7 Uncommon (& Embarrassing) Early Pregnancy Signs That No One Talks About

Fri, Oct 30th 2015

Avantika Kukreti

4 mins read

No one really likes to talk about the unpleasant things as far as pregnancy is concerned. Everyone likes to paint a rosy picture and tell you about the good things that come with it that alter your life overnight.

While that is true, pregnancy also brings with it mood changes, hormonal imbalances, fatigue and depression, which can affect your life in more ways than you can imagine. In fact, the first few months of pregnancy can be a troublesome period for some women with nausea, food aversions and sensitivity making them crazy.

However, there are many pregnant women that do not have the classic early symptoms of pregnancy and have to deal with some weird, or rather embarrassing, symptoms which surprisingly no one talks about.

Here we talk about the most embarrassing and weird early pregnancy symptoms:

1. Gas
Feeling excessively gassy during your first trimester? Blame it on progesterone! The extra progesterone that is produced during pregnancy relaxes the muscles in your body including your intestines and slows down digestion. This increases gas build-up leading to more flatulence, bloating, burping and gas. Add to it all the prenatal vitamins that you’re put on including folic acid tablets, which in turn make you more gassy. Oh fart!

2. Increased Urination
Perhaps the earliest sign of pregnancy, even before you miss a period, increased urination would get rather embarrassing for you, especially if you intend to work throughout your pregnancy. The infinite number of hormonal changes that your body goes through increases the amount of fluid being processed by the kidneys, forcing you to take more bathroom breaks than you’d like (even at night).

3. Metallic Taste In Mouth
A condition called dysgeusia, many women have a sour or metallic taste in their mouth during the first trimester, even when they are not eating anything. The cause—an increase in the levels of the hormone estrogen, which is also behind the cravings and aversions that form an integral part of pregnancy.

4. Increase In Saliva
This is mostly experienced by women who also suffer from morning sickness and nausea during pregnancy—another symptom triggered by the raging pregnancy hormones. As annoying as it can be, increased salivation is a temporary symptom and will ease out during the second trimester.

Medically it is known as ptyalism or sialorrhea and experts say that it is your body’s mechanism to counter acidity and aid in a smooth digestion during pregnancy.

5. Stuffy Nose
Congestion, snot, and a blocked nose—many pregnant women suffer from it when they’re pregnant, which can turn into pregnancy rhinitis if severe. The reason for this is an increase in the production of mucus which makes the nose membranes irritated or swollen. While it is nothing to worry about, if it is accompanied with other symptoms such as a sore throat, runny eyes, and heavy cough, talk to your doctor.

6. Itching
This can be an annoying symptom and can strike you anywhere, especially around the belly area and breasts, which might become embarrassing to handle. This is because your skin stretches to accommodate the new baby. Hormonal changes play a role here, too. An increase in estrogen, in particular, may make some pregnant itchy and they would find their palms and soles of their feet itchy.

7. All-Day Nausea
No one knows who coined the term “morning sickness” as it is a misnomer and many pregnant women feel nauseous throughout the day and not just the morning. Fatigue, too, is a constant throughout the pregnancy. So as much as some women claim to be breezy and light-footed in the first trimester, some have a hard time keeping up with the fatigue.

For more interesting stories, visit our Health page. Read more about Pregnancy & Babycare here.

Read More:
10 Early Signs Of Pregnancy
4 Pregnancy Complications You Should Know Of
First Signs Of Pregnancy: A Challenging But Beautiful Time In Your Life

About the Author
Avantika Kukreti

A lifestyle writer & editor for 8 years, Avantika Kukreti is a multi-platform media professional and has worked with some of the biggest media brands of India. She is fascinated by the dynamics of the social media and feels it’s the most-reliable news source in today’s times, if used wisely. Her recent three year stint in Shanghai has made her more health savvy after she watched the Chinese go lengths to maintain their fitness. When not working, she spends time watching Tom and Jerry, & Pocoyo re-runs with her daughter.

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