Everyone knows the classic signs of pregnancy. You missed your period. Your breasts are soft. And you’re tired all the time.
But pregnant women also have a whole series of symptoms that go beyond these initial symptoms. Expect the unexpected, from slime release to metal tasting to headache.
Here’s a list of 10 weird early pregnancy symptoms nobody tells you about.
Early pregnancy discharge
Although many women experience vaginal discharge, this is not often associated with pregnancy. However, most pregnant women lose sticky, white or slightly yellow mucus at the beginning of the first trimester and during pregnancy.
Increased hormones and vaginal blood flow are causing the discharge. It increases during pregnancy to help prevent infection, as your cervix and vaginal walls soften. Visit your doctor when the discharge begins:
gets very thick or watery
These could be signs of infection.
Your body will turn up the heat
When you first wake up in the morning after ovulation, your body temperature will be slightly higher. This stays that way until you get your next period.
If this temperature, called the basal body temperature, stays higher than two weeks, you may be pregnant.
Your head will hurt, you’ll feel cramps, and you’ll want to pee all the time
Hormonal changes and changes in blood volume during pregnancy may lead to headaches.
Some women also have menstrual cramps on both sides of the abdomen. And most women take extra trips to the bathroom. This is because your growing womb is pressuring your bladder. Read more about pregnancy incontinence.
It’ll feel like the room is spinning
It is not unusual for pregnant women to feel light-headed or dizzy during the first trimester. Pregnancy causes blood pressure to drop and blood vessels to dilate.
However, pay close attention to your symptoms. Excessive dizziness in combination with vaginal bleeding and severe abdominal pain may be a sign of ectopic pregnancy. In an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg implanted outside the uterus. See a doctor immediately to avoid life-threatening complications.
You just can’t go
Maybe you feel bloated like you want to step on it or go number two. But it just doesn’t happen. This is because hormonal changes during pregnancy, such as prenatal vitamins, can lead to constipation.
Your digestion slows during pregnancy. This gives the nutrients just enough time to get into your bloodstream and reach your little one.
If you cannot walk, add more fibers to your diet, drink a lot and practice regularly. If necessary, you may also consult your doctor about adding a pregnancy-resistant stool softener.
You may experience a false period
About 25 to 40 percent of pregnant women bleed easily or notice early in pregnancy stains. The slight bleeding may occur when the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus. This is known as implantation hemorrhage. It is common about two weeks after conception.
Bleeding can also be caused by cervical irritation, an ectopic pregnancy or an imminent miscarriage. Be sure to get medical attention immediately if your bleeding becomes severe or is accompanied by severe cramps, back pain or sharp pain.
Grab some tissues, pour some tea, and curl up in bed
Pregnancy reduces your immunity. This means you’re more susceptible to cough, cold and flu. It is not unusual for pregnant women to experience cold or flu – like symptoms early in pregnancy.
Talk to your doctor about pregnancy-resistant treatment options. Pregnant women are more susceptible to serious flu diseases. This may cause serious health problems in your baby.
Your chest, it burns
Hormones change everything during pregnancy. This includes the valve between the stomach and the esophagus. This area will be relaxed during pregnancy, which may cause heartburn in your esophagus and heartburn.
Fight back by eating smaller, more frequent meals. Also remove fried food. Avoid carbonic beverages, citrus fruits, juices and spicy food.
You’re up, then you’re down
Your hormones suddenly change when you get pregnant. This could upset your emotions. You’ll feel unusually weepy and emotional. Your libido goes from warm to cold and then back to warm. Mood swings can also occur. This is very common during early pregnancy.
You’ll taste metal
An increase in oestrogen and progesterone during pregnancy may cause taste changes in many pregnant women.
In a condition called dysegusia, some pregnant women taste metal. You’ll feel like you chewed some old pennies at lunch. To hell with the metallic taste by chewing on saltines and chewing sugar-free gum. Also try to drink colder fluids or eat more spicy food.