30 of the Weirdest Signs of Pregnancy

18. Cravings When people think of what women go through during pregnancy, food cravings is one of the first things that comes to mind. You get… Trista - July 31, 2019
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18. Cravings

When people think of what women go through during pregnancy, food cravings is one of the first things that comes to mind. You get visions of women eating pickles and peanut butter, sweet and spicy foods, and other unusual combinations. Weird food cravings come on strong and in most cases, women have to try something once it gets stuck in their head.

Experts believe that food cravings during pregnancy are mostly psychological, but hormones could also be at play. Neuropeptide Y, the hormone responsible for appetite signals, can increase during pregnancy, leading to extreme food cravings. Some women have reported an odd food craving out of the blue being their clue that they were pregnant. Having intense cravings during nausea is also common. Nausea can get so strong that only one item, in particular, sounds appetizing.


19. Sensitivities

Sudden scent sensitivities could be a clue that you’re expecting a child. If the garbage in your home is suddenly unbearably odorous or the smell of a fragrant food makes you sick, you could be pregnant. All five of your senses become heightened during pregnancy because of changes in estrogen levels.

Other sensitivities may become apparent along with the scent. If drinking a hot or cold beverage makes your teeth hurt out of the blue or your gums become puffy and start bleeding, consider taking a pregnancy test. As we’ve mentioned before, you can develop dysgeusia and begin tasting metal. Your vision can become fuzzier than before, leading to you needing glasses or contacts. Additionally, ringing in the ears can occur because of your hormones.


20. Frequent Trips to the Bathroom

Every woman who has ever been pregnant knows about many bathroom trips during their pregnancy. Frequent urination can start almost immediately after you conceive, but in many cases, it occurs mainly in the second and third trimesters. Expect to wake up several times during the night to use the bathroom.

While this is common, keep in mind conditions like a urinary tract infection or diabetes can cause urination issues. If you think your marathon of trips to the bathroom is unusual, consult your doctor. Also, progesterone in the system can cause constipation, so stay hydrated to ensure your comfort during your pregnancy. Exercise and a high-fiber diet can also help.

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21. Sleep Issues

Changes in sleep patterns are common for women who become pregnant. Some may toss and turn because of insomnia and others may fall into a deep sleep and cut some serious Zs. There have been quite a few instances where women only snore when they’re pregnant; thus, snoring may be another indicator of pregnancy early on.

More than 80 percent of pregnant women experience disturbed sleep throughout their pregnancy. All of the various physical and emotional adjustments that occur when a woman becomes pregnant unsurprisingly can lead to unhealthy sleep patterns. During early pregnancy, women tend to get the best sleep. As their baby grows and their bodies become tired throughout the day, insomnia can set in. Having a bedtime routine, drinking plenty of water, and eating a healthy dinner can help you try to get some good rest.

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22. Fatigue

As early as your first week of pregnancy, you can begin to experience fatigue. Many women get tired during the day, but it’s quite common for those who are pregnant. You may feel profound exhaustion as well as feel mentally and physically drained.

Unusual fatigue is caused by levels of the hormone progesterone rising in your system. Blood sugar and blood pressure levels rising and falling can also make you feel lethargic. To combat fatigue during your pregnancy, schedule some time into your day for resting. Let the people around you know that you may at one point need their assistance. Additionally, adding more iron and protein into your diet can help make you feel better.


23. Headaches

Headaches are quite common for pregnant women. They can occur because of changes in your hormones as well as blood volume after you become pregnant. Changes in your posture as well as caffeine withdrawal can also lead to head pain.

Headaches that occur during your first trimester are most often because of hormonal changes. When you develop headaches during your third trimester, it’s usually because of tension and poor posture from carrying your child. On occasion, they could be signaling a more severe condition like sinusitis or preeclampsia. If you have a headache that comes on suddenly or is extremely strong, contact your doctor immediately.

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24. Varicose Veins

If you look down at your legs and notice large, purple-blue veins, you could have varicose veins. Pregnancy causes an increase in blood volume while the rate in which blood flows from the legs to the pelvis reduces.

