4 Surprising (But Totally Normal) Pregnancy Symptoms I wasn’t Expecting
When I learned I was pregnant, I expected the nausea, food aversions, sore breasts, frequent urination, and back pain. However, being pregnant changes your body in other ways too, which would have horrified my non-pregnant self. Urinary incontinence, I’m looking at you. These days, though, it’s par for the course.
In fact, it seems a new symptom presents itself nearly every other day. (Okay, it’s probably not that bad, but I sure spend a lot of time scouring pregnancy blogs and the latest research each time yet another ache or pain presents itself). These days, I’m not surprised to learn that seemingly unrelated things, like protruding nipples, are associated with growing a human. Here are some of the lesser known pregnancy symptoms that I’ve realized are completely normal.
1. You might Pee your Pants a Little
I knew that having to pee all the time comes with the territory but, as a grown woman, I certainly expected to be able to control my bladder until I could make it to the toilet with my dignity intact. I was mistaken. Case in point: I was in the midst of a violent bout of morning sickness during my first trimester when my bladder decided to release. That was a new low. Pregnancy sure has a way of hitting us when we’re down, doesn’t it?
You never know when you’ll sneeze, cough, or catch yourself in the middle of a laughing fit – and, well, you know.
2. Dry and Itchy Skin
Most people talk about the pregnancy glow, which apparently is just your skin producing more oil than usual. My skin, however, seems to have lost all of its moisture whatsoever. It turns out that some women acquire “the glow,” while other, less fortunate mamas-to-be like myself aren’t quite so lucky. The result? Lizard-like flaky, itchy skin on my face, legs, and belly. As if we weren’t uncomfortable enough already.
3. Excessive Thirst
I’ve always been a big water drinker, keeping a bottle within arm’s reach at all times, but being pregnant has brought it to a whole new level. I suppose it makes sense, considering all the extra fluids – from blood to amniotic fluid - produced during pregnancy. Nonetheless, my thirst is insatiable. With all the extra water I’ve been drinking, it’s a wonder my skin is still so dry. Unfortunately, this doesn’t help my frequent peeing situation either (see Number 1).
4. Tailbone Pain
Most days, when I sit down, it feels like I’ve recently taken a swift blow to my behind. It hurt so badly one day that I actually had my husband check to make sure I hadn’t bruised myself and didn’t remember somehow. Science will tell you that this sort of tail bone pain is equally common whether you’re carrying a boy or girl. Purely anecdotal evidence, on the other hand, seems to suggest that the pain is worse for expectant boy moms, like myself. Thanks little guy!
As unpleasant as this all sounds – and trust, me it is – I have an inkling that a small part of me will be sad, or at least nostalgic, when it’s all over. So, I’m going to grab the best moisturizer I can find and prop a pillow under my butt and enjoy my bump while it lasts. Right after I go pee again.