quick question?!?!

  1. What is the medical term for when a pregnant woman craves starch or clay?
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  3. by   PurrRN
    Pica is the medical term you are looking for.
  4. by   PurrRN
    Pica, which is the practice of consuming non food substances (e.g., clay, dirt, and laundry starch) or excessive amounts of foodstuffs low in nutritional value (e.g., ice or freezer frost, baking powder or soda, and cornstarch) (Lowdermilk and Perry, 2004, pg. 381)

    Lowdermilk and Perry, Maternity and Women's Health Care