Pregnancy complications

Sometimes things go wrong during pregnancy and you need extra care

  • Woman with diabetes talking to health professional.

    Pregnancy with type 1 and 2 diabetes

    If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you will be used to being advised to look after yourself. But if you are thinking of having a baby, or you have unexpectedly found that you are pregnant, this advice has never been more important.

  • Pregnant woman with sharp pain in her stomach.

    Is it serious? Pregnancy symptom checker

    In many cases the symptoms in this section will not lead to a serious complication and will be treated easily. Occasionally though they are signs of a more serious complaint.

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  • Pregnant woman looking anxious.

    Mental wellbeing

    Although it’s normal to have periods of worry and stress when you’re pregnant, some women have feelings that don’t go away and this can be a sign of something more serious.

  • Pregnant woman exercising on cross-trainer.

    Exercise and activity in pregnancy

    People may tell you that pregnancy is a good time to put your feet up. If your pregnancy is uncomplicated it is actually much healthier for you and your baby to stay active during your pregnancy.

  • Woman on treadmill at gym.

    Weight management in pregnancy

    Although you will be putting on weight in pregnancy as your baby grows, limiting the amount of extra weight gain in pregnancy will improve your health and your baby's, both now and in the future.

  • Weeks 1-12 infographic

    Pregnancy calendar

    We've got all the information you need about your body, your emotions and your baby, week-by-week of your pregnancy.

  • Mother and newborn baby.

    Labour & birth

    Most women worry about how they will cope with the pain of labour and birth. You may worry too, especially if it is your first baby and you do not know what to expect.

  • Pregnant woman with sharp pain in her stomach.

    Is it serious? Pregnancy symptom checker

    In many cases the symptoms in this section will not lead to a serious complication and will be treated easily. Occasionally though they are signs of a more serious complaint.