Bizarre Side Effects Of Pregnancy

What have your experiences been?

There's been a bit of a breakthrough for doctors trying to find a way to treat Melasma.  It's what's known as the "mask of pregnancy"--dark patches in the skin of pregnant women.  Some doctors are trying to use laser resurfacing to treat the splotches. 

Melasma is a pretty common side effect of pregnancy, though an unexpected one.  There's much more to carrying a child than just aching backs and getting tired out easily.

One of the most surprising side effects I've dealt with is restless legs and cramps in my calves in the middle of the night.  As with anything that concerns me, I talked to my doctor about some ways to deal and treat these, in the grand scheme of things, minor issues. 

On the upside, pregnancy has been great to my hair.  I wish it was as much of a bonus to my skin!

Many moms will agree the ailments that accompany pregnancy are worthwhile burdens to bear in order to bring a baby into the world. 

What kinds of surprising side effects have you dealt with during pregnancy? 



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  • by TRACY Location: MARTIN CO on Feb 10, 2010 at 01:36 PM
    Bad acid reflux and shortness of breath.
  • by Seth's Mommy Location: Pitt County on Jan 30, 2010 at 04:35 PM
    Hi Heather, congratulations on your new little one. I also dealt with leg cramps that would wake me in the middle of the night. When I was 5-6 months along, I experienced sciatica in my lower back. It was awful--I could not get comfortable sitting. A heating pad became my very best friend. It eventually eased off but I remember thinking, I hope I don't have to endure this 3-4 more months! In the end, I will say that the discomforts you experience during pregnancy are definitely worth it. Good luck!
  • by another mom on Jan 29, 2010 at 07:39 AM
    Try drinking a lot of water during the day to help with the leg cramps. That helped me.
  • by mom on Jan 28, 2010 at 11:21 AM
    i loved mashed potatoes and gravy. i did have some bad side effects like high blood pressure and getting preecclampsia really early, it wasn't fun what so ever. but you forget all the bad things when you hold that bundle of joy for the first time.
  • by Betty Location: Greenville on Jan 19, 2010 at 04:48 AM
    Some of the odd side effects that I had were craving thousand island dressing, liking the smell of leather, and chewing grape bubblegum.
  • by Abby and Zac's Mama Location: Lenoir Co on Jan 16, 2010 at 08:29 PM
    Trust me all those aches, acne, vomiting, stretch marks, and labor are worth it when you see that perfect scrunched up face and your eyes meet. It was priceless twice and I'd do it all over again to have them in my life. My husband and I just look at them and it is amazing how one second they look like me and the other minute their Daddy. Sounds mushy but it's true. Then they'll throw a fit in the grocery store and fight in the car the whole way home. Afterwards they'll fall asleep in your arms and your heart will melt all over again. Then a new day begins.
  • by Mom of two Location: LA on Jan 16, 2010 at 12:26 PM
    Hoo Hoo pain while walking...7-9 months.
  • by Danyel Location: New Bern on Jan 12, 2010 at 02:30 AM
    While I was pregnant with my first child, I had 2 moles that got hard as a rock and turned black. The other 2 pregnancies brought more moles that were much smaller, all over my neck and chest. My mother said that it was called tedder moles, now I'm 41 and they are still there, but over the years some of them have gotten black and hard and fell off.One of the first ones was removed by my Dr. by tieing a string aroung the base and pullin it tight. It fell off a couple days later.Not a very attractive side effect to preganacy for me and quite embarrasing..

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