From bleeding gums to lucid dreams, a health expert reveals some of the most bizarre pregnancy symptoms—and shares the real reason why women experience each one
- Claudia Bastidis shared some of the things that can happen during pregnancy
- She said she had bleeding gums, vivid dreams, and dark nipples
- Other strange symptoms that may occur include congestion and hot flashes
A health expert has revealed some of the weirdest pregnancy symptoms — and shared the real reason women experience each one.
Claudia Bastidis, MBBS, who is the director of medical precision at Flow Health, recently talked about some of the things that can happen to a mom’s body that aren’t talked about—from lucid dreams and bleeding gums to darkened nipples and a heightened sense of smell.
Almost every pregnant woman knows to look out for the common signs like morning sickness, missed period, and sore breasts, but in reality there are a lot of changes that happen after pregnancy that aren’t as well known.
According to the doctor, one of the most unexpected indications that you are having a baby is the change in your dreams.
A health expert has revealed some of the weirdest pregnancy symptoms — and shared the real reason women experience each one (stock photo)
Claudia Bastidis (seen), MBBS, recently talked about some of the things that can happen to an expecting mother’s body that aren’t talked about
“While this is an unexpected symptom for many, it is often normal to have particularly vivid and frequent dreams during pregnancy,” she explained.
The most unexpected symptom of pregnancy, according to Claudia Bastidis
- Strong smell
- pelvic pain
- Change in nipple color
- bleeding gums
- hot flashes
- changes in taste
Dreaming occurs during the REM phase of the sleep cycle, and we typically experience four or five dream episodes a night.
“However, pregnant women may wake more frequently throughout the night and are more likely to recall their dreams, as REM is frequently interrupted.”
Claudia said that another thing a pregnant woman should expect is a “sudden sharp pain” in the “vagina or pelvic” area.
And while some might think that meant something was wrong with the baby, she insisted that it was, in fact, completely normal.
“It is more prevalent in the third trimester, which may be due to increased pressure on the pelvic nerves as your baby grows,” she said.
Plus, she explains, pregnant women may have an increased sensitivity to smells or tastes, as well as a change in the color of their nipples — due to their changing hormone levels.
News-medical.net reports that “As pregnancy progresses, the nipples and the skin around them become darker in color as a result of hormones affecting skin pigmentation.”
Veins in the breast may become more prominent as blood flow to the breast increases.
“This is due to the fact that the woman’s total blood volume is increased to aid in the development of the baby.”
According to the doctor (pictured), one of the most unexpected indications that you are having a baby is a change in your dreams
Claudia said (seen) Another thing a pregnant woman should expect is a “sudden sharp pain” in the “vaginal or pelvic” area during the third trimester.
Another thing to watch out for when you’re expecting is something known as pregnancy gingivitis — or bleeding gums.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can make your gums more susceptible to plaque, which leads to inflammation and bleeding. NHS He said.
Other things on Claudia’s list of weird pregnancy symptoms included congestion, hot flashes, tears, and insomnia.
Some women may notice nasal congestion due to inflammation of the lining of the mucous membranes, while hot flashes can occur when their metabolism speeds up.
“Pregnancy can be a time full of unexpected surprises,” concluded Claudia.