11/12/2014 11:37 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Mum's Bizarre Pregnancy Craving...For Toilet Roll!


A mum-of-five developed the weirdest pregnancy craving ever: toilet roll!

And her taste for tissue was so strong while she was expecting that she says she now eats an entire loo roll every day!

Jade Sylvester, 25, from Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, developed her bizarre habit while she was expecting her youngest son Jaxon.

She said: "Two months into the pregnancy I started craving toilet roll. I still don't know why.

"I like the feeling of the texture in my mouth, rather than the taste. I like the dryness.

"My family tell me it isn't very good for me - but I can't help it."

Despite giving birth to her son more than 15 months ago, Jade still cannot tear herself away from the paper snack whenever nature calls.

The full-time mum waits until she needs to go to the loo and while there will eat a few sheets of paper in private. She chews and swallows one roll a day.

"While I was pregnant I went to the loo and looked at the toilet roll and thought 'I have to eat that' - I know it sounds silly.

"Today I try and hold off going to the bathroom because I know if I go I will eat the paper.

"I usually eat around eight pieces per visit - sometimes I go to the bathroom just to get some toilet roll.

"It does fill me up quite a bit. At first I used to eat a couple of squares at a time, but I keep eating more and more."

Jade has five children - four boys called Billy, eight, Mayson, six, Harrie, five and Jaxon, one, and a daughter called Harlow, five.

She said: "I try to hide it from my kids, if they spot me eating toilet roll they tell me off.

"If my daughter sees me she says, 'spit it out Mummy, spit it down the toilet'."

Jade said her favourite types are the supermarket own brands, rather than more expensive products.

She said: "Different brands taste different. I have one roll in the bathroom for eating and one to be used normally.

"I thought the cravings would stop after I gave birth but they haven't. I can't quit. I keep coming back for more. It can't be doing my insides any good, but it hasn't caused me any health problems or any illness."

What pregnancy cravings did you have?