Complications, Side Effects & Common Questions
During pregnancy, your body goes through a great deal of changes. This has an impact on all of your body including your organs. It is unsurprising then that many pregnant women are likely to suffer from pregnancy problems. While the vast majority of problems during pregnancy are not serious and likely to disappear during your pregnancy or within weeks of giving birth, you need to be aware of the more serious problems. Some could be fatal to you and your unborn baby if they go untreated.
Take a look at our article on problems that can occur during your pregnancy and how to deal with them.
Your body changes a lot during pregnancy. Take a look at common pregnancy side effects and how you can cope with them.
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While a few very lucky women sail through their pregnancy with no side effects or problems, the vast majority will suffer from one or more of the following. These include, but are not limited to, morning sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum, swelling in the legs and ankles, aching joints, stretch marks, constipation, tiredness, sore or leaking breasts, heartburn, bleeding gums, bladder problems, Braxton Hicks contractions, oligohydramnios and polyhydramnios, and in some cases more serious problems like gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, and pre-eclampsia. While this list can seem daunting, remember that most of these pregnancy problems will only last for a certain part of your pregnancy and in most cases there are remedies that can help you. Don't forget to consult your GP, pharmacist or midwife before you take any medication or alternative remedies.
No matter how many pregnancy books you read or conversations you have with other mums or mums-to-be, it can be difficult to know whether your pregnancy is 'normal'. Remember, there are a variety of things that can happen to your baby when it has begun to grow in the womb, including ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy and placental abruption. If you think that something is wrong then you need to trust your own judgment and speak to your midwife or GP immediately. Never feel like you are bothering them as they are there to care for both you and your unborn baby and only you know how you are feeling.