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  • pregnancy problems: varicose veins

    Pregnancy is full of surprising symptoms and physical changes – and many of us are startled to see a varicose vein suddenly pop up. These swollen veins are a common pregnancy symptom, and although uncomfortable, they aren’t serious.

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  • pregnancy problems: constipation

    Many mums-to-be experience a bout or two of pregnancy constipation, caused by both progesterone, the pregnancy hormone, and the extra pressure your little one is putting on your rectum. Thankfully, even when your body feels all bunged up, there are ways of easing your pregnancy constipation.

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  • pregnancy problems: gestational diabetes

    Insulin is the clever little hormone that controls your sugar levels. When your body fails to produce enough of it during pregnancy, it's known as gestational diabetes. Fortunately the condition is normally pretty harmless, but here’s what you should know.

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  • pregnancy problems: obstetric cholestasis

    Many women feel itchy when they’re pregnant and normally it's nothing to worry about. Occasionally though, that itching can be a sign of a condition called obstetric cholestasis. Here's what you need to know about this rare condition.

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  • understanding miscarriage

    Miscarriage is hugely challenging for any parent-to-be, and there’s no simple way to make it better. But having all the facts can provide you with the support you need to begin coming to terms with this overwhelming time.

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  • pregnancy problems: swollen ankles, feet and hands

    As your baby bump balloons with your growing and wiggling little one, you might also find that other parts of your body expand during pregnancy. Your hands, feet and ankles may swell a little, especially towards the end of the day. Here are our top tips for either avoiding or easing pregnancy swelling.

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  • feeling depressed during pregnancy

    If you've been feeling low during your pregnancy, you're not alone. Around 20% of women suffer from depression and anxiety while getting ready to welcome a baby. Help is available, but recognising your symptoms can be the toughest step.

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  • when to seek medical help during pregnancy

    As every pregnancy is unique it may be difficult for you to work out what is normal and what is not. If you have any concerns speak to your doctor or midwife and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Be aware when to seek further help if necessary.

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  • things to watch out for during pregnancy

    Expecting a baby the only thing any mum to be hopes for is an easy pregnancy and a healthy baby. However, there are problems that can arise, that with a bit of early intervention from your midwife or consultant, can be managed to help reduce any risks or complications.

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  • pregnancy problems: piles in pregnancy

    As a mum-to-be with a growing baby bump, you'll notice your body changing in lots of exciting, and some not-so-exciting, ways. One common, uncomfortable side effect of pregnancy you might experience is piles, or haemorrhoids. Around ten per cent of expectant mums go through this before their third trimester rolls around, so don't worry – you're not alone.

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  • pregnancy problems: placenta problems

    Your placenta is valuable to your baby’s life, it provides oxygen and nutrition, hormones for your baby to grow and passes on antibodies to help protect them once they’re born. As such, it’s important for you to be aware of potential placenta complications that can affect you and your baby.

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  • pregnancy problems: polyhydramnios

    Amniotic fluid is a helpful cushion created by your body to protect your baby from any bumps or infections, but sometimes your body can create too much of it. This is called polyhydramnios – a common complication that can be detected by your midwife after 30 weeks of pregnancy.

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  • pregnancy problems: pre-eclampsia and hellp syndrome

    Pre-eclampsia is a reasonably common complication that affects around one in ten first-time mums, and in many cases, it’s very mild. The earlier it’s diagnosed and treated, the better the outcome for both you and baby.

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  • pregnancy problems: ectopic pregnancy

    Thankfully, most pregnancies go by without a hitch. On occasion things can be a bit more complicated though. Ectopic pregnancy affects around 1 in every 90 pregnant women. Here's what you need to know.

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  • pregnancy problems: morning sickness

    If you’ve been getting a bit closer to the toilet bowl than you’d like lately, you’re not alone. Most women experience some nausea or sickness during pregnancy. Luckily, in most cases it doesn’t last long, and it can be eased.

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