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Common Complaints during Pregnancy

Common Complaints during Pregnancy

A quick and easy reference to complaints that are common when you are pregnant.

Anaemia during Pregnancy

Anaemia during Pregnancy

About 20 per cent of pregnant women suffer from anaemia that occurs when levels of haemoglobin, the pigment in the blood which transports oxygen around the body, fall below normal.

Back Pain during Pregnancy

Back Pain during Pregnancy

As your pregnancy progresses, the increased weight alters your posture and places pressure on your spine. Pregnancy hormones progesterone and relaxin soften the ligaments that support your back.

Blocked Ducts during Pregnancy

Blocked Ducts during Pregnancy

Blocked milk ducts can be painful, cause tender lumps in the breast and make you feel feverish. Don’t be tempted to discontinue breastfeeding as this may aggravate symptoms.

Breast Engorgement during Pregnancy

Breast Engorgement during Pregnancy

Breasts can become hard and sore during lactation as the amount of milk being produced is more than is being used.

Breathlessness during Pregnancy

Breathlessness during Pregnancy

Most pregnant women experience breathlessness. It can be alarming but will not affect your baby as oxygen is supplied via the placenta. Breathlessness is common after strenuous activity.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome during Pregnancy

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome during Pregnancy

Many women suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome during pregnancy. The tingling and numbness in your hand occurs due to pressure on the nerves and tendons often as a result of swelling in your extremities.

Colds & Flu during Pregnancy

Colds & Flu during Pregnancy

Although your immune system is generally strong during pregnancy, the changes in hormones can cause your mucus membranes to swell making it more difficult to get rid of coughs and colds.

Complexion

Complexion

It is likely you will notice changes in your skin as fluctuating hormones cause unexpected changes. Skin breakouts may occur in early pregnancy and may be distressing for some women.

Constipation & Haemorrhoids during pregnancy

Constipation & Haemorrhoids during pregnancy

High progesterone levels during pregnancy relax the muscles in the intestinal tract, slowing activity. The longer the passage through the intestinal tract, the more water is lost and the faeces become compacted causing constipation.


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