Every pregnant woman experiences odd symptoms they never heard of, no matter how well-read they are.
I thought I knew it all by the time I was halfway through my first pregnancy. I grilled my ob/gyn on all the necessaries and read every pregnancy book I could get my hands on. I googled a LOT of stuff.
Despite my obsession…I mean, dedication to being well-informed, more than one surprise awaited me. I knew my feet might grow, but I had no idea my skin might never be the same. Even with all my research and all the well-meaning relatives who peppered me with stories and advice, I wasn’t fully prepared (like you can ever be prepared for becoming a parent.)
Ancient people thought the gods spontaneously bestowed babies upon women who were worthy of parenthood; they didn’t connect pregnancy with the act of sex at all. We’ve come a long way since then, and, unlike the cave ladies, today’s pregnant woman is well-informed.
There are, however, a handful of factoids most pregnant women haven’t gleaned. Every woman who has ever been pregnant can tell you about some odd symptom she had never heard of until she experienced it, no matter how well-read she was. In deed, pregnancy does some weird things to the body.