Most women have a healthy and uncomplicated pregnancy, with no major problems.  But sometimes the changes to your body can cause some minor health issues.

These could include back pain, constipation, heartburn, or pelvic girdle pain, which you might be able to manage yourself, or with the help of your pharmacist, GP or midwife.

Find out more about some of the more common pregnancy problems on the website.

When to get urgent help

Phone your midwife or local maternity unit straight away if you have any of these symptoms, as they could be a sign of serious health issues for you and your baby.

  • Bleeding from your vagina.
  • Discharge from your vagina such as watery, clear or coloured discharge.
  • Vision issues (such as blurred vision and flashing lights) or a severe headache.
  • Severely swollen hands, ankles and face, feeling sick or being sick.
  • Constant pain in the upper part of your abdomen.
  • Chest pain or breathing issues.
  • Feeling very unwell.
  • Think you notice changes in your baby’s movements.