When a woman is pregnant, her body goes through countless changes, and some of them are so drastic that it is difficult to imagine that anyone would ever be pregnant without knowing it almost right away. Once there is a tiny little bun in the oven, these changes start happening at a rather rapid pace.
According to leachco.com, there are some very obvious signs that a baby is in the near future. For instance, one of the most obvious (and early) symptoms of pregnancy is when the expectant mother misses her monthly visitor.
Another pretty obvious symptom of it is morning sickness. Most people are familiar with that because it has been shown in so many movies, and it is often the first sign that a fictional character is expecting.
But on the other hand, things are not always as clear as that. Sometimes things can get confusing since there are actually a lot of pregnancy symptoms that often seem similar to things that happen when Aunt Flo is on the way for her visit.
Also, there are lots of small signs that some people might miss entirely. Here are just a few of the small and surprising signs that a woman might be pregnant.
20 There Will Be Changes In Mucus
Our bodies are actually really great at telling us when something is up, whether it is good or bad. For example, the cervical mucus a woman has tends to change at various points during her menstrual cycle.
Usually, this mucus can tell a woman when she is expecting. But those who are not trying to have a baby usually are not looking for signs like that, and since this is such a small thing, it’s very easy to see how some women end up missing it.
According to verywellfamily.com, this thing can tell women when they’re most fertile. In the early weeks of pregnancy, women often experience an increase in cervical mucus, which is often referred to as discharge.
19 Mom Might Have An Elevated Body Temperature
There are some pretty obvious signs of pregnancy, and then there are some that are so minuscule that they tend to fly under the radar. One of those things is elevated body temperature.
Ladies who are expecting a baby might notice that they have been feeling a bit warmer than usual. That is because when a woman gets pregnant when she is ovulating, her temperature stays elevated for the next two weeks after ovulation has taken place, according to mayoclinic.org. But on the other hand, if she did not get pregnant, then her temperature will eventually return to normal.
18 Some Women May Experience Constipation
Pretty much everyone has been constipated at some point in their life. It is not fun, but unfortunately, it’s something many of us go through.
Also, it is pretty common. That is why ladies aren’t exactly rushing to get a pregnancy test just because they are unable to go number two for a while.
There are a lot of things that can cause someone to get constipated, and usually, those things have something to do with poor eating choices. But sometimes this is another surprising sign of pregnancy. This happens because progesterone slows things down a bit, meaning that food does not move through the body as fast as it usually does, according to webmd.com.
17 Women Might Notice They Have A Tender Chest
When it comes to the symptoms that show up before our monthly visitor comes, there are quite a few that are actually very similar to early signs of pregnancy. This can be rather frustrating, especially for those who are actively trying to avoid pregnancy, as well as those who are trying to get pregnant.
According to healthline.com, when a woman is in the early stages of pregnancy, she is very likely to notice that her chest feels a bit sore. While this can also be a sign of an upcoming period, it is actually a pretty big indicator that a baby is coming.
16 Pregnant Women Are Known To Have Dental Issues
Pregnancy basically changes everything. It changes each and every part of a woman’s body, and her gums are actually no different.
But when women are discussing the symptoms of pregnancy, they usually do not talk about the changes it makes their mouths, so that is why some ladies are rather surprised to find out that pregnancy is often the cause when they start having some strange issues with their gums out of the blue. According to parents.com, approximately 75 percent of pregnant women experience problems with their gums at some point before the baby arrives.
This may be common, but it’s not a good thing. The hormonal changes a woman goes through when she is pregnant may make her more likely to get bacterial gingivitis.
15 Strange Dreams Can Be A Symptom
There are lots of very strange and interesting things that happen when a woman is carrying her unborn little boy or girl. For instance, women who are in the very early weeks of pregnancy may find themselves having more dreams than they usually do, or they might find that they are having very strange dreams in general.
