Sore, heavy breasts. Headaches. Nausea. A heightened sense of smell. These are some fairly usual early pregnancy symptoms that women report. There are, however, some less talked about weird symptoms of pregnancy both early and later that you may not be aware of.
A lot of them are annoyingly similar to pre-menstrual symptoms and if you are trying to get pregnant, might have you a little confused. Some of these could also pop up a little later in pregnancy just when you think you are done with the oddest of your pregnancy symptoms!
Interesting and Strange Symptoms of Pregnancy
- Bigger feet
Water retention that can happen during pregnancy could cause you to have bigger feet. Not just feet but also your ankles could look swollen but be cautious. Despite bigger feet being a pregnancy symptom that you might hear about, you should discuss any noticeable swelling with your doctor as it could be a sign of something else. Generally though, women’s feet do tend to grow in pregnancy – some more noticeable than others.
- Numb legs
The bigger you get in pregnancy, the more pressure there is on your nerves because your uterus is also getting bigger. Some women complain of their legs feeling numb for this reason but that feeling does go away after birth.
- Constant hiccups
You’ll see a lot online about fetal hiccups or your baby hiccuping. You won’t see that much about your own body producing frequent and continuous hiccuping though. They can come up at any point in pregnancy because they are so closely linked to other more common symptoms you might have during pregnancy like breathlessness and heartburn.
- Bad breath
Your body is going through so many hormonal changes even very early in pregnancy that this is not really a surprising symptom. Plaque forms more easily when you are pregnant due to the changes in your hormone levels and that plaque leads to bad breath. A visit to your dentist as soon as possible for professional cleaning and advice is a good idea if you find yourself struggling with this during pregnancy.
- Blurred vision
Much like water retention during pregnancy can cause swelling in your feet (and hands), it can also cause pressure in your eyeballs and lead to blurred vision. Some pregnant women may even find that they need to change their glasses prescription or start wearing glasses if they were not before. However, your eyesight does usually return to normal after you deliver.
You should, it is important to note, let your doctor know if you are having issues with blurred vision as it could have a link to other medical problems that might arise during pregnancy.
- Burning nipples
It is not uncommon for pregnant women to complain of tender and sore nipples but you may not yet have heard of hot or burning nipples. For some women, one of the weird symptoms of pregnancy that could pop up early is that their breasts become so sore and tender that they also feel hot. A bit like they are burning up.
- Craving for inedible items
This is referred to as ‘pica’. It is the craving for things that are not usually meant to be eaten. For pregnant women, this is often items like clay, sand or chalk. It could be a sign of some nutritional deficiency. Therefore, as always, if you find that you are experiencing it, you should mention it to your doctor.
I also asked some moms for stories about their weird symptoms of pregnancy.
6 Stories of weird symptoms of experienced by some real moms
- Trinity said:
“I experienced an excruciating pain in my uterus. It felt like I was being stabbed with a knife. After tests and imaging, it was determined that I had fibroids. The growths’ blood supply was being cut off as my baby grew, causing the stabbing pain.”
- Jenny said:
“Late in my third trimester, I was trying to give my toddler a hug and suddenly had a sharp pain right above and off to the side of my belly button that landed me on the floor crying out in pain and breathing very hard. I asked both my chiropractor and midwife about it and they both referred me to a pelvic floor physical therapist. My visit with her was amazing! She told me I probably experienced a separation of my abdominal muscles and gave me exercises for both before and after the baby came to help repair my body.”
- Tiffany said:
“I had terrible nightmares in each of my pregnancies that ended the day I gave birth. It was a symptom of my antepartum depression.”
- Lindsey said:
“My first pregnancy symptom with my oldest was an insatiable hunger. We were on a road trip and I had my husband stop for food almost every hour! I joke that my body was gearing up for the weeks of nausea that were to follow.”
- Daphna said:
“Food aversions are really common in pregnancy, but most of the time they are to cooked food and strong flavors. In my one of my pregnancies, however, I developed an aversion to everything sweet. I couldn’t stand the thought of cakes, or cookies or even fruit!”
- Diana said:
“I got horribly itchy palms and soles of my feet in the second trimester with my third baby. Thankfully my cousin (who was further along) had the same thing and was just diagnosed with cholestasis, so I knew to contact my midwife immediately. I ended up being a part of a research study on a homeopathic regimen for treating cholestasis. It worked incredibly well and baby and I did great, though I did have to get weekly blood tests to check my liver enzymes.”
What is the strangest pregnancy symptom you have experienced or heard of?