Pregnancy: a time when my body had a very strong-willed mind of its own, a time when I was blindly obedient to the commands of my food cravings. Not satiating a food craving was punishable by nausea. Nausea was a state that I spent my pregnancies desperately trying to avoid.
I wonder what those intense food cravings meant and if I interpreted the signals correctly. I bet that something got lost in transit.
Imagine The Depleted Vitamin Store in The Pregnant Body weakly reaching out to The Brain and pleading, “We are low on Vitamin C up in here. Can you send a shout-out?”
The Brain sends the most obvious signs so that Rebecca can get what she needs, “Hey, Body, we need some ascorbic acid. You are officially craving something fruity, citrusy, sweet, and sour. Oh, and, we need it now, or else!”
The Mind: “Or else what?”
Rebecca gags a little.
The Mind is repentant and immediately goes to work decoding the messages with all the mystery and precision of John Edward...
Rebecca to hubby: “I want gummy bears.”
Hubby to Rebecca: “It’s after midnight and we live 20 miles outside of city limits.”
The Brain and The weak Depleted Vitamin Store exchange confused looks.
Depleted Vitamin Store: “What? Rebecca, no, try harder.”
The Brain clarifies, “Stop thinking SUGAR!”
Rebecca to hubby: “I need SOUR gummy bears! NOW!”
Depleted Vitamin Store to The Brain: “Tell her to think more along the lines of citrus. Oh! Oh! I got it! Tell her to think NATURAL.”
From Rebecca’s little mental scrap-book The Brain selects a stunning image of an orange grove to convey the point.
Rebecca to hubby: “I neeeeeeeed O R G A N I C sour gummy bears!”
That was silly, but I imagine that THAT is how it all goes down.