Family Matters: Smell of tennis balls proving to be a big hit in pregnancy

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If you’ve never been pregnant, it’s probably easy to dismiss weird and wonderful pregnancy cravings as an exaggeration or myth.

But most experts – and of course women who have been pregnant – say otherwise.

A new survey, by C&G Baby Club Community, revealed expectant mums hankering for everything from chocolate (30%), sour pickles (29%), and salty crisps (28%); to the slightly less standard soap (11%), chalk (6%) and toothpaste (5%), as well as rubber, paint and rocks.

One woman even confessed to a desire for tree bark, and another was hungry for the smell of tennis balls.

A quarter (27%) of respondents liked to mix things up too, confessing to a liking for bizarre mixtures of sweet and savoury foods, including sausages and jam, Mars bars and bacon, and Yorkshire pudding with chocolate spread.

If that wasn’t enough, there was also ice cream and chips, prawn cocktail crisps and strawberry yoghurt, cheese and onion crisps with Nutella, chicken and ice cream, and sweet and sour curry with salad cream.