The 7 Weirdest Pregnancy Symptoms & Tips to Relieve Them

Weirdest Pregnancy Symptoms

A missed period, mood swings, crazy cravings, and so on – most women talk about these classic signs of pregnancy. However, there are plenty of offbeat, weird pregnancy symptoms that most women tend to overlook.

You expect the gorgeous bump and glowing skin, but probably not headaches or extra gas, right? Here are seven super weird and embarrassing symptoms of pregnancy that you might not know about but are pretty normal.

Stretch Marks

Nearly 90% of pregnant women develop stretch marks, usually during the second and last trimester of pregnancy. Stretch marks are pinkish, red, or brown streaks that may appear on the abdomen, breasts, buttocks, and thighs. You don’t need to worry about them as they gradually fade away after childbirth.

What You Can Do:

  • Give yourself a prenatal massage
  • Include gelatine in your diet
  • Keep pregnancy weight gain under control
  • Massage your freshly-washed skin with argan oil
  • Take your prenatal vitamins
  • Apply cocoa butter on stretch marks at night
  • Wear lightweight and flowy maternity dresses
  • Rub a sliced lemon wedge on your marks
  • Apply pure aloe vera daily after your shower
  • Use over-the-counter stretch mark serum
  • Increase your vitamin C intake
  • Take extra care of your skin
  • Apply virgin coconut oil to your stretch marks daily
  • Monitor your pregnancy weight constantly
  • Use anti-stretch mark creams
  • Keep your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water
  • Try applying a mixture of cucumber juice and lime juice to your skin

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that causes tingling, stiffness, numbness, and pain in your wrist, hand, or finger. It is caused by increased blood volume that eventually leads to fluid retention and swelling in your hands. The relaxation of the ligaments during pregnancy is also responsible for carpal tunnel syndrome.

What You Can Do:

  • Don’t sleep on your hands
  • Wear an ice pack to lessen swelling
  • Do gentle wrist-stretching exercises
  • Take breaks from repetitive tasks
  • Apply hot compresses to help reduce pain
  • Immerse your hand in warm water
  • Wear a wrist splint
  • Reduce your uric acid intake
  • Elevate your wrists and hands often
  • Consider wearing fingerless gloves to keep your hands warm
  • Keep your wrists as much neutral as possible
  • Take a diet rich in Vitamin A, B complex, C
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers, if required.

An Outie Belly Button

Your rapidly growing baby pushes your abdomen forward, causing the normal “innie” belly button to turn an “outie.” It doesn’t happen to all pregnant women, but many women experience it during the second or last trimester of pregnancy. Don’t worry; it will probably return to normal a few weeks after childbirth.

What You Can Do:

  • Take any pressure off your belly
  • Smooth on vitamin E oil
  • Avoid being in AC for long hours
  • Use tea tree oil in case of abrasion
  • Sleep to the left or right side
  • Try wearing a suitable belly band
  • Avoid using very hot compresses or ice packs
  • Try wearing high-stretch, soft maternity leggings
  • Reduce your intake of processed foods
  • Apply warm or cool compresses
  • Try in-water activities to relieve weight on the belly
  • Drink 8-10 glasses of water every day
  • Apply cocoa butter or other soothing lotions
  • Wash your hands before you touch the belly button
  • Try pregnancy-safe lotions to relieve the itchiness or irritation
  • Apply aloe vera gel or calamine lotion to soothe itching

Pregnancy Acne

Pregnancy acne is a common problem most women face during the initial and later days of pregnancy. The likely culprit is rising androgen level that leads to blackheads, acne, and other similar skin issues. According to studies, nearly half of the women are likely to get acne while pregnant.

What You Can Do:

  • Don’t over-wash your face
  • Limit your caffeine intake
  • Follow a good sleep routine
  • Use oil-free products for makeup
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Wash off your makeup before you go to bed
  • Wash your hair regularly
  • Avoid using acne medications
  • Wash your face at least twice a day with a mild facial cleanser
  • Avoid scrubbing your skin
  • Drink purified water
  • Don’t scratch, pick, pop, or squeeze acne sores
  • Change your towels and pillowcases frequently
  • Avoid carbonated beverages, refined sugars, and processed foods

Pregnancy Gas

One of the most embarrassing pregnancy symptoms is gas. Raised levels of the progesterone hormone relax the intestines, slow down your digestion, and allows the horrible gas to build up. When the growing baby puts more pressure on the abdominal cavity during the last trimester, you may experience even more gas.

What You Can Do:

  • Try Fenugreek seeds
  • Take fiber supplements
  • Include drumsticks in your diet
  • Avoid fatty, fried foods
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Reduce stress levels
  • Wear loose-fitting maternity tops
  • Avoid carbohydrates and sugary/junk foods
  • Do some physical activity and exercise
  • Drink lukewarm lemon juice
  • Eat smaller but more frequent meals
  • Avoid consuming refined sugars
  • Avoid straws to drink
  • Eat more fiber and increase it gradually
  • Try herbal tea, like ginger tea

Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is nausea and occasional vomiting experienced by most women during pregnancy. It begins nine weeks after conception and usually goes away in the second trimester. However, some pregnant women may experience it until their baby arrives. Morning sickness confirms that you’re having a healthy pregnancy.

What You Can Do:

  • Try Aromatherapy
  • Sip ginger ale or ginger tea
  • Try Acupressure or acupuncture
  • Eat Ginger or peppermint candies
  • Take prenatal vitamins
  • Eat saltine crackers
  • Go for easy-to-digest foods
  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals
  • Try Sea-Bands
  • Avoid spicy or fatty foods
  • Drink ice-cold water
  • Stay well-hydrated
  • Eat Sour candies
  • Increase your vitamin B6 intake
  • Use certain spices like fennel powder, cumin, or cinnamon

Headaches

Headaches are a common pregnancy symptom during the first and last trimester. Weight changes, hormone fluctuations, and an increased blood volume are known to trigger headaches. Other possible causes of pregnancy headaches are withdrawal from caffeine, stress, lack of sleep, dehydration, low blood sugar, and more.

What You Can Do:

  • Drink lemon juice
  • Get a shoulder and neck massage
  • Eat smaller meals, more frequently
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Drink more water
  • Try acupuncture
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Rest in a dark room
  • Take a lukewarm bath
  • Take a nap to feel better
  • Avoid citrus, spicy, and fried foods
  • Practice relaxation techniques like deep breathing, yoga, or meditation
  • Apply cold or warm compress on your forehead
  • Try herbal remedies like ginger, herbal tea, cinnamon powder, and apple cider vinegar