A lot of early pregnancy symptoms are considered “common knowledge”. The most common of all, morning sickness, is depicted so often in film and television that many women think they’ll feel sick and have the “aha! I’m pregnant!” moment. However, there are many other early symptoms of pregnancy to be aware of. If you think you might be pregnant (or you already know you are) here are some changes to watch out for.
5 Pregnancy Symptoms No One Really Talks About
As your uterus expands to make way for a growing baby, it can place pressure on the large vein that runs down the right side of your body (the inferior vena cava). This can cause reduced blood flow which in turn causes visible veins to sprout up on your legs and/or breasts.
This one is quite odd – but if you’re pregnant, it’s possible that you’ll start waking up with blocked or stuffy sinuses. This happens because of an increase in mucus production during pregnancy. Gross, but true!
During the first trimester, many women describe the taste of having “a mouth full of change” or like they licked something metal. This metallic taste is known as dysgeusia and it’s a common sensory change that can happen during pregnancy.
Due to a big change in hormones, your gums could become inflamed and irritated when brushing or flossing your teeth. Sometimes they might even bleed – so be extra gentle with your oral hygiene routine during pregnancy.
Another pregnancy symptom might be increased, or more vivid, dreams and nightmares. Sounds exciting, right? This fun (or not so fun) event can also be blamed on the sudden rise of hormones in your system.
Don’t rely on just the symptoms.
If you think you might be experiencing some (or all) of these pregnancy symptoms, make sure you get tested. It’s important for a doctor to confirm your pregnancy so you can start planning for that brand new bundle of joy!