ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

5 Symptoms That I Did Not Expect While Expecting (or After!)

Updated on March 30, 2017
Britta Paige profile image

Britta is a former radiologic technologist and current stay-at-home mom who enjoys writing about parenting and raising her sweet daughter.


You Are Pregnant!

A second pink line has appeared on your home pregnancy test and a range of emotions set in: happy, scared, excited, and apprehensive—just to name a few. As the days turn into weeks and months, your body begins to change and new symptoms may emerge. Perhaps it begins with morning sickness or nausea and then escalates to bloating and exhaustion, and did I mention STARVING?! If you are like me, you have Googled the phrase, "symptoms of pregnancy" far more than you are willing to admit, so at this point you will be well versed in what to expect—or so you thought. How about some symptoms you weren't expecting? Below are some wacky examples of what you may experience:

#1 Carpal Tunnel

When I heard the doctor utter the words carpal tunnel to me at the urgent care,I was surprised to say the least. In my head, I immediately connected the condition to old age. He explained to me that due to the increase of fluids in your body, (from your tiny growing human) these fluids can build up in your wrists and hands, causing the painful aches up to my elbow that I was experiencing. Not only was I embarrassed for rushing to an urgent care late at night, I was shocked that after all the time spent scouring websites and books about what symptoms are normal, that this was casually left off each and every list. I was given an RX and sent on my way, the carpal tunnel cleared up after the first pill.

#2 PUPP Rash

What is this weird sounding rash you may ask? Let me tell you, this was by far the worst part about my pregnancy (excluding labor and delivery, obviously). Although this occurred to me the week after giving birth, it typically begins during pregnancy and clears up within a week of delivery. This rash can sprout up anywhere on the body, but usually starts in the stretch marks on your skin, and it can spread. The PUPP rash is caused by your hormones (what a surprise) and will be so itchy you would rather peel your skin off then spend one more second scratching. Each rash can present itself differently for each woman; the rash I suffered wasn't raised and spread to most of my body after beginning in one area of many that have stretch marks. No amount of cream would simply do, and after it appeared there would be no clearing up in sight—another trip to the urgent care and another RX did the trick.

#3 Lightening Crotch

This term makes me giggle, so I had to add it to the list. In my second trimester I began having issues getting out of bed; my bump had not grown a terrible amount yet, so I knew I could exclude the extra weight as a possible cause. Each time I spread my legs open to change, get out of bed, baby dance with the husband, etc. I was greeted with a sharp and sudden pain in my pubic bone, similar to if someone was punching me in the crotch. After a quick Google search I seemed to have found the culprit, dubbed "lightening crotch." There are multiple factors that can cause this, one being due to your pelvic joints becoming looser preparing for birth. It can also be caused by pressure on your cervix from your dear baby who is happily swimming around above, without a care in the world. And it is because we love these little leeches so much, we deal with the pain. If you do experience this pain and it becomes more and more severe, it is important to follow up with your doctor to rule out any injuries or pelvic joint conditions that sometimes occur during pregnancy.

#4 Hair Loss

This one took me by surprise. Nearly three months after my daughters grand introduction to this earth, I began losing my hair. After all the sleepless nights and projectile vomits, I thought my body might be signalling to me that it simply had enough and decided to fall apart. However, a dear friend of mine, who recently gave birth, informed me that she had several bald spots from postpartum, so perhaps I got out luckier than others. Yet again, our wonderful hormones are the main cause of our new, suddenly lighter head of hair.

#5 Weird Cravings

You may be muttering to yourself, "Um, Yes Britta we are well aware of this one." Well, I am not talking about pickles and peanut butter here; I am talking about clay, rocks, or even charcoal. This symptom isn't quite so harmless and should be reported to your doc asap. The condition is called Pica, and typically Pica is caused by a lack of certain vitamins or minerals (something you need in high numbers while pregnant). So, if you are pregnant and have the sudden urge to down a tube of toothpaste, give your doctor a call.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)