Growing a little human inside of you can affect your body in so many ways that it can be difficult to know what pregnancy symptoms are normal and what’s not.
As your hormone levels fluctuate and your body accommodates the new addition you’re likely to experience a variety of pregnancy symptoms.
Some symptoms are common in your first trimester, but others could signify health problems to mum and bub. These are the pregnancy symptoms you shouldn’t ignore:
Severe morning sickness.
Nausea and vomiting are quite common in your first trimester – so much so that it has a name, and has become the classic clue some is pregnant in movies and TV. However, vomiting up almost everything you eat will result in you not taking in the nutrients from the food and should be addressed by a doctor. About one in 100 women (including Kate Middleton) suffer from hyperemesis gravidarum during pregnancy and require medical treatment to treat dehydration and replace lost nutrients.
Discoloured or foul-smelling discharge.
While a milky white discharge is normal (you might notice there's a bit more than before you were pregnant), it's best to see your doctor if you are finding it's foul-smelling, green, or yellow. Also, if later on in your pregnancy you're noticing a lot of clear, thin discharge it may be that you are leaking amniotic fluid and you should check with your doctor to be safe.
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