Tell your midwife or doctor if there is anything that you're worried about. Do not worry if you've talked about it before and don't be concerned about whether you're wasting anyone's time. This is your pregnancy and it's important to trust your own instincts if you feel something isn't right.
Do not rely on advice from family members, friends or the internet. Your midwife will be happy to talk to you about your concerns and will do everything necessary to reassure you.
Find out what to do if you feel your midwife is not listening to you.
Being your own champion during pregnancy is important. That’s why Tommy’s has launched a new campaign called #AlwaysAsk to encourage you to trust your instincts and speak up when it comes to health concerns in pregnancy.
Practical tips from other women on how to get listened to and be taken seriously when you have a concern in pregnancy.
Having more vaginal discharge during pregnancy is common, but speak to your midwife or doctor if you are unsure about any increase or change in your vaginal discharge.
Swelling or puffiness of your hands and feet is common in late pregnancy.
Some itching around the stomach is normal as your skin is stretching around your growing baby.
A growing bump is the sign of a growing baby. Your midwife should start measuring your baby from 24 weeks to make sure they are growing well.
If you feel your midwife isn’t listening to you, you can ask to see another member of the team.
If you have a painful or burning sensation when you wee (urinate), you may have a urinary tract infection (UTI)
Vision problems can be caused by different issues in pregnancy. If you have vision problems always tell your midwife or hospital straight away.
Mild headaches can be caused by hormones and are common in pregnancy.
If your temperature is above 37.5 degrees Celsius, even with no other flu or cold symptoms, call your doctor or hospital maternity unit.
Stomach bugs are common in pregnancy. It is very unlikely that your baby will be harmed from a bug lasting less than 48 hours.
Fetal movements can be anything from a flutter, kick, swish or roll. Feeling your baby move is a sign that they are well.
If you have any bleeding during your pregnancy, with or without pain, it’s very important to get it checked out.
- London Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, Midwifery supervision and regulation: recommendations for change, London The Stationery Office, 2013. Also available from: http://www.ombudsman.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/23484/Midwifery-supervision-and-regulation_-recommendations-for-change.pdf (accessed 6 May 2014)
- Macdonald S, Magill-Cuerden J, Mayes’ midwifery, fourteenth edition, Edinburgh: Baillir̈e Tindall Elsevier, 2012
ℹLast reviewed on October 11th, 2018. Next review date October 11th, 2021.
By Sophia (not verified) on 19 Oct 2019 - 23:36
This is my first pregnancy so dont know how I should feel. I am having slight dull pains just above my pubic bone and very anxious as to whether this is normal? I'm 9+5 weeks.
By Anonymous (not verified) on 17 Oct 2019 - 00:11
HI I'm 3 months pregnant and I'm feeling cramps and pain in my Tommy at times and if I sneeze it does really hurt me ,what can I do
By Divya (not verified) on 7 Aug 2019 - 14:17
I am 7week pregnant i get left side stomach pain comes and goes should i have to be concern about this and also i have PCOD
By Charlie (not verified) on 8 Jul 2019 - 07:06
i Had a miscarriage in January, the baby had stopped growing at 4 weeks and we had D&C. We got pregnant on May and saw the heartbeat at 6 weeks. We are now 8+3 but all my cramping and stretching is disappearing. I was on progesterone pessaries400 twice a day which I am coming off by reducing them. Is this normal for the cramping to be there all the time to not much??
By Laura (not verified) on 23 Mar 2019 - 12:17
For the past few hours I’ve had very bad pain in my right ribs. About an hour ago had to get into bed and lie down because of dizziness and pain in my right abdomen. Everything’s contradicting when you google symptoms. Some say get checked and others say completely normal?
By Katie (not verified) on 18 Mar 2019 - 09:54
Hi, I'm a swimming instructor and have found out the pool I was reaching in at the weekend had a pump problem and filled the pool with far too much chlorine. I was teaching in the pool for 4 hours and since Saturday have had a sore throat and burning itchy skin on my legs. Having researched it, I've seen lots of information on chlorine poisoning and exposure to toxins can effect me or the baby. I'm not worried about me but I'm pulling my hair out af the thought of this causing damage to my baby. I'm just over 12 weeks pregnant. Please advise?
