The Most Bizarre Pregnancy Side Effects You've Never Heard Of

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I thought Kim Kardashian's ultra-trout-pout was the strangest pregnancy symptom I'd ever read about, but Kristen Bell may have her beat with her so-called "Mommy voice." Apparently her voice dropped a few tones right before she had her daughter Lincoln Bell, which became obvious because Bell was voicing a character in the upcoming animated film Frozen. Bell says,

The pregnancy did change my voice. It made it deeper. There were more womanly tones when I did one recording while I was extremely pregnant. After I had the baby, I had to go back and re-record those lines so they matched. There was something more ‘Mommy’ about my voice and we had to fix it. It was one of those hormonal things that happen, I guess.

Fuller lips? A huskier, more womanly voice? (Why did I get stuck with the unattractive pregnancy symptoms, like nausea, gas, skin tags, and cankles?) It makes me wonder, are there other totally oddball pregnancy signs I've never even heard of before?

There are plenty of physical signs of pregnancy that I'm either personally familiar with or have heard referenced time and time again. For instance: upset stomach, a super-enhanced sense of smell, restless leg syndrome, congestion, hemorrhoids, exhaustion, headaches, nonstop peeing, giant hooters, itching, constipation, food cravings/aversions, larger feet, heartburn, skin tone and texture changes, hair growth, bleeding gums, clumsiness, a metallic taste in the mouth, 'pregnancy brain,' and excess saliva.

Gosh, anyone else humming "Your Body Is a Wonderland" right now?

Anyway, despite that startlingly long and yet incomplete list, Kim Kardashian was the first person I'd heard of with "pregnancy lips." (Frankly, I'm still not 100 percent sure I buy that explanation, but whatever. For the sake of this discussion, I'll give her the non-filler benefit of the doubt.) Bell's deeper "Mommy voice" during pregnancy was brand new to me, too.

I asked my Twitter network whether they'd experienced any outside-the-box (er, so to speak) pregnancy symptoms, and the answers truly surprised me:

Does pica count? They were paving our road. I wanted to take a fork to it. -- Cyndy

I knew I was pregnant the second time when I could hear EVERY TIME my heart beat. The entire pregnancy. -- Mrs. Commoner

Excessive earwax. Like, flowing. -- Lynette

I also (OMG) had a raging diaper rash (not yeast infection! Straight-up diaper rash) on my lady bits. Dr. said 'it's sort of common' but no one I talked to knew that to be a pregnancy symptom. -- Samantha

I have this thing we call Fire Ears (bright red, swollen, hot) and they were pretty much on fire my third trimester. -- Daisy

One of my armpits turned brown. Just one. -- Anne

With my first two I had an intolerance to raw onion. Made my tongue & lips itch & tingle any time I ate it. -- Elsha

Insane carpal tunnel. Couldn't type, had to wear wrist braces to be able to sleep. -- PinkHerring

My hearing got super sensitive and I couldn't stand music/listening to the radio. -- Jesse

I became violently, weirdly allergic/intolerant to dairy. Couldn't even look at it. Went away as soon as I delivered. -- Jonna

Tonsil stones. AGH GROSS YUCK. Only while pg. -- A'Dell

Lumps in my jaw. Went away after delivery! Pregnancy is so magical! -- Jess

I developed a streak of red hair that faded a few months after my son was born. -- Valerie

Hives! Constant persistent hives. -- Awkwardlysocial

I smelled phantom cigarette smoke for weeks. SO weird. -- Melissa

Crazy, right? Who knew there were so many bizarre pregnancy side effects that never make it into the "What to Expect" books? (Also, I had to look up "tonsil stones" aaaaaaand let's just say my acid reflux doesn't seem so bad in retrospect.)

Did you have any rare or super-strange pregnancy symptoms?

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JS0512 JS0512

I was watching your Twitter replies last night (I'm not creepy!) and the one about Pica & the road paving got me!  I guess I had it easy with the horrible awful sucky PUPPS (I swear I still have nightmares), preeclampsi and like someone mentioned, I suddenly became lactose intolerant with my first.  12 years later, it hasn't gone away!  In addition to a slight hair color change (a shade or two darker) my hair went from stick straight to wavy after my first pregnancy.

Casey Dalbey

I had the dairy intollerance during my 3rd and part of my 4th pregnancy. Everyone around me acted like I was making it up!!! The OB with my 4th was completely behind me in that it wasn't in my head.

nonmember avatar Rebecca

You know how your boobs get bigger when you're pregnant? That's how I discovered I had breast tissue in my left armpit. It even came complete with a teeny wee nipple. The worst was when my milk came in and I couldn't put my arm down. Then when I'd feed my daughter milk would come out of my armpit too. So not awesome.

nonmember avatar Megz

With my first I developed an allergy to almost every single fruit, if it has seeds or a pit in it I can't eat it. With my second I develop an allergy to almonds, and my lactose intolerance went away.

Tonya Egeland-Parton

Varicose vein in my lady parts that made me start waddling at 5 months.  SUPER awesome and sexy!  (sarcasm!) Pregnancy is so fun!

Melis... Melissa1508

I had a horrible aversion to coffee, which I dearly love.  I couldn't stand the smell during both pregnancies and would yack if I smelled it.  At the end of my first pregnancy, I couldn't stand Mexican food, which I also dearly love.  My hips expanded, my rib cage expanded, my feet grew half a size.  haha  My nose got bigger during the first pregnancy but went back to normal afterward.  Linda, I also had some of your non-pleasant side effects as well.  haha  Oh!  I also couldn't stand the smell of the oven pre-heating.  Who can really smell that anyway?  haha

nonmember avatar Kim

During all three pregnancies, instead of craving food, I craved smells. During one I put Pine-sol in a Febreze bottle so I could squirt it every so often, and during another I carried a baggie of mothballs around so I could smell them whenever. It was frustrating, because I craved things that could be very harmful if sniffed a lot, like charcoal with the lighter fluid added!

Leslie Jones McCloud

With my daughter, I had to have liver sandwiches with mayo on white bread. The sandwich made me wretch after delivery.  I cried a lot  with my son. It was so much so nonsense that I would get on my own nerves and just go to sleep after a while.

Sonja Holzman

My husband and I used to eat chicken at least twice a week.  When I was pregnant with my first child, I couldn't even look at chicken - total aversion.  Went away but we still don't have it as often and I still gag when I look at raw chicken.  With my son, I had insane cravings for Cinnabon cinnamon rolls.  Like, I'm surprised I didn't gaine 20 extra pounds type cravings.  I would find excuses to go to the mall so I could get my fix.  My son LOVES cinnamon to this day.  Coincidence?  I think not.  

the4m... the4mutts

Aside from PUPPS with 2 of my pregnancies, I cant really think of anything odd-ish that happened to me during pregnancy. From some of these replies, I consider myself lucky with pupps haha

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