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Pregnancy related conditions

HSE article for Pregnancy related conditions

Breathlessness or chest pain during pregnancy

Breathlessness or chest pain during pregnancy may be a warning sign that something is wrong. There are occasions that you should see your your GP, obstetrician, midwife or emergency department immediately. Learn about these signs.

Tiredness and fatigue in pregnancy

Tiredness in pregnancy may be due to hormonal and emotional changes or the extra weight carried at a later stage. Nausea and vomiting are common. Get plenty of rest, eat well and exercise.

Warning signs during pregnancy

During pregnancy, it is quite common to have bleeding from the vagina. This doesn't always mean that something is wrong but it can be a sign of a miscarriage. You should contact your GP or midwive. Learn more about the causes.

  • Group B strep

    Group B strep is usually only a problem if it affects pregnant woman, newborn babies or the elderly. Read about the symptoms, risks and treatment during pregnancy

  • Placenta praevia (low-lying placenta)

    Placenta praevia (low-lying placenta) is a pregnancy complication. It can lead to heavy bleeding in pregnancy or during birth. You will need extra care and your baby may have to be born by caesarean section.

  • Spotting during early pregnancy

    Spotting is light vaginal bleeding usually during early pregnancy. It is very common and usually harmless. But in some cases spotting can be a sign that something could be wrong.

  • Sore ribs in pregnancy

    Find out the causes of rib pain when pregnant, how to prevent it happening, how to treat rib pain and when to get emergency medical help.

  • Round ligament pain in pregnancy

    Sudden movements like sneezing, coughing and standing up quickly can cause the ligament to pull suddenly and this results in pain. There are things you can do to reduce ligament pain.

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome and pregnancy

    If you are pregnant and have pins and needles or pain in your fingers, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Find out how to manage your symptoms.

  • Thrush in pregnancy

    Symptoms of thrush include itching and discharge from the vagina. Pregnancy increases the risk you'll get thrush but thrush in pregnancy won't harm your baby.

  • Swollen ankles, feet and fingers in pregnancy

    Swelling in ankles, legs, feet and fingers is common in pregnancy. But if you have certain symptoms you should call your GP, such as severe pain. Read more.

  • Bacterial vaginosis in pregnancy

    Find out the causes and symptoms of bacterial vaginosis, what you should do if you have it and the treatment available.

  • Urine infections (UTIs) in pregnancy

    Urine infections in pregnancy are very common. Find out the symptoms of urine infections when you're pregnant. See your GP if you think you've an infection.

  • Stretch marks in pregnancy

    Stretch marks are pink or red skin lines, usually on the tummy, breasts and thighs. Find out how to reduce any discomfort and what to do if they don't fade away.

  • Skin problems during pregnancy

    Acne, itching and patches of brown or grey skin are common skin problems during pregnancy. They're caused by hormones. Find out how to treat skin problems

  • Heartburn and indigestion in pregnancy

    Find out what causes heartburn in pregnancy, what to do if you have it, the treatment available and when you should get emergency medical help.

  • Vaginal discharge in pregnancy

    Find out what normal vaginal discharge is and when to get medical help.

  • Constipation in pregnancy

    How to recognise the symptoms and causes of constipation and what you can do to get better.

  • Varicose veins in pregnancy

    Find out what the symptoms of varicose veins are, what to do if you get them and understand why you might get them during pregnancy.

  • Parvovirus ('slapped cheek disease') and pregnancy

    What to do if you're in contact with someone who has parvovirus, how it spreads, the complications it causes in pregnancy and what treatment is available.

  • Dizziness and fainting in pregnancy

    Recognise the signs of fainting when you're pregnant and what to do if you faint or see someone who faints.

  • Backache and pain in pregnancy

    Backache and pain in pregnancy can be reduced by changing and supporting your posture. Staying active, strengthening your pelvic floor avoiding heavy lifting and doing back exercises can help you.

  • Leg cramps during pregnancy

    Legs cramps are painful and common during pregnancy. Find out what to do and when to get urgent medical help.

  • Urinary incontinence in pregnancy

    Urinary incontinence is when you leak urine without intending to. Find out what you can do about this during pregnancy and how to help prevent it.

  • Headaches in pregnancy

    Headaches are common in pregnancy. They are more common in the first trimester (0-13 weeks) or third trimester (27-40 weeks). Read more about the causes of headaches during pregnancy, how to treat them and when to seek help.

  • High blood pressure in pregnancy and pre-eclampsia

    Find out the types of high blood pressure that can affect pregnancy, the symptoms to look for, how it can be treated, and the complications that can occur.

  • Morning sickness (nausea and vomiting)

    Understand the signs, when you might be more likely to have severe morning sickness and what you can do to make yourself better.

  • Gestational diabetes

    Find out if you're at risk of gestational diabetes, how to stop it developing and what treatment is available if you have it.

  • Stomach pain and cramps in pregnancy

    Stomach pains are very common in early pregnancy but Sometimes they can be a sign of something serious. Find out when you need to get medical help.

  • Hyperemesis gravidarum

    Some pregnant women experience excessive nausea and vomiting and may be sick many times a day. This is known as hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). You may need to see your GP to prevent you becoming dehydrated.

  • Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) in pregnancy

    Find out what pelvic girdle pain (PGP) is, what the symptoms and causes are and when to get help.

  • Blood clots in pregnancy

    Blood clots in pregnancy are more common - find out about the symptoms and what to do