If you’ve just found out your expecting, huge congratulations! We know the road to getting that positive pregnancy test might have been long awaited.
Early pregnancy, especially the first time around, can be a bit of an adventure in itself! It can also be filled with some unexpected and downright weird early pregnancy symptoms.
At the same time, plenty of resources can tell you about the more common pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness and tiredness. But did you know there’s a whole host of lesser talked about early pregnancy symptoms that not many people talk about?
So, we’ve put together this article to take a closer look at some of the weird and wonderful pregnancy symptoms you might not be aware of!
1. Metallic taste in your mouth
Do you feel like you are constantly tasting metal? You’re not alone. Many pregnant women experience a metallic taste in their mouth, especially during the first trimester. This can make it difficult to enjoy certain foods and drinks and even lead to a decreased appetite. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to get rid of this symptom, but it usually goes away on its own after a few weeks.
2. Excessive sweating
Pregnancy makes you glow, they said! No one mentioned it was because of excessive sweating! As your body adjusts to the changes that come with pregnancy, you may sweat more than usual. This can be incredibly frustrating during the summer, but it’s a normal symptom. Make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, and try wearing loose, breathable clothing to help keep you cool to get you through a sweaty few weeks.
3. Restless legs syndrome
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a condition that causes an uncomfortable sensation in the legs, along with the irresistible urge to move them. This can be a super annoying symptom to deal with, especially when you’re trying to get some sleep. There’s no cure for RLS, but you can try stretching or taking relaxing soak in the bath before bed to help alleviate the symptoms.
4. Increased sense of smell
Your sense of smell may become heightened during pregnancy, which can make certain smells unbearable. You may find that you’re more sensitive to perfumes, cleaning products, and food. While there’s not much you can do to prevent this symptom, you can try to avoid strong smells as much as possible.
5. Excessive saliva
Another bizarre early pregnancy symptom is excessive saliva. Some women experience a noticeable increase in saliva production during pregnancy, which can be uncomfortable and annoying. This symptom is often accompanied by nausea and vomiting, making it even more unpleasant.
Acne is a common skin condition that affects many women during pregnancy. Hormonal changes can cause an increase in oil production, leading to clogged pores and breakouts. This symptom can be frustrating, but it usually improves after the first trimester.
7. Strange dreams
Did you know pregnancy can also affect your dreams? It can cause strange and vivid experiences that you may not have had before. These dreams can be vivid, intense, and sometimes disturbing, but they are entirely normal. It is believed to be caused by hormonal changes and anxiety about the pregnancy.
Pregnancy is, of course, a time to enjoy and celebrate as you prepare for the next phase of your life as a parent. We hope that you don’t experience too many of the above unexpected and unwelcome symptoms in the early weeks, but take comfort in the fact that if you do, they will get better as your body adjusts to growing a tiny human.
While these symptoms might be uncomfortable, they are completely normal and usually pass after the first trimester. If you are ever concerned about any early pregnancy symptoms, be sure to speak to your GP or midwife, who can provide advice and support. Did you experience any unusual early pregnancy symptoms? Join the conversation over in our Hoopsy Fertility Community and let us know!