17/02/2012 07:03 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Is This The Most Bizarre Pregnancy Craving Ever? Mum-To-Be Hooked On Eating Newspapers!

Is this the most bizarre pregnancy craving ever? Mum-to-be hooked on eating newspapers! Getty

A mum-to-be has revealed she has one of the most bizarre pregnancy cravings we've ever heard of: newspaper.

Not reading it - eating it!

While some pregnant women develop a taste for chocolate, pickled onions or even coal, Anna Curran is unable to stop munching on newspapers, and even keeps shredded copies in her bag for snacks!

The 35 year-old, who is expecting her fourth child in April, confessed: "I can't help it. I just need to get the flavour of it.

"I could be sitting in the bingo hall and I'll start ripping out pages of the newspaper and all the people look at me going, 'What is she doing?'

"I sit and tear the white bits off the edges of the pages and keep them in a bag so I can eat them while shopping."

Anna, who lives in Dundee with partner Les Simpson, said she has a particular penchant for her city's Evening Telegraph. She said it has such a distinctive taste:

"If you shredded up lots of different bits of paper, I would know exactly which one was the Evening Telegraph."

The newspaper is produced every weekday and Anna said she has begun to dread weekends - as she has to stock up on copies of the paper to ensure she has all the print that's fit to eat on Saturdays and Sundays.

And - despite being surprised at her strange tastes - Anna's friends and family have started buying the paper in bulk to help ensure her latest craving is satisfied.

She revealed: "My kids think it's crazy. My youngest, Tegan, says, 'Mum, that's not good for you.'

"She was so confused - she asked me for a taste but she said it was horrible."

Did you have any bizarre cravings in pregnancy?
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