Hiccups in Early Pregnancy? 9 Strange Symptoms to Be Happy to Have!
When you are trying to have a baby, you may be looking for any sign or symptom at all that might hint whether your attempts were successful. Symptoms could range from hiccups in early pregnancy to a metallic taste in your mouth or even a bleeding nose. These are 9 of these strangest symptoms you might notice even before you see that positive test.
1. Metallic Taste in Your Mouth
You may notice a very odd taste in your mouth, one that tastes like metal or copper. Some women describe it like having a mouthful of pennies! There is actually a name for this—dysegusia—and it happens because the levels of estrogen and progesterone change rapidly in early pregnancy. If you can’t take it anymore, you can try eating salted crackers, spicy foods or even chewing on minty gum. Once hormone levels stabilize a bit this symptom should ease up, thankfully.
2. Gas Galore!
There aren’t too many women happily running around talking about this early pregnancy symptom, but it is real nonetheless. You may be feeling bloated and swollen in the abdomen with the build up of gas and just as you let some escape, you fill back up again. The amount of gas you may experience in early pregnancy may shock you and may be one of the first symptoms you notice, like I did with my first pregnancy.
The reason for this embarrassing symptom is the sharp increase of progesterone in your body. It may be difficult to get relief but to avoid creating more gas you should stay away from carbonated drinks, broccoli, cabbage and other gas inducing foods.
3. Pesky Hiccups
While it is true that hiccups can plague anyone—man, woman or child—they can also be an early pregnancy symptom. First, you should know what exactly hiccups are. They are contractions of your diaphragm over and over again, causing your breathing to fall out of it’s natural rhythm. They can be difficult to stop, you may need to wait them out and have them stop on their own, which can cause some stomach ache.
So, why would they be an early pregnancy symptom? In the early days of pregnancy there is a change in the balance of electrolytes and fluids in every woman’s body. This change can affect the phrenic nerve by irritating or stimulating it and thus causing hiccups. It is a sign or symptom often overlooked because who would ever connect hiccups as early pregnancy indication.
4. Bleeding Nose or Gums
Some people are more prone to nosebleeds than others, pregnant or not. However, random nosebleeds are sometimes a symptom of early pregnancy. This also goes along with bleeding gums. Why on earth would you be more prone to bleeding noses or gums when they have nothing to do with growing a baby? At first glance this may seem true, but when you become pregnant, your body immediately starts to increase its blood volume to accommodate the new life growing within you. This increased blood volume, along with more sensitive blood vessels, can provoke unannounced nose bleeds, and bleeding gums while brushing.
Since blood volume is up by almost 50% after conceiving, your gums will have a higher blood circulation which makes them a little more puffy and soft. This means when you floss or brush you might notice slight bleeding.
5. Spotting or Light Bleeding
Some women will actually experience spotting or light bleeding around the time of their expected period. In fact, some women have mistaken this for a light, strange cycle and have not found out they were pregnant until they were further along. It is caused by the embryo embedding itself into the lining of your uterus.
The spotting or light bleeding you may experience will not be like a regular period. It will be very light in flow and often only lasts one day. The timing is also important to note. You may experience this spotting or bleeding about a week before you expect your period. This is called implantation spotting. Here Nurse Dani talks about implantation spotting and what to expect if you are unsure.
The color of implantation spotting or bleeding can range from light pink, barely there to dark brown, almost rusty—like old blood. Once you notice this spotting, wait a couple of days before doing a test to allow time for hCG to build up in your body enough to show up on a test.
6. Just Can’t Go….
Amongst other strange and unusual early pregnancy signs or symptoms, constipation is also one—although not necessarily welcome. You may find a change in your bowel movements and have a much more difficult time going. This change can occur right after conception, once the embryo begins to develop.
The cause of the constipation is related to the rise in progesterone hormone your body creates to support the viability of your pregnancy. Progesterone can slow down your digestive system and therefore make going #2 a little more difficult. Unfortunately, this constipation could continue throughout your entire pregnancy but there are many natural ways to help your digestive system move along.
7. Heightened Sense of Smell
This one hit me hard with my second pregnancy. In fact, I started to wonder if I was evolving into a werewolf with the way I could smell things so far away. It started a few days before my expected period and continued for months. Many women do experience this heightened sense of smell as an early pregnancy symptom. It is thanks to the hormone estrogen which is coursing through your body. Unfortunately, this acute sense of smell can also create nausea once you start smelling food odors in a new, stronger way.
8. Triphasic Basal Body Temperature
I realize that many women do not actually chart their temperatures or use basal body temperature charting to determine their fertility but there are a good number who do, especially those who have been trying to conceive for some time. If you are a bbt chart user, you could possibly turn to your chart for a clue about early pregnancy. In some cases, (definitely not all!) you may notice a third temperature rise in your post-ovulation phase, like the one in the diagram displayed. It could occur after possible implantation and sometimes coincide with spotting.
9. Food Related Oddities
We have all heard of nausea or morning sickness while pregnant, but this may baffle you. I remember being at a family function and they brought out a seafood platter as an appetizer. I was so excited—seafood is my favorite! That was, until the smell hit me and then I instantly became nauseous and had to run to the bathroom. I wasn’t even late for my period at that point but immediately suspected I was pregnant. I couldn’t eat seafood at all during that pregnancy.
On the opposite side, you may be craving foods you would never have eaten before, like bananas or chocolate milk. It doesn’t have to be a stereotypical “odd” combination like on television—peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches—but could just be as simple as craving one food or drink in excess.
It is important to remember that not all symptoms you experience are pregnancy related. If you are worried about a specific “symptom” it is always best to seek medical help. You could also experience none of these symptoms and still be pregnant. Every woman and every pregnancy is different. It is also worth noting that many pregnancy symptoms are also often PMS symptoms.
Hopefully this list has helped you in determining if some of the symptoms you are curious about could be early pregnancy symptoms. Even something as small as hiccups in early pregnancy may have you wondering when you are anxiously waiting for a positive pregnancy test. Please leave feedback or comments because we love hearing from our readers.