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.”
Some of them are:
1. Weird Discharges
Sticky white or pale yellow discharge can appear constantly during pregnancy, leaving you in frequent need of new undies. Talk to your doctor if it develops a foul odor, itches, burns or becomes greenish-yellow, very thick or watery; you may have an infection. It is caused by increased hormones and vaginal blood flow. Wear a lightweight sanitary pad and use personal wipes for quick cleansing. Don’t douche or use vaginal deodorants; they can be irritating.
2. Your Body Feels Warm
When you first wake up in the morning after ovulation, your body temperature is slightly elevated. It stays that way until you get your next period. But if this temperature, known as basal body temperature, stays elevated for more than two weeks, you may be pregnant.
3. Skin Disorder
You have probably heard that pregnancy hormones can cause acne, sun sensitivity, and darkening of the skin (usually around the nipples, on the face, and in a strip down your belly called the linea nigra). But you may be a bit surprised to find that you suddenly have a bunch of skin tags — tiny overgrowths of skin that typically occur in places where your skin rubs together or against clothing, such as your neckline, underarms, or around your breasts. The skin issues will go away after pregnancy except for the pigmentation of your areolas (which likely won’t ever lighten completely) and the tags, which your doctor can easily remove if they bother you.
Your diet changes during pregnancy. You eat more and have more bowel movements. Sometimes certain foods that you ate before no longer agree with you. Spicy foods may cause your gastrointestinal (GI) system to revolt. Diarrhea that persists and does not resolve with over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medications, such as loperamide, could signal an underlying GI disease. Clostridium difficile infection, for instance, is a serious GI illness that can occur in immunocompromised persons — such as pregnant women.
Snoring can get to an unusual level when you’re pregnant. It is usually caused by swollen mucous membranes. Your congested nose forces you to breathe through your mouth and snore. Use saline nose drops before you go to sleep and during the night, if necessary. Sleep on your side and invest in a body pillow to keep you from rolling over. Run a humidifier and prop yourself up on some extra pillows, which will relieve nighttime heartburn as well.