Strange things that happened during my pregnancy

Much of my pregnancy with my daughter was by the book. However, I did have some strange things that I couldn't have made up if I tried. Here's a list of some of them.

1. Around week 5, I broke out in hives. Itchy itchy hives. My healthcare professionals initially thought that it was due to something I ate, but as time progressed and the hives continued, they decided it was due to my pregnancy and prescribed that I take an OTC allergy medication (I chose Zyrtec's generic). The hives disappeared, thank goodness, leading me to believe that I'm a little allergic to being pregnant.

2. Around week 20, I thought I was past the hive stage and tried to stop taking the Zyrtec. That day was the only day I threw up in my entire pregnancy. Apparently a weird side effect of some OTC allergy meds is that they help with nausea.

3. I took the Metro to and from work. I would get very, very motion sick, especially near the end of my route. When the sickness felt like it was getting unbearable, though, I would sneeze, and the nausea would alleviate. Googling shows that, at least anecdotally, nausea and sneezing somehow connects.

4. Also strange, around the middle of my pregnancy, I had some back issues. My back would hurt really badly in the early morning, until I went to the restroom. Slightly TMI, I apologize, when I peed first thing in the morning, my back would actually crack, and the pain would alleviate. Gross but true.

Do or did you have any super-strange pregnancy symptoms?

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    06/06/14
    Woah, your back cracked when you peed? That must have been uncomfortable!

    I had the pregnancy from hell with my oldest. It's like my body revolted in every way possible to being pregnant. I had HG and spent several months on bedrest with home IV's. This caused my kidneys and heart to react to the severe dehydration so I had to constantly to pee strips to check my ketones and I had to visit the cardiologist. Somewhere in all of this I had a suspected DVT and was again hospitalized on bed rest while they monitored me and I was on blood thinners. My amniotic fluid was low so they finally induced me once I was medically cleared to be induced.

    So, needless to say when I got the positive pregnancy test with my youngest I FREAKED out. I did not want to go through all of that again so I was terrified. Oddly enough there were absolutely no complications that time around.
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    06/06/14
    Wow, I can understand why you were nervous with the second! I was lucky that none of my strange things were harmful or dangerous (until the very end and preeclampsia worries, but that turned out fine too).
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      06/06/14
      amanda
      I craved food I have never even tried before. I all of a sudden started liking sour cream and tomatoes (I didn't like either before I got pregnant). I hadn't smoked in about 7 years but I was craving cigarettes like crazy. I also had no sex drive most of my pregnancies and it physically hurt to have sex. :/
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        06/06/14
        8Theresa Gould
        No, I don't think I did. The biggest thing for me was my sciatica....never experienced something like that before!
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          06/07/14
          Besides the high sensitivity to smells and the constant spitting, my most memorable was my short term memory loss, which became progressive as the pregnancy grew on,my worst episode was when in my third trimester I was running a little late for my Drs. appointment so I got my youngest Savannah dressed very quickly and jumped in the car and sped off to the clinic, I finally arrived jumped out and beginning to feed the meter when a Good Samaritan walked up to me with a strange grin and said in this very weird tone "You must be getting close" she pointed down at my belly I briefly looked and smiled thinking okay so I'm getting close lady I don't have time to chat I'm already late (oh and I was super mean also during pregnancy) but when I glanced down I saw what she meant I HAD MADE IT ALL THE WAY To the Drs. Office with no blouse on I was so embarrassed I just got back in the car and cried ( the kind with snot and buggers) Needless to say I missed that appointment that day my family thought that this was so funny! (WHATEVER) still not funny to me...
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          06/09/14
          Oh my goodness, I want to go back and hug past-you for this one!
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            06/07/14
            I did have this hideous nursing bra on though! Mortifying!
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            Born: Homestead, Pennsylvania
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