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Pregnancy

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Am I pregnant? What should I be eating? Is it normal to be this tired? How can I help my partner during labour? Whatever you want to know about getting pregnant, being pregnant or caring for your new baby, we can help you during this exciting time.

The start of a journey

Pregnancy brings big changes to your life, especially if this is your first baby. Some people find it easier to cope with these changes than others do. Everybody is different.

Even if you feel excited about having your baby, it's also common to feel more vulnerable and anxious while pregnant. If feeling down or anxious is affecting your everyday life, talk to Vala.

As soon as you become pregnant, your body begins to prepare for safeguarding and maintaining the pregnancy. This increases your levels of the hormones oestrogen and progesterone in your blood. Read more about what these hormones do in your body in our article about pregnancy hormones.

High levels of progesterone and oestrogen are important for a healthy pregnancy, but are often the cause of some common unwanted side effects. This is especially true in the first trimester.

Apart from the morning sickness and tiredness, you might have mood swings and feel tearful or easily irritated. Once your body has adapted to the higher levels of these hormones, the symptoms usually wear off. But some women will experience them throughout their pregnancy.

If you would like support with your pregnancy and wellbeing, book an appointment with Vala for advice.

When you might need more support during pregnancy

Pregnancy can impact different people in different ways. If you start to see changes in your overall happiness and wellbeing, or your physical health there are always ways get the support you need. Always book an appointment with your midwife or speak to Vala if you:

  • Have prolonged feelings of sadness, or have intrusive thoughts that you can’t control
  • Find yourself engaging in repetitive patterns of behavior, like repeatedly washing your hands or checking social media
  • Have difficulty falling or staying asleep. Have lost your appetite. Are having panic attacks.
  • Feel morbidly fearful of giving birth.

Because we're Vala, and because you get unlimited appointments, even if you just feel a bit "low" and want some support to start feeling a bit more bouncy, we're always here to guide you through.

Fertility Problems

Fertility Problems

Some women become pregnant quickly, while others take longer. This may be upsetting, but it's normal. We can help guide you through practical advice to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Cramps

Cramps

Leg and foot cramps are most common during the second half of your pregnancy and usually happen at night.

Urinary stress incontinence

Urinary stress incontinence

When you are pregnant, you may leak a little bit of urine when you cough or laugh. This problem is called urinary stress incontinence, and it tends to become more of a problem later in pregnancy.

Heartburn and indigestion

Heartburn and indigestion

Heartburn is a very common and uncomfortable problem during pregnancy.

Varicose veins

Varicose veins

Varicose veins usually appear as swollen, knotty, bluish veins that may develop on your legs during pregnancy. Pregnancy hormones are thought to make you more likely to develop these veins.

Constipation and haemorrhoids

Constipation and haemorrhoids

When you are pregnant it is quite common to become constipated (this is when your bowel motions are hard and difficult to pass). If not treated, constipation can lead to haemorrhoids (piles), which are swollen veins around your anus (bottom).

Mental health problems and pregnancy

Mental health problems and pregnancy

It's common for women to experience mental ill health for the first time in pregnancy. Women may feel more vulnerable and anxious, and some may develop depression.

Severe Nausea and Vomiting

Severe Nausea and Vomiting

It's very common to have some nausea when you're pregnant. But if it gets to be severe, that may be more serious. If you experience severe nausea, speak to one of our doctors. We may prescribe medication or advise changing your diet, or refer you for further tests.

Backache

Backache

Many mothers get backache during pregnancy because of the combination of softened ligaments and the increasing weight of a growing baby which alters your posture.

  • Fertility Problems

    Some women become pregnant quickly, while others take longer. This may be upsetting, but it's normal. We can help guide you through practical advice to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

  • Cramps

    Leg and foot cramps are most common during the second half of your pregnancy and usually happen at night.

  • Urinary stress incontinence

    When you are pregnant, you may leak a little bit of urine when you cough or laugh. This problem is called urinary stress incontinence, and it tends to become more of a problem later in pregnancy.

  • Heartburn and indigestion

    Heartburn is a very common and uncomfortable problem during pregnancy.

  • Varicose veins

    Varicose veins usually appear as swollen, knotty, bluish veins that may develop on your legs during pregnancy. Pregnancy hormones are thought to make you more likely to develop these veins.

  • Constipation and haemorrhoids

    When you are pregnant it is quite common to become constipated (this is when your bowel motions are hard and difficult to pass). If not treated, constipation can lead to haemorrhoids (piles), which are swollen veins around your anus (bottom).

  • Mental health problems and pregnancy

    It's common for women to experience mental ill health for the first time in pregnancy. Women may feel more vulnerable and anxious, and some may develop depression.

  • Severe Nausea and Vomiting

    It's very common to have some nausea when you're pregnant. But if it gets to be severe, that may be more serious. If you experience severe nausea, speak to one of our doctors. We may prescribe medication or advise changing your diet, or refer you for further tests.

  • Backache

    Many mothers get backache during pregnancy because of the combination of softened ligaments and the increasing weight of a growing baby which alters your posture.

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