Pregnancy comes with a lot of weird “symptoms” and changes to your body. And while some, like morning sickness and missed period are pretty common and known ones, there are some really weird ones as well. In this post, we are going over some really weird pregnancy symptoms so if you have one or more of these too, you are not alone. Also, these are the some of the symptoms that could tell you that you’re pregnant.
I had a couple of these symptoms and knew something was up before I even took a pregnancy test. And it was a few days before my period was due. So I’d say these signs can be pretty spot on at times. So if you have one or more of these too, maybe you should take a pregnancy test as well.
Ah! The mood swings. You know like the ones you get when you are PMSing or when you get your periods? Yes now dial it up to 100. We are talking about crazy mood swings here. I was all over the place a couple of weeks before I found out I was pregnant. So if you have been crying over not being able to find the remote, yes it’s those darn hormones. And the good news is that it will get better in months to comes, but you could still blame almost everything on your hormones. So you are basically getting a wild card for the next 9 months. Yay!
Some women say that they get a stuffy nose, like somehow all of a sudden their nose has doubled or tripled the mucus production. Yes, it’s probably not just the allergies and there maybe a bun in your oven.
Another totally weird pregnancy symptom is your areola changing in color. Yes, the circular dark color skin on your breasts around the nipples gets even darker or changes color. And it could happen very early in your pregnancy. It may also grow in size. And that’s just your body’s way of preparing for breastfeeding. And yes, it could happen very early on into your pregnancy as well. You may even notice a change in the texture because the Montgomery glands present in areola tend to become more noticeable and raised. The Montgomery glands secret an oil, which helps to lubricate, protect and clean the areola and nipples.
Yes, morning sickness is a pretty common symptom. But did you know morning sickness is just a name given to a feeling nausea and it could happen any time during the day. Or even all throughout the day. And unlike what the movies may have led you to believe, you don’t just get the puke- ish feeling in the mornings. A lot of women experience it in the evenings. And while it is different for everyone, it’s best to know that it’s completely normal.
Have you been having a lot of vivid dreams? Yes, the ones where you remember every little detail when you wake up. Or maybe nightmares that could give the best horror movies a run for their money? Yes, having vivid dreams or nightmares is something that a lot of pregnant women experience as well.
Difficulty in sleeping:
Are you having trouble sleeping? The reason may not be having had one too many cups of coffee. This is something that a lot of pregnant women experience in the early stages of pregnancy and later during the third trimester. So if, you have been having a tough time sleeping, you are not the only one. Try and get as much rest as possible during the day and take naps whenever you can.
Frequent urination or the feeling of urination is a baller. I experienced this very early on in my pregnancy as well. While almost all pregnant women have this complain in the third trimester, a lot of women experience this in early pregnancy as well. But the good news is that it goes away in a few weeks.
Some spotting in the early weeks of pregnancy is pretty common. Upto 1 out of 4 women experience some kind of spotting during their pregnancy and it doesn’t always mean there is a problem. Many people also experience an implantation bleed very early on in their pregnancy. And while it’s pretty common, it’s best to consult your doctor if you are concerned.
Change in body temperature:
Having a slight increase in your body temperature is quite normal when pregnant. You do have a bun in the oven after all. Your skin may feel slightly warmer and you may also experience increased sweating. But it’s nothing to worry about. A lot of changes to your body during pregnancy may cause these symptoms. And to see it in a more positive light, you’re getting a pregnancy glow out of all this sweat. So embrace it.
Indigestion or heart burn during early pregnancy is pretty common. A lot of women experience this in third trimester as well. In the early stages of pregnancy, indigestion or heart burn or acid reflux is a result of changes in hormones. And in the third trimester it could also be because of your growing baby pressing against your stomach. You can ease indigestion by making changes to your lifestyle and diet during pregnancy.
