Pregnancy is one of the most magical moments in a woman’s life. But this rewarding period comes with awkward affections. Wondering which is the weirdest? Here are 27 unexpected pregnancy symptoms and signs.
Most women imagine morning sickness and food carvings as the first signs of a pregnancy. Morning sickness is indeed one of the most common early pregnancy symptoms but not the only one. While most people don’t talk about pregnancy dizziness, this is a frequent occurrence and is due to a drop in your blood pressure during the early pregnancy stages.
So, if you feel rather dizzy for no apparent reason, maybe it’s time to take a pregnancy test.
2. YOUR BODY TEMPERATURE RAISES
Fertile women know so well the monthly body temperature changes. The basal body temperature raises after each ovulation and it stays elevated until the next period. Some women use the basal body temperature as a contraceptive method, but if you notice that it’s elevated for more than two weeks, that’s usually a sign of pregnancy.
You’ll notice the slightly elevated body temperature even if you don’t track it. If you’ll feel the need to turn on the AC in early spring, that could be a sign you’re expecting a baby.
But your body temperature is not only slightly elevated in early pregnancy, your temperature will actually continue raising as the pregnancy progresses. This is due to hormonal changes but also to an increased blood supply.
There are many ways to deal with this symptom; to begin with, wear lighter clothes and drink plenty of water.
3. STUFFY NOSE
Pregnancy lowers your immunity to prevent your body from fighting against the baby, making you more vulnerable to pathogens. The increased blood supply can also cause the inflammation of the nasal passages. This usually translates into a stuffy nose, colds, and flues developed in the early stages of pregnancy.
4. EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER
All hormonal changes your body is going through cause emotional imbalances. If you’re moody during your periods, multiply those feeling by ten and expect for your mood to swing from one moment to another.
This means you can be perfectly happy and relaxed in one moment just to feel angry, upset, or anxious in the next.
Things that you liked can start to annoy you, or you may start to like things you hated before getting pregnant. The worst thing about this emotional rollercoaster is that it lasts for the whole nine months.
5. FOOD AVERSION
Did you think food carvings and pregnancy go hand in hand? You could be wrong. In fact, food aversion is a more common early sign of pregnancy. You can feel food aversion in general, or you could just start hating foods you used to love.
Sometimes, even the smell of food can make you throw up. Most women can only eat bread products in the first trimester due to morning sickness and dizziness, while others will keep hating certain foods for the whole nine months.
But don’t worry. This food aversion usually ends once the baby is born and you’ll be able to get back to your old dietary habits.
6. CHANGES IN PERSONALITY
Pregnancy can even change your personality – and from an early stage. Once your pregnancy is confirmed, you’ll start having new priorities and will lose interest in things you did before getting pregnant. You’ll start having moods which are not necessarily dictated by hormonal changes.
The way your body changes also has an impact on your psyche. You’ll feel tired and less motivated to do certain things. And you won’t necessarily get your old personality back once the baby is born.
If you’ve never snored before and all of a sudden your partner can’t sleep anymore because of the noises you make, it could be an idea to get a pregnancy test. Many women experience snoring for the first time in their lives during pregnancy due to nasal congestion and weight gain.
Snoring is one of the earliest pregnancy symptoms and it can last throughout the whole nine months.
8. NOSE BLEEDING
When the egg is fertilized, your body starts preparing to supply blood to the embryo and fetus by increasing the blood flow. This leads to pressure in certain blood vessels and the capillaries in your nose can easily break. This leads to nose bleeding, which is one of the most unexpected and awkward pregnancy symptoms.
Don’t freak out! You’re not going to bleed to death and nose bleeding won’t occur too often. However, it’s a good idea to carry some extra tissues with you, just in case.
9. SKIN MARKS
Did you ever hear that pregnant women have glowing skin? If they do, I certainly wasn’t a lucky one. Yet, my skin experienced a lot of damage during the process, starting with stretch marks and ending with spider veins.
Skin changes are a very common sign of pregnancy, and they start happening in the earliest stages. Dark patches and dark lines on the belly are a frequent occurrence, but you could also notice that your skin is less flexible and starts sagging.
Stretch marks usually happen in the late stages due to the growth of the belly, while dark spots are often a sign of an increased production of melanin.
10. VIVID DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES
Dreaming or having nightmares is not a sign of pregnancy. But recalling with accurate details what you have dreamt could be an unexpected pregnancy symptom. Therefore, if you have vivid memories of your dreaming throughout the day, go and get a pregnancy test.
11. BREAST CHANGES
A very early sign of pregnancy is breast tenderness. This may also happen during your periods but if you feel more than the usual tenderness, it may be a symptom that you’re pregnant. Breast sensitivity and breast enlargement are other early symptoms.
Besides bigger and tender breasts, you can also observe that your areolas get darker. Supposedly this should help you breastfeed, so if you notice any weird things happening to your boobs, you may want to get a test.
Pregnancy enhances your sense of smell, so as soon as there is a bun in the oven, you’ll be able to suddenly smell the weirdest stuff. Apart from the smell, your teeth and gums also become super sensitive to hot, cold, and flossing.
It’s also common to have bleeding gums during pregnancy.
13. METALLIC TASTE
Dysgeusia is a condition triggered by the increase of estrogen and progesterone and it leads to a change in taste for many pregnant women. Some women can taste metal regardless of the food they eat – and this can only accentuate other pregnancy symptoms, such as the morning sickness.
