Women during pregnancy undergo lot of changes. Like their hair grows quickly and has a shine, skin becomes healthy and glow more. You develop stretch marks around your belly, breasts and thighs. Gums may bleed so they are to be taken good care. Nails may split and break easily. Frequent headaches may occur. Tired aching legs and feet are common also you gain weight while you carry.
Yes, exercise is recommended and offers many benefits such as improved mood, energy and sleep. Great options include swimming, walking and pregnancy yoga. Avoid exercises that place you at higher risk of falling or causing injury to the belly (like heavy dumbbells). Avoid exercising in heat or high humidity. Avoid lying flat on your back after the third month of pregnancy.
The problem with drinking alcohol during your pregnancy is that there is no amount that has been proven to be safe. Some doctors recommend that you completely avoid alcohol when you're expecting; others say that occasional light drinking is unlikely to harm your baby. We know that alcohol is a teratogen and can cause foetal alcohol syndrome, and increase risk of stillbirth.
Bleeding, cramping and pelvic pain are common signs but it's not absolute. Always call your provider if such signs develop.
Avoid any activity that puts you at risk for falling or increases the chance of trauma to your abdomen. Some examples include amusement park rides, downhill skiing and contact sports.
Common signs of labour include: passage of blood or mucous-like discharge (mucous plug), leakage of fluid (amniotic fluid), contractions (the belly tightens then relaxes), cramping or lower back pain.
The timing varies depending on the pregnancy and the type of work you do. In uncomplicated pregnancies, many women wait until their due date or when they have the baby to start maternity leave. Some women may start maternity leave sooner if in significant discomfort or if there is a problem with the pregnancy.
Kidneys filter up to 50 percent more blood in pregnancy, leading to frequent urination. A growing uterus also places more pressure on the bladder, causing more trips to bathroom. While it's important to drink plenty of fluids during pregnancy to stay hydrated, avoid drinking right before bedtime.
Common symptoms such as nausea, breast tenderness, having to urinate more frequently, bloating and fatigue may be experienced as early as when you miss your period. These symptoms, however, can vary from woman to woman and in the degree of severity. Some women may have breast tenderness and nausea (morning sickness) very early, whereas others may experience very mild nausea or none at all.
Include lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains, some low-fat dairy products, and a few sources of protein, such as lean meat, fish, eggs, or dried peas or beans.

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