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Common Pregnancy Discomforts

Pregnancy comes with diverse kinds of discomforts. These are primarily due to hormonal changes. Some may be for a trimester, others may last for longer periods. Some happen early in pregnancy, others occur in mid or late pregnancy.


Common discomforts during pregnancy are highlighted below.


Morning sickness

This is a common symptom of early pregnancy. While it is called morning sickness, it can happen at any time of the day. It is characterised by nausea with or without vomiting and usually resolves after the first trimester. Severe and chronic vomiting may require a doctor’s attention.


Frequent urination

Early in pregnancy, this is often as a result of hormonal changes. Towards late pregnancy, the weight of the baby places pressure on the bladder, which causes you to urinate more.



It is common to feel faint, hot and tired during pregnancy. Increased blood supply and changes in hormones levels are mainly responsible for fatigue.



Headaches can occur at any time during pregnancy but are experienced more during the first and third trimester. They are mostly triggered by hormonal changes and increased blood volume in the body.



These are usually caused by the strain put on the lower back and pelvic muscles. The extra weight of your baby and the inward turn of your lower back also contribute to backaches.



Haemorrhoids often are seen in the third trimester, resulting from pressure on the rectum and the perineum. The pressure usually is from the growing baby and the increased blood volume.


Varicose veins

Varicose veins are the twisted, bulging veins that develop around your legs and vagina. They are normal but usually go away after a year or so. They are due to increased pressure on and blood volume to the veins of those areas.


Heartburn and indigestion

Indigestion is a feeling of pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen. About 8 in 10 women have indigestion during their pregnancy. It usually occurs just after eating or drinking but can happen at any time.


Heartburn is the burning sensation in the throat or chest due to the reflux of stomach acid up the oesophagus and causing irritation.


Swelling or fluid retention

This is a common experience during pregnancy, especially around the ankles and feet. If severe, it may be an indication of preeclampsia.


Breast changes

This may be experienced as breast swelling and pain. As hormone levels changes and the breasts fill, there is tenderness and pains.


You can make an appointment with Dr Kenny on 07 3188 5000.

This article is written to be informative and does not substitute seeking a professional consultation from a medical professional.

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