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A-Z Pregnancy Symptoms

Did your pregnancy dreams include visions of a neat rounded belly, and little kicks that made your heart flutter? While it's true that pregnancy has its share of wonderful moments and experiences to cherish, it also has a raft of less than fabulous pregnancy symptoms - including many you'd rather not discuss in public and many you'd probably like to forget (which you will, by the way, since forgetfulness is another symptom).

There are pregnancy symptoms you expected (like morning sickness – which also arrives in the evening) and symptoms you almost definitely didn't (like constipation, nosebleeds and bleeding gums). It's probably reassuring to know that you're not alone suffering these ailments - you're actually joining millions of other expectant women who are also wading their way through a different selection of pregnancy complaints. But it also helps to have some tried and true remedies at your (swollen) fingertips that will allow you to navigate around the majority of pregnancy grumbles.


Constipation

Constipation Constipation is common in pregnancy because the hormone progesterone relaxes the smooth muscle in the bowels, making them sluggish. Up to 40% of pregnant women become constipated.



Induction

Induction
This is generally taken to mean the initiation of ...

Weight gain

Weight gain
Average weight gain during pregnancy is around 10 ...

Headaches

Headaches
Headaches occur for a variety of reasons whether o...

Anaemia

Pregnancy Anaemia
Anaemia in pregnancy is common, but if it does occ...



Oedema

Oedema
Some degree of swelling in your ankles and feet is considered 'normal' towards the end of pregnancy

Insomnia

Insomnia
There are many reasons why you may suffer from an inability to sleep even before you are pregnant, but the additional discomfort of an enlarging and cumbersome abdomen certainly won't help.



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