You know how when something very strange happens and it’s so weird, you just don’t want to tell anyone? Not even your mom? That happened to me about 10 times a day while I was pregnant. Thankfully, once I got the nerve to open up about what was happening, I learned that those weird things my body was doing? Totally a thing for pregnant women.
Dropping Everything/Numb Hands
Did you know many women develop carpal tunnel syndrome while pregnant? Sometimes it emerges during breastfeeding…and sometimes it can linger until Baby weans. Many women experience numb hands or “the dropsies,” where no glass of water is safe from tipping and no jar lid can be unscrewed. The hospital where I had my boys has written a really helpful article about pregnancy-induced carpal tunnel. Check it out for some great suggestions.
Sweating Like a Pitcher of Lemonade
The only time in my life I sweat more than during pregnancy was right after my babies were born! I can’t tell you how many times I woke up just soaked in sweat such that I had to change the sheets. Fear not! Along with many other gross-seeming symptoms that pop up during pregnancy, excess sweat is just something that happens during those 40 weeks.
I know it seems sort of obvious, since we expect that a baby is going to lower itself down toward the pelvic floor and push its way out of there, but I was taken aback by pelvic pressure. Even early on, I noticed just a ton of, well, pressure! It sometimes felt like I was walking around with a bowling ball between my legs. We basically are when we’re pregnant, but intense pressure can be super uncomfortable. A support belt can really help with this.
Goodbye, Normal Poo!
Listen. You might not take a normal poo the entire time you are gestating that baby. The progesterone your body is producing might bind you up tighter than a mummy. This happens. Many, many pregnant women rely on Colace, although you might find that really going to town on dried fruit and ground flax can help you over the edge.
Each time I was pregnant, one of my first signs was an intensely heightened sense of smell. I was teaching Freshmen Comp at the time, and I remember, vividly, yelling at my students, “Who is sucking a butterscotch? Who is it?” I actually asked the timid young man in the back row to go in the hall and spit out his candy, the smell of which overwhelmed me from 40 feet away. Also: breath. People’s breath bothered me for 9 months, each time. So, you’re not crazy. You’re just pregnant with a sensitive nose! And you’re not alone.
Did you have any odd symptoms during pregnancy? Leave us a comment to share your experience!
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