This action puts pressure on your vascular system, causing varicose veins.
During pregnancy, varicose veins can appear on the legs, buttocks, and vaginal region. Another form of varicose veins are hemorrhoids, which are caused by pressure and constipation. Varicose veins also appear because of an increase in the progestin hormone, which dilates the veins. These unsightly veins are pretty harmless but can get a bit uncomfortable and itchy. Expect them to go away about three months to a year after your baby is born.


25. Other Children Acting Up

Before you even know you’re pregnant, those around you may be able to sense it! If you have children, your little ones may be able to detect hormonal changes in their mother. They can act clingy, display bad behavior, and generally act unlike themselves.

There are many cultures, including the Navajo, that believe that a woman’s youngest child can sense she is expecting and act up because of it. Some women have even reported that their pets have detected their pregnancies. There’s no scientific proof, but cats and dogs can identify differences in your behavior, posture, mood, and body chemistry. Dogs especially may tend to become more protective of you during pregnancy, even trying to prevent your partner from getting close to you!


26. Dark Skin Patches

Referred to as melasma, the development of dark skin patches is quite common during pregnancy. It’s also known as the “mask of pregnancy” because dark spots can appear around your nose, cheekbones, forehead and upper lip like a mask. Skin that’s frequently exposed to the sun can also become darker.

Also, skin that’s usually more pigmented, like scars, freckles, nipples, and genitals, can get even darker. Hormonal changes during your pregnancy contribute to an increase in the melanin produced by your body. Women with naturally darker complexions are more susceptible to melasma than lighter-skinned women. Also, if this condition runs in your family, you have a higher risk of developing it.


27. Libido Changes

Changes in libido frequently happen during pregnancy. Your sex drive can swing up and down throughout your pregnancy. For some women, an increase in the libido occurs almost immediately after becoming pregnant and then tends to decrease in the last trimester.

Every woman’s experience is unique when it comes to their libido. Some can have high levels of arousal and incredibly intense orgasms. Others can completely lose their desire to have sex. Heightened sexual desire is caused by higher levels of progesterone and estrogen, which increase genital blood flow. For women who have a low libido during pregnancy, stress, nausea, fatigue, and other hard things to deal with during pregnancy completely diminish their need to have sex.


28. Color Sensitivity

This symptom of pregnancy is an unusual one! Some women have reported that during their pregnancy, they have become averse to specific colors. Looking at different hues can elicit disgust or even nausea from some expecting mothers. Most instances of color sensitivity begin in the first trimester.

During the first trimester, women can be most sensitive to reds and yellows. Later on in the pregnancy, women become more susceptible to dark, bluish tones. Experts believe that they associate particular colors with food, smells, and other items that have caused nausea in the past. Bright colors may also interfere with headaches and dizziness, leading to color-sensitive women wanting to avoid those shades for the duration of their pregnancy.


29. Itching or Rashes

Because of increased blood supply to the skin during pregnancy, itchiness is common. As your baby grows, your skin gets stretched, which can also cause you to itch in your abdomen area. Mild itching is common, but severe itching is a cause for concern. Extreme itching could be a sign of obstetric cholestasis, a severe liver condition that affects about one in every one hundred pregnant women. If you think you may have obstetric cholestasis, see your doctor immediately.

For mild itching, try to wear loose-fitting clothes to reduce the amount of irritation on your skin. Stick with natural fabrics like cotton because synthetic fibers can cause more itching and prevent your skin from breathing. Take a cool bath and apply a gentle lotion or moisturizer to soothe your skin. Choose something plain because products with strong perfume scents can irritate the skin even more.


30. Yeast Infections

Yeast infections can be a sign that you are expecting a child. As we’ve discussed before, there’s a strong possibility that a pregnant woman will have an increase in vaginal discharge. An increase in estrogen raises your risk of developing one. Studies show that the number one most common type of vaginal infection during pregnancy is a yeast infection.

Approximately 75 percent of women will get at least one yeast infection in their lifetime. Yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of the bacteria Candida albicans. High estrogen levels contribute to overgrown yeast and extra moisture in the vagina can stir up a bacterial imbalance. While yeast infections are annoying, they will not harm you or your baby. You will most likely experience burning and itching around the vagina as well as painful urination. To prevent yeast infections, wear breathable cotton underwear, stick to showers, and avoid taking baths, clean yourself with gentle soaps and avoid douching. Also, limit the amount of sugar and refined grain products in your diet because yeast thrives on sugar.