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Everyone knows about common pregnancy side effects such as morning sickness, heartburn, and uncontrollable cravings for certain foods. But you might not have heard that some women crave dirt (yes, the stuff that comes from the ground!) or produce so much saliva that they have to spit. Find out more about these and other strange, surprising pregnancy symptoms.
Do you crave things like ice, chalk, or even dirt? Then you may have pica, a craving for nonfood items. No one knows what causes these unusual cravings, but a combination of biochemical, psychological, and cultural factors probably contribute.
Find out more about pica during pregnancy.
If you have a runny or stuffed-up nose during pregnancy, then you're one of the 20 to 30 percent of women who get this type of congestion. Rhinitis of pregnancy, as it's called, can start as early as your second month and continue until your baby's birth or even a few weeks afterward.
Find out more about rhinitis during pregnancy.
Experts don't know why expecting moms salivate so much that they need to spit, but it's probably from hormonal changes and nausea in early pregnancy.
Find out more about excessive salivation during pregnancy.
Many women have bleeding gums during pregnancy, which can show up as a little pink spot on your toothbrush or a bit of blood seeping from your gums after you floss. This mild form of gum disease is partly caused by hormonal changes that make your gums more sensitive to the bacteria in plaque.
Find out more about bleeding gums during pregnancy.
Facial and body hair
Are you growing hair in new or unwanted places? Most moms-to-be have heard that pregnancy often leads to a head full of luxurious hair, but they're often surprised to find that this can also happen in other parts of the body, including the face.
Find out more about hair changes during pregnancy.