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 very unusual pregnancy symptoms that are perfectly normal.
1. Constipation is an early pregnancy symptom –
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.
Hormonal changes, the iron in your prenatal vitamins, fiber deficiency, and continuously increasing womb pressure are blame for Constipation during pregnancy.
How to control or regulate it –
- 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.
2. 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.
Rising estrogen levels, extra blood flow, and a lack of moisture in the body cause nasal congestion.
- Use saline nose sprays
- Run a cool-mist humidifier in the house
- Drink plenty of liquids
3. Blurry Vision – Weird but real!
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.
Rising estrogen and progesterone levels, pregnancy hormones, increased fluid pressure inside the eye often leads to unclear vision.
Treat this condition with following tips –
- 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.
4. 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.
The inadequate blood supply in the calves, calcium/potassium/magnesium deficiency, and overexertion of the leg muscles often cause leg cramps.
Relieve the leg cramps by –
- 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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5. Itching on limbs, or thighs
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.
Blame hormonal changes and stretching the skin for itching during pregnancy.
Soothe your itchy skin by using –
- 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.
6. 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.
Low glucose levels or blood pressure, restricted blood flow, dehydration, and overheating cause dizziness and lightheadedness.
- 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.
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