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7 Pregnancy Symptoms You Don't Hear About

Katlyn Joy |26, May 2014


When you make the big announcement that you're expecting, you can expect to be bombarded with stories of late night cravings and dutiful dads driving across town for an odd assortment of snacks, 'where I was when I went into labor', and 'how many days labor took', rather than hours. But there are stories, many stories that few women will share about the untold side of pregnancy.

1. "What Was That?! A Belch?"

We aren't talking ten-year old boys burping the alphabet after gulping down cans of Coke. We aren't talking something you can cover with a hand and an "excuse me". We are talking resounding, echoing roars from the pit of hell which seemingly is located in your stomach. You could be downstairs and wake your husband who is upstairs in bed, and says, "Are You Alright?!" These are amazingly powerful gusts of gas that seemingly must have been stored in every cell of your body! Don't try to cover it up or deny it; it is temporary and will be forgotten eventually.

2. "Did I Just Pee In My Pants?"

You may ask for diapers in adult sizes before you give birth. No one likes telling you this, because no one likes admitting or remembering this. Your bladder will become as temperamental as you are. You may cough a bit, and god forbid you sneeze while wearing white stretch pants, or perhaps you just strained to pick something up only to pee your pants, at least a bit, and at least once. For some, especially smaller women with seemingly huge babies with feet that love to stretch out across and kick their poor mother's bladder, it will be a more frequent occurrence. Thankfully, it is usually limited to the last several weeks of pregnancy. Buy some panty liners, and remember your Kegels! It works!

3. "What Happened to My Skin?"

Some pregnant women get a little treat called skin tags while expecting. It's like a dangling bit of unattractive skin that pops up overnight. It's harmless and quite unattractive. It can be removed, but yuck. Also, you may see the shiny lines of stretch marks, get teen-like acne, or perhaps other discolorations on your face. Where is that fabled glow? Sometimes you can't buy into the hype. You will get your skin back, however. Pregnancy will not rob you of that, at least!

4. "Whose feet are these?"

Ask some honest mothers, and at least a few of them will confess their feet grew during pregnancy, and those darling heels that they needed a loan for, never fit again. Yep, your feet often widen and grow during pregnancy and that is one area that may not go back to pre-pregnancy state. Also, add in the swelling, which is not pretty or comfortable. Oh, yes! And sometimes, you may awaken in the night with the most intense foot or calf cramps you can imagine. This will pass. Except for the big feet part.

5. Swamp Gas

OK, you are never more feminine than when you are carrying a child. It's a beautiful thing, until you release something the British call a bottom burp. You may be walking, bending over or rolling over but sometime you will have the most heinous release of nasal-burning gas you will ever have, minus that time you got really bad Mexican food. It will slip past you unclenched, you won't know it's coming. And you cannot deny it, ignore it or shrug it away.

6. "I Am So 'Happy!'"

Yes, it will happen. You will be laughing one minute, and sobbing the next. It will feel awkward, and you might think you're going insane. Trust me, your not! You may have the most serious, intense job in the world. You have a great game face. It conveys both intensity and intelligence. Then it will all be blown with a sudden, and intense explosion of sobbing tears. For what reason? None! But, it sure is infuriating to be held hostage by hormones and tear ducts!

7. "I Could Be a Star In a Comedy"

There will be a large collection of these memories by your pregnancy's end. You will knock over priceless objects in department stores or museums with your out of control tummy, slop mustard down your 'will they ever-stop growing' breasts, and loose your balance in the rocking chair. These will be accompanied by moments of agonizing brain stoppage. You will forget not only where your keys are, but the fact that you weren't the one driving! You will stumble over a dime on the sidewalk, and give up shoes that tie because you can't see your feet, huge as they've become.

Yes, pregnancy comes with many times where we just want to crawl in a closet and wait until it's over. But, remember these pregnancy symptoms and situations are only temporary, and believe it or not every else knows too. Your reputation will not be damaged, and in the end, it will all worth it. You certainly will have memories to think back on and laugh about later! So just laugh it off!

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Sha Oct 19, 2017 05:58:27 AM ET

On the 17th of Oct i saw red spotting and on the 18th of Oct it got light red, very light on the pad. So I know my body thought it was coming the morning on the 19th of Oct. It was still light red and now I do not see my period.

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mizzjustice Apr 3, 2017 08:58:57 PM ET

Pls I noticed water coming out of my breast after my ovulation days. And was suppose to see my period on the 10/4,2017, but it now came on the 2/4/2017, 8 days earlier. This is my first time experiencing this. What does it mean?

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Samantha Oct 2, 2014 03:46:24 AM ET

My periods always came every month. On August 15th, 2014 I spotted less than a day. I usually start my period around the 11th-15th. It's September now, and I am 18 days late. Since then I've been getting a negative pregnancy test. I am hungry all the time, yawning, and more tired than usual. With my first child, I didn't know I was pregnant until I was 6 weeks. Could this mean I am pregnant? Please I need answers!!!

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Guest Oct 1, 2014 02:14:50 AM ET

I have the period tracker app and I've been using it for three months now. Mmy period was supposed to start on the 27th. I was 2 days late, and took a pregnancy test. It came out negative. Last night, I noticed really light, barely there, spotting. So, I used a panty liner. When I woke up this morning I was still spotting, and then it started. I thought that because I started bleeding a good bit. But, then it went back to spotting to bleeding again.

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bose Sep 21, 2014 09:00:21 PM ET

I missed my period for 10 days. Then saw it on the 11th cycle day. Though now, I have been having some weird abdominal pain. Could I be pregnant?

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adamis Aug 15, 2014 12:40:34 PM ET

I'm really trying to get pregnant. My period starts the 22nd every month. I tried before, and I lost a baby. I waited until I was ready, but now I am and no luck.

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audrey Aug 1, 2014 02:30:12 PM ET

I have be having sharp pain in my stomach and belly button, headaches feeling sick on the stomach, and now I have started bleeding, but its light and really painful. For the past three months my period has been on three days and come on the 21st one month, the next month the 10th, and this month the 1st. I'm starting to worry.

Guest Aug 8, 2014 08:32:52 AM ET

I'm having that same problem, but i missed my period last month, and i started spotting yesterday.

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starr Jul 20, 2014 05:17:53 PM ET

I recently had a blood test done (positive), 1 week pregnant, on 6/12/14 then a few weeks later on 7/15/14 it was negative for another blood test. What's going on?

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Mega Jee Jul 12, 2014 06:41:57 PM ET

I developed sudden weakness, cough, headache, constant urinating and to crown it all, a sour taste. What could this be?

3 time mom Jul 15, 2014 12:52:57 AM ET

Check your iron. that's what gave me a sour taste. it was too low.

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