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Beyond Breast Tenderness and Morning Sickness: Unusual Symptoms of Pregnancy

Updated on January 27, 2011

Although every woman's pregnancy symptoms will vary slightly, there are many common symptoms of pregnancy. These can include missed period, nausea (morning sickness), bloating, breast tenderness, headache, and many others. To learn more about the common early signs of pregnancy read Am I Pregnant? Early Signs of Pregnancy.

While each woman will to some extent need to determine whether or not her symptoms are usual or unusual, this article provides some information about symptoms other woman have experienced. Anything unusual should be discussed with a health care provider. The more information you have, the easier these nine months will be.

Because some unusual symptoms can be indicative of serious complications in pregnancy, it's important to visit your doctor immediately and seek medical advice. Never ignore unusual symptoms.

Most Common of the Unusual Pregnancy Symptoms


Mild anemia is very common. It occurs in about 20% of pregnant women. The blood-cell count decreases in the blood, resulting in fatigue. While mild anemia doesn't hurt the baby, your doctor will probably prescribe iron supplements. You may also be instructed to increase your iron intake through your diet with iron-rich foods like spinach, baked potatoes, and kidney beans.

Pre-EclampsiaExcessive swelling, especially in the legs can be a sign of pre-eclampsia, a serious condition. Additional indicators of pre-eclampsia are hypertension and protein in the urine, as determined by medical tests. Other noticeable signs include persistent headaches, blurred vision, flashing light, and upper abdominal pain


Only about 8% of pregnant woman will develop pregnancy-induced high blood pressure, or hypertension. Blood pressure tends to come back to normal after childbirth.

Bigger, Faster, More!

If you're experiencing any of the typical symptoms of pregnancy, but in a bigger way, you may be carrying twins. Woman who experience faster weight gain, quicker uterus growth, brutal morning sickness, and excessive fatigue are often pregnant with multiples.

Vaginal BleedingVaginal bleeding is a common indication of a possible miscarriage. A miscarriage may occur with minor to heavy bleeding, possibly including blood clots and other tissue.

Pelvic Pain

Abdominal or pelvic pain can be a sign of something serious: tubal ectopic pregnancy. This occurs when the fertilized egg implants in the fallopian tube rather than the uterus. Other signs of ectopic pregnancy include vaginal spotting (light bleeding) and pain that worsens while coughing or moving bowels.

Other Weird Symptoms of Pregnancy

  • Excess saliva
  • Frequent nosebleeds and/or nasal congestion
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Metalic taste in the mouth
  • Gassiness
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Disclaimer: I'm no doctor, just a mom who has been there and done that. This article cannot substitute professional advise from your physician. Please consult your doctor before using any advice listed in this article.

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    9 years ago

    I am going through the EXACT same thing! I'm sooo nervous to no if I am or if I'm not!

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    9 years ago

    I am going through the EXACT same thing! I'm sooo nervous to no if I am or if I'm not!

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    Weight Gain Pregnancy 

    11 years ago

    Fast weight gain due to multiples, thats' new information for me thank you.

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    sandra rinck 

    11 years ago

    I cannot determine for the life of me whether I am or not. I could have swore up and down that I was pregnant then my period came early. So I scratched my head a lil' bit and figured it was just one of those things.

    Then it wasn't like a regular period. Sorry I am blabbing but it has been driving me crazy and I don't want to talk about with my friends cause then they might get all drama on me and I don't want to be drama unless there is some drama...

    Anyways so I am feeling a bit crampy thinking okay those must be prego cramps cause I am sure I am pregnant. Next thing I know I am spotting. Shit I think, what the hell is that? So I figure that the whole thing is just crazy because it's early, my cramps are out of control but the bleeding isn't anything like my regular period.

    So then I look up early periods cause it was my first and of course!!! the topic is implantation bleeding so I am like, okay maybe it was that but then it was neither 'just' spotting but not a regular period.

    I am starting to get frustrated then a couple days after that my boobs are all tingling and stuff but they aren't sore. They just tingle and I cannot find the source of the 'tingling' but then I am like, there is no way I am pregnant...

    Phew, now that I got that off my chest. I am deliberating on whether or not I just go get a test because for 1, if it comes out negative then I will be sad and if it comes out positive I think I will be stunned so I am not ready to find out but think I should. I am just not sure how to be like, Baby, I need a pregnancy test and then he would be like, you just had your period.

    Then I would have to explain to him all the stuff and he would be like, just wait. OY, I am sorry I just blabbed to a total stranger and I prolly don't even make sense but thanks anyways cause I just really needed to get that off my chest.

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    pregnancy test 

    11 years ago

    I really like your view on this subject

    Thanks, looking forward to you next hub!

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    11 years ago

    Is it common for some women to experience breakouts on their skin, mainly the face? I have always had pretty good skin, but along with other more obvious symptoms I have been having some issues with breakouts on my face.

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    Tracy Behr 

    12 years ago from Port Elizabeth

    Nice hub! Good info...I bled in my third month of pregnancy, apparently it's actually something that happens to many pregnant woman on the third month of pregnancy because of the baby attaching itself properly to the wall of your womb. My hub on Pregnancy nausea relief:

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    12 years ago from San Diego, CA

    Great insights Lela. One more sign that is kind of odd. When I was pregnant with my second son, my firstborn became especially clingy. In fact, another mom asked if I was pregnant because her kids did the same thing. Sure enough, I was. Keep up the great hubs!

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    13 years ago from Utah

    Very informative and great information for any pregnant woman (or those who care about her).

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    DJ Funktual 

    13 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

    I find I'm craving the taste of Soap. LOL!


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