Letter from the editor

What is it about pregnancy that makes a woman crave for something she never dreamed she would, like soil for example? Bananas and peanut butter, cheese with cookies – perhaps ice cubes and mustard– while these may not exactly seem like the perfect combo to you, in fact, the mere thought of it makes you want to barf, to some pregnant ladies, the closest description for this would be “heaven on a plate”.

What is it about pregnancy that makes a woman crave for something she never dreamed she would, like soil for example? Bananas and peanut butter, cheese with cookies – perhaps ice cubes and mustard– while these may not exactly seem like the perfect combo to you, in fact, the mere thought of it makes you want to barf, to some pregnant ladies, the closest description for this would be “heaven on a plate”.

But what’s behind these mysterious food fantasies, and can they ever be harmful? According to doctors, the answers depend a lot on what a woman is craving. This week, a few women talk about their cravings, the good, the bad, and the downright nauseating. Turn to pages 16 and 17 for more on this story.

Beauty pageants are not fashion shows, says Sabrina Simbi, the lady behind the catwalk that graced this year’s Miss Rwanda 2015 beauty pageant stage. After a lot of criticism on the girls’ slow walk on the stage, Simbi sets the record straight about why the vigorous runway strut that models are known for is not for beauty queens.

Rachel Garuka

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