5 Totally Weird Pregnancy Symptoms

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Did you know that you were pregnant fairly early on after you conceived? You know -- before the whole achy boobs, insane nausea, and extreme fatigue set in? I did.

About four or five days after I got pregnant with my son, I completely had a meltdown because my husband picked up barbecue take-out for dinner on his way home from work and forgot the potato salad.

Who freaks out over a picnic food? I knew that something just wasn't quite right with me -- and a positive pregnancy test confirmed my suspicions.

I'm definitely not the only woman who ever lashed out over something fairly stupid during pregnancy, and odd mood swings are a symptom that many women experience. However, there are a few things that can occur during pregnancy that are a bit more unexpected!

1. Making donkey noises. Can you even imagine waking up one day and getting out of bed only to realize that you suddenly sound like a farm animal? Because it happened to an 18-year old pregnant girl in the UK named Cody Hagel, who started making donkey noises shortly after she conceived. Cody wasn't quite as shocked as most people would be at the whole donkey thing because she'd already been suffering from Tourette's syndrome since she was 14-years old. Apparently pregnancy can trigger new forms of "tics" in Tourette's sufferers, and since she lives on a farm where there are donkeys, she thinks that is why she picked up the noises. She's taking her new sounds with a grain of salt, and her light-hearted attitude on her condition is incredibly refreshing. She's wise beyond her years, that's for sure!

2. Changes to your voice. It may not be quite as quirky as sounding like a donkey, but Julia Roberts had changes to her voice while pregnant. She wound up talking, and even laughing, at a lower tone than normal. How weird is it that this "Pretty Woman" wound up sounding more like a man? Of course, a lot of men find the whole husky voice thing pretty sexy.

3. Bizarre pregnancy cravings. Have you heard about those women who crave really strange foods while they are pregnant -- like soil? Britney Spears supposedly had a hankering for dirt while she was expecting. But perhaps the oddest part of this pregnancy symptom is the fact that we aren't really all that shocked by it. C'mon -- would your jaw really drop to the floor if you saw Brit reach down and grab a handful of soil and stick it in her mouth? I didn't think so.

4. Excessive farting. Another embarrassing symptom that some of us don't want to admit having? Lots and lots of gas. Sometimes it's just impossible to suck 'em in while you're pregnant. But I guess it's better to just laugh about gas the way Jessica Simpson did instead of getting all bent out of shape about it.

5. Increased foot size. Many women find themselves needing to go out and buy new shoes while they are pregnant. In fact, some women may even go up as much as a size-and-a-half! Sometimes foot size goes back to normal, and sometimes it doesn't. But then again, do us gals ever really need a good excuse to go shoe shopping?

Are you experiencing anything unusual or that you did not expect while pregnant?

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gotta... gottalovemal

My shoe size went up half a size and never came back :( I was upset i had to buy new shoes. I was just exhausted all the time. Like it took all the energy in the world for me to go from my bed to the fridge to eat... and then I realized I must be pregnant and sure enough a couple weeks later my doctor confirmed it!!

Kwiat2 Kwiat2

Mine also went up half a size and never came back.

nonmember avatar S. Winnie

I didn't know it yet, but I was about 7 weeks along and I suddenly hated the taste of alcohol and hookah smoke made me cough, so I just stopped using both without realizing why they were bothering me. In my third trimester, I could go through gallons of chocolate milk in a week. It's like, no matter how much I drank, it never satiated my thirst.

craft... craftycatVT

I started craving tomato based foods before I even knew I was pregnant. Salsa, spaghetti sauce, etc.

nonmember avatar mamaleigh

I drank GALLONS of tomato juice and my armpits itched like crazy. And my shoe size went up a half a size like some of you and never went back down.

Za245 Za245

I have horrible gas while pregnant. When I was expecting my first, we had a dog so I could blame her for it, my husband never figured it out. My feet also grew half a size and wanted to eat nothing but Campbell's vegetable soup and Heinz canned noodles.

Kimbyann Kimbyann

I got sick of italian food fast and I barely could run out to the car anymore. I can only drink water and milk and Ive never liked raw veggies before. Knew something was up. I remember thinking um whats wrong with me

ncraw... ncrawford89

I was really exhausted all of a sudden for no apparent reason.  Then, when I was only maybe a week along, I went to smoke hookah with my husband and friends and the smoke immediately made me nauseous and gave me a headache;  that's when I knew something was up, and I found out I was pregnant with my first a week and a half later :)

MIA0223 MIA0223

Facial discoloration. Didn't have it with DD. But my left cheek and my forehead are much darker this time. I look like a freak.

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

My first pregnancy was such a breeze, but now Im 7 weeks in with my second and I feel as if I'm going to implode from the waist in. I feel nauseated while starving at the same time....about the only thing I feel like eating is lemons and water (like, literally eating lemons...like an orange). Fortunately zofran has helped with that but a couple weird things that are going on with me now are excessive saliva production and excessive sweating. Does anyone else drool while pregnant? lol

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