By Midwife @Tommys on 20 Mar 2019 - 11:36
This isn't something that I have heard of before, so it would be best for you to go to your GP for review. If they are concerned, they can refer you to hospital for further testing. All the best, Tommy's Midwife
By Anna (not verified) on 16 Feb 2019 - 19:00
I am currently 5weeks3days pregnant, this is my 4th pregnancy. I have an almost 3 year old from the 1st pregnancy, then I had a complicated miscarriage at 6weeks2days a few months ago on the 2nd pregnancy and on the 3rd I went for my 6week scan and the pregnancy test came back negative so miscarried sometime before 6 weeks, however I have now fallen pregnant before my first cycle following recent miscarriage. I had some blood tests done 2 days after a positive ovulation test. My white blood cells and progesterone levels were "slightly on the low side" My doctor is having my white blood cells retested at my 6week scan in the EPU but isn't doing anything about my progesterone levels. He said if I were to miscarry again then they will refer me to a specialist.. is this normal practice? I'm having an immense amount of anxiety and can't stop worrying that my low progesterone levels won't be enough to sustain this pregnancy. My surgery is under immense pressure being understaffed so I'm worried I may have been overlooked? Or am I panicking for nothing?
Sorry for the essay and thanks in advance for your help.
By Midwife @Tommys on 21 Feb 2019 - 11:11
Hi Anna, Thank you for your comment.
It is normal practice in the NHS to only get a referral after 3 recurrent miscarriage, which does sound unfair as any miscarriage is just heart breaking and traumatic in its own way. It is reassuring that you are being see in EPU and having bloods repeated then they can monitor you at this time. Please be reassured that this is normal practice for the NHS. If it is an option for you then, you can always be seen privately if you want your progesterone levels checking or even ask at the EPU if it is a possibility for them to do it there? Hope this helps, take care, Tommy's Midwives x
By Mum (not verified) on 13 Feb 2019 - 12:56
What is consultant led shared?I saw on my records that my 16weeks appointment type of care is consultant led shared..Thank u!
By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Feb 2019 - 13:15
This means that you will be seen by the consultant team at some point in the pregnancy due to a reason that the midwife will have identified at your booking appointment. If you are unsure then do contact your midwife to ask.
By Andrew (not verified) on 11 Feb 2019 - 21:52
My wife is 8 weeks pregnant and on her 4th pregnancy. She had twins last pregnancy and she is sufferings from gripping pains across her stomach. She has had a scan at 6 weeks at a private clinic as we were worried they might be twins and he said there was no sign of eptopic pregnancy. She says the pains are there all the time but then come in a wave of sharp pain.could this be the stomach muscles stretching?
By Zoe (not verified) on 10 Feb 2019 - 19:36
Hello, I’m 8 weeks today and the last 2 days I’ve been having on and off dull pain on my right side just above my pubic bone
This is my first pregnancy but I’m so scared
What could this mean?
By Samantha McDeavitt (not verified) on 5 Dec 2018 - 16:30
My first two pregnancy I felt completely and utterly pregnant this time around I do not have any symptoms really. I went to work yesterday and almost passed out thankfully I caught it in time and sat down. Every time I go to the docters they cannot find a heart beat and it scares me but when I had went to my previous ultrasounds they found a heartbeat and said it was strong. I just feel like something is wrong like all the time since I do t have any symptoms nor do I hear a babies heartbeat at appointments. I’m currently 15w and 5d. Very little cramps that go away and upper back pain in between my shoulder blades but I think it’s just my bed but not sure. Idk what to do all I do is read things and it don’t help but I also have none of the symptoms of something bad going on. Please give me some insight. This is my third pregnancy I have two boys 4y and 6months .
By Midwife @Tommys on 10 Dec 2018 - 16:16
Hi Samantha, It is quite common not to be able to find the heartbeat with a sonicaid in the early weeks. With some women it is really easy and with others it isn't. As the pregnancy grows this will get easier each time. I would suggest that you see a physiotherapist or an osteopath for the pain in your upper back, they may be able to give you some exercises to improve things.
