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Meet the pregnant women who can’t stop eating sponges

Pregnant cravings can result in some weird and wonderful dishes being eaten.

From mums-to-be who like to mix chocolate with cheese or those who can’t get enough of pulled pork on vanilla ice cream.

But it’s not always items of the edible variety that women find themselves wanting.

It seems sponges are at the top of the shopping list for many pregnant ladies – and they love nothing more than soaking them with water and giving them a good chew.

One mum-to-be was so disturbed by her craving that she put a shout-out on a mum’s Facebook forum to see whether any other ladies had felt the same, according to our sister paper Manchester Evening News.

And to her relief, she was inundated with responses from women who’d experienced the same urge.

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One mum-to-be  admitted developing a liking for the green scourer part of a cleaning sponge.

Manchester mum Christine Silcock had a craving for sponges in all three pregnancies, starting with her eldest Ben, now 10.

The 32-year-old said: “It had to be a bath sponge. There was nothing better then a wet bath sponge to chew on.

“I used to buy the two packs of sponges from Tesco, I didn’t eat them I just used to put water on them and chew them, it was incredibly satisfying if not a bit weird.

“I cried during labour that I needed my wet sponge. I used to get up in the middle of the night and just sit on the side of the bath chewing it till my jaw ached.

“It got so bad that I had to open a packet of sponges in Tesco and pour a bottle of Evian onto it. My top was wet through and I got some strange looks but I literally couldn’t care less.”

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Blackpool mum Natasha Greenley also couldn’t get enough of the sponges when pregnant with daughter Ava and son Theo.

She said: “I think it was the texture of them as I never ate them I just chewed them and sucked them.

“I usually just did it when I was in the bath, so I could do it on my own. I’d spend hours in the bath.”

She added: “I must have spent about £50 on them in Home Bargains as I never sucked on the same sponge twice.”

For other mums-to-be, it might not have been sponges, but they had some rather unusual cravings of their own – everything from smelling the hoover, to sniffing bleach.

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According to the NHS, there isn’t a specific time when pregnancy food cravings start and it’s different for every woman, with some never experiencing any.

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Its  website  states: “Cravings come in all shapes and sizes. Some women crave fatty foods like chips. Others get pregnancy cravings for things they didn’t like before they got pregnant, or strange combinations of food such as mars bars with bacon.

“Try to eat as healthily as possible – keep those unhealthy temptations to a minimum.

“If you find yourself craving things that aren’t food, like toothpaste, coal or even soil, speak to your midwife or doctor, as this may be a sign of a vitamin deficiency.”

Did you have an unusual craving during pregnancy? Are you pregnant and craving something strange at the moment? Email your comments to emma.grimshaw@reachplc.com or share them on our parenting page here .

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