According to webmd.com, having weird dreams during pregnancy is quite a common thing, even though it is not talked about as much as some other common pregnancy symptoms. Like nearly everything else, this is usually caused by the fluctuating hormones a woman has when she is pregnant.
14 Fatigue Occurs Early
Everyone knows what it is like to be tired, but no one knows what it is like to experience the fatigue that comes in the early weeks of pregnancy unless they have experienced it themselves. Some ladies actually end up sleeping through much of the first trimester because they are so tired due to all of the changes that are happening inside of their bodies.
If a woman has trouble waking up, and she feels very sluggish all day long, that may be a sign that she is carrying a little one, according to whattoexpect.com. But it’s easy to blame this on something else, such as not getting enough sleep at night, which is why some women don’t automatically think of pregnancy when they are experiencing it.
13 Headaches May Mean A Baby Is On The Way
Sometimes when a person gets a headache, their first thought is about taking some meds to put a stop to it. But, ironically, one of the times when many women experience headaches is actually when they are advised to take little to no pain meds at all.
Headaches are not usually thought of as a typical sign that a woman is expecting. However, they are really common during the early weeks of pregnancy. There are a couple of things that can cause headaches to happen. For instance, pregnant women have high hormone levels, which can sometimes cause headaches, according to kidspot.com.au.
12 Bloating Is A Thing Some New Moms Experience
There are some pregnancy symptoms that are actually quite fun. But on the other hand, there are also some pretty unfortunate ones as well, and bloating is one of them.
Bloating is something everyone tends to experience at one point or another, as there are a lot of things that can cause it. Many things can result in bloating, which is why women don’t automatically run to the store to buy a pregnancy test when they bloat.
But, according to whattoexpect.com, this is actually a very surprising symptom of pregnancy. Bloating usually shows up around the end of the first trimester, which is still before some women even know they are expecting.
11 Dizziness Happens
When a woman is pregnant, her hormones tend to fluctuate wildly. This can cause a number of strange (and sometimes unpleasant things to happen).
One of those things is dizziness. Before a woman even knows she is carrying a little one, it is possible that she might experience dizziness that is related to her pregnancy. According to babycentre.co.uk, there are a few things that can cause this, including morning sickness.
But when it is not caused by morning sickness, hormones are usually to blame. Dizziness is not usually one of the more talked about pregnancy symptoms, which is why some women never think about getting a pregnancy test when a headache comes on.
10 Spotting Happens Often
Strange spotting and irregular menstrual cycles are no fun to deal with at all, and they can make some women quite anxious. But the truth is that there is usually nothing serious going on (though it’s still something ladies should speak with their doctor about).
Nevertheless, this is usually a sign that there is something happening. Sometimes it is a sign that there is a new little resident in the womb.
Also, according to avawomen.com, a lot of expectant mothers are understandably worried when they see red. But there are lots of possible reasons for spotting during pregnancy, and they’re not all bad.
9 Moms Get Strange Cravings
It is natural to crave certain things once in a while. However, there are cases in which some pregnant women actually find themselves craving some things before they have even realized they are expecting.
Sometimes expectant mothers enjoy foods that they already loved before being pregnant. But on the other hand, according to healthline.com, expecting moms sometimes crave weird combinations of food that they wouldn’t normally consider eating if they were not pregnant.
Another fun fact about pregnancy cravings is that they can change every other day or so. Pregnancy is definitely an interesting journey.
8 Mood Swings
It is normal to be in different moods throughout the day. However, ladies who are experiencing drastic changes in their mood may actually be pregnant.
While women can have mood swings during their visit with Aunt Flo, they can also have them within the first few weeks of pregnancy. According to verywellfamily.com, that is because the hormones estrogen and progesterone are rapidly changing during this time in a woman’s life, which can result in many strange things, including mood swings.
In fact, anxiety and irritability are known to have a direct connection to shifts in estrogen. A rise in estrogen and progesterone is a lot for one person to go through, so it’s not hard to see why some pregnant women have mood swings.
