What are common pregnancy concerns pregnancy?
Many women sail through their pregnancy with few concerns or complications. However, it is not uncommon to experience some symptoms, especially in the early stages.
Tiredness It is not unusual to feel tired. Listen to your body and rest as much as you can.
Breast tenderness This affects some women more than others. It is caused by hormones, including high levels of oestrogen.
Nausea and vomiting These are common, but absence of these symptoms is by no means a sign that your pregnancy is not progressing normally.
A need to urinate more frequently This is caused by increased blood supply and therefore increased volume being filtered by the kidneys.
Dizziness and feeling faint Can be caused by low blood sugar levels, especially if you are not eating properly, or by blood pooling in your legs and not reaching your brain sufficiently. If symptoms keep occurring, consult your doctor.
Abdominal pain Some aches and pains in the lower abdomen are common and are usually a sign that your pelvic ligaments and muscles are being forced to move and stretch as a result of your gradually expanding uterus.
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However, if the ache feels more like a constant pain, or increases in severity, go to see your doctor immediately, especially if you are in the first eight weeks of pregnancy. It is possible that you have an ectopic pregnancy (26) and if this is the case, you will need urgent treatment.
Bleeding This is the single most feared early pregnancy symptom, as it can indicate the start of a miscarriage. However, as many as one in three women have some sort of bleeding in the first trimester, and most go on to carry their pregnancy to term.
Bleeding can range from a little brown bleeding to light red spotting to passing large blood clots, yet any of these can be harmless. However, you should investigate any episode of bleeding, particularly if it is bright red or if you have passed clots. Your local hospital can usually arrange for an ultrasound scan and, as early as the sixth week of pregnancy, a doctor will be able to identify a problem or reassure you that your pregnancy is developing normally.
Build relaxation into your routine and build up your reserves of sleep throughout pregnancy.
No more than an unpleasant, temporary side effect of pregnancy and it poses no danger to the health of their developing baby. Whatever your daily intake, your baby will be taking its nutrients from your existing reserves (163).
Let me reassure you that, in the vast majority of cases, symptoms of nausea and sickness pass by the end of the first trimester, and as soon as you feel better, you will start to replenish those reserves so that you and your baby will have the nutrition you both need in the weeks and months ahead.
I should also emphasize that not feeling sick is not a sign that something is wrong either. Some fortunate women are entirely unaffected by sickness and this has no bearing whatsoever on their overall pregnancy.