Aversion to food:
A lot of women develop an aversion to certain food items in the early weeks of pregnancy. You may be highly sensitive to certain food items or smells like meat, eggs, onion, garlic etc. But these are the pretty common ones, you could develop an aversion towards anything, even potatoes. And it’s different for every women. Food aversions like cravings are also believed to be a result of hormonal changes happening in your body. You may even lose your sense of smell for a couple of days.
Do you feel tired all the time? Like you just woke up from sleep and feel like taking a nap? It maybe because you are pregnant. Growing a baby is not an easy feat. I experienced extreme tiredness in the early weeks of my pregnancy. But the good news is, you will gain a lot of energy back in a few weeks.
Body aches or cramps during the early stages of pregnancy are pretty common too. Your body starts preparing for growing a human inside you quite early on and some women experience body ache and period like cramps as early as week 4 of pregnancy. The muscle aches are a result of increase in Progesterone which causes your muscles to feel relaxed and flaccid. And while muscle aches are pretty common, if you are experiencing fever as well, you should consult your doctor.
Feeling out of breath:
Breathlessness often occurs in a lot of women in early weeks or pregnancy. And yes, hormones are to blame for this too. Well, hormones and an increased need of oxygen in your body. In the first trimester it can be difficult to breathe as your body gets used to the increased levels of progesterone. Again, the good news is that this “symptom” often goes away after a few weeks. But don’t celebrate just yet because it is very likely to come back during the late second and third trimester.
A lot of women also experience a change in taste during early weeks of pregnancy.This is caused by changing hormones and is a cause of food aversions or cravings during pregnancy. Sometimes, you may even experience a a sour or metallic taste in your mouth, even though you are not eating anything. A study found that about 93% of women experience a change in taste during pregnancy, so you definitely aren’t alone.
A very common symptom of pregnancy is a strong and heightened gag reflex. Do you feel like vomiting while brushing your teeth, especially the molars? In early stages of pregnancy, your gag reflexes often go into an overdrive which may even make brushing your teeth feel like a challenge.
Sex drive changes:
Because of all the hormonal changes happening in your body, a lot of women experience a change in libido as well. And a lot of women experience an increased libido in the early weeks of pregnancy. this is a result of the changing hormones, increased lubrication, extra sensitive nipples and increased blood flow to your pelvic area.
Just like food aversions, food cravings are a result of changing hormones as well. And while sometimes the cravings are for pretty common foods like chocolates and chips, they could be pretty weird too. Craving foods that you don’t usually like is also pretty common. Food cravings can start as early as Week 5 of pregnancy and may last upto the second trimester.
Feeling extreme hunger:
Do you feel hungry all the time? If yes, they you may be pregnant. Some women feel an increase in their appetite in the early stages of pregnancy and in second trimester. This is simply your baby asking for more nourishment.
Do you feel an increased sensitivity towards certain smells? Or an increased sensitivity towards foods? Then you are not alone. A lot of women experience and increased sensitivity to certain foods and smells and even sensitive teeth. It could result in gum bleeds as well.
Quite opposite to what you might think, a lot of women get acne when pregnant. I know you have been waiting for the pregnancy glow, but changes are that you’ll have to deal with acne in the early weeks of your pregnancy. but worry not, that glow is coming your way.
While most women experience swelling in the third trimester and postpartum, some experience swelling quite early on in their pregnancy as well. This is due to the increased blood flow in your body. But there are a lot of things that can help with the puffiness and swelling like proper nutrition and keeping active.
Do your breasts feel super sensitive lately? So much so that even wearing a bra is hurting you? It maybe because you’re pregnant. A lot of women get very sensitive in their breasts in early stages of pregnancy and some experience an itchiness as well. It could start as early as week 1 or 2 of pregnancy and in fact is one of the very early signs of pregnancy. Sore breasts are a result of the increased hormones in your body and again, is pretty normal too.
There you have it. Some pretty weird pregnancy symptoms that no one told you about. Which of these did you experience during your pregnancy? Are there any that we missed? Do let us know down in the comments below.