When most people think about pregnancy symptoms, they think of morning sickness or a woman racing to the bathroom every 12 seconds. But, bladder control and your gag reflex aren’t the only things that get affected by pregnancy. Lots of women experience weird and completely random symptoms you’d never even expect.
Take Amanda Seyfriend for example. The former Mean Girls actress is expecting her first child with her fiancé, Thomas Sadoski, and she recently revealed that pregnancy has given her an uncommon skill. Apparently, Seyfried can smell electricity. “I swear to god I can smell the TV,” she told Refinery29. “There’s this static-y, metal-y scent. Do you know what I’m talking about?”
Smelling electricity sounds like some weird sort of superpower, and while it probably won’t make the official list of symptoms in What To Expect When You’re Expecting, I don’t doubt for a second that Seyfried’s being honest. As Jezebel noted, lots of people online claim “high voltage discharges and corona effect may produce ozone, [which] has a pungent odor.” Plus, being knocked up causes all sorts of crazy shit to happen.
I asked moms what random symptoms they developed when they were pregnant with their kids. Here, 10 women reveal the strangest and most hilarious “superpowers” they got from being pregnant.
1. I transformed into a sex goddess.
“Being pregnant made sex better. Is that a superpower? It should be. Because yes, pregnant sex made me feel really empowered and lusty. I felt like a dang sexual goddess while pregnant. That’s definitely a superpower.” – Tamara G.
2. I could fall sleep literally anywhere.
“My superpower was utter and complete exhaustion. I had the ability to fall asleep anywhere, anytime — even if I just woke up. I also developed the ability to consume mass amounts of Pop Tarts.” – Erin B.
3. I could smell everything.
“During my pregnancy, I had a heightened sense of smell that gave me a severe aversion to artificial scents. My husband literally dragged me, kicking and screaming, to take a shower after two weeks of refusing to bathe because of the smells of the soap, shampoo, and conditioner. I felt in that moment that I really understood why dogs, with their heightened sense of smell, hate baths.” – Nicole S.
4. I grew superhuman amounts of hair.
“The second I got pregnant, I started growing hair like crazy. Chin hair, super thick pit hair, extra long arm hair, ear hair — it was seriously ridiculous. I still get chin hairs and random long arm hairs. Lots of my friends do too. Buckle up, moms, because shit gets freaky.” – Ashley M.
5. My man-hating abilities were at an all-time high.
“For a couple of months in my second trimester I couldn’t bear to be around any men that weren’t my hubby, dad, or my brother. A really good friend called one night to say he had been dumped by his girlfriend and had no where to go. I tried to refuse to let him sleep on the sofa for one night! My husband thought I had completely lost it and had to bribe me with croissants for breakfast to get me to agree. Just the thought of having him in the house made me so angry!” – Lindsay C., Reddit
6. I started sneezing for two.
“This is weird and random, but with both of my pregnancies, I sneezed twice every single time I sneezed. When I’m not pregnant, that almost never happens.” – Krista D.
7. My cravings helped me predict my baby’s sex.
“With my daughter, I couldn’t abide even seeing meat, let alone eating it. Two weeks after my positive pregnancy test with my son, I craved and ate a giant ribeye. I knew immediately I was having a boy.” – Katie S.
8. I got the power of amazing skin.
“My personal superpower was I had uh-mazing skin (for me) when I was pregnant with both of my boys. One friend even says she knew I was pregnant with my second child since my skin was so clear.” – Stacey F.
9. My superpower was being paranoid about my superpowers.
“This might sound stupid, but my complete lack of pregnancy symptoms made me super paranoid about the baby not developing or me not having the right hormones, etc. I don’t know anywhere that mentions, ‘You might feel great and be just like a fat version of your old self.'” – Axenus, Reddit
10. I got super cleavage.
“My boobs got HUGE. I’m usually a B cup, and by the end of my pregnancy I was wearing a D. They eventually disappeared, but for a little while there I understood all the hype about big boobs. They really are magical.” – Lindsey R.