If you thought nosebleeds, acne, strange cravings and supersonic farts were right up there with the strangest pregnancy symptoms, wait until you see this bizarre growth an expecting mum found in her mouth.
Kaeli Taite revealed her strange pregnancy symptom in a TikTok video – a growth on her gums.
@kaelitaite_ ever seen a pregnancy tumor ??? #tumor #surgery #JifRapChallenge #fypシ ♬ Oh my god what is that – Funny memes
Kaeli found the growth while she was pregnant with her twins, Echo and Cove, and it horrified many of her followers.
But Kaeli knew what she’d discovered was a pregnancy tumour.
Her diagnosis was confirmed by ‘TikTok Dentist’ Dr Zainab Mackie.
“Well, that’s an interesting way to find out you’re pregnant. What she’s got is called a pregnancy tumour and it’s also known as pyogenic granuloma.
“The dental ways to know you’re pregnant are sore and bleeding gums.”
@drzmackie #stitch with @kaelitaite_ Pregnancy tumors! #dentist #learnontiktok #pregnant ♬ original sound – Your TikTok Dentist
What is a pregnancy tumour?
While it sounds pretty sinister, a pregnancy tumour, or pyogenic granuloma is actually a benign growth. About five percent of pregnant women find pregnancy tumours on their gums, sometimes they’re painful and sometimes they don’t cause any pain.
There are all sorts of hormonal changes that happen in a woman’s body during pregnancy, and these can cause bleeding gums and some women even claim pregnancy caused their teeth to fall out.
The hormonal changes during pregnancy can make your teeth more vulnerable to plaque, which then triggers inflammation and bleeding gums.
While the experts don’t really know what causes pregnancy tumours, they think these hormone changes are probably to blame. If you do happen to notice a pregnancy tumour, just show your dentist so they can identify exactly what it is. Usually they will shrink on their own after giving birth, but sometimes they do have to be removed.We may get commissions for purchases made using links in this post. Learn more.