This is a condition in whch you don’t have enough red cells in your bloodstream and it is very common during pregnancy because your body needs extra iron so that your baby has a sufficent blood suply and can recive all the nessary oxygen and nutrients.
If you become anaemic you may feel tired and look pale. Your doctor/midwife can do a blood test to check your haemoglobin level and may prescribe you an iron supplement.
Is a common complaint of pregnancy caused by fluid retention. The condition causes pain, numbness and a tingling sensation in your hands and fingers. CTS can be very aggravating and like many other medical complaints in pregnacy, it cannot be treated with medicines. If it becomes very painful your doctor may provide you with a wrist support. After pregnancy/birth the conditon should resolve itself.
Bleeding gums accur due to an increased blood flow so it is important to take special care to keep your gums and teeth healthy by cleaning below the gum line twice a day and flossing. If bleeding persits see your dentist as you may need extra cleaning.
Dental care is free on the NHS during pregnancy and for one year after the birth.
Regular vists to the toliet, indigestion and uncomfortable sleeping positons can cause a disturbed sleep routine. Try to wind down before bedtime with a warm bath, hot drink, book and plenty of pilliows to support your bump and legs. If necessary take a couple of catnaps during the day.
During pregnancy your ligaments become softer and stretch to prepare for labour this can put a strain on the joints of your lower back and pelvis which can cause backache. Some mums to be suffer from backache on and off over the three trimetsers while for others it can be a constant problem for the whole pregnancy. In most cases it will resolve soon after the birth.Your doctor/midwfe may refer you to a physiotherapist if you are in a lot of pain.
Are common during pregnancy due the huge hormonal changes that your body is going through. Some women can also suffer from migraines, this can be linked with stress or certain foods. If your headaches become a real problem talk to your doctor as they may be able to prescribe suitable medication for you to use during pregnancy.
It is very common to become constipated during pregnancy as the hormones which soften all the mucsles of your intestines relax so that they cannot move food through them as quickly. As your pregancy progresses, your womb will become bigger and put pressure on your bowel which can make it difficult for it to work properly. Eating lots of fibre, drinking as much fluid (ideally water) as possible and regular exercise can help with constipation.
The hormonal changes during pregnancy can relax the vessal walls and with the increased blood volume increasing the pressure that is being pumped through theses vessels varicose veins can appear. If you stand for long periods of time or are carrying twins you may be more prone to varicous veins. You may have achey or heavy legs and the veins in your legs may become more prominent. Avoid standing for long periods of time and crossing your legs, you can also try support tights or stockings.
Are very common in pregnancy as many as one in twenty five women suffer. The muscle tone of the bladder becomes reduced which means that the flow of your urine slows down, meaning the bacteria has longer to multiply in the bladder. Urine infections are usally picked up by a urine sample and can be treated by antibiotics. If you are suffering with pain while passing urine, lower back pain, frequent or inabilty to pass urine or a fever talk to your doctor/midwife about a urine test.
Indigestion is often put down to a number of symptoms including heartburn, bloating, nusea and vomiting. Pregnant women are particularly prone to indigestion and as many as half of all women will experience it at some point of their pregnancy. As baby develops, the risk of indigestion increases. This is due to hormone levels rising and increased pressure on the abdomen. Indigestion normaly occurs after eating or drinking. If you are experiencing indigestion regulary your doctor/midwife will be able to perscribe you some antacids.