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.
Car, train, boat, plane: safe pregnancy travel Using the time before your baby arrives to visit friends and family can be important to you. However, whichever form of travel you use, make sure you keep yourself and your baby healthy. Also make sure you have checked out our *Overseas travel in pregnancy article if you are planning a longer journey.
Choosing a private obstetrician
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All about pregnancy scans
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Finding out about local childminders
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Travel vaccinations in pregnancy
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Finding a pregnancy photographer
Many women like to celebrate their pregnancy with something special, like an album of photographs either charting their changing body, or with one photo session in late pregnancy and one session with their newborn baby.
Labour & Birth
Everyone hopes their pregnancy will be uncomplicated and free from emergency. Few people consider the possibility that their baby could be born many weeks before the due date and need to be given special care for the first few days, weeks or months after birth. However, the reality is that around 82,000 babies are born sick or premature each year in the UK.