Pica in pregnancy in a privileged population: Myth or reality

Tina Broby Mikkelsen, Anne-Marie Nybo Andersen, Sjurdur Frodi Olsen

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BACKGROUND: In the literature pica is reported to be prevalent in pregnant women. Most studies have focused on less privileged populations, but is pica prevalent among privileged pregnant women? METHODS: 100,000 pregnant women in the Danish National Birth Cohort were asked about pica in a food frequency questionnaire mailed in gestation week 25. RESULTS: The response rate of the questionnaire was 70% of Danish National Birth Cohort participants. Only 14 women reported to have eaten substances that were clearly not foods, i.e. 0.02% had pica in this cohort of well nourished Danish women. CONCLUSION: It seems that, in privileged populations, pica is more a myth than a reality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1265-1266
Number of pages2
JournalActa obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • pica
  • pregnancy
  • human
  • Danish National Birth Cohort
  • developed country


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