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The following post was written in 2017 when I was pregnant with my first baby, Graci. We hope that you enjoy this throwback post pulled from the archives. Be sure to tell us what you think in the comments below!
Warning the following post is a bit gross. But, so is pregnancy. The following post is to shed light on the unglamorous side of pregnancy only. If you are experiencing any symptoms, I urge you to speak with your healthcare professional.
Pregnancy Can Be Weird
When I got pregnant, I had no idea what I was in for. I knew that the whole labor and delivery portion of the journey was likely to “gross me out” but I didn’t have a clue about the other range of symptoms that are common during pregnancy.
Check out my list of the top 5 weirdest symptoms below!
Many women experience nose bleeds during pregnancy. It seems to be just one of those wonderful things that can happen as your body changes to accommodate growing a little baby. (If you’d like a more in-depth explanation, check out this article on BabyCenter.com.)
Luckily, at 28 weeks pregnant, I’ve never experienced a full nosebleed. In fact, I’ve never had one a single time in my life. (I feel so lucky about that!) But, since getting pregnant, I have definitely experience bloody boogers when I’ve gone to blow my nose, especially first thing in the morning.
For me, this hasn’t been a daily occurrence, and my doctor’s have never been concerned. However, it is always a little bit of a shock when it does happen!
Feeling Like My Pelvis Is Broken In Half
Hands down, this has been my least favorite pregnancy symptom. Ever. And I suffered through morning sickness for the majority of my pregnancy.
Before I was even through my first trimester, I started having a horrible pain in my pelvis. It felt like someone had taken a hammer to the left side. Repeatedly. It hurts to roll over and my boyfriend has pretty much heard me say “ow, ow, ow” a million times a day.
For me, using an ice pack has somewhat relieved the pain, and sleeping with a body pillow between my legs has helped a lot, too.
Many women swear by using a belly support of some sort to help ease the weight that your body is trying to carry around. I personally haven’t found one that has helped.
Around the time that the wonderful bloody boogers showed up in my life, I also started noticing that my gums were bleeding when I brushed my teeth. Yuck.
No matter how gently I brushed, my gums would start bleeding. At first it really freaked me out, but after discussing it with my doctor, it seems to be yet another of the lovely pregnancy symptoms that no one tells you about!
When you’re pregnant, it is suggested that you talk with your dentist so that they can look for any oral health issues.
Want to read more about bleeding gums during pregnancy? Check out this article on BabyCenter.com.
Swollen Feet & Hands
I suppose that of all the “weird” pregnancy symptoms that I’ve experienced, this one was the least shocking.
At 28 weeks, I’ve mostly avoided the dreaded swollen ankles, but every so often, my feet feel like they have gained a few pounds and don’t want to fit into my lace up shoes as well. I actually had to “let out” the laces on my Converse the other night, and they were still uncomfortable.
Just last Sunday, I had the bizarre experience of my hands swelling. Ugh. Talk about inconvenient and uncomfortable! I started jiggling my hands around above my heart and noticed that the swelling went down pretty quickly.
BabyCenter has a great article on why your appendages decide to swell up during pregnancy here. Make sure to talk to your doctor, though and let them know if you are experiencing any of these symptoms! They may have more helpful tips.
Craving Sour Fruits, Drinks & Candy
I talked about adding fruit or fruit juice to your water as a cheap way of pampering yourself while you are pregnant in a previous blog post (check it out here), and my favorite thing to add to my water has been lemon juice. No sugar, just straight-up lemon juice.
Because all things sour have been my favorite thing since getting pregnant. After discovering a morning sickness remedy called Preggie Pops (see below), I noticed that eating sour fruit, drinking sour water and eating sour candy was delicious to my pregnant body. And, it seemed to help my morning sickness. Win, win.
If you are experiencing morning sickness I seriously cannot recommend Preggie Pop Drops enough. Check them out on Amazon here:
What about you? Have you been pregnant? What were your weirdest symptoms? I want to hear all about them in the comment section below!