Each pregnancy is unique and even though you have had two previous pregnancies, this one won't necessarily be the same and you can expect new and different symptoms. Take care of yourself x
By Jenny (not verified) on 20 Nov 2018 - 13:39
I’m currently 9 weeks pregnant. Last week I went out with people who don’t know I’m pregnant. They made a big deal about me not drinking. I didn’t want them to ask questions as I have had a previous miscarriage so very anxious this time around. In the end I took a glass of cava for show and ended up drinking no more than half of it over the course of the evening. I thought the advice was that you should avoid alcohol (which I have been doing) but 1-2 units very occasionally should be ok. I’ve now read this is not the case in the first trimester and I feel terribly guilty and scared that I have caused damage. Would you be able to advise me please?
By Midwife @Tommys on 21 Nov 2018 - 16:00
Please don't worry. This amount of alcohol is unlikely to have any affect on your pregnancy. The best excuses we know are to say you are on antibiotics for an ear infection and therefore don't want to drink. That usually stops people from guessing. Or you can be firm and say you are having an alcohol free month. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram for more examples of how to cope with difficult situations.
By Sadie (not verified) on 17 Sep 2018 - 19:25
I'm 10 weeks pregnant & today I have had some sharp pains on the left side of my abdomen. They come & go but make we wince in pain. The nhs website says that ligament or growing pain on one side is normal but I'm just not sure - should I be worried? It's strange it's only on my left side?
By Midwife @Tommys on 20 Sep 2018 - 12:45
Hi Sadie, Thank you for your comment.
Ligament and growing pains can be very normal in early pregnancy, the pregnancy is stretching the uterus and all the surrounding muscles and ligaments. If you are still worried or if this pain increases or you have any bleeding then please contact your GP or you can go to A and E if it is urgent. Hope this helps, Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x
By Kerri (not verified) on 28 Aug 2018 - 14:22
I am 15 weeks and 3 days with my first pregnancy. I have this niggling worry that something is amiss, as I've gone from 4 weeks are severe nausea and food aversions to feeling absolutely fine. I realise it's still too early to feel the baby, but even my sore boobs and twice a night visits to the loo have ceased, and I've not put on any weight. I've not bled or had any cramping at all. Am I just being paranoid?
By Midwife @Tommys on 30 Aug 2018 - 14:06
Hi Kerri, Thank you for your comment.
It can be very normal for pregnancy symptoms to subside in the 2nd trimester as the pregnancy hormones have leveled out and you start to feel much better and like your normal self. It is reassuring that you have had no abdominal pain or bleeding but if you are still concerned then please contact your community midwife or GP who can give you further reassurance and possibly listen in the baby's heart beat. Listening in at this gestation isn't always possible and this may cause unnecessary anxiety if your midwife cannot find the heart beat because baby is still so small, but you can always ask your midwife if she is happy to listen in for you. Hope this helps, take care, Tommy's Midwives x
By Rosie Mabel King (not verified) on 26 Aug 2018 - 17:41
I’m 7+6 days pregnancy, this is my second pregnancy, or which I conceived a week after my miscarriage,
I am extreamly anxious worrying over everything,
I had nothing to suggest that somthing back is happened but just the thoughts that somthing will,
My boobs are less tender and I have some mild cramping and pinching from the start, and neausea
What should I expect to feel, or what is normal,
I just find myself over riding every positive thought with a negative
By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Aug 2018 - 15:59
Of course you are going to feel very anxious after your recent loss and now being pregnant again so quickly. It is both wonderful news and difficult to process.
Remember that pregnancy symptoms can come and go and this does not reflect the health of the pregnancy. It is caused my hormonal fluctuations. So try not to dwell to much on your symptoms. Please do be aware though, that any abdominal pain or bleeding, at any gestation of pregnancy should ideally be investigated. So if the "pinching" is causing you discomfort,please go to your early pregnancy unit/GP/A&E minors as soon as possible to be reviewed and to put your mind at ease.
If a chat would be useful, please feel free to call our helpline on 0800 0147800- we are here Mon to Fri 9 am to 5pm.
All the best
By Poonam Madahar (not verified) on 14 Aug 2018 - 14:21
Hi, I am currently 14weeks+2 days. I am worried that I don’t feel any movement or any cramp as I used to feel little cramp before and Also my stomach looks still the same as 12 weeks. I don’t what to do.
