I’ve experienced some pretty unusual pregnancy symptoms, and actually wrote a post about one such odd complaint – possibly my most bizarre across all the months I’ve carried children – in case it might help somebody. And it got me to thinking: there are plenty of symptoms of being with child – but what about those random ones nobody ever talks about because they’re so uncommon? It’s time we opened up about the truly unheard of pregnancy symptoms, right?

So, I’m going first, and then I’ve invited other women to share too.

Unusual Pregnancy Symptoms

Unusual Pregnancy Symptoms
Excuse the grainy photo! This was my last pic taken before Elfin arrived.

1. Unable to Pass Water

My top strange complaint has to be the time I was unable to empty my bladder.

You can read all about that really fun adventure here if you’re interested.

2. Ears Popping in Pregnancy

Both times, I’ve experienced my ears popping in pregnancy almost continuously; more so on one side than the other but either way – it’s blimmin’ annoying. I find myself hiding while I open my mouth wide to find some relief so I don’t look like I’m constantly yawning.

Unusual Pregnancy Symptoms - Pregnant Woman Looking Uncomfortable
Unusual pregnancy symptoms can sometimes be uncomfortable or even debilitating.

And now I’m passing the baton to some other bloggers and readers to experiences their stories with you…

“With my first my ears would pop continuously and then one popped and I couldn’t get it to go back to normal. I went to see a doctor and was told it could just be a weird pregnancy thing or the sign of a serious problem with my ears and I might go deaf. I was petrified to say the least but luckily it was just a weird pregnancy thing.” The Strawberry Fountain

3. Itching

When I fell with Pixie, my very first symptom was intense itching all over my body. For those unaware, this can sometimes indicate a more serious problem later on in pregnancy, such as in the following case…

“It used to get so bad I’d have to use a hairbrush to try to ease it. Saying that it actually turned out to be Obstetric Cholestasis so what I thought was a weird symptom needs regular monitoring.” Twinderelmo

4. Tonsil Stones

“My strange ailment was tonsil stones…! I had never suffered before and I haven’t it since! They made my hyperemesis even worse.” Katy Kicker

Pregnant Woman

5. Unusual Causes of Nausea and Vomiting

“Brushing my teeth made me vomit…. Which in turn made me want to brush my teeth.” (I too had this!) Odd Hogg

“I had had nausea with various foods, but one day when trying on clothes in a shop I touched the lining which was a cheap nylon and the feel of it almost made me throw up.” Counting to Ten

6. Nosebleeds

“I’ve never had a nosebleed apart from when I was pregnant (all three times), and I had loads!” Coffee, Cake, Kids

Pregnant Woman

7. Psoriasis

“I never had it in 32 years but the stress of pregnancy brought it on and my legs were covered.” Miracle Max

8. Nightmares

“I used to have really violent dreams where I committed mass murders with machine guns in shopping malls! So realistic and I had them all the time.” Tattooed Mummy

9. Blindness

“My vision was really awful in my right eye from six months pregnant with my youngest. Was so scary but has since rectified itself.” Thrifty Mum

10. Allergies

“I developed an allergy to Rocket lettuce whilst carrying Ruby. I’d eaten (and loved) it for years without a problem. I still can’t eat it or anything that has touched it on a plate. Bizarre.” Samantha Tucker

Pregnant woman

Allergies – During Pregnancy Only

“I developed a peanut allergy while pregnant. If someone ate peanuts anywhere near me my eyes would get itchy and my throat started to close up.

I’ve been able to eat peanuts before and after. Baby doesn’t seem to have an allergy to them either.” Counting to Ten

Benefits of Pregnancy

Of course, as well as those unusual pregnancy symptoms, there are also many more common issues which crop up antenatally – and even one or two advantages, such as thick glossy hair and beautiful skin (allegedly). Sadly, I’ve also suffered adult acne this pregnancy (didn’t make the above list because I think this can be common).

Woman Making Heart Shape With Hands on Her Pregnant Belly

I’ve not particularly noticed thick hair either! Although in fairness, last time around I did lose an awful lot following Pixie’s birth, so I guess it must have been there.

At least it means fewer clumps for my new baby to pull out…

There’s also a definite change in texture – it used to be poker straight and it now has a wave. Apparently this is another common phenomena!

Oh, and one improvement which I’ll end on – which has been a permanent change – is my nails have definitely got stronger (they no longer peel). Bonus! Have you suffered any strange ailments – or benefits – whilst pregnant?

An award-nominated blogger and author, Kate is a huge advocate of personal growth, focusing on journaling to increase positivity and facilitate mindful motherhood. With a wealth of experience in breastfeeding and CMPA, Kate is also an expert baby sleep chaser. Her writing has appeared on Mothercare, Huff Post, and BritMums.


  1. The things us women have to go through hey! At least we get a lovely reward at the end of it all x

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