Your body changes during pregnancy. In addition to the more common signs of pregnancy — fatigue, nausea, frequent urination, breast enlargement, mood swings, and a metallic taste in the mouth — some women experience unexpected symptoms. You can have so many different symptoms during pregnancy that hardly anything you might experience can be considered “abnormal.” Changes to your body can cause a lot of distress and worry, so it is always a good idea to express any concerns to your doctor. Many unusual symptoms can be attributed to increased levels of pregnancy hormones in your body, such as estrogen and progesterone, and are actually normal. Symptoms are abnormal only when they significantly impair your ability to function, in which case a visit to a specialist for diagnosis and treatment may be required.
Missed Period: Of course this is the most common and normal symptom. Some women experience implantation bleeding or spotting so if you are ttc (trying to conceive) and had a very light ‘period’ you may want to test as well.
Tiredness and Yawning: Are you having trouble staying awake at work or even while talking to friends? Yawning a lot? Your body works super hard during pregnancy (especially in the first trimester). As a result we are often left feeling exhausted and yawn a lot.
Sticky, white or pale vaginal discharge: Due to increased blood flow to the vagina and a hormonal surge that occurs during pregnancy, it is fairly common to see an increase in vaginal discharge. In some cases you may also notice some spotting which occurs due to the implantation of the embryo.
Acne: If you have noticed that you have acne that is worsening then it might be a sign of pregnancy. This usually happens because your hormones are usually on overdrive when you are pregnant leading to this unusual symptom.
Bloating and painful gassy sensation in your tummy: When you are pregnant, there is a surge of the hormone progesterone. This in turn weakens your ability to digest food and tends to make you feel gassy and bloated.
Changes in your skin: Dark patches, dry skin and other sink related symptoms are common. This is because your body produces excessive melanin during this time causing dark patches. The dry skin is due to the surge in your hormones.
Change in libido: Often there is an immediate change in libido due to hormonal changes. Some women experience and increase, decrease, or change in their sex drive. Other women have reported an increase in the first months and a decrease in the last months.
Cold and cough that won’t go away: This is mainly due to the increase in blood circulation which causes your mucous membrane to swell, become dry and in some cases bleed too. All this leads to a runny nose. Apart from this, when you are pregnant, your immune system weakens and makes you more susceptible to common infections like a cold and cough.
Swollen feet: Caused due to water retention, swelling is common during pregnancy.
Change in your voice: Progesterone and oestrogen, which surge through your body when you conceive, can cause your vocal cords to swell which in turns causes a change in your voice.
Moodiness: If you feel like you are extremely happy one moment and can break into tears the next, it might be a sign that you are pregnant — here again your hormones are to be blamed.
Tender breasts and darkened nipples: Another effect of the increase in your hormones, tender and enlarged nipples is another sign of pregnancy. Experts believe it is your body’s way of preparing you for nursing and is said to help your soon to be born baby to find your nipples.
Excessive sweating: Your blood circulation and metabolism is on over drive and so are your hormones. Sweating is your body’s way to cool off.
Palpitation or faster heart beat: This is due to increased circulation and is commonly seen during the first three months of pregnancy. Interestingly when you are pregnant your heart beat increases by up to 10 beats per minute which is why you feel like it is beating too fast.
Snoring: If you haven’t been snoring before, and you start now, it is most likely due to the swelling of your mucous membranes; which happens due to the increase in progesterone in your body during pregnancy.
You may experience one of the symptoms on this list if you had an underlying condition before pregnancy that you were not aware of or that was not treated adequately. Sometimes the symptoms are exacerbated by an aggravating factor such as stress. If not managed well, stress can worsen many symptoms of pregnancy, causing further problems. Not all the symptoms listed here require immediate attention.