Did You Know About These Weird Pregnancy Symptoms?
Pregnancy can do odd things to your body. Learn about five downright weird yet perfectly normal pregnancy symptoms that nobody talks about.
Pregnancy can do odd things to your body.
From missed periods to nausea, there are some classic signs of pregnancy that everyone is familiar with. But did you know there are several less common, but still perfectly normal, pregnancy symptoms that no one usually talks about?
Here are some downright weird ones you may never have considered.
1. Lightning Crotch
It refers to sharp, shooting, and short-lived pain in the vagina, rectum, pelvis, or uterus, particularly during the last trimester. Pregnant women describe it as shooting pins and needles, burning twinges, and electric shocks. It comes on suddenly and may last anywhere from 15 to 60 seconds.
The stretching of pelvic bones and your baby’s head pressing down on your pubic bone are known to cause lightning crotch pain. You may feel it when you stand up suddenly or stay on your feet for a long time. Try walking or propping up your legs to ease the sensation.
2. Itchy Scalp & Dandruff
Pregnancy can also play with your skull, causing your scalp to be itchy and your hair to be oilier or drier than usual. The main culprit is fluctuating hormone levels that send mixed signals to the scalp to produce more oil and generate new skin cells. The excessive oil allows the fungus to grow, which leads to hair dandruff when combined with the older skin cells.
Though dandruff is a minor problem, itchiness and white flakes can sometimes be pretty annoying. Thankfully, you can try several home remedies to deal with dandruff during pregnancy, including:
- Aloe Vera
- Argan oil
- Olive oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Coconut Oil
- Sea Salt
- Tea Tree Oil
If the problem persists, consult a doctor.
3. Brain Fog
Another one of the many weird pregnancy symptoms is minor, manageable forgetfulness, sometimes known as “pregnancy brain.” It involves symptoms including:
- Memory problems
- Poor concentration
- Reading difficulties
- Trouble recalling words and names
Pregnancy-induced brain fog may be caused by hormonal changes, stress, anxiety, sleep deprivation, or brain changes during pregnancy. You can either write down things or use a note-taking/reminder app to stay more organized and less forgetful.
4. Bad Breath
Another weird pregnancy symptom due to which people don’t want to be around you is bad breath. The smell of your toothpaste may nauseate you, making it hard to maintain oral hygiene. There are many reasons you may develop bad breath during pregnancy:
- Hormonal changes
- Stuffy nose (rhinitis)
- Bleeding gums and gingivitis
- Fungal infections like thrush
- Decreased salivary flow
- Tonsil stones
- Calcium deficiency
- Slowed digestion
The good news is that you can get rid of bad breath during pregnancy with proper oral hygiene and regular mouthwash.
Everything gets swollen in pregnancy – including the inside of the lining of your nose, thanks to hormones. The swelling narrows the upper respiratory tract, decreasing the area for air circulation and leading to snoring when you lie down. Pregnant women are more likely to experience snoring in the last trimester.
Elevated estrogen and progesterone levels and weight gain during pregnancy are the two main culprits of snoring. But thankfully, for many women, it’s only a temporary habit that vanishes after pregnancy. You can inhale the steam or use nasal saline drops or a humidifier to relieve some discomfort.
It can bother you when you experience a strange pregnancy symptom. But remember, you’re not alone; many moms-to-be have weird symptoms, even if they don’t talk about them.
If you experience any of the above symptoms to the extent that it causes you distress, consult your doctor. Also, try talking to your friends, relatives, and family members who have dealt with these issues. You may get the solutions.
What were some of the weirdest signs of pregnancy that you experienced? Share with others.