The Big List of Pregnancy Symptoms

Posted on Jan 30, 2012 | Pregnancy Health Category | | Print This Article

32 Weeks
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Pregnancy does crazy stuff to your body. From morning sickness to mood swings to back pain and having to pee every 6.3 seconds, your body gets all out of whack (to say nothing of what goes on inside your head). Pregnancy symptoms can vary greatly from one woman to the next, too. Not every woman has morning sickness (although many do), and not every woman has food cravings.

Here, in no particular order, are some of the symptoms pregnant women have experienced. If you’re pregnant and experience any of these things, there’s a good chance it’s because of that little guy or gal that’s growing inside you:

  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • An overall tired feeling or lack of energy.
  • Acid indigestion and heartburn.
  • The need to pee frequently.
  • Sensitivity to strong smells.
  • Darkening of your areolas (the area around your nipple).
  • Bleeding or sensitivity of the gums.
  • Drooling, increased production of saliva, and a metallic taste in your mouth.
  • Swollen, tender breasts.
  • Food cravings.
  • Headaches.
  • Mood swings.
  • Frequent constipation.
  • Relatively light spotting.
  • Vaginal discharge.
  • More than normal perspiration.
  • Dizziness.
  • Acne breakouts, often in places other than your face.
  • Faster growth of hair and nails.
  • Swelling of the extremities.
  • Increased hunger.
  • Breast size increase.
  • Nasal congestion or bleeding nose.
  • Aches in the lower abdomen due to ligaments being stretched.
  • Itchy belly.
  • Varicose veins.
  • Increased heart rate.
  • Leg aches and back aches.
  • Pigment changes on both your neck and face.
  • Rib pain as your baby stretches.
  • Hemorrhoids.
  • Portruding belly button.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • False contractions.
  • Leaky breasts.
  • Stretch marks.

Your body is don’t an amazing thing. You’re putting together all of the pieces of an entire other human being. Frankly, it’s no wonder there aren’t more side effects of pregnancy even beyond these.

So, what about you? Are there pregnancy symptoms you’ve experienced that you’d like to share that didn’t make our list?

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