I am not pregnant. Just to get that out of the way. You’re probably aware of all the most well-known pregnancy symptoms. However, there are several common but surprising early pregnancy symptoms you should also look for.
6 Surprising Early Pregnancy Symptoms
Here are six strange, but surprisingly common, symptoms that might occur during pregnancy. Can you guess what they are?
If you start to experience frequent vivid dreams or nightmares and you can remember all the details of these dreams throughout the next day, it might be a symptom of pregnancy. These dreams or nightmares are usually caused by a change in hormones.
Changes in Sleep Patterns
Some pregnant women sleep much more than usual during the early stages of their pregnancy while others toss and turn all night. Most women will have alternating periods of insomnia and deep sleeping. Any sudden change in sleeping habits can be a sign of pregnancy.
Less Hair Falling Out
Everyone loses a few strands of hair when they take a shower or brush and style their hair. If you’ve noticed that less hair has been falling out and you haven’t had to clean the hair out of your hairbrush, it may be caused by pregnancy. Hair often grows faster and becomes thicker and shinier during pregnancy as well.
Because of an increase in estrogen and progesterone, many pregnant women experience dysgeusia, or the taste of metal. Most women say the taste of metal is strongest in their first trimester. If you experience dysgeusia and the taste bothers you, try drinking cold liquids, eating spicy foods, or chewing sugar-free gum.
Acne is extremely common in pregnant women during their first and second trimesters. The change in hormones, especially the increase of the hormone androgen, can cause the glands in your face to produce more sebum. Sebum can clog pores and usually leads to acne or inflamed skin.
Increased Body Temperature
An elevated body temperature is common in pregnant women, so if you notice that your body temperature has been higher than usual for more than 18 days, it could be a pregnancy symptom. Some women feel colder than usual during their first trimester.
While they might be uncomfortable, most pregnancy symptoms are nothing to worry about. However, if you think something might be wrong with your health during the first stages visit a clinic to have your symptoms checked out. During your pregnancy, it’s essential to stay in tune with your body and notice any changes in how you feel.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information on pregnancy and fertility check out the Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine or contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.
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