By Midwife @Tommys on 16 Aug 2018 - 10:29
Please do not worry that you have not yet felt your baby move, we would not expect you to feel movements at this stage in your pregnancy. It is normal to first feel movements between about 18-24 weeks of pregnancy. If you have not felt movements by the time you are 24 weeks then do speak with your midwife. Please also be reassured that you do not yet have an evident bump showing, you should have had a scan recently which will have checked your baby's growth and then you should see a midwife at 16 weeks also. If you have any pain or bleeding then do speak with your GP straight away.
By Hannah (not verified) on 18 Jul 2018 - 11:05
This is my first pregnancy and I am coming extremely anxious!
Since 8weeks I have had either light vaginal bleeding or bloody vaginal dishcharge. I have been assessed and they keep telling me that everything looks normal.
I have had my 12weeks scan and all went well and have been spending a small fortune on private scans recently due to being anxious! The spotting has eased slightly but I notice it more of a morning upon wiping! Then by my second toilet trip it has gone. It’s really confusing me.
My next NHS scan is on 7th August but in my head I am more and more anxious that something is wrong by the day! Would buying my own Doppler help for reassurance? I’ve been reasearching and have seen mixed reviews about Home Dopplers.
Please could you advise if spotting/bloody vaginal dishcharge is normal in pregnancy I am 17weeks+4days.
By Midwife @Tommys on 18 Jul 2018 - 15:02
We really do not recommend home Dopplers for pregnant women at all. Midwives train for 3 years to be able to hear the different sounds - baby's heartbeat, placental whooshes and the maternal pulse and can hear the difference between these. Women can be falsely reassured that they can hear their baby's heart rate when they could in fact be hearing something else and then not seek help when they are concerned about fetal well being.
Spotting is quite common in pregnancy. No, it isn't normal as such, but so many women experience it and are regularly seen and reviewed to keep a close eye on it. Now that you are 17 weeks, you can go into your labour ward/triage whenever you are worried about bleeding, discharge or fetal well being and they will see you- and it will be free. Please don't waste your money on private scans. If the NHS hosp that you have your care in are concerned about fetal well being, then they will scan you on the labour ward!
Please take good care of yourself.
Sophie, Tommy's Midwife
By Lydia (not verified) on 17 Jul 2018 - 23:24
This is my 6th pregnancy. First 3 were full term then I had 2 early miscarriages this year before conceiving. I'm currently 14 weeks, and I just feel in my gut something is wrong. I got my genetic scan back that everything is normal. I just can't help but feel something is wrong. My full term pregnancies felt so different from this. I don't feel pregnant and have anxiety about something being not right. Oh I also have cramps on and off in the day with lower back pain.
By Midwife @Tommys on 18 Jul 2018 - 15:09
You can go to your GP and ask to be referred to your local early pregnancy assessment unit. They will review you in relation to your abdominal cramps and back pain. Any abdominal pain, at any gestation of pregnancy, needs to be investigated. Once you are over 16 weeks, you can go to your hospital labour ward/pregnancy triage for review there instead. Every pregnancy is different and whilst it might feel worrying for this to be the case, it makes sense when you think about how you are carrying a completely different baby with it's own genetic make up to it's siblings.
Mothers instinct can however, be right. So if something doesn't feel right, then please go in and get yourself seen.
Please take good care of yourself
By Sofija (not verified) on 12 Jul 2018 - 18:20
I'm 28 weeks pregnant now, it's my first pregnancy. But until now I could barely feel any movement of my baby. I just have some bubbly feelings on the sides of my belly, sometimes around bellybutton. But those are not kicks as some women describe.
I said about it to my midwife last week, so she sent me to hospital for check up. In hospital they checked fetal heartbeat in dynamics, which was fine, they even sent for ultrasound scan, in the end they said that everything's fine. I was really really happy about that, but I still don't understand why it's like this. I did gain weight during the pregnancy, but I'm not too overweight.
I work everyday for 10 hours, sitting only for 20 min at most, I'm just worried if it's going to harm my baby. I really want for my baby to be healthy, what can you suggest me?
Thank you in advance.
