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.
Telling the boss You are not obliged to tell your employer than you are pregnant until as late as 15 weeks before the beginning of the week in which your baby is due. However, most women do tell their employers much earlier than this for various reasons.
Choosing an independent midwife
In most cases, a midwife will guide a woman throug...
All about pregnancy scans
Brace yourself for nine months of peeing and prodd
Finding out about local childminders
A childminders, unlike a nanny, often cares for mo...
Weekend stay antenatal classes
If you find that antenatal classes during weekday ...
Labour & Birth
Making a birth plan
A birth plan is a written plan of what you would ideally like to happen at the birth of your baby, including preferences for pain relief, who you would like to be present and what kind of birth you would like to attempt. It doesn’t have to be complicated, but it can be helpful for your midwife or the obstetrician to understand more about how you are approaching the birth.
Planning to get pregnant
Fertility: should I change my diet?
No one thing can guarantee successful conception, but making changes to what you eat could help.