One more to file under Bizarro Pregnancy Side Effects: a bright-red, all over flush that comes and goes randomly.

I look like a lobster. A very, very pregnant lobster. (Perhaps more like a fat crab? That fits, too.) Sometimes I get hot flashes, but that doesn’t necessarily reflect my appearance; the red-faced flush can show up without me feeling any differently. I’ll look into the mirror after peeing for the 300th time in a day, and lo and behold – BRIGHT RED. It looks like a combination of vicious sunburn and extreme embarrassment.

At least this is one of the few side effects that doesn’t really hurt. Unlike my super-sized stretch-mark-encased belly, achy back, stuffy nose, sinus headaches, heartburn, and insomnia. Or my sugar-restricted diet. Now THAT one really hurts.