I'm going to start with a weird one that was my first pregnancy symptom with my second pregnancy- A small twitch in my calf. Do you ever get an eye twitch when anxious? Or an arm muscle twitch when you have over done it at the gym? That is what I was getting in my left calf muscle on December 27th 2009. I was sitting on the couch watching TV when I felt the small, involuntary tug. I barely took notice. A few minutes later it did it again. I was a little annoyed, but I quickly forgot about it again. Once my show was done, I got up and I felt a tiny twinge again that disappeared as soon as I started walking.
I walked into the kitchen to prepare my son's breakfast. I grabbed a clean bottle from the dishwasher, turned on the faucet, and waited for the water to run luke-warm. As I stood there, bottle in hand, impatient for the water temperature to rise, I stepped slightly to the left and my calf grazed the dishwasher door that was still open. It barely touched, but it got me thinking about the twitches I had felt earlier. They were small little twitches that were barely a bother. . . so why was I still bothered by them? I thought about it further and realized that they reminded me of the leg cramps that I got when pregnant the first time around.
At this point, we had been trying to conceive in a "just let it happen" fashion. I had several negative pregnancy tests the couple of weeks prior, and I was convinced that I just needed to wait for Aunt Flo to come so that we could try again next month.
Here are some more potential pregnancy symptoms that are less well known:
- Gas - This is a more common one, but it bears repeating because it can be jarring if you aren't expecting it.
- ACNE - Hello puberty
- Craving non-food items like paper, chalk, or soap - This condition is known as pica and it is also a well-known pregnancy symptom. Some research suggests that pica can be associated with low levels of iron. I actually found myself wanting to nibble on paper a few times - so weird.
- Food aversions - This is a relatively well known symptom, but I don't think women are necessarily prepared for how strong these can be. Many women don't have all that strong a food cravings, but have crazy food aversions. They might last all pregnancy, or they might change from day to day. They might be weird obscure foods that you never normally eat, or they could be your favorite food of all time.
- Irrational freakishness - This anxiety goes hand in hand with the emotions department. The best way I can think to describe this is with my own example. Whenever my hubby and I went somewhere together and he drives, I usually have no issues with it; he is a rather good driver. When pregnant and he drives, I hold on for dear life and freak out internally (and sometimes externally). Every time I think he is going to hit or get hit by something my heart starts racing. . . and that is roughly every 30 seconds. Some women have anxiety issues to an extreme where they actually get panic attacks during pregnancy.
- Overwhelmingly emotional - Yeah ok this may be the most classic symptom next to morning sickness, but I don't know if I was prepared for the randomness of it before actually experiencing it. I cried at commercials on TV for goodness sake. I'm not talking particularly sad ones like the childrens' fund in Africa stuff; I'm talking a random Charmin commercial or diaper commercials. I remember a pregnant friend of mine started bawling one Christmas season when The Cristmas Shoes song started playing. Yeah it is a sad song, but she started crying before any words were even sung.
Those hormones affect EVERYTHING, no doubt about it!
What are some weird or unexpected pregnancy symptoms that you have experienced or heard of?