8 Weird Pregnancy Symptoms & What to Do About Them

Everyone knows the classic signs of pregnancy. A missed or delayed period, unusual food cravings, and feeling exhausted all the time are some of the most common symptoms of pregnancy. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t symptoms that no one told you about before.

As a pregnant woman, you may experience a whole new set of pregnancy symptoms beyond these early signs. Listed below are some of the super weird and embarrassing pregnancy symptoms that are normal, but no one tells you about them.

Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is vomiting and nausea that women experience while pregnant. It starts around the sixth week and gets worse around the ninth week of pregnancy. It usually goes away by the fourteenth week, but some women may experience it throughout the pregnancy. Experiencing morning sickness means you have a healthy pregnancy.

What You Can Do:

  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals
  • Go for easy-to-digest foods
  • Eat Ginger or peppermint candies
  • Try Sea-Bands
  • Eat saltine crackers
  • Try Aromatherapy
  • Eat Sour candies
  • Acupressure or acupuncture
  • Avoid spicy or fatty foods
  • Use Certain Spices like Cumin, Cinnamon, and Fennel powder
  • Stay well-hydrated
  • Sip ginger ale or ginger tea
  • Take prenatal vitamin
  • Drink ice-cold water
  • Take an additional dose of vitamin B6, if required

Itchy Breasts/Nipples

Your changing, tender breasts are a very early sign of pregnancy. The stretching of the skin around your breast leads to itching and soreness in your nipples. You can experience these breast changes as early as one week after conception, and the situation can worsen as your pregnancy progresses.

What You Can Do:

  • Try over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Get enough rest
  • Apply an itch-relieving gel, cream, or lotion to your breasts
  • Wash and dry your breasts thoroughly
  • Use a fragrance-free moisturizer
  • Switch skin care products meant for sensitive skin
  • Wearing good-fitting cotton maternity bras that allow for proper air circulation.
  • Apply butter in a gentle circular motion
  • Give a gentle massage with Aloe Vera
  • Apply olive oil and massage gently
  • Use an ice cube to fix itchy nipples quickly
  • Apply honey topically at least 1-4 times a day
  • Massage with coconut oil
  • Apply a warm compress over the affected area

Blurry Vision

Pregnancy can cause your vision to turn blurry, but you shouldn’t worry about it. Your sight should return to normal a few months after the baby is born. Pregnant women with health conditions like preeclampsia and gestational diabetes are more susceptible to vision problems.

What You Can Do:

  • Blink often
  • Take breaks frequently during work
  • Give your eyes enough rest
  • Ditch the contact lenses and switch to eyeglasses
  • Use pregnancy-safe artificial tears or lubricating drops
  • Don’t shell out for a new prescription
  • Do eye exercises
  • Get enough high-quality sleep
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Use a humidifier to get rid of dry air
  • Avoid staring at screens too long
  • Don’t smoke
  • Use proper lighting
  • Wear eye protection when going outdoors
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits and leafy green vegetables

Leaking Breasts

When you’re pregnant, your breasts may start to leak colostrum, the first form of breast milk, weeks or months before your due date. This mostly happens during the second trimester when your body is going through significant physical changes. Leaking breasts are a sign that your body is getting prepared for breastfeeding.

What You Can Do:

  • Use breast pads for short-term protection
  • Choose maternity dresses with small prints and light colors to camouflage a multitude of mishaps
  • Keep spare clothing handy
  • Wear pregnancy bras
  • Try wearing a looser bra
  • Try sleeping on a towel

Headaches

Headache during the first and last trimester is a common thing. Hormonal fluctuations, weight changes, and a higher blood volume are often responsible for triggering headaches. Other causes of headaches include dehydration, lack of sleep, low blood sugar, stress, withdrawal from caffeine, and more.

What You Can Do:

  • Drink more water
  • Take a lukewarm bath
  • Try acupuncture
  • Avoid citrus, spicy, and fried foods
  • Get a shoulder and neck massage
  • Eat smaller meals, more frequently
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Apply cold or warm compress on your forehead.
  • Practice relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga, or deep breathing
  • Try herbal remedies like apple cider vinegar, cinnamon powder, ginger, and herbal tea
  • Take a nap to feel better
  • Drink lemon juice
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Rest in a dark room

Constipation

Constipation is one of the weirdest yet most common symptoms of pregnancy. The rising progesterone hormone levels during pregnancy slows down your gastrointestinal tract and leads to constipation. Common symptoms of constipation include dry and hard stools, abdominal bloating, lethargy, and decreased appetite.

What You Can Do:

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Eat a fiber-rich diet
  • Stay physically active
  • Try citrus fruits.
  • Use wet towelettes with Witch Hazel.
  • Try Acupressure
  • Add Flaxseed to your diet
  • Use herbal, over-the-counter, prescription laxatives
  • Drink a glass of lemon water every morning
  • Take probiotic supplements
  • Avoid straining at stools
  • Maintain bowel hygiene
  • Consume wholegrain cereals and wholemeal bread

Pregnancy Gas

Gas is potentially the most embarrassing pregnancy symptom. During pregnancy, the slower digestion of food causes the gas to build up, leading to burping, bloating, and flatulence. You may experience more gas during the later stages of pregnancy when the growing fetus pressurizes the abdominal cavity.

What You Can Do:

  • Eat smaller but more frequent meals
  • Do some physical activity and exercise
  • Avoid sugary/junk foods and carbohydrates
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid straws to drink
  • Take fiber supplements
  • Try herbal tea, like ginger tea
  • Wear loose and comfortable pregnancy wear
  • Try Fenugreek seeds
  • Avoid fatty, fried foods
  • Eat more fiber, but increase it gradually
  • Reduce stress levels
  • Drink lukewarm lemon juice
  • Include drumsticks in your diet
  • Avoid consuming refined sugars

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The doubled blood volume during pregnancy triggers fluid retention and leads to swelling in your hands, feet, and face. Increased fluid and relaxation of the ligaments in the wrist and hand can compress tendons, blood vessels, and nerves in the carpal tunnel, causing tingling, stiffness, numbness in your wrist or hand. This condition is called Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

What You Can Do:

  • Wear a wrist splint
  • Don’t sleep on your hands
  • Apply hot compresses to help reduce pain
  • Take a diet low in uric acid and rich in Vitamin A, B complex, C
  • Take breaks from repetitive tasks
  • Elevate your wrists and hands whenever possible
  • Do gentle wrist-stretching exercises
  • Consider wearing fingerless gloves
  • Keep your wrists as much neutral as possible
  • Wear an ice pack to lessen swelling
  • Immerse your hand in warm water
  • Take over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication, if required.

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Darfashan Parveen

I’m Darfashan Parveen - A passionate blogger, having 7+ years of experience and currently associated with Wobbly Walk. I love to read and write about Pregnancy, Parenting, and Baby Care to make people aware of parenthood challenges and easy ways to overcome them.

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