When women are pregnant, it can be reasonable to indulge in some quite odd food combinations. However, one woman reported consuming a one-pound box of baking soda each day before and after her pregnancy. Why she wanted the strange request was a signal of a severe medical issue. According to Obstetrics and Gynecology, doctors diagnosed her with a pica, a common condition during pregnancy, and is often characterized by cravings for non-food items. Some instances of pica can be harmless, but they can become quite deadly, depending on what the person is craving.
Because baking soda consumed in large quantities can disturb normal metabolic processes in the body, her habit was weakening the heart and other muscles, including her other major organs. Doctors induced labor, and she was able to deliver a healthy baby. Pregnancy cravings are usual, but indulging unusual desires when pregnant can sometimes be dangerous. Case in point: A woman who consumed a 1-pound box of baking soda a day, both before and during her pregnancy, developed severe muscle and heart conditions, according to a report published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology in August 2013.