9 Weird Pregnancy Symptoms No One Tells You About
There are certain pregnancy symptoms you expect when you find out your big news, like morning sickness and sore ankles. But there are a lot of strange symptoms associated with pregnancy that are less-talked about. It’s important to remember that these symptoms are totally normal, even if none of your mom friends admit to experiencing them.
You’ll Be Extra Gassy
Whoever smelt it, dealt it, right? Not the case when you have a growing baby bump. With increased progesterone circulating in your body, your intestines become sluggish during pregnancy, which can lead to constipation, cramps and gas. Carbonated beverages and foods like broccoli, onions and corn can make the symptom worse, so watch your intake of these likely culprits!
You’ll Sweat Excessively
Your metabolism is working on overdrive to break down nutrients for you and your baby, meaning there’s extra blood pumping through your body, warming your skin. Perspiration is your body’s way of cooling off, so don’t be surprised if your neck, belly and underarms become extra sweaty. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids and invest in some antiperspirant!
You’ll Have Acne
Everyone talks about that “pregnancy glow,” but you’ll rarely hear anyone tell you about the pimples and breakouts that will give you flashbacks to middle school. Pregnancy hormones can increase your body’s production of oil, clogging your pores and causing breakouts.
Your Gums May Bleed
If you haven’t heard already, oral hygiene during pregnancy is really important. Hormonal changes cause extra blood flow to your gums and oral cavity. With all of that extra blood, your gums can swell and become more sensitive. If left untreated, plaque buildup and inflammation can cause dental infections, which studies have link to premature birth and developmental issues. Make sure to visit your dentist every six months for preventative care. Your baby will thank you!
Your Nipples Will Get Darker (And Bigger)
Once again, blame it on the hormones! Hyperpigmentation occurs, causing your nipples to become darker and making it easier for your little one to find your breast. You may notice little bumps forming around your nipple; those are glands help keep the stretched-out skin lubricated. Although your areolas may be slightly darker than they were pre-pregnancy, they will shrink when you stop breastfeeding.
You May Start Snoring
Even if you were a quiet sleeper before seeing those two pink lines, increased hormones and blood production can cause mucous membranes in your nose to swell, forcing you to breathe through your mouth. Saline drops, humidifiers and body pillows to help you sleep comfortably on your side may be worth the investment to help prevent snoring.
You’ll Pee When You Laugh
This one shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise considering you’re expected to stay hydrated throughout your pregnancy. As your baby grows and you gain weight (sorry, but it will happen!), you’ll have increased pressure on your bladder. Strengthen your pelvic floor muscles by doing kegel exercises and consider keeping thin pads on hand in case of spontaneous leaking!
Your Skin Will Change
No, we’re not talking about stretch marks. Increased melanin can cause dark spots on your face and a line down your belly, called the linea nigra. Increased blood production can cause varicose or “spider” veins on your arms, neck, chest and face.
Your Feet Will Get Bigger
Heels aren’t the only shoes you’ll have to retire during pregnancy! Increased fluid retention can cause your feet to swell and may result in the need for shows a whole size bigger. If you’re in the market for new shoes during pregnancy, consider buying them a size up because this is one symptom that may not go away after pregnancy.
It’s important to remember that despite the strange (and sometimes unpleasant) symptoms, you’re growing a tiny human! And even if some of your pregnancy symptoms seem abnormal, it’s likely that your expectant and new mom friends simply chose not to divulge them when discussing their pregnancy. Don’t be so hard on yourself as you start to notice some of these pregnancy symptoms, your body is adapting to the needs of your growing baby and everything will be more than worth it when you finally hold him or her in your arms.
Delta Children Wants to Make Your Pregnancy Easier
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