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My body in pregnancy

It’s not just your baby that’s changing rapidly; your body is going through plenty of changes too. They’re all for the good of your growing baby, but they might not always feel like it – especially if you’re suffering from morning sickness. The articles in this section look at what’s considered healthy when it comes to weight gain, along with those pregnancy niggles and ways to ease them.

Exercise plays a great role in increasing your energy levels if you’re feeling fatigued – you can read more about pregnancy exercise in this section, too.

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    Tests During Pregnancy

    You can expect to have a range of tests during pregnancy to monitor your health and your baby’s development. Certain tests may be advised in light of the results of previous blood tests and scans. Read on to find out more about the tests you can expect, what they detect and how they are performed.

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    Weight gain during pregnancy

    Gaining weight during pregnancy is healthy, natural and necessary. However, being either overweight or underweight can put your baby at risk. Find out about what’s considered the healthy amount to gain during pregnancy in order support your baby’s development and give them the best start in life.

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    Morning Sickness

    When morning sickness strikes it can leave you feeling miserable. Although no-one’s really sure exactly what causes it or why, there are a number of tried-and-tested ways to ease your feelings of nausea. Read on to find out more.

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    Exercising during pregnancy

    While gentle exercise like yoga, swimming or walking provide the perfect antidote to many pregnancy niggles, it’s important to know which activities are safe and which ones should be avoided. Following a few simple rules will ensure you and your baby get all the benefits of exercise without putting yourselves under stress or at risk.

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    Tiredness and fatigue in pregnancy

    As well as carrying around the extra weight, your hormone levels are changing and your body is busy sending extra blood and nutrients to your baby. It’s no wonder you feel tired! Although your energy levels may peak and dip at different stages in your pregnancy, towards the end most mums tend to feel the strain. Read our tips on ways to boost your energy levels and fight fatigue.

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    Heartburn and indigestion in pregnancy

    Although pregnancy can come with some uncomfortable symptoms, most of them occur for the good of your baby. If you’re experiencing heartburn for example, although unpleasant, it’s said to make you eat more slowly which gives your baby more time to absorb the nutrients in your food.

    Even if you’re never normally prone to heartburn or indigestion, lots of mums tell us they experience it when they’re expecting. This article looks at the physical causes of heartburn and indigestion during pregnancy and gives you some tips on ways to ease the discomfort.

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    Pregnancy Cravings

    Cravings are common during pregnancy, and they’re often also quite surprising. Something you’d never dreamt of eating before can become the one thing you can’t get enough of. The reasons behind your cravings are not completely clear, but it’s generally considered that if your body wants it, it can be enjoyed as part of a healthy balanced diet. With the exception of coal, dirt and chalk, of course!

    Find out more about the sorts of cravings you might experience and how to manage them.

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    Pregnancy scans

    Scans are used to monitor your health and your baby’s development throughout pregnancy. Some are routine, some are optional, others are advised for certain circumstances. Read about the scans you can expect, what they detect and how they are performed.

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