Even if you are already well acquainted with what expecting a baby is about, you may still get shocked by some unusual pregnancy symptoms.
If you've done your 'pregnancy homework', you may be well aware of what probably awaits you after getting a positive result in a pregnancy test: morning sickness, moodiness and fatigue, frequent urination, aversion to foods, a heightened sense of smell and sore breasts, just to mention some of the most characteristic pregnancy symptoms, may not give you a break during the first trimester. However, they may not be the only ones. Doctors tend to gloss over the, let's call it, 'other side' of being pregnant, which consists of a wide range of symptoms that aren't generally big health concerns, but that will make you feel with zero control over your own body.
We invite you to keep reading this article, where you'll learn about weird pregnancy symptoms and how to fight them.
Unusual pregnancy symptoms: Oh no, you are a prickly pear!
Keep your tweezers at hand, because you may need them soon. Indeed, what no one ever told you is that you may get 'covered in hair' while waiting for your baby's arrival. Besides the linea nigra, the dark line that appears down the middle of your stomach, you may also witness prickly hairs sprouting from your upper lip, chin and jawbones. Don't panic, but some may show up around your nipples too. But why would that happen to you? Well, ask your pregnancy hormones, which are responsible for most pregnancy symptoms, and this isn't an exception.
If you are worried about all this extra hair, get the wax ready (don't remove the hair around the nipples, though, since it can be painful!) or talk to your GP about hair removal methods.
Unusual pregnancy symptoms: You laugh, you pee
It may sound funny, but it's not when you are suffering from it, especially if you are in a public place. Peeing while laughing (or sneezing!) makes sense these days, since you have been told to drink from 8 to 12 glasses of water a day. Plus, there's a growing baby inside you who's putting pressure on your bladder... then, bingo!
The best way to handle such uncontrollable 'pee attacks' is, of course, by using the toilet as much as you need to without regrets. You should also bring a spare pair of underwear with you or use mini-pads wherever you go. Another tip to overcome this problem is to invest in a Super Kegel exerciser to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, or to try pelvic floor exercises yourself.
Unusual pregnancy symptoms: Breaking (too much) wind
Cut the cheese, break wind, toot... call it whatever you want, but it is what it is: passing gas. And, yes, this is one of the unusual pregnancy symptoms that may embarrass you, as you may have the urge to fart no matter where you are or who you are with. Progesterone is the one to blame, since it will cause your stomach to feel bloated and your intestines, sluggish.
In order to keep your 'gas outlet' under control, avoid eating some traditional gassy foods, such as Brussels sprouts, beans, chickpeas, broccoli, cabbage, onion and corn, among others, along with drinking sodas.
Unusual pregnancy symptoms: Drooling like a dog
Excessive saliva is also listed among uncommon pregnancy symptoms, but if you happen to have it, you'll get familiar with it pretty soon. Your mouth may get flooded with saliva way too often, due to the pregnancy hormones once again (at least, that's what experts think, though no one's quite sure about it).
As gross as it can be, the solution here is to spit it out as much as you need to. Drinking water with lemon juice is supposed to help reduce such an excess of saliva.
Unusual pregnancy symptoms: When it's too hot or cold… inside your body!
Most women tend to feel warmer than normal during pregnancy, owing to changes in their metabolism, which is in overdrive because of their future-mum condition. A greater blood flow is pumped through their bodies, producing heat and making them sweat a lot. Yet, there are times in which your body's efforts to cool off may make you chilly instead, above all if you suffer from hypothyroidism.
You need to be prepared for either. Dress in layers and drink plenty of fluids if you don't stop sweating, while put on warm clothes If you are freezing. Consider talking to your doctor if you don't warm up.
Unusual pregnancy symptoms: Snoring like your grandpa
We are not trying to offend grandpas here, but you sure know what we mean. You may sound even worse than him while sleeping, which won't make your couple happy. Such a severe snoring is caused by swollen mucous membranes, which block your nose and force you to breathe through your mouth.
Try to sleep on your side and use saline nose drops before going to bed.
Unusual pregnancy symptoms: Is my voice changing?
Fortunately, puberty happens only once in a lifetime. However, you may become aware of your voice sounding lower than usual, which is is another of these rare pregnancy symptoms. Pregnancy hormones may provoke swelling in your vocal cords, affecting how the voice comes out of your mouth while speaking or singing. If you ever dreamt of having a sexy, raspy voice, this may be your time.
In such a case, you'll have to be patient and wait for your voice to be back to normal after giving birth. If you use your voice professionally, ask your GP for a referral to a specialist.
What do you think about such unusual pregnancy symptoms? Some are a bit nasty, whereas others, just annoying. However, remember that they are not common, which should already make you feel better!