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    Both times I was pregnant, certain foods became instantly repellant to me, while others took on a nearly mystical appeal. I remember drinking glass after glass of milk, when normally the only time I endure milk is when it's in cereal. I was drawn to liverwurst (I KNOW), grapefruit juice, and graham crackers. I definitely had specific food cravings, but they weren't what I would call exotic or hard to find items.

    I remember my husband going to the store for me on occasion, usually in the evening when I felt very strongly that a pint of ice cream was needed for the baby's sake. But unlike this dad writing for CNN, I doubt my husband would have ever referred to himself as "part of a legion called the HPWs: the Husbands of Pregnant Wives." Nor would my husband have called around to every store and restaurant in town on a mission for my temporary -- but not to be denied! -- food request.

    Now that I've read his article, I'm wondering how typical this dad's experience really is.

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    We've all heard about crazy pregnancy cravings: Pickles with ice cream, dirt, flavored potato chip crumbs -- just the crumbs. Sometimes a craving is just a craving. You're feeling emotional and a certain food just feels right. But a crazy food craving could also mean there's some nutrient you could use a little more of in your diet. So here's some cravings we've had heard about -- some bizarre, some totally predictable -- and what your body might actually be asking for.


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    I may not be a huge fan of some of the maternity outfits she's chosen thus far, but hearing people make jokes about Kim Kardashian's pregnancy weight gain has me wanting to defend her. How much she weighs is honestly none of anyone's damn business.

    Can you even believe that some of the tabloids have claimed Kim weighs around 200 pounds? Seriously! Two-hundred pounds!

    Kim is taking the jabs in stride, however, and said, "I'm like, 'You are 60 pounds off here' ... It wouldn't even bother me if I gained all the weight."

    OMG. Kim Kardashian just told the world what her magic number on the scale is.

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    Well, moms-to-be, I've got some good news and some bad news. The good news is, you may be able to lessen the chances of your baby being a picky eater simply by paying attention to what you eat during your pregnancy.

    But guess what? That's the bad news too. Because new studies have found that eating green vegetables during pregnancy increases your baby's chances of preferring healthy foods.

    Sigh. No more doughnuts. No more pizza. No more stuffing your face full of every delicious thing you can get your hands on -- otherwise you may wind up with a very fussy eater on your hands.

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    16 Things Every New Mom Craves

    posted by Mary Fischer February 11, 2013 at 3:12 PM in Baby
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    Pregnancy cravings can be pretty impossible to ignore even if they happen to be a bit on the wacky side, but would you believe that they don't actually stop once the baby is born? Nope, according to new research done by Cussons Mum & Me in the U.K. -- new moms experience cravings too.

    A survey was given to 1,000 moms to see what sorts of things they crave most now that they have a new baby in the house. And some of the most popular answers definitely won't surprise you, because if you're anything like every other new mom in the world, you're longing for the same things too.

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    I don't want to blow your mind or anything and I certainly don't want to send you into cardiac arrest, but big news on the Kim Kardashian baby bump front -- the reality star is indulging in some serious junk food. Junk food? Junk food. I know what you're thinking, and yes, Kim did say that her pregnancy cravings so far included healthy things like celery, carrots, and artichokes. So what's this business about her eating a McGriddle from McDonald's?

    Guhhhh. How dare she.

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    What's her majesty, the Duchess of Cambridge, craving now that she is expecting the Royal Heir? Certainly NOT grilled cheese sandwiches and onion rings! Heavens no. Kate Middleton is craving something a little more refined though nearly as decadent: Lavender shortbread.

    As it happens, her father-in-law Prince Charles has a company called Duchy Originals that reportedly produces the biscuits (though I don't see them on the website), so she's got a steady supply. But why lavender? Isn't that dangerous for a pregnancy

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    All right, Internet, pencils down. The most charming video in the category of Time-Lapse Pregnancy Documentation has officially been created, and the blue ribbon goes to new father Tomer Grencel and his gorgeous wife Osher. Grencel used 1,000 separate photos in order to string together a video that covers Osher's entire pregnancy from start to finish, and the final product is ridiculously awesome.

    I'm sure you've seen this sort of stop-motion pregnancy-happening-at-the-speed-of-light video before, since they've become increasingly popular in recent years, but Grencel's effort really goes above and beyond. While many videos focus on the ever-growing bump, Grencel's clip also includes plenty of the little moments that make up a pregnancy -- including morning sickness and cravings.

    Seriously, it's so tender and cute and I got all choked up watching it. Check it out:

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    Mittal Vaghasia was much like other pregnant women. The 24-year-old had some intense cravings for food that weren't necessarily the healthiest of sorts. But when her family denied her the pizza she so badly wanted, she didn't just find a way to sneak it somehow; she killed herself

    According to the Times of India, she was four months pregnant when she was found hanging from a ceiling fan in her room.

    Family members said that throughout her pregnancy, she had been craving fast food as well as sour things. Doctors had cautioned her against eating them due to medication she was taking, and so her family prohibited her from eating them, which reportedly led to fights. In the two days leading up to her death, she'd been repeatedly asking for pizza, and they say they believe that craving drove her to take her own life and that of her unborn baby.

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    If you've ever felt like you are getting mixed signals when it comes to whether or not you're allowed to eat fish during your pregnancy, you're out of luck -- because things just got even more complicated.

    A new study has uncovered a link between exposure to mercury during pregnancy and ADHD symptoms in kids -- and as we all know, certain types of fish and mercury tend to go hand in hand. But what's really strange is that while the research determined that mercury exposure can lead to ADHD -- it also concluded that consuming more fish can actually result in a lower incidence of ADHD.

    (What the heck?) Are we supposed to eat fish while pregnant or not? Or are we basically setting our kids up for hyperactivity -- regardless of how much fish we eat? (What's a mom-to-be to do?)

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