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Pregnancy is not without its ups and downs. Read here for more information on what you should be concerned about during pregnancy.

Ectopic Pregnancy: What you need to know

What is an ectopic pregnancy? Ectopic pregnancy is a rare, but serious complication of early pregnancy where a fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus. It affects approximately 11 pregnancies …

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Pre-eclampsia explained

What is pre-eclampsia? Pre-eclampsia is a condition that develops when the placenta doesn’t develop normally during pregnancy. This leads to high blood pressure and protein in the urine in the early s…

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IBS and pregnancy – 5 common questions

Irritable bowel syndrome affects about 20% of people in the UK. It’s more common in women than in men, and tends to affect people in their 20s and 30s so it stands to reason that many women who become…

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High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy

Raised blood pressure in pregnancy is fairly common, affecting about 10 – 15% of pregnancies. Some women might have high blood pressure before becoming pregnant whilst others may develop it during pre…

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Bleeding in pregnancy

Many women experience some form of bleeding during pregnancy. In the first trimester up to 1 in every 5 women may experience bleeding, despite having a healthy, on-going pregnancy. Of course, if you a…

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Deep Vein Thrombosis

A deep vein thrombosis or DVT occurs when blood forms into a clot (also known as a thrombus), whilst still in the veins. This happens most commonly in the veins of the legs. A DVT causes pain and swel…

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Pregnancy associated nausea and vomiting

Most women will experience some sickness in pregnancy, this can range from occasional mild nausea to severe vomiting requiring hospitalisation.  The good news is that there are many ways to manage nau…

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Bleeding and Spotting in Pregnancy

Bleeding or spotting from the vagina during pregnancy may or may not be something to worry about. There are several possible causes - the majority of them aren't serious, but some of the reasons are. …

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Which viruses can harm an unborn baby?

There are a number of viruses that could potentially harm an unborn baby but the chance of coming into contact with them is very low.The majority of pregnancies are unaffected by these harmful viruses…

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How do viruses get passed to unborn babies?

The placenta links the blood supply of a mother to that of her foetus to allow nutrients and oxygen to pass to the baby.Viruses and antibodies also travel across the placenta from the mother to the ba…

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Hair Loss in Pregnancy

Many women lose hair during and after pregnancy. Hair loss can happen though at any stage in your life and can be down to numerous factors; from bad diet, stress, genetic disposition, as a result of h…

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Pregnant But Can't Poo?

Constipation affects at least half of all pregnant women However it is not only a condition of pregnancy as it also affects approximately 2% of the general population being more common in women and th…

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Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that affects women during pregnancy and it happens when you have too much sugar (glucose) in your blood during pregnancy.Normally, the amount of glucose in t…

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Pregnancy and Scarlet Fever

Scarlet fever is an infectious disease caused by a type of bacteria known as haemolytic streptococci.It is fairly uncommon nowadays and most cases are quite mild. It generally affects younger children…

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Pregnancy and Mumps

Mumps is an infectious disease which is rare in the UK because most people are vaccinated against when they are young.If you catch mumps when you are pregnant, there is an increased risk that you will…

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Pregnancy and glandular fever

Glandular fever is an infectious illness caused by the herpes family of viruses.Many people have already had the disease by the time they are an adult but in many cases the symptoms are so mild you ma…

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A Simple List of Pregnancy Symptoms

'I think I might be pregnant - How many times have you heard a woman say that?The early symptoms of pregnancy are easy to recognize - even more so when you've been pregnant before. Whether this is you…

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