If you notice that you have severe itching, particularly on the palms of your hands or the soles of your feet, the itching is worse at night and there is no rash with it you should see your midwife and be tested for a liver condition called obstetric cholestasis/intraheptic cholestasis of pregnancy.
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.
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 exercise while pregnant.
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.
We've got all the information you need about your body, your emotions and your baby, week-by-week of your pregnancy.
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.
Sometimes things go wrong during pregnancy and you need extra care
- Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Obstetric cholestasis, Green-top guideline 43, London RCOG, 2011
ℹLast reviewed on April 1st, 2014. Next review date April 1st, 2017.