Pregnancy Symptoms

  • Bed rest can be a challenge, but you can cope - If your healthcare provider prescribes bed rest, clarify what he or she means. Then plan a daily schedule and ask for the help of friends, family and neighbors.

  • Bleeding can signal placenta previa - Placenta previa is a condition in which all or part of the placenta covers the cervical opening. This can cause serious bleeding and problems for mother and child.

  • Bleeding during pregnancy needs to be checked - If you have bleeding during pregnancy, it doesn't always mean a serious problem or a miscarriage.

  • Constipation can be a discomfort - Constipation affects about half of all pregnant women at some point during pregnancy.

  • Diarrhea is a common, and occasionally serious, problem - Diarrhea is a problem with your baby that you will likely encounter as a parent. Most of the time it doesn't require medical attention, but it can lead to dehydration and other serious medical problems.

  • Gestational diabetes can be controlled - If you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes you will need to eat a healthy diet, watch your weight, exercise and test your blood sugar regularly.

  • Hemorrhoids can plague pregnant women - For most women, hemorrhoids are more of an irritant than a serious problem during pregnancy. If you can avoid constipation and get adequate exercise, you may be able to prevent them. Don't self-prescribe hemorrhoid treatment. Ask your doctor to recommend a cream or suppository for relief. Call your doctor if you have bleeding.

  • Keeping cool and dry prevents prickly heat - Trapped sweat from overdressing or warm, humid weather can cause an itchy rash in babies. Dress your child appropriately and keep skin cool and dry.

  • Leg cramps can mean restless nights - Changes in a woman's body often lead to painful leg cramps late in pregnancy. There are several steps you can take to prevent, minimize, or relieve these cramps.

  • Morning sickness: It's no fun, but it's normal - Most women experience some nausea and vomiting early in pregnancy. Watching what and when you eat can help.

  • Preeclampsia and pregnancy - Preeclampsia is a condition in pregnancy marked by high blood pressure, excessive swelling due to fluid retention, and abnormal kidney function.

  • Sleeping problems can be irksome during pregnancy - What's big and bulky, heads to the bathroom every 30 minutes and is awake half the night? No joke. It's a description of a pregnant woman's typical nighttime experience.

  • Stretch marks may be your badge of honor - Stretch marks are an inevitable part of pregnancy for many women. There isn't much you can do to prevent them. If you do get them, wear them proudly.

  • Thrush: A common fungal infection that can be treated - About one in three babies get thrush. Sometimes it goes away on its own. It can be treated with a medication that's painted on the insides of the baby's mouth.

  • Urinary tract infections can add misery to pregnancy - Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common among women, especially during pregnancy.

  • Varicose veins can be relieved - Varicose veins are not uncommon; about 25 million Americans have them.

  • What you need to know about yeast infections - Yeast infections are common during pregnancy, but they won't hurt your baby.

  • Your Changing Body: Edema causes puffy problems - If you balloon up as the day wears on, it's probably because of edema, another normal inconvenience of pregnancy.

  • Your Changing Body: Frequent Urination - Are you starting to feel like you live in the bathroom? Frequent urination is actually one of the early signs of pregnancy, and it continues, to varying degrees, for 9 months.

  • Your Changing Body: Headache can cause pain in pregnancy - "Oh, my achin' head!" How does headache bother a pregnant woman? Let us count the ways.

  • Your Changing Body: Shortness of breath is common in pregnancy - Since when did stairs become such a physical obstacle that you're left breathless? No, it's not really the exertion, and it doesn't mean you're that out of shape.

  • Your Changing Body: Simple strategies can help you handle heartburn - If you occasionally get a burning feeling in your upper chest or a sour taste in the back of your throat, you probably have heartburn.

  • Your Changing Body: Trouble with dairy, heartburn and new food cravings - Many women experience altered taste and food preferences at this time. Unfortunately, some women find they can't tolerate dairy products when pregnant.

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