Some women may develop pelvic pain in pregnancy. This is sometimes called pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PGP) or symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD).
The abdominal muscles keep your internal organs in place as well as supporting your spine. In pregnancy they also support your growing baby and uterus. The abdominal muscles and ligaments stretch throughout pregnancy under the influence of the hormones Progesterone and Relaxin.
Read information about pregnancy complications on NHS.uk
Read about pregnancy complications and when you should get help.
- Deep vein thrombosis in pregnancy
- High blood pressure (hypertension) and pregnancy
- Itching and intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy
- Severe vomiting in pregnancy
Babies often twist and turn during pregnancy, but most will have moved into the head-down (also known as head-first) position by the time labour begins.
Signs that labour has begun - Know the signs.
Call your midwife or maternity unit if:
- your waters break
- you have vaginal bleeding
- your baby is moving less than usual
- you're less than 37 weeks pregnant and think you might be in labour
Pre-eclampsia is a condition that affects some pregnant women, usually during the second half of pregnancy (from 20 weeks) or soon after their baby is delivered.
Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar (glucose) that develops during pregnancy and usually disappears after giving birth.
It can happen at any stage of pregnancy, but is more common in the second or third trimester.