7 Ladies Might Feel Some Uncomfortable Cramps
When a woman gets pregnant, her body has to make all sorts of new and strange adjustments to care for the new visitor. That means that she has to prepare for the baby to live there for the next nine months, and that also means that she might experience some very uncomfortable things once in a while, such as cramping.
According to verywellfamily.com, these cramps are usually very similar to the ones women feel during their periods. These cramps might feel like a lot of pressure, stretching, or even pulling. But they are normal, and this is often a symptom women feel very early on.
6 Pregnant Women Sometimes Turn Down Food They Used To Love
Food cravings are pretty common among pregnant women. But in most cases, ladies don’t expect to start saying no to the foods they used to love when they become pregnant.
According to healthline.com, this is called a food aversion. Like cravings, this happens due to the rising hormone levels a woman has when she is carrying a new little bundle of joy.
But, another likely culprit that could be at the center of food aversions is morning sickness. Being extremely ill can make anyone not want to eat, so it’s easy to see how that could be the case. Either way, this is another sign of pregnancy that most women don’t know about.
5 Moms May Have A Metallic Taste In Their Mouth
Being pregnant affects nearly every part of a woman’s body. That means that even her mouth, and more specifically her taste buds, will be affected as well.
Women who suddenly start getting this metallic taste in their mouth may want to take a pregnancy test, since this weird sensation is actually a really common sign that she is in the early weeks of pregnancy, according to whattoexpect.com.
In fact, approximately ninety-three percent of pregnant have experienced this kind of thing at some point. Sometimes it happens when they are eating or drinking, and sometimes it just comes out of nowhere.
4 Visiting The Bathroom A Lot Is An Early Sign Of Pregnancy
Pretty much everyone knows that when a woman is in the last trimester, or at least near it, she has to go number one a lot. But something that is not as well-known is that women actually tend to start visiting the bathroom frequently during the first few weeks of pregnancy.
According to whattoexpect.com, this is actually one of the most common signs that a woman is pregnant. But it doesn’t last throughout the whole pregnancy since the uterus rises into the abdominal cavity during the second trimester, which then relieves the pressure on other body parts. But the urge to go comes back full swing when the third trimester hits.
3 Ladies May Feel Extra Thirsty
Being thirsty is normal since our bodies require water. But ladies who suddenly find themselves being extra thirsty might be surprised to find that thirst is actually a fairly common symptom pregnancy, according to bustle.com.
But on the other hand, there are other possible causes for extreme thirst that actually don’t have anything to do with babies, which is why no one usually suspects that they’re pregnant just because they can’t seem to get enough to drink. If anyone experiences this for a while no matter how much water they take in, it might be good to visit the doctor just to be safe.
2 Some Moms Might Experience Shortness Of Breath
Shortness of breath is never a fun thing to deal with, and when it comes out of the blue, it can be rather alarming, to say the least. But it is not always a sign of something bad.
During the early weeks of pregnancy, there are many changes happening. For example, when hormones are on the rise during pregnancy, the respiratory system changes along with everything else, according to healthline.com.
Plus, there are some other factors that women should keep in mind. When a lady is still in the first trimester, her body is trying to adjust to sharing everything, including oxygen, with her baby.
1 Moms Might Have Darker Skin In Certain Areas
Apparently, there are a lot of strange things that can occur when a woman is carrying an unborn child. While some of those things happen in the second and third trimesters, a lot of weird and unexpected things happen in the early weeks of pregnancy as well.
For example, one of the changes that an expectant mother may notice before she even gets a positive result on a pregnancy test is that there are certain areas of her body that are darker than usual, particularly on her chest. According to thebump.com, this is one of the first changes that might occur on that area of the mother’s body.
References: Leach Co, Health Line, The Bump, What To Expect, Mayo Clinic, Verywell Family, Ava, WebMD, Kidspot, Babycentre, Bustle, Parents