Pregnancy is a time of love, excitement, and preparation. Some women experience more than just the typical symptoms that occur during pregnancy. These things can range from uncomfortable to downright bizarre. Here’s a list of the 10 most abnormal things that happen during pregnancy.
Did you have morning sickness during pregnancy? According to WebMD, the nausea and vomiting are associated with extreme anxiety in some pregnant women. There are many theories regarding why pregnant women get anxious during this time. Saying Hi To Other Babies Did you ever see a baby that was not yours, and thought it was yours? Did you ever talk to other babies, even when you were already pregnant? According to Waverly Health’s website, it’s common to mistake a newborn’s facial features as those of your own baby. Ovulation Experiences Women also experience menopause when they are pregnant. This means they are going through hormone changes such as headaches, mood swings, and other related health problems.
Restless Leg Syndrome
This was a no-brainer. Women experiencing pregnancy-related leg cramps can’t get comfortable. What causes this condition? About 80% of it is thought to be caused by an extra hormone called relaxin that relaxes the ligaments and bones in the pelvis, according to WebMD. The additional pressure puts a strain on some of the joints and muscles in the lower body.
It’s not recommended that you spend all night trying to rub out the cramp. Try relaxing with a hot bath, and the excess relaxin will relax. Sleeplessness Maternity insomnia is the lack of sleep you are getting while pregnant. You’re supposed to be sleeping off the exhaustion but you still have plenty of energy.
Maybe you had a baby last night, or you are suffering from complications like insomnia.
While there are many causes of varicose veins, this pregnancy symptom is very common. Not all pregnant women experience varicose veins, but more than one in ten pregnant women do. Many women experience varicose veins at the end of pregnancy, though.
This is because a pregnant woman’s body is growing so quickly that the blood vessels are growing larger and their branches are stretched. Baby Beats The growing baby presses on the mother’s bladder and lungs, and so the pregnant woman begins to experience painful gas and bloating.
The baby also presses on a woman’s uterus, causing a symphony of organ noises. The constant and violent beats of the baby’s beating heart keep a mother’s whole body vibrating throughout the pregnancy. It can also lead to pre-term labor.
The most common symptoms of morning sickness occur during the first trimester. At this stage, expectant moms should simply eat small meals throughout the day. While nausea in the first trimester should not cause any problems for expectant moms, it can be quite inconvenient.
Instead of concentrating on healthy snacks, expectant moms have to put food before them to make sure that they don’t throw up. As with any nausea, though, your doctor can help. A first trimester nausea can be treated with anti-nausea medication. You might be tempted to try some traditional home remedies.
The truth is, not every home remedy is safe for pregnant women. Some remedies might interact poorly with medications that you are taking.
If you’re trying to avoid certain foods or they have certain items on your “avoid this” list, you can think of it as a pregnancy aversion. Other common food aversions are peppers, chocolate, garlic, and sushi. Light Sickness If you are feeling a little queasy for no apparent reason, this is a sign of light sickness. There are a few different possible causes, such as (but not limited to) a drop in your blood sugar. Weight Gain When you’re pregnant, your body experiences the most significant weight gain it has ever seen. It is a time to expect the unexpected, so if you’re pregnant and have to lose some weight, it’s ok. You may have experienced this before, and your doctor will be able to recommend an appropriate diet or lifestyle change.
Craving Weird Things
Pregnancy hormones will make you crave all sorts of things that are not so good for your diet. In fact, according to What to Expect, you may crave weird things like pineapple, rice cakes, and pizza. Uncomfortable Pelvic Lifting Activity While your pregnancy may not feel heavy or painful, you may experience some pelvic lifting during the course of the day.
The pelvic lifting can be uncomfortable and make you feel the need to do something else with your body. Women experience this while standing, walking, sitting, and of course during sex. Pit Stains On Your Pants Having a baby can cause things to go through the wash a few times so your used onesies or pants may become stained.
You can prevent this by throwing them into the dryer before washing.
Weight Gain – The Upside Down Uterus Theory
Weight gain is something that a lot of women experience during their pregnancy. However, this isn’t the typical weight gain associated with meals or physical activity. Instead, this is a lot more far-out. There is a popular scientific theory called the “Upside Down Uterus” theory that states that there is a lot of weight gain and weight loss happening at the same time.
In fact, some women have even been hospitalized because of this phenomenon. Peeing Your Pants – It’s the Worst If you’re pregnant, the process of carrying a baby can cause you to pee your pants. However, there is no such thing as a normal amount of peeing. It seems to be common for women to feel as though they’re wetting themselves, while they’re actually peeing and pooping.
According to What to Expect, in most cases, constipation during pregnancy isn’t a big deal. Women who experience constipation during their pregnancy aren’t recommended to eat much fiber, or they’ll experience excessive rectal bleeding. The liquid that builds up in the rectum can be quite painful and cause tears in the anus.
Constipation is usually a temporary condition. Pregnant women may experience occasional bouts of constipation that last for a day or so, before they eventually clear up. However, if a pregnant woman’s stool becomes hard, it may turn yellow, which is one of the symptoms of a condition called bacterial overgrowth in the colon.
Constipation is typically treated with regular use of a fiber supplement like Metamucil, as well as liquid stool softeners like Miralax.
The term “pregnancy related hypertension” is just a fancy term for high blood pressure that typically comes about during the second and third trimester of pregnancy. It is caused by higher than normal blood volume and increased blood pressure. Sometimes called “severe preeclampsia” because it can lead to serious complications such as stillbirth.
Symptoms include swelling, weight gain, leg cramps, decreased urination, and headaches. Acute Morning Sickness “Morning sickness” is the most common form of hyperemesis gravidarum, or extreme morning sickness. Usually, it begins in the second trimester and occurs after the initial 24-week gestational period.
Preeclampsia and gestational diabetes Preeclampsia and gestational diabetes are somewhat like blood sugar and pre-eclampsia.
Fatigue Vaginal Dryness Inflammation Bloating Cramps Irregular Sleep Schedule Constipation Aches and Pains Feeling Sick Unusual Cravings Everyone’s pregnancy cravings differ, but if you experience any unusual food cravings then these are most likely symptoms of possible gestational diabetes.
Any food that is high in carbohydrates can cause high blood glucose. This condition can be managed with diet and lifestyle changes. The best way to manage gestational diabetes is through diet modification. The following are some examples of high-carb foods that pregnant women should avoid. Reheated or Pre-cooked Pasta and Potato – high carbs and their enzymes are destroyed during cooking, making them difficult to digest