The Bizarre Side Effects of Being Pregnant

Are you experiencing some unsettling pregnancy symptoms? Having a human growing in your belly is an amazing event, but it can come with some interesting changes to your body as well. Your baby kicking for the first time may feel a bit bizarre, but so special at the same time. Some other side effects, however, are not so pleasant or as openly talked about…

The Discharges

“What just came out of me?!”

Symptoms: Sticky white or pale yellow discharge can appear constantly during pregnancy, leaving you in frequent need of new undies. Talk to your doctor if it develops a foul odor, itches, burns or becomes greenish-yellow, very thick or watery. This may signal an infection.

Cause: Increased hormones and vaginal blood flow.

How to deal: Wear a lightweight sanitary pad and use personal wipes for quick cleansing. Don’t douche or use vaginal deodorants; they can be irritating. 

The Disrupted Bladder

Some of my friends said that they experienced an immediate change in their bladder and the frequency when they went to the bathroom, others said it was more noticeable in the second and third trimesters. For me, it was pretty immediate. I had to start getting up to go during the night once or twice as soon as I was pregnant. ~Very Early Pregnancy Symptoms

The Tossing & Turning

Are you tossing and turning and can’t sleep, or falling asleep and snoring through the night? Some of my friends and I went through phases of insomnia and then deep deep comma-like sleeping with lots of snoring. It was weird for me because for weeks I couldn’t sleep and then other weeks I’d sleep 14 hours at a time. What’s even stranger is that the only time I snore is when I’m expecting. I don’t snore every night but when I’m in the deepest sleep I sometimes do. ~Very Early Pregnancy Symptoms

The Stuffed Up Sinuses

You’re not sick, but you sure sound like it, and blowing your nose doesn’t help.

What’s up: Your blood supply increases by about 50% during pregnancy. That, along with ramped up hormones in your body can cause your mucous membranes to swell up, dry out, and even bleed.

What you can do: Drink plenty of liquids (here are the benefits of drinking a lot of water during pregnancy), run a humidifier, and use a neti pot.

The “Hot Mess” 

You’re sweating. Roasting. We’re talking Death Valley hot here. Prepare for the battle of the thermostat with your partner.

What’s up: Your metabolism is cranked up. There’s all that extra blood again and as it pumps through your body, it warms your skin.

What you can do: Dress cool. Use a natural deodorant. Let your partner know that the pregnant woman gets to control the thermostat. That’s just a given.

The Food Hatred

Lillie of Around the World “L” says,

The stereotype of pregnant women is that we crave crazy stuff like pickles and ice cream on a bagel or something, but the most shocking and common pregnancy food symptom is actually food aversions: suddenly hating a food so much (often one you used to love) that you will throw up if you even smell it. For the first three months of my pregnancy (oh that notorious first trimester), the only thing I could eat was bland bread products and dull dairy. Vegetables made me ill to even look at, which was sad to realize on the day Colin cooked us two quarts of veggie stew. Even my beloved avocados became evil. Nooo! This was particularly terrible for me because I am known for eating EVERYTHING. Suddenly becoming a horribly picky eater, my identity was shattered! Luckily, I’m back now to avocado (and general all food) love.

And those food aversions could be due to…

The Gross Tastes

I’ve written about the weird, metallic-y taste in my mouth before, but I cannot concoct such a list and leave this off. During my first trimester, it was constant. Everything I ate tasted … off. And when I was done eating — whether I had just chowed down on a salad or a piece of cake — I always had the same, odd taste in my mouth. It sort of went away in the second trimester, but every now and again in the third, it returns. And, friends, it’s disgusting.  ~Nicole, The Stir

Experiencing a bizarre pregnancy side effect? Let’s hear it…Remember what you think is bizarre may be more common than you could ever imagine!

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