15 Common and Weird Side Effects of Pregnancy

15 Common and Weird Side Effects of Pregnancy
15 Common and Weird Side Effects of Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a very beautiful thing. Almost every married female wants to get pregnant, carry her pregnancy successfully and give birth to a healthy and cute baby. Like others, you (females) also want to conceive and become a mother. When you are planning for it, you should know every associated point. By consulting a doctor for gynaecological support or IVF treatment in Delhi, you can gain sound knowledge around pregnancy. Here are some common and weird side effects of pregnancy you should be aware of: 

1. Bleeding gums 

During pregnancy, you experience hormonal changes. These changes leave impact on your oral health. As per a study, approximately 40% of pregnant women have a buildup of gingivitis. Progesterone is behind this development. Gingivitis makes your gum have probable plaque damage that leads your gums to bleed.       

2. Breast appearance 

In the preparation of your baby’s arrival, your areolas may become dark and your nipple might protrude. It happens due to an increase in progesterone and oestrogen hormones. Until not clear through scientific studies, old sayings suggest that it is the development of a clear target for the baby while having breastfeeding.   

3. Congestion

As per a few studies, around 40% of pregnant women have rhinitis. The signs of pregnancy rhinitis are sneezing, congestion, and a runny nose. In general, these symptoms are visible in the first or third trimester and disappear after two weeks of the baby’s birth. 

4. Bladder control 

Due to the growth of your baby, you have extra pressure on your bladder during pregnancy. The additional pressure may cause you to have a leakage, which is pregnancy incontinence. You can have it due to hormones, pressure, UTIs, and medical conditions. 

5. Acne breakouts 

Around half of the pregnant women have a higher risk of having acne. It happens due to an increase in sebum or natural oil produced by the skin. This production happens due to hormonal changes during the 1st or 3rd trimester. 

6. Constipation

Pregnancy side effects are the result of an increase in the level of progesterone hormone. It makes muscles relaxed. Due to this, there is an impact on the function of the intestines and digestive system. And as a result, pregnant women have constipation. Many experts state that it happens to approximately 75% of pregnant females.   

7. Gas

The weird side effect of pregnancy is an increase in gas. In the first trimester, you have an increase in the progesterone hormone level. This increase makes your intestines relax. And an increase in oestrogen level makes your body discomfort and retains gas.   

8. Foot size

Many studies have found that around 60% to 70% of pregnant women have a change in their feet. The growth of feet is between 2mm to 10mm. There is a decrease in foot height and rigidity. And this makes the foot elongate.   

9. Itchy skin

Due to an enhanced blood supply towards the skin, mild itching is very common in pregnant women. With the progress of your pregnancy, your abdomen skin has a stretch that makes it itchier. Some of you may experience severe itching without any rash. 

10. Heartburn

In the third trimester, your stomach has more pressure. Due to which, there is no proper care and use of stomach acid, which causes you to have heartburn. Approximately 50% of pregnant women have heartburn. 

11. Leg cramps

Leg cramps are common in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. They happen due to a strain on your blood vessels, muscles, and nerves, carrying extra body weight.  

12. Sense of smell

During pregnancy, women have a heightened smell sensitivity. It is due to an increase in the level of oestrogen hormone. You experience a sudden increase of bad or good smells around you during pregnancy. On this, scientific research is low.     

13. Sore breasts

Sore breasts are one of the most common side effects of pregnancy. Due to an increase in progesterone and oestrogen hormones, you have increased sensitivity and tenderness in your breasts. Your breasts with nipples might feel extremely sore due to an increased blood flow towards them. 

14. Sweat

During the 1st and 3rd trimesters of your pregnancy, you might have periods of increased sweat production and hot flashes. You experience it due to an increase in blood flow, metabolism, and hormones in your body. This extra sweat makes your body cool down.  

15. Vaginal discharge

Throughout your pregnancy, you will experience some changes in your vaginal discharge. Leukorrhea is common during pregnancy and causes you to discharge a white, thin, mild smelling, and milky substance through your vagina. Consult your gynaecologist if you notice something different.    


Pregnancy is really good. Apart from being pleasant, it brings some changes in your body. Some of those changes such as sore breasts, acne, constipation, and congestion are weird. In addition to the above mentioned side effects, you can experience restless leg syndrome, skin pigmentation, haemorrhoids, and increased saliva production. You should consult your doctor if you notice anything abnormal during your pregnancy.