Bizarro Pregnancy Symptoms: 6 Normal Occurrences that May Seem OddMeredith Carroll
You’re probably learning (if you don’t know already) that strange things occur during pregnancy. Like, a little life force that you helped create is growing inside your womb. Weird, no?
There are other peculiar things that happen during pregnancy. But as unusual as they seem, chances are they’re quite normal.
Here are 6 pregnancy symptoms that seem out-of-this-world, but simply make you a member of the club:
Hiccupping Babies in the Womb 1 of 6Fetal hiccupping generally starts intermittently late in the first or early second trimester, although you likely won't start feeling it so soon. Your baby's hiccups feel like a series of little rhythmic movements and can happen several times a day, or only once in a while.
Leaking Breasts 2 of 6Your milk starts flowing after giving birth, right? Well, yes, the mammary juices will spew after birth, but many women will start leaking colostrum during pregnancy — usually in the third trimester. Colostrum is that thick, yellowish fluid that's rich in antibodies to protect your wee one from infection.
Late Pregnancy Diarrhea 3 of 6Constipation is a more common symptom of pregnancy, but mild diarrhea before labor isn't unheard of. The causes can be the same as when you're not pregnant, like as a result of certain antacids or antibiotics. If diarrhea persists for more than a day or is explosive or accompanied by blood or mucus, call your doctor. Diarrhea can also be a sign of fecal impaction, which is when hard, impacted stools cause a partial or complete obstruction of the large bowel and watery stool sometimes leaks around it and appears as diarrhea. If that's the case, you might also be experiencing nausea, vomiting, stomach pains and an even more bloated abdomen. Check it out with your doctor.
Pregnancy and Hot Flashes 4 of 6Hot flashes aren't just reserved for menopause. Because of hormone level changes during pregnancy, a drop in estrogen can cause the heat in your body to surge. The most affected areas of the body are the head, neck and chest. They shouldn't last longer than several seconds or up to a few minutes. They're more common in the second and third trimesters, and can even occur when you're postpartum if you're breastfeeding. However, if your hot flash is actually a fever of 100 F or over, call your doctor.
All-Pregnancy Morning Sickness 5 of 6Unfortunately some women do experience morning sickness into their third trimester. It's not common, but for some women it's normal. Either way, consult your doctor if you experience nausea or vomiting after the first trimester to ensure you're able to gain enough weight and stay hydrated. It's also not unusual for some women to feel nauseous later in pregnancy as their growing babies put more pressure on their mommies'
No Food Cravings 6 of 6Sure, some women send their husbands out in the middle of the night for Twizzlers or Vlasic pickles. But other women never crave a thing during pregnancy. Hormonal changes play a part in why some women are ravenous for some foods and repulsed by others, and why some women don't experience any change in what their taste buds are demanding.
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