Mom-to-be Shares Candid Message About Her 'Weird' Pregnancy Symptoms

Pregnancy can do some seriously strange things to you—and you'll definitely relate to this mom-to-be's on-target post about the crazy ways her body's changing.

Many pregnancy side effects are well-documented. We've seen plenty of fictional characters realize they're pregnant after spontaneous vomiting sessions, we've all witnessed our pregnant friends rushing to the bathroom thanks to that pesky frequent urination thing, and it's common knowledge that hormonal shifts can cause some dramatic mood swings.

But let's get real here: Those symptoms barely scratch the surface of all the strange ways a pregnant body changes

Many of the wacky symptoms are rarely discussed, but real mom-to-be Ellie Bell is getting super honest about them in a recent Instagram post.

There are so many weird pregnancy symptoms no one tells you about... and it's not until you fall pregnant yourself that you find them out. So to save you the (weird) surprise, here's a few: 1. Your hair becomes thick and luscious. True, yes...but that's not just the hair on your head 😳 2. You dribble. You create extra saliva. I've literally dribbled in front of people, both when eating and when talking. 😅 3. Your sense of smell improves, but no one told me by how much. I literally smelt out a sock that was hiding under the bookshelf in our room. Good when cooking, not so much when you're in the gym. 4. You feel a combination of beautiful and weird as your body takes on a new shape (and builds your little human!). 5. Your dreams are SO VIVID. They feel so real, you can almost remember them word for word.... sometimes you're not even sure if things actually happened or if you dreamt it, literally. This is the most incredible journey I've ever experienced. And I love every second of it... weird symptoms and all. I just wanted to give you guys the heads up on a few of the 'secret' symptoms.

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"There are so many weird pregnancy symptoms no one tells you about... and it's not until you fall pregnant yourself that you find them out. So to save you the (weird) surprise, here's a few," the mom-to-be writes. She goes on to list some of the strangest things preggos can expect: seriously thick hair (and not just on your head!), excess saliva production and intensely vivid dreams, to name a few.

Few women are truly prepared for all the strange things that happen during pregnancy. Part of this is inevitable—after all, every pregnancy is different, and you may not experience any of these things (for all we know, you may have your very own collection of weird symptoms!)—but it's also great that this mom-to-be is preparing other ladies for what may lie ahead. It's about time we start talking about the craziest parts of pregnancy (yes, even the gross ones!), don't you think?

What were/are some of your most surprising pregnancy side effects?

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