Weird Things That Happen When You're Pregnant

Odds are, you're not even thinking about getting pregnant, but we know you're curious about the symptoms, especially after reading about all the celebs who are prego right now. Cosmo Radio women's health expert Jennifer Wider, M.D., author of The New Mom's Survival Guide, dished on all the weird things that happen during pregnancy.
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You Feel Like You Have the Flu

...Or at least a low-level one. What's up with that? Early in a pregnancy, some women feel nauseous all the time, have a higher body temp, and feel wiped out all the time, just like you do when you have the flu.

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Your Breasts Change

Early on in a pregnancy, your breasts grow rapidly, they can increase by a full cup size or more, because they're storing fat and the milk glands are increasing in size to prepare for breastfeeding. They also feel tender.

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You Can't Go No. 2

Pregnancy hormones relax the bowel muscles, which allow food to stay around longer so you can absorb the max amount of nutrients for the baby. As a result, you don't poo as often, and some women get constipated.

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You Hate Foods You Used to Love

Hormonal changes can really throw your body out of whack and make you feel nauseous. As a result, pregnant women can suddenly be turned off by foods they used to love. They also have a heightened sense of smell, which can throw you off certain foods.

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Your Feet Grow

When you're pregnant, your bod retains water which can make your feet swell. Pregnancy hormones can also relax the ligaments in your feet, making them wider. The ligament changes are permanent in most women, so your feet could go up a shoe size, and stay that way.

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You Feel Like You Have Gas

When the baby first starts moving in there, it feels weird. Some women describe it as feeling like butterfly flutters, others think it feels like gas.

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You Get Heartburn

Pregnancy hormones cause the muscles at the top of your stomach that prevent stomach acid from going up the esophagus to relax. As a result, the acid can go up your throat and cause heartburn.

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Your Va-jay-jay Hurts

As the baby grows, it puts a lot of pressure on your pelvic muscles which can make you feel sore down there all the time. Once it drops during the third trimester, you might feel sharp pains from time to time as it moves.

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Your Skin Changes Color

A condition called melasma can develop which causes the skin on your face to change color due to the overproduction of melanin. This usually affects your cheeks, nose, and forehead.

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