I tend to think of pregnancy as an alien taking over my body because, essentially, that’s what’s happening. And when an alien takes over your body strange things happen and you shouldn’t be surprised because alien. In your body.
Hair becomes thick and lustrous? Go with it. Hair starts to fall out? Sorry about that. Skin glowing like the moon itself? Wonderful! Acne like a ‘before’ picture on a Proactiv commercial? Sorry ’bout that.
Thar be some weird shiz that goes down during pregnancy. Earlier this year Aela Mass covered a bunch of freaky pregnancy symptoms you shouldn’t get all worked up about. Stuff like brown spots, skin tags, tingling hands, and a metallic taste in your mouth — I told you … ALIEN. But I thought I’d add to Aela’s list with some more weird but common pregnancy symptoms.
If you experience any of the below symptoms, keep calm and carry on. It’s totally normal.
1. SWEAT FACTORY
Under your arms, on your belly, running down your back, face and neck and between your legs. That’s right. Is your butt suddenly sweatier than your grandpa at the strip club? It’s because your metabolism is in overdrive, and extra blood pumping through your body warms the skin. Perspiring is your body’s way of cooling off. As far as your sweaty ass goes, don’t be afraid to steal the Desitin you’re stockpiling for your baby. It helps.
2. STRANGE ODOR
At any point in life being the source of strange body odor is unsettling, to say the least, but when pregnant and sporting a super sniffer it’s absolutely nauseating. If you suddenly notice an unfamiliar odor emanating from downstairs don’t be surprised or embarrassed. Pregnancy hormones cause all sorts of weird odors. If you’re sweaty and suffering from the strange body odor you’re probably feeling grimy mere hours after showering. Sucks, but know that you aren’t alone, sister friend.
3. GROWING FEET
Not only will your feet like swell during pregnancy, but they might even grow longer as well. In fact, a study conducted at the University of Iowashows the change in women’s feet during pregnancy is permanent. That’s right: built-in skis forever. So why do feet grow? According to researchers, “The change in foot size may be due to the extra weight women carry around during pregnancy, which puts greater stress on the feet and, thus, may flatten the arch. In addition, pregnant women produce hormones that increase the looseness of the joints and ligaments, possibly making the foot structure more malleable.” Hey! Look at you! Malleable feet!
It’s called “Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy” A.K.A. PUPPP A.K.A. a big, itchy, red, rash. PUPPP is a chronic hives-like rash that strikes some pregnant women, usually starting on the abdomen and spreading to legs, feet, arms chest and neck. Although extremely annoying, it presents no long-term risk for either the mother or unborn child. Remedies for PUPPP vary with some doctors prescribing steroids or Benadryl, but a lot of women swear by “Grandpa’s Pine tar soap,” which you can pick up online or in health stores.
5. LOWER VOICE
Suddenly find yourself sounding a lot like Barry White? It can happen. It happened to actress Kristen Bell when she was pregnant with her daughter, Lincoln. As Today reports, the actress told PEOPLE, “The pregnancy did change my voice. It made it deeper.” It might have a lot to do with rhinitis (stuffy nose) and extra mucous. As Rebecca Starck, regional director of obstetrics and gynecology at the Cleveland Clinic, tells Today, “Extra mucous can alter the length or quality of the vocal chords and women will sound differently than they did pre-pregnancy. And this extra mucous also means that smell and taste changes.”
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