Common Pregnancy Complaints

Pregnancy can bring different feelings and body changes. Some of the common ones are:

Feeling sick

Its normal to feel sick during pregnancy, especially in the first 12 weeks. This is often called “morning sickness” but can happen anytime. If you feel really sick all the time, you might need special medicine.

Urine (wee) Infections

It’s common to get urinary tract infections (UTI’s) in pregnancy. Look for signs like pain when weeing, cloudy wee, or bad-smelling wee. Tell your GP doctor or midwife if you have any of these symptoms.
Sometimes, might leak a little wee when they laugh or sneeze. This is normal, but you can do pelvic floor exercises to help.

Feeling dizzy

It’s normal to sometimes feel light-headed. Try to stand up slowly and lie on your side.


You might get more headaches because of changes in your body. Drink water and rest. If the headache is very bad, tell your GP doctor or midwife.


Sometimes, your stomach might hurt or feel upset. This is because of your growing baby and body changes. Drinking milk can help.


Your hands and feet might swell because your body has more water now. If the swelling is sudden or a lot, tell your GP doctor or midwife.


Some women find it hard to poo. Drinking water and eating fruits and vegetables can help.

Pelvic Pain

This pain is common in pregnancy. Try to move carefully and avoid lifting heavy things. If the pain is really bad, speak to your midwife about seeing a special doctor called a physiotherapist.

Remember, everyone’s body is different. If something doesn’t feel right, always tell your GP doctor or midwife. They are there to help you and your baby.

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