Most moms knows that weird things happen during pregnancy. For those of you on baby number one (or those of you who had an easy first pregnancy!) learn more about the weird, wacky, occasionally gross (but totally normal) things that can happen to your body during pregnancy:
1. Pregnancy: Feet
Yes, your feet may get bigger: This isn't an old wives tale: many women's feet do grow during pregnancy. The foot is made up of 26 bones and 30 joints held together by a network of ligaments, The Bump reports. During pregnancy, the ligaments throughout your body loosen in order to prepare your pelvic joints for childbirth. That includes the ligaments in your foot.
Weight gain can also be a factor, as it puts a lot of stress and strain on your feet, causing joints to widen.
2. Pregnancy: Hair Growth
Your hair gets lusher... all over your body: Pregnancy may have you feeling, well, a little hairier than usual. Expecting moms may notice that their hair feels fuller and more voluminous. During pregnancy, the hair atop your head doesn't grow any faster — but it does fall out at a slower rate.
Unfortunately, it doesn't stop with your head; facial and body hair may grow faster during pregnancy, possibly due to an increase in hormones called androgens, Baby Center notes. In most cases, the the excess hair falls out about three to six months after delivery.
3. Pregnancy: Dreams
You may have some wild dreams: Many expecting moms report having loco dreams. According to Fit Pregnancy, some doctors believe that increased progesterone may play a role in the crazy dreams — as well as the heightened emotions many mothers face during pregnancy. Moms-to-be have reported dreams about delivering animals (or aliens!) and forgetting their babies. Others report an increase in sex dreams. Don't worry — all of these are completely normal.
4. Pregnancy: Fuzzy Thinking/Forgetfulness
You may become more forgetful: Mothers-to-be might find themselves more forgetful than usual. Although virtually no research exists on 'pregnancy brain', doctors acknowledge that pregnancy is a critical period for central nervous system development in mothers. "At no other time in a woman's life does she experience such massive hormonal fluctuations as during pregnancy," Science Daily reports. "Research suggest that the reproductive hormones may ready a woman's brain for the demands of motherhoods — helping her become less rattled by stress and more attuned to her baby's needs."
5. Pregnancy: Nasal Congestion
You may be feeling a little sneezy: Many pregnant woman suffer from pregnancy rhinitis, characterized by nasal congestion, coughing and a runny nose. Doctors believe rhinitis may be caused by some of the hormones secreted during pregnancy, including estrogen and progesterone. If you suspect that your symptoms may mean more than a cold, visit your doctor for a diagnosis.
6. Pregnancy: Hyperemesis Gravidarum
A small percentage of moms may suffer from extreme nausea: Hyperemesis gravidarum, the condition most notably suffered by Kate Middleton, is characterized by severe nausea, vomiting and weight loss. This is not your typical morning sickness. The condition affects up to two percent of pregnant women in the United States, and it is a medical emergency that requires hospitalization. Seek a doctor's medical opinion if you experience nausea and vomiting so severe that you become dehydrated and lose weight. Often, the condition disappears after about 12 to 14 weeks, experts say.
7. Pregnancy: Glow
You may notice a glow: While pregnant, your body produces 50% more blood, American Pregnancy reports. The increase in blood circulation causes your face to appear brighter, resulting in that infamous momma-to-be glow! Your body also produces more hormones which keep your oil glands working overtime.
8. Pregnancy: SKin Pigmentation
You may notice shifts in your skin color: "Changes in pitmentation are among the most pronounced skin changes during pregnancy," reports Mayo Clinic. They add that moms-to-be may notice dark patches on their faces, in their inner thighs or on their genitals. Chloasma, the mask of pregnancy, is due to a steep rise in estrogen levels which stimulate excess melanin production. The effects of chloasma can get worse with sun exposure — so slather on the SPF!
9. Pregnancy: Libido
You may be feeling sexier than usual: Think that belly will kill your sex life? Think again. Many pregnant women find themselves with increased sex drives — thanks (again) to the rising levels of estrogen and progesterone in their systems. If your doctor has given you the okay, it should be more than fine to engage in sex throughout your pregnancy. Have fun!