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20+ Moms Were Asked: Odd Pregnancy Signs

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Did you know that most women experience not only the typical early signs of pregnancy but also odd pregnancy signs you may not see anywhere on the internet?  We asked 20+ moms what odd pregnancy signs they experienced before getting that positive pregnancy test and you might be surprised! Check out our favorites!

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Odd Pregnancy Signs

20+ Moms Were Asked: Odd Pregnancy Signs

Trying to get pregnant can be so exciting and totally nerve-wrecking when you’re waiting for that positive pregnancy test!  I’m sure by now you’ve looked up all the early signs of pregnancy and have been consciously checking them off one by one in your head before the date of your next period.  

Some early signs of pregnancy include:

  • Tender or Swollen Breasts
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Food cravings or aversions
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness

However, along with these typical early pregnancy signs, odd pregnancy signs can also exist.  We surveyed a panel of moms to see what those odd pregnancy signs they experienced and found a surprising trend: these women talked about some of the same odd pregnancy signs!

Heightened Sense of Smell

Caitlin and Suja both experienced some changes that effected their sense of smell.  I remember also having a heightened sense of smell that continued well into my postpartum.  

Caitlin P from Real Mom Recs wrote:

“My sense of smell became super sensitive all of a sudden. I was in the grocery store and smelled someone’s perfume and it made me gag!”

Suja D from Passionate Moms wrote:

“This may sound weird but the first sign I noticed was I smelled differently. I mean everyone knows how their sweat smells and mine was different the minute I got pregnant. I was telling my hubby about this and in the following week I got insomnia problem. I lost my sleep completely. Thankfully my body showed me signs to be careful before the pregnancy test kit revealed the magical truth.”

Crazy Mood Swings

Our hormones are definitely play a role when we become pregnant.  It is part of how our body conditions itself to care for the baby in the womb.  It’s understandable that a sudden change in our body could cause some interesting effects.

Claire R from Bumps Babies Tots And Teens Mummy Diaries wrote:

“I would bork at nothing. I just had a feeling that I was pregnant.”

Becca E from Our Beautiful Mess wrote:

“I was super cranky and moody. I was getting upset at weird things.”

Kimberly C from Team Cartwright wrote:

“This one is not textbook at all. During my first pregnancy I had a couple of times where something just made me feel rage. There is no nice way to say it. I literally saw red and had to go off to calm down. I have rarely felt that level of anger before. And it was always over something stupid. My husband moved my water, or he didn’t agree with my dinner suggestion. It only happened a couple of times, and once I had my son it didn’t happen again. Then one day almost two years later I felt that same rage over my husband buying the wrong type of cottage cheese. Once I stepped aside and calmed down I though, hmmm… I took a pregnancy test the next morning and yep! I was pregnant! It isn’t a cute symptom or sign. But strong emotions like that can be a sign of all the hormonal changes going on. And mine was spot on!”

No worries Kimberly! You were not alone! 

Stomach Issues

With all the changes happening in your body, especially in your abdominal region, I can imagine how it could disrupt and make things uncomfortable.

Sirri M from Super Sirrious Mom wrote:

“My food tasted off. I was eating the same thing as everyone else but kept complaining something was wrong with mine! Then only one boob started to hurt and I became suspicious but unsure. Why would only ONE hurt?!”

Sara D from Classically Homeschooling wrote:

“I love coffee. But one day I went downstairs, smelled the delicious aroma, and nearly choked on my first sip. It tasted horrible! I found out later that day I was pregnant.”

Andrea O from SizeCast wrote:

“Heartburn! It started before I conceived but it did not clear up until after my first trimester. I haven’t had heartburn before or since.”

Shahira M from By Shahira wrote:

“Always have a bloating feeling followed by a day of cold/slight fever. Then difference of smell in vaginally discharge.”

Tiredness & Sleep Problems

Your body is working overtime to prepare for this new baby!  It can be very draining for you which is why sleep is part of the 9 Things to Do Before Trying to Conceive.  It’s important to get at least 8 hours of sleep so your body can be fully rested but as MaryAnne tells us, it’s not that simple sometimes!

Gemma M from Seaside Sundays wrote:

“Crazy, Crazy vivid dreams. The first time, I had no idea. The second time, I just knew I was pregnant. test wasn’t positive for another few days.”

MaryAnne K from Mama Smiles wrote:

“Insomnia! This was a big pregnancy symptom for me the first time round especially, but I didn’t realize pregnancy could cause it.”

Pelvic & Abdominal Pain

Just like having issues with your stomach, you may also experience some pain before getting your positive pregnancy test.  Like the moms below, I remember having pelvic and abdominal pain.  I actually had these pains last throughout my second pregnancy with a lot of instability in my Sacroiliac (SI) Joint.

Nicolle M from  Our Tiny Nest wrote:

“My husband and I went through fertility treatment and had an IUI. two days after I felt like this electric current/warm feeling in my lower left pelvic region. A week later my sense of smell was so heightened I was so sensitive!”

Aubree P from A Mother’s Field Guide wrote:

“SI joint pain. My lower back/sacrum area starts loosening and hurting even before a positive a test!”

Diana S from Before and After Baby wrote:

“My first signs were sore breasts, which I have never gotten before, and abdominal pain. which was different from a period cramp and felt nothing like a stomach ache, so that’s what convinced me to take a test, and sure enough it was positive!”

What odd pregnancy signs have you experienced?  Where they any of these?
Let’s connect ~ I would love to hear from you! Please leave us a comment!

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