6 Pregnancy Symptoms You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

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Every woman considers missed periods and tender breasts as the earliest signs of pregnancy. However, there a whole host of weird pregnancy symptoms that no one tells her about. Here are six strange pregnancy symptoms that are perfectly normal.

Constipation

Constipation is a weird but one of the most common pregnancy symptoms. It hits you in the early weeks of pregnancy and gets worse as your uterus gets bigger. The symptoms include difficulty having a bowel movement, abdominal pain, and infrequent or hard bowel movements.

Why it happens:

Hormonal changes, the iron in your prenatal vitamins, fiber deficiency, and continuously increasing womb pressure are blame for Constipation during pregnancy.

What can help:

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, including 8-10 glasses of water daily.
  • Take iron-free vitamins instead of your prenatal vitamins.
  • Consume at least 25 grams of fiber every day. Eat foods rich in fiber, like peas, beans, prunes, lentils, and whole grains.

Nasal Congestion

When you’re pregnant, you may experience stuffy, runny or bloody nose or even an itchy throat. Also known as pregnancy rhinitis, nasal congestion usually kicks off during the second trimester and lasts throughout your pregnancy.

Why it happens:

Rising estrogen levels, extra blood flow, and a lack of moisture in the body cause nasal congestion.

What can help:

  • Use saline nose sprays
  • Run a cool-mist humidifier in the house
  • Drink plenty of liquids
6 pregnancy symptoms you've never heard of

Blurry Vision

During pregnancy, you may notice your eyesight isn’t as clear as it was before, especially if you’re already suffering from gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.

Don’t worry as vision problems are quite common during pregnancy. They usually take place in the last trimester and go away two months after delivery.

Why it happens:

Rising estrogen and progesterone levels, pregnancy hormones, increased fluid pressure inside the eye often leads to unclear vision.

What can help:

  • Don’t wear contact lenses during pregnancy.
  • Try some eye relaxation exercises.
  • Use pregnancy-friendly eye drops.
  • Wear sunglasses when you step out of your home.
  • Rest your eyes often.

Leg Cramps

Throughout your pregnancy, you can groan from muscle cramps in your legs or feet. They usually strike suddenly and occur at night, and is known as the most common pregnancy symptom starting early on.

Why it happens:

The inadequate blood supply in the calves, calcium/potassium/magnesium deficiency, and overexertion of the leg muscles often cause leg cramps.

What can help:

  • Avoid lying on your back.
  • Eat foods rich in calcium, such as milk, cheese, and nuts.
  • Prop your legs up whenever possible. Avoid crossing them.
  • Wear comfy, flat footwear.
  • Gently stretch your leg muscles at bedtime.
  • Take some mild leg exercises daily.
  • Apply a hot water bottle to soothe the pain.

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Itching

Stomach itching is also one of the most common pregnancy symptom, but some pregnant women can even experience itchy palms and soles with redness. Fortunately, the itchy feeling usually goes away entirely after delivery.

Why it happens:

Blame hormonal changes and stretching the skin for itching during pregnancy.

What can help:

  • Use a moisturizer to keep your skin soft and hydrated.
  • Take an oatmeal bath.
  • Avoid hot showers and baths.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Try yogurt skin treatment.
  • Run a cool-mist humidifier in the house.
  • Use mild soaps.
  • Take an oatmeal bath.
  • Avoid wearing clothing made from itchy fabrics.

Dizziness

Many pregnant women feel lightheaded and dizzy. In rare cases, even a healthy pregnant woman can faint during pregnancy.

Dizziness usually occurs in the first trimester but can last throughout pregnancy.

Why it happens:

Low glucose levels or blood pressure, restricted blood flow, dehydration, and overheating cause dizziness and lightheadedness.

What can help:

  • Get enough fresh air.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Take small, frequent meals.
  • Avoid sudden movements.
  • Avoid hot baths or showers.
  • Take iron supplements.
  • Avoid standing or sitting for too long.
  • Don’t overdo exercise.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • Get up slowly from sitting and lying positions.

Author Bio:

I’m Darfashan Parveen, a passionate blogger, associated with WobblyWalk.Com – India’s Leading Maternity & Nursing Wear Brand. 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. Apart from Blogging, I’m a foodie who loves traveling and dancing.

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Disclaimer

The content is not for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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