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5 Unexpected Things That Can Happen to Your Body When You're Pregnant

From intense dreams to facial hair, pregnancy can cause many weird things to happen to your body.

If you're expecting a baby, you may already be mentally prepared for exhaustion, nausea, and weight gain as your body prepares for labor. However, some embarrassing things may happen to you during pregnancy that can be especially shocking if you're a first-time mom. Here are some of the weirdest changes your body may experience while you're pregnant.

1. Hair Everywhere

Not only do pregnancy hormones cause the hair on your head to grow or become thicker, but you may grow hair in places you don't normally have it. Some women grow hair on their chest, arms, their nipples, or even their face. Fortunately, this unwanted hair will probably fall out after your hormones get back to normal.

2. Foot Growth

Your feet can swell from weight gain and fluid retention and also might grow longer during pregnancy. The hormones that help your joints relax for delivery cause the arches of your feet to fall, sometimes lengthening your feet an entire shoe size. Sometimes this change is permanent.

3. Flatulence Issues

If larger feet and body hair don't make you feel more attractive during pregnancy, the increase in flatulence surely might! Pregnancy causes hormonal surges that may slow down your gastrointestinal tract, causing you to lose control over your sphincter muscle. Although you can't completely mitigate the issue, you can reduce it a little by exercising and avoiding foods that can cause gas such as beans and carbonated drinks.

4. Superhuman Sense of Smell

Your sense of smell gets much better during pregnancy, especially during the first few weeks. You may notice that perfume and food smells may drive you crazy and some women even report smelling things that aren't even there. This increased sensitivity is mostly due to pregnancy hormones and an increased amount of blood circulating in your body.

5. Vivid Dreams

Although you may not normally remember every detail of your dreams, that could change after you become pregnant. Your pregnancy hormones affect your emotions and information processing ability which may cause more intense, colorful dreams. This could also provide a way for you to reflect on any anxiety and insecurity you may have about your pregnancy.

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