Signs of Pregnancy: Earliest & Weirdest Pregnancy Symptoms
Pregnancy, for the most part, is a fascinating time full of excitement and joy. However, there are times when pregnant women might find it difficult to deal with the symptoms associated with early pregnancy.
Certain common signs of pregnancy, such as morning sickness, tenderness of the breast, backaches, and mood swings, are fairly common, but did you know that there can be some really weird pregnancy symptoms as well?
In this article, we will try to decipher some of the less common pregnancy symptoms that range from simple and innocuous to, well, bizarre!
Nose bleeds and nasal stuffiness
Nose bleeds and stuffiness during pregnancy? Well, it might sound weird but having nose bleeds is not that uncommon during pregnancy. Most nosebleeds during pregnancy are perfectly harmless, nothing that the good old humidifier can’t manage. If you want to take it up a notch, try using a Neti pot to rinse off your nasal cavity with lukewarm saltwater gently.
If the bleeding is profuse and you don’t feel any improvement using the methods mentioned above, talk to your doctor; they might provide you with other options for treating the symptom.
The most common cause of having nasal stuffiness and bleeds during pregnancy is the drying up of the nasal mucous membrane. which is also known as pregnancy rhinitis. Changes in the pregnancy hormones estrogen and progesterone cause the blood flow in your nose which can cause nasal stuffiness in early pregnancy.
Anything that can put the moisture back will help in alleviating the symptoms. Remember, don’t panic if you suddenly have nosebleeds during pregnancy; they will subside on their own in a few days.
Having vaginal a milky-white discharge (leukorrhea) during pregnancy is quite common. Although you won’t be getting any period while you are pregnant, you will experience some discharge. The discharge looks very similar to the one during ovulation. Wearing a panty liner might help with the wetness if it bothers you.
The amount of discharge will keep on increasing till you deliver your baby. However, the discharge should never have any discolouration or odour. If you experience a brown or bloodied discharge, reach out to your healthcare provider immediately. You can find a more detailed discussion about leukorrhea here.
Insomnia during pregnancy
Pregnant women sometimes experience insomnia or having difficulty sleeping. Pregnancy insomnia usually accompanies a feeling of fatigue. One of the ways insomnia manifests itself during pregnancy is by hampering your ability to fall asleep. Some women might have difficulties falling back to sleep once they are woken up in the middle of the night.
Exercise is perhaps one of the fastest and easiest ways to treat pregnancy insomnia. If you are having coffee or other caffeinated drinks, try to avoid them near your bedtime. Try and relax, do some meditation before you go to bed. Insomnia is the worst during the first and then again during your third trimester.
That said, many pregnant women might not experience insomnia at all. Having rest during your pregnancy is the most important whether you have insomnia or not. If you have difficulty falling asleep and feeling tired because of it, talk to your OBGYN to find a natural solution.
Gastrointestinal distress (gas and burping)
One of the most common gastrointestinal effects of early pregnancy is belching and gas. When you get pregnant, the pregnancy hormones can cause havoc in your gastrointestinal tract. You might feel gassy bloated, and that’s perfectly normal.
You will have to learn not to suppress the urge to pass the gas or burp. Holding the gas in can cause pain and discomfort. Being gassy, especially in front of a company can feel embarrassing. Many would-be-moms go to the bathroom for a while till things get settled in the good old tummy!
Avoiding any food that makes you gassy in the first place is the best defence against the symptom. That said, your body is going through a lot of changes now that you are pregnant. It is okay to have occasional mishaps here and there, don’t be too hard on yourself.
Constipation during pregnancy can be quite uncomfortable. Now that your body is full of pregnancy hormones, you will see some of their effects on other systems in your body. These hormones can significantly slow down the movement of your gastrointestinal tract, causing things to back up, to speak!
Drinking plenty of water and mild to moderate exercise should resolve the problem of pregnancy constipation in most cases. Staying hydrated during early conception is very important whether you are constipated or not, so drink up.
Also, include fibre-rich foods in your diets, such as green leafy veggies and fruits. The dietary fibre can bulk up your stools, making it easy to eliminate. If nothing else works, call your doctor. Staying constipated is neither good for you or your baby. You want to get into a healthy routine as soon as possible.
False period – Implantation bleeding
Implantation bleeding occurs in approx 25 per cent of all pregnant women. You may lightly bleed or notice some spotting in your early pregnancy. implantation bleeding happens when the fertilized eff attaches itself to the endometrium. implantation bleeding is common 10- 14 days after conception.
Early Pregnancy Symptoms
Pregnancy is a beautiful time of your life, but having symptoms like these can put a dent in your experience. But the most important thing to know is that all these symptoms are transitionary; they will eventually go away. It can be stressful to manage some of the symptoms, especially if they are not something you expect with a normal pregnancy, but keep in mind that you are not alone. Millions of women all across the world experience all sorts of symptoms during their pregnancies.
If things get too overwhelming, talk to your doctor. Stressing out and worrying too much is not a good idea. It would be best if you were positive and happy throughout your pregnancy.
It is a shame that most women won’t openly discuss their so-called weird symptoms of early pregnancy. Knowing that there is someone who had a similar experience and still had a perfectly healthy pregnancy goes a long way in relieving that stress.
Talk to your friends or family members who have kids and discuss with them what sort of symptoms they had; you might be surprised to know that what you experience is not that weird, and it does happen to a lot of women!