When you’re expecting a baby your body undergoes a lot of changes, and not surprisingly you’ll most likely experience some discomfort during pregnancy. Many of the changes you experience have little to do with the size of your belly. Rather, they involve your baby’s development and your body’s ongoing adaptation to pregnancy. Typically the first and third trimesters of pregnancy are the time when discomforts worsen. Some discomforts are minor irritations, while others can be more significant.
Every pregnancy is unique so it’s possible to experience anything from little or no discomfort at all, to major discomfort during pregnancy.
This section of our website contains a range of information on discomfort during pregnancy, and strategies on how to help alleviate it. If you can’t find the information you are seeking – don’t forget you can post a question on our online forum.
Discomfort During Pregnancy Articles
Heartburn in Pregnancy
"Heartburn in pregnancy is a common problem. While harmless heartburn can be quite painful. Heartburn is often experienced as a strong burning sensation in your chest extending up to your throat. The burning sensation you feel is when stomach acids rise into your oesophagus (the muscular tube that food passes through to your stomach)." This article by Jane Palmer gives useful information and tips on heartburn in pregnancy.
Leg Cramps in Pregnancy
"Pregnancy can be a time of great joy. However no matter how over the moon you are about your pregnancy, it can come with its fair share of discomforts. There are the obvious nausea and back pain, but some women also experience leg cramps in pregnancy." This article provides some helpful facts and strategies to stop leg cramps during pregnancy.
Constipation in Pregnancy
About half of all pregnant women report that they suffer from constipation. When you’re pregnant, large amounts of progesterone circulate in your bloodstream, slowing the activity of your digestive tract, and constipation can result. If you take an iron supplement, constipation can be made worse.
Help for Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy
Up to 80% of women experience nausea in pregnancy. Just over 50% of pregnant women experience vomiting. Known as ‘morning sickness’ the nausea or vomiting can occur at any time of the day. The exact cause of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy remains a mystery. Research indicates that there may be a link to changing levels hormones in early pregnancy.
Headache in Pregnancy
Experiencing a headache in pregnancy is very common. The exact reason why women experience more frequent headaches during pregnancy is unknown. However it is possible that headaches are linked to hormonal changes and the natural increase in blood circulation in your body during pregnancy.
Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy
Nausea and vomiting affect 50-90% of pregnancies. Although referred to as 'morning sickness' the nausea and vomiting in pregnancy may occur throughout the day.
Back Pain in Pregnancy
Unfortunately back pain during pregnancy is a common problem. There are a number of physical reasons for back pain in pregnancy.