Spicy foods, cold drinks, and sugarless gum can help you get rid of that metallic taste.
14. YOUR FEET GET BIGGER
Fluid retention is a common symptom of pregnancy, but it makes your feet swell and grow out of your regular shoes. If you’re a high heels lady, you may soon find it uncomfortable to fit into your old shoes. Because fitting shoes are crucial for your comfort, my only advice is to invest in bigger shoes.
The good news is that more often than not, your feet will get back to their original size as soon as the baby is born.
15. LEAKING WHEN LAUGHING
Talking about unexpected and embarrassing pregnancy symptoms, you may experience small leaks when laughing at a good gag. Although this usually happens later in pregnancy, leakage may also occur in the early stages due to the relaxation of the muscles in the pelvic area.
What’s even more embarrassing is that leakage can occur when sneezing too. So, if you have a stuffy nose and leak when you sneeze, go grab a pregnancy test.
16. MORE BODY HAIR
Pregnancy also affects your hair follicles and in the early stages, you may experience a serious increase in your body hair. The first signs are an increase of your armpit and leg hair, followed by a thickening of the hair on your head.
Some facial hair may also start growing, but the condition is temporary and linked to the hormonal changes occurring in early pregnancy.
You may also notice that the hair on your head is changing the texture, which is also normal.
After childbirth, however, many women experience postpartum hair loss and during this phase, you’ll lose much of the hair acquired during pregnancy.
17. VAGINAL DISCHARGE
As a woman, you’re probably accustomed to the constant changes that go on down there. Vaginal discharges happen throughout the month and don’t stop when you get pregnant. On the contrary, they can become more abundant.
Early pregnancy vaginal discharge is typically white or pale yellow and sticky. It is caused by the hormonal changes and is no reason for concern unless it develops a strange odor. However, if you experience any burns or itches, you should see a doctor immediately.
Some women also experience light bleeding which is often caused by the implantation of the egg. As long as the bleeding doesn’t get abundant or period-like, there is no reason for concern.
18. CHANGING SLEEPING PATTERNS
During pregnancy, you can also forget about good sleeping habits. Most expecting women experience both insomnia and deep sleeping, depending on how the hormones go up and down. As mentioned above, snoring is also part of the picture, even if you’ve never snored before.
So, just get prepared to spend some sleepless nights only to spend days sleeping and napping.
Indigestion is a frequent pregnancy symptom, although it can happen at any time during the nine months. In some cases, it can even be one of the first signs of pregnancy and it can install before morning sickness. So, if you’ve been planning a pregnancy and all of a sudden your digestion starts playing games with your tummy, grab a pregnancy test and see if there is a bun in the oven.
20. CHANGE IN LIBIDO
Changes in libido are normal when you’re pregnant, but there is no rule on how these changes occur. Some women have an increased libido during the first part of the pregnancy. Others in the last part. Some women have a decreased libido all the way from the beginning to the end of the nine months. While others can even experience a change in their sex drive. In most cases, your libido will get back to normal after childbirth.
21. SENSITIVITY TO COLORS
Among the unusual and unexpected pregnancy symptoms, there is a sensitivity to colors. It doesn’t happen often but some women can develop an aversion or even feel nausea when looking at distinct colors.
22. LEAKING BREASTS
Breast leaking usually occurs in the late stages of pregnancy, but that’s not a rule. In fact, the breasts of some women start leaking colostrum since the earliest stages. This clear fluid is full of antibodies and nutrients and represents a baby’s first meal after childbirth.
23. RECTAL PAIN
Unexpected and rather rare, there is rectal pain associated with pregnancy. The rectal pain is triggered by the natural movement of the organs inside your body as the uterus grows and it can be an indicator that you’re pregnant.
24. YEAST INFECTIONS
Yeast infections are common in the first weeks after the conception or in the first trimester and are associated with the natural decrease of your immune defense. The yeasts that live in your vagina simply take advantage of your weaknesses and start to grow, but developing other strains is also common. The easiest way to avoid a yeast infection is to avoid public pools and baths, besides conducting a thorough intimate hygiene.
25. STRANGE CRAVINGS
Pregnancy is associated with cravings, but some of them can be rather strange. Remember the famous pickles and ice cream craving? Well, know that some women crave eating inedible stuff including dirt and chalk.
26. A NEED FOR YOUR PARTNER
An unexpected pregnancy symptom, that takes independent women by surprise, is the urge to have their partner nearby. The presence of the partner is often associated with stability, which is more than important for an expecting mom.
In fact, women have reported that the simple presence – not the help – of their partner made a huge difference in making them get through pregnancy with ease.
27. MOODY CHILDREN
Did you think you were the only one to have pregnancy symptoms in your family? You were wrong. Most people around you won’t be able to feel the bun in the oven, but breastfed children can. Hormonal imbalances can change the composition of your milk, causing your youngest to refuse it.
Some cultures even claim that young children can sense a pregnancy and act up as a result. While there is no scientific evidence behind it, young kids do get moodier once you get pregnant. So, if your toddler suddenly starts to act up, it may be a sign that you’re expecting.
These are the 27 unexpected pregnancy symptoms that bothered or surprised me throughout my pregnancies. But since every woman is different, I wonder which were yours. How many of the mentioned symptoms did you have? And what would you add to this list? I look forward to reading your comments.