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Pregnancy Symptoms and Pains

Covers all topics on common symptoms found during pregnancy and how to reduce or cope with the pain.

Morning sickness

Morning sickness

Many women feel sick or throw up during pregnancy. It’s usually worse during the first 12 week of pregnancy.

Pelvic pain

Pelvic pain

Some women develop pelvic pain during  pregnancy. This is sometimes also called pelvic girdle pain (PGP) or symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD).

Diarrhea

Diarrhea

Diarrhea is defined as having three or more loose or liquid bowel movements in a 24 hour period. It is one of the most unfortunate illnesses during

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes is when a woman who did not previously suffer from diabetes develops diabetes during pregnancy.

Constipation

Constipation

Constipation occurs when there is abdominal pain or discomfort, difficult and infrequent bowel movements, and the passage of hard stools.

Itching and intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy

Itching and intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy

Itching is common in pregnancy. Usually it's thought to be caused by raised levels of hormones. Also, the stretched skin of your tummy as it grows can

Severe vomiting: Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Severe vomiting: Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Around 7 out of every 10 pregnant women experience nausea or vomiting. Up to 1 in every 100 pregnant women experience excessive vomiting known as

Headaches

Headaches

Some pregnant women find they get lots of headaches. They are most common in early pregnancy and usually improve or stop completely during the last 6

Leg cramps

Leg cramps

Leg cramps are those painful sensations in your legs that often occur at night during pregnancy.

Indigestion and heartburn

Indigestion and heartburn

Indigestion, also called heartburn or acid reflux is a common problem during a pregnancy. It is caused by hormonal changes and the growing baby

Ankle swelling

Ankle swelling

Swelling happens when your body holds on to more fluid than usual during pregnancy. This is called oedema.

Linea nigra

Linea nigra

This is the vertical line that appears down the middle of your belly around the fourth or fifth month of pregnancy. 

Leaking nipples

Leaking nipples

Some women notice that their nipples leak during pregnancy. And that is completely normal, because the breasts often start to produce milk weeks or

Baby blues and postpartum depression

Baby blues and postpartum depression

The birth of a baby can trigger powerful emotions, excitement, joy or fear. It can also result in depression. The level of depression can be diagnosed

Incontinence

Incontinence

Bladder and bowel control problems are common symptoms during pregnancy and after giving birth. In fact, around 1 in 3 women who ever had a baby,

Vaginal discharge

Vaginal discharge

All women, whether pregnant or not, have some vaginal discharge. But when you're pregnant, it's normal to have more than usual. 

Haemorrhoids (piles)

Haemorrhoids (piles)

Haemorrhoids are swollen veins in or around the lower rectum and anus. They’re also called piles.

Hair growth

Hair growth

Pregnancy hormones can increase hair growth and many women notice that their hair is thicker and healthier looking while expecting. Sometimes,

Nosebleeds

Nosebleeds

Nosebleeds are quite common in pregnancy. Although a nosebleed seems frightening, there is nothing to worry about as long as you do not lose

Vaginal bleeding

Vaginal bleeding

Despite being relatively common, bleeding during pregnancy can be dangerous. Bleeding can have several causes.  

Abdominal pain

Abdominal pain

Stomach (abdominal) pains or cramps are common in pregnancy. Though the symptoms are usually normal, they can be a sign of something more serious that

Varicose veins

Varicose veins

Some women experience varicose veins during pregnancy. They appear when the uterus applies pressure to the large vein (inferior vena cava), which

Skin changes

Skin changes

Pregnancy brings glowing skin and rosy cheeks to many women. Others, however, experience skin changes that aren’t so attractive.

Back pain

Back pain

It is very common to get backache or back pain during pregnancy, especially in the early stages.

Stretch marks

Stretch marks

Stretch marks are thin pink or purple lines that appear on the surface of the skin.

Tiredness, fatigue and exhaustion

Tiredness, fatigue and exhaustion

It's common to feel exhausted during pregnancy, especially in the first 12 weeks.

Mood swings

Mood swings

Mild mood swings have always been considered normal in pregnancy. However, for some women, it is more than a mood swing.

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