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7 Pregnancy Symptoms You Might Not Have Heard About

There are so many symptoms during pregnancy that it can be hard to keep track of. While everyone has heard of most of them, morning sickness, swollen feet, etc., there are some pregnancy symptoms you may not have. 

Lesser-Known Pregnancy Symptoms To Recognize

At City of Oaks Midwifery, we want you to be ready for anything your pregnancy throws at you. We can teach you all about these seven possible symptoms with our pregnancy care services

Bleeding Gums

You may not think your pregnancy could affect your dental health, but it can. During your pregnancy, you can experience bleeding gums. 

According to Dr. Micheal Long, there are four significant reasons your gums bleed during pregnancy.

  • Gut Microbiome
  • Changes in Diet
  • Delayed Response to Morning Sickness
  • New Finicky Senses

A Sharp Pain In Your Vagina 

Often referred to as “Lightning Crotch Pain,” this symptom is a sharp pain in the lower pelvic region experienced late in pregnancy. It usually occurs without warning. This pain should only last a few seconds. 

If the pain persists for longer than this, you should consider seeing a doctor as it could be something more serious. 

Leaking Breasts 

It may seem like your breasts would only begin to leak during breastfeeding; however, it can occur earlier than expected. Your breasts start to produce milk during your pregnancy weeks and even months before the baby is due. The substance released is called colostrum. The colostrum is the first milk your body aims to produce for the baby.  

Your body is preparing for the baby and wants to ensure the correct processes are working. It may seem too early to be experiencing this, however, your body knows when this is going to occur.  

Differences In Your Sex Drive 

Your hormones lead to a variety of changes and pregnancy symptoms during this time. One of these is a change in your sex drive. Many pregnant women develop a high sex drive and increase their desire during this time. This stems from an increased libido causing increased vaginal lubrication and a hypersensitive clitoris. All of this also is caused by extra genital blood flow. 

This is an excellent time to take advantage of your feelings with your partner. It may even release the stress you feel about the pregnancy itself. 


The American Pregnancy Association describes the many reasons why women can become constipated during pregnancy. There is an increase in progesterone levels. This change relaxes the intestinal muscle, which then causes foods and waste to have a slower progression through your system. The ways of resolving constipation during pregnancy are the same as they would be during any other time, especially with increasing your fiber intake. 

Feelings of Overheating  

Pregnancy symptoms can appear with changes to your environment as well. While pregnant, your body is working overtime to keep you and your baby healthy. Especially in the summer, the added requirement of cooling off can push your body over the edge. This overheating can bring feelings of dizziness, headaches, and even nausea. This means finding ways to cool yourself off when you know that you will be in a warmer location.   

Changes in Discharge 

Your vaginal discharge during pregnancy can change thickness, consistency, and even amount. These variations in discharge can even be one of the first signs of pregnancy, usually increasing the amount. Closer to your due date, you may also notice streaks of blood in your discharge as pregnancy symptoms. This is not always a cause for alarm, as it often signifies upcoming labor. 

Pregnancy symptoms can catch you off guard when you are unsure of what to look out for. By getting a glimpse at the lesser-known symptoms, you can prepare for the possibility of them. Do you have questions about pregnancy symptoms you are experiencing? Check out our website or give us a call at (919) 823-5394. 

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