This Is Weird- Things I Didn't Expect During Pregnancy.

Weird Symptoms Caused by Pregnancy Nobody Ever Warned You About.

We get clients coming to us all the time with something along the lines of this…

“Ok, I don’t want to sound crazy- but XYZ is happening and I swear it didn’t happen before I was pregnant! I don’t want to bother my doctor for something like this- is there any way it is related to pregnancy??”

9 times out of 10 this symptom is actually pregnancy related. Our clients are well-educated and they aren’t losing their minds! Unfortunately, many pregnancy symptoms aren’t widely discussed, because they are either considered minor- or they don’t happen to most women. UNTIL TODAY. We are going to write about some lesser known Pregnancy Complaints so that you know you aren’t crazy if they happen to you!

  • Nosebleeds. (guessing you got the hint from the top photo!) TWO of our recent clients have come to us regarding nosebleeds during pregnancy and were totally caught off guard with them. Apparently this is a big one nobody talks about. Pregnancy can make the blood vessels in your nose expand. This in addition to your increased blood supply puts more pressure on those tiny vessels causing them to rupture more easily. Believe it or not- 20% of Pregnant Women have them. Also- if you are taking baby aspirin at your provider’s request, these nosebleeds can be a bit harder to control as Aspirin is a blood thinner/anticoagulant.

  • Metallic Taste. Feeling like you ate some pennies for breakfast or dessert? Not uncommon. Hormone fluctuations during pregnancy can cause some changes in your tastebuds. In addition, some pregnant women have a condition called dysegusia that is known for leaving a metallic taste in your mouth. Those prenatal supplements are known to cause some funky symptoms as well! You can combat this somewhat by chewing on gum, frequent salty snacks, drinking extra COLD liquids and eating spicy foods.

  • Weird Stuff may come out of you. Noticing more discharge than usual? Fret not. Increases in Hormones as well as increased blood flow to the vaginal region can cause an increase in a white or pale yellow discharge, especially during the first trimester. This occurs for your protection from infections during pregnancy due to the hormone relaxin softening the cervix and vaginal walls, leaving them more prone to infection. Though it may be a bit annoying- it is typically harmless. If you notice any bleeding or an unusual odor though, call your provider.

  • Round Ligament Stretching and Cramping. Typically this begins in the second trimester. As the ligaments that support the uterus begin to stretch in response to the growing baby, movements such as laughing, coughing, or going from sitting to standing can cause the round ligaments to contract too quickly, causing pain. If this pain is really bothering you, reach out to your provider!

  • Your skin itches EVERYWHERE. Itching can happen at any point during pregnancy, but often happens in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters when your body starts to undergo the biggest physical changes of pregnancy such as breast growth and visible growth of the uterus. Pregnancy Hormones are generally to blame with this but another factor is the stretching of skin as a result of your growing belly and breasts. Severe itching that extends beyond the center region to your extremities can be a red flag during pregnancy however- so if you experience this, be sure to call your provider.

  • You may experience a light period- or some bleeding like it. Many women (up to 40%!) experience some bleeding or spotting in early pregnancy. Bleeding can be a sign of implantation bleeding (about 2 weeks after conception), cervical irritation, or even an ectopic pregnancy. If you notice cramping or anything more than light spotting- be sure to contact your provider.

  • You are always hot. Immediately following ovulation, your body temp spikes up by about a degree. It remains that way throughout pregnancy. So you are physically about a degree warmer than you are used to and it may make you miserable! Don’t be afraid to dress in lighter clothes and turn on the AC. It’s just one of the joys of pregnancy.

  • Bleeding Gums. This can happen during any point in pregnancy. Pregnancy Hormones cause a woman’s gums to be swollen and sore in about half of women. This gum inflammation is known as pregnancy gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease. Pregnancy Gingivitis is partly caused by hormonal changes that make your gums more sensitive to the bacteria in plaque. Regular dental care is important during pregnancy! Be sure to see your dentist for your scheduled cleanings and take care of your teeth at home by brushing with a soft toothbrush and avoiding sugary foods.

  • Lightning Crotch. Never heard of this one? You might feel it here soon! Lightning crotch feels like an electrical bolt of pain in the vagina, rectum or pelvis. Lighting crotch refers to sharp or shooting pain in the vagina, rectum, or pelvis. The pain comes on very suddenly and can hurt so bad it stops you in your tracks! Some people describe the pain as feeling like an electrical zap from the inside- this is where the condition gets its name! Warm Baths, Abdominal Support Bands (check out mamastrut.com)., or prenatal massage can all help make it better- but it typically isn’t preventable.

Long story short- there are MANY symptoms that those pesky pregnancy hormones can cause other than nausea and back pain. Remember to always mention any symptoms you are having to your provider. It’s important for them to know what’s going on in the event they can recognize some kind of pattern that may indicate a bigger problem for you and baby. You are NEVER “bothering” your provider or even your doula. Tell us when something is up! We are working as a team to help you have the best and safest pregnancy and birth for you and your new addition!