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Ten Strange Pregnancy Symptoms

July 3rd, 2013 | By: Sydney Loney
Here's the scoop on everything from excess saliva to itchy skin

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Ten Strange Pregnancy Symptoms

Sure, you expected a little morning sickness. And the fact your toes are slowly disappearing from view probably comes as no surprise, but there are a few other pregnancy side effects your doctor may have failed to mention. Here’s a head-to-toe look at some pretty weird pregnancy symptoms – and what you can do about them.

Runny nose, nosebleeds and excess saliva in pregnancy

Toward the end of your first trimester, you may find yourself facing a Kleenex shortage. Blame hormones for the fact your nose is like a faucet since it’s their fault the membranes in your nasal passage are swollen and dry, causing congestion as well as nosebleeds. “Progesterone also increases mucous and makes it thicker,” says Kelly Hayes, a registered midwife and vice president of the Midwives Association of British Columbia. “You might find that nasal congestion persists until a week or two after your baby is born.”


Firing up a ceramic Neti pot (available at drugstores) half an hour before bed can help you sleep, says Hayes. “It just uses saline water to relieve congestion and clear your sinuses,” she says. A warm shower before bed can also help, or try applying a warm, wet washcloth to your cheeks, eyes and nose. Keep nasal passages moist by drinking plenty of water and, if you’re super snuffly, saline nasal drops are safe during pregnancy and can help you breathe better.

Excess saliva:

If you’re suddenly coating friends and coworkers in a fine mist whenever you engage in conversation, don’t be alarmed – excess saliva is common in pregnancy, although usually only during the first trimester. Although pregnancy hormones are believed to be to blame, heartburn and morning sickness can also play a role. For instance, if you’re feeling nauseous, you might try to swallow less, which causes excess saliva to build up in your mouth.


Some women keep a paper cup or Kleenex handy, just in case.  You can also try sucking on peppermints or vitamin C lozenges, says Hayes. “It won’t get rid of the problem entirely, but can make it less annoying because you’re sucking and swallowing naturally.” Drinking water (especially with a slice of lemon or lime) can also help you swallow without making you feel sick.