Pregnancy

Helpful tips and information every pregnant woman needs to know

Pregnancy is an incredible adventure that begins at the moment of conception, when a sperm fertilizes an egg, and lasts about nine months, or approximately 39 weeks. The process includes significant physical and emotional changes.

50% to 80% of women experience nausea, and 20% have it for more than three months.

Physical symptoms

  • Absence of one or more menstrual cycles
  • Breasts are larger and harder
  • Breasts are sore to the touch
  • Breasts are enlarged and darker
  • Nausea or vomiting (more frequent at beginning of pregnancy)
  • Headaches
  • Excess saliva, most often with a first pregnancy
  • Metallic taste in mouth
  • Heartburn or acid reflux
  • Sensitive gums
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Painless, odourless white vaginal discharge that may be abundant
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain that feels like menstrual cramps
  • Vaginitis (yeast infection)
  • Nasal congestion
  • Numbness or pain in hands, especially during the third trimester and at night
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Back pain, especially in the final months of pregnancy
  • Acne flare-ups
  • Water retention
  • Edema (swelling) of ankles, legs or face
  • Varicose veins

Emotional symptoms

  • Fatigue, especially in the first trimester
  • Cravings for or aversions to certain foods
  • Sensitivity to certain odours
  • Mood swings, irritability and hypersensitivity
  • Dizziness
  • Sleep problems

Complications

  • Miscarriage
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Iron deficiency anaemia
  • Preeclampsia or pregnancy-related hypertension
  • Preterm labour (before the 37th week of pregnancy)

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Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an incredible adventure that begins at the moment of conception, when a sperm fertilizes an egg, and lasts about nine months, or approximately 39 weeks. The process includes significant physical and emotional changes.
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