Top 10 Weird Pregnancy Symptoms You Should Be Aware Of


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So you are pregnant. But are you ready for all the pregnancy symptoms you hear about? No matter how much you read about it, no woman can ever be prepared for morning sickness. But at least you know what you are up against. Or do you?

Are you sure you know everything there is to know about pregnancy symptoms? No, we are not talking about the usual back pains, nausea, and indigestion. We are talking about some weird symptoms of pregnancy nobody tells you about!

If you are just about setting out on your pregnancy journey, allow us to introduce 10 weird pregnancy symptoms you may encounter, so you are not taken by surprise!

1. You’ll Be More Gassy:

Yup, pregnancy can do weird things to your body. But when you pass gas a bit too often, it may become a problem. But if someone around you complains about the ‘foul’ smell, just blame it on your pregnancy hormones!

What Can You Do?

There isn’t much you can do because the extra progesterone in your body tends to make your digestive system a little slow. But you can watch what you eat and avoid foods that can make the problem worse.

[ Read: Gas Problem During Pregnancy ]

2. You May Leak:

Laughing is such a stress reliever, isn’t it? But not so much when you are pregnant. Many women tend to ‘leak’ when they laugh or sneeze during pregnancy (1). What more can you expect when you drink oodles of water and have a baby kicking your bladder?

What Can You Do?

Pee as much as you can. Remember you are pregnant; you have permission to visit the restroom as often as you want! This will prevent some embarrassing accidents!

3. You May Sweat – A Lot:

We are not talking about your normal exertion driven sweating. When you are pregnant, you may sweat so much that you’ll feel like you have bathed in it. With your metabolism on the overdrive and blood pumping with a vigor, your body temperature tends to go up during pregnancy. Sweating keeps it cool.

What Can You Do?

Wear light clothes, avoid synthetic clothing, and drink plenty of fluids.

4. You’ll Feel Stuffy:

Your nose will feel all stuffy but without any other flu symptoms. What’s going on? Well, your pregnancy hormones are at work again. The raging hormones and increased blood supply can lead to dry mucous membranes, which can cause you to feel stuffy all the time.

What Can You Do?

Saline nose drops will be your best friend when it comes to dealing with a stuffy nose. You should also drink plenty of fluids and use a humidifier.

[ Read: Nasal Congestion During Pregnancy ]

5. You’ll Snore:

Well, it is time to give your husband a taste of his own medicine. It is now your turn to keep your husband awake. This is one problem that affects your partner more than you. In most cases, pregnancy snoring is due to swollen mucous membranes.

What Can You Do?

It is a good idea to talk to your doctor to rule out Obstructive Sleep Apnea, which can cause hypertension (2). You can also use saline drops. But your best bet? Buy a pair of earplugs for your husband!

[ Read: How To Reduce Snoring During Pregnancy ]

6. Your Feet May Grow:

Is it time for a new shoe collection? Maybe! With all the extra water you are consuming; fluid retention is not surprising. This can lead your feet to grow larger. And it is possible the change to be permanent (3). So, go ahead mourn the loss of your favorite shoe!

What Can You Do?

If the shoe doesn’t fit, don’t wear it! No matter how much you love your old pair of sneakers, it may be time to say goodbye. Buy comfortable footwear instead.

7. Your Gums May Bleed:

If your gums start bleeding while your brush your teeth, don’t worry! It is another pregnancy symptom people don’t tell you about. Thanks to all the extra blood in your body, your gums may swell up and become tender. This can lead to bleeding while brushing.

What Can You Do?

Switch to brushes with softer bristles. And see your dentist too.

[ Read: Bleeding Gums During Pregnancy ]

8. Your Voice May Sound Different:

Are people having trouble recognizing your voice over the phone? Well, that’s the joy of pregnancy for you! This time it is the hormone estrogen that is to blame. Estrogen can cause swelling of your vocal cords, leading you to sound raspy or hoarse (4).

What Can You Do?

Not much, really! But wait a few months. Your voice should go back to normal once your baby is born.

9. You’ll Be More Hairy:

So you thought you only needed to worry about hair on your legs and hands? Think again! With pregnancy, your body will suddenly become ‘hair friendly’. You’ll soon see hair everywhere – face, belly, chin, upper lip, nipples – everywhere you can think possible! You can blame your hormones again for this irritating symptom.

What Can You Do?

Make friends with your tweezer. It will be the best option to remove hair from your face. You can also talk to your doctor about safe hair removal methods.

10. Your Nose May Become Bigger:

Not exactly like Pinocchio, but pregnant women do report that their nose becomes a bit bigger during pregnancy. There is not much science behind this claim, but many women do end up with a ‘different’ nose after their pregnancy.

What Can You Do?

Make peace with your new nose!

Sometimes, all you need to deal with the stresses of pregnancy is a sense humor. If you can laugh at the changes going through your body, you’ll manage to stay sane!

So now you know what are some weird pregnancy symptoms that you hear about. Do you know of any other offbeat pregnancy symptoms? Do share with us in the comments section below!

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