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Common Symptoms in Pregnancy

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Nausea and vomiting


70% to 85% of women experience nausea and/or vomiting in the first trimester. Most cases resolve between 16-20 weeks. Nausea and vomiting are not usually associated with a poor pregnancy outcome but severe symptoms can lead to dehydration. If you are badly affected, please discuss with your GP or midwife.

General advice should be to eat small amounts of simple food often, drink sips of water and there is some evidence for vitamin B6 supplementation (pyridoxine) 12.5mg morning and lunch and 25mg at night. Otherwise an antihistamine called doxylamine 25mg at night can assist but can also cause drowsiness. Both are available over-the-counter at a pharmacy.



Is common, especially in later pregnancy. First try changing your diet so that you eat smaller quantities and more often. Avoid spicy food. Antacids (gaviscon/mylanta) may help and you can discuss this with your GP.



Make sure you have a healthy balanced diet with plenty of bran and vegetables. You should also drink plenty of fluids (about 2 litres daily).

If you develop haemorrhoids/piles which cause you trouble, consult your GP who might offer you a soothing cream.

Varicose veins


You might benefit from compression stockings. Discuss with your midwife or GP.




Is not uncommon during pregnancy. Avoid carrying heavy things. Swimming and massage therapy might help. Ask your GP or midwife about Back Care Classes.

Vaginal discharge


An increased vaginal discharge is common in pregnancy. If you develop thrush please discuss this with your GP who can give you treatment for it. Avoid over the counter oral treatments for thrush.

Cystitis / urinary infection


Consult your GP if you develop any urinary symptoms or you are unwell with a temperature so that your urine may be tested. Urine infections are more common in pregnancy and can lead to preterm labour if not treated.

Bleeding and abdominal pain


It is quite common to feel niggles in your abdomen and pelvis during pregnancy; the uterus and surrounding organs are going through a lot of changes. Also vaginal spot bleeding may be seen during pregnancy but be completely normal.

However, if you develop any significant vaginal bleeding or abdominal pain you should contact your doctor. as this always needs to be taken seriously.

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