Besides morning sickness and being tired, there are not a lot of other symptoms of pregnancy you hear about. So, for first time moms there can be a lot of surprises when it comes to the way you feel (or look) during pregnancy. Despite specifically being told by my doctor to avoid online searches, every weird thing that happened to my body caused for research and what I found was there are a lot of weird symptoms associated with being pregnant.
Acne: As a teenager, I never suffered from acne. I was lucky too, because my siblings both had very, very bad cases of acne during their teen years. Although, I have suffered from mild adult acne since my early twenties, since becoming pregnant I have faced the mirror each morning with the skin of a fifteen year old. My face looks worse than it ever has, and the acne has spread violently to my chest as well, rearing its ugly red battle scars. No amount of face cleansers work, and the scarring on my face because of it is reminiscent of the moon- pockets and craters galore.
Spider veins: As if having a face covered in pimples wasn’t enough, I have also been lucky enough to have my face graced with little red squiggly veins. Up close, you can definitely see the spider veins, from afar, it just looks like a serious case of red skin. So far, it’s limited itself to my cheeks around my jaw bone, but I’m fearful it will spread. The good news is, this horrible symptom should fade after birth…hopefully.
Stuffy Nose: If you feel like you are constantly fighting the tail end of a cold (you know with just the remnants of your stuffy nose constantly dripping and sniffling), without any other cold or flu like symptoms…it’s probably just the swollen capillaries in your nose. Which is again, a pregnancy symptom. Never in a million years would I have guessed being pregnant could cause me to be constantly battling the sniffles, all day, every day, but apparently it’s a relatively common symptom of pregnancy!
Smells: This is a typical pregnancy symptom, and it was my very first symptom. I started noticing I could smell like a hound dog at just four weeks pregnant, it’s what made me realize I was pregnant. However, what I was not expected was the changes in smell. For me, coffee smells like blueberries, and things I would usually love (scented candles, herbs, perfume) smell revolting. It has affected my senses so much so that even things that used to taste great to me, smell so terrible that I can’t imagine taking a bite. For instance, enchiladas! Probably my favorite food, pre-pregnancy, the smell of enchilada sauce literally reminds me of vomit now… disgusting.