Signs & Symptoms

Every pregnancy and birth is different. Your body completely changes as you grow a little human inside you. Some women will have many symptoms, whilst some women will have none. This blog mentions some signs and symptoms that some women will experience in pregnancy. 

Morning sickness

The most common symptom of pregnancy, morning sickness! Why is it called morning sickness? You would assume that sickness will occur only in the morning. It can happen all day or night. Nausea and vomiting usually clears up by 16 to 20 weeks. However, there is a chance of developing a severe form of pregnancy sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum. This condition can also cause dehydration and malnourishment. You may need hospital treatment.

Tips to try yourself 

There are a few tips to try yourself to see what works for you. 

  • Eat little and often 
  • Avoid foods/ smells that trigger your sickness
  • Eat dry and plain foods
  • Drink plenty of water, little and often 
  • Get plenty of rest 
  • Eat food or drink containing ginger (apparently ginger helps reduce nausea and vomiting)

If these tips have not worked consult your doctor and they might prescribe you with anti-sickness medicine. 

Feeling tired

Feeling tired is a very common symptom in pregnancy. Don’t be surprised if you can’t keep your eyes open. Especially during the first 12 weeks. Listen to your body and rest when you can. Sometimes our busy lifestyles prevents us. 

Sore breasts 

During pregnancy your breasts can become larger, tender and may tingle. Your nipples can darken, stand out and your veins may be more visible. This is all normal and your body’s way of preparing itself for a baby. 

Toilet troubles

You may feel the need to pee more during the day and night. You may become constipated and experience more vaginal discharge. If you are finding too much discomfort consult your doctor to ask for some relief. 

Heightened senses 

Your new super power is where your nose becomes more sensitive and you gain super sonic smell. The slightest smell can trigger nausea and vomiting even as simple as entering the kitchen!  


That favourite drink that you always used to order from starbucks will probably become your least favourite drink. During pregnancy you lose interest in certain foods or drinks that you enjoyed before. However, you may crave new foods! 

Some women develop a craving usually referred to `pica` or pagophagia. This is where you crave substances that have no nutritional value, for example, ice, soil, clay or paper. This condition is often associated with iron deficiency so make sure you go and get yourself checked at the doctors.  

Take your supplements 

It is very important that you keep a healthy and nutritious diet especially whilst being pregnant. During early pregnancy it is said to take folic acid. Folic acid helps prevent major birth defects of the baby’s brain (anencephaly) and spine (spina bifida). It helps the neural tube which forms the early brain and spine. Calcium and vitamin D reduces bone loss and helps keep bones strong. 

The best way to ensure you are keeping on top of all the required vitamins and minerals is to take daily supplements.

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