By Midwife @Tommys on 13 Jul 2018 - 13:44
It is reassuring that you have had a scan and they are happy the baby is well. Sometimes it can be affected by where your placenta is, if it is at the front (written as 'anterior' in your notes) then this can mean you may not feel stronger movements until later on in your pregnancy. Working and being active in moderation is great for a healthy pregnancy so do continue what you are doing. As long as you are having a healthy lifestyle then that is all you can do. If you are worried then do speak with your midwife.
By SB (not verified) on 12 Jul 2018 - 03:23
Hi I’m probably being really daft. I’m 21 +1 I have a history of 5 previous early miscarriages before 12 weeks and no live Births + 40 2 weeks before due date so am really anxious as well have never got this far. I’ve been waking up in the night because I’ve had cramps in arms and legs and carpal tunnel issues. I woke yesterday with neither of these and just thought thought “something is wrong” because I didn’t have either (stupid I know) I had very little movement from little one in the day but some. I’ve just woken now and my bump was uncovered (it’s been so warm) and my exposed belly was really really cold. I’m so terrified if she’s ok in there. After years of MC’s I’d given up hope and torturing myself by getting pregnant and this pregnancy has been an accident I’ve been waiting to go wrong since 5 weeks (when I found out) I am probably being daft and overly anxious. I just can’t be excited when I really should be so I’m probably being stupid but my gut is telling me it’s gone or going to go wrong.
By Midwife @Tommys on 12 Jul 2018 - 16:24
It is really natural that you are feeling so anxious given that you have been through 5 miscarriages. It is important that you monitor your baby's movements, if you notice any reduction in movements you need to contact your maternity unit straight away and go in to be reviewed. Your bump being hot and then cold it not something to worry about or will affect your baby if the temperatures are not an extreme which from what you have said does not sound like they were. It sounds like you could do with a little extra support as you come to the end of the pregnancy, could you get in touch with your midwife? See if you can have an extra appointment or support at this time.
Please know we are here to support you too, you can call us 0800 0147 800 or email [email protected]
By Alzavahn (not verified) on 11 Jul 2018 - 10:49
I'm 15 weeks an I only had morning sickness last month it lasted for 3days an yesterday ...I couldnt get anything down an just kept on throwing up* sorry* so I ate a bit last night... and my stomach was a bit bigger an now my stomach is deflated ...is something wrong ? Any advice will help
By Midwife @Tommys on 12 Jul 2018 - 15:48
Could it be possible that you have a bit of a sickness bug rather than it being morning sickness if it just lasted for 3 days?
Your stomach can change a little at this stage, for example if you are bloated or been unwell. As a long as you have not had any pain or bleeding this is fine. You should have a midwife appointment soon for your 16 weeks so do speak with her if you have any queries.
By Claireftm (not verified) on 28 Jun 2018 - 11:16
I have been feeling dizzy for about a week now. Every day. But today has been the worst. I don't think I've felt this dizzy before. Nothing is spinning, just light-headedness. Is this normal?
By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Jun 2018 - 11:20
It sounds like to need to see your midwife or GP to be reviewed. I am unsure how many weeks pregnant you are and it may be simply that you are a little dehydrated however it can also be a sign of low iron levels so these need to be checked or something else so do check in with them.
By Lily (not verified) on 24 Jun 2018 - 22:37
I just wondered, what pain is normal in pregnancy and what warrants going to the hospital?
Any guidance would be useful
By Midwife @Tommys on 27 Jun 2018 - 12:11
That's a difficult question to answer without more information. It depends on how pregnant you are, what's been going on for you recently, pre-existing conditions and lots of pregnancy variables. Sorry to sound vague. Please get in contact, email us at [email protected] and I will try to answer you question better.
By Hassie (not verified) on 24 Jun 2018 - 22:22
I'm 14 weeks and have bleeding since 7 weeks. I have been diagnosed with sub chronic hematoma.
At my 12 week scan all looked normal but cervix only measured 3cm. I am booked for a cervical scan at 16 weeks and fetal scan at 22 weeks but I am really worried as I'm starting to have a throbbing feeling in my vagina and the bleeding is continuing. I have had 2 missed miscarriages in the past and am worried that I'll find that this baby has passed without me knowing.
I have been told to go back to the EPU if I have heavy red bleeding not for the spotting I'm currently having.
By Midwife @Tommys on 27 Jun 2018 - 11:55
I'm so sorry to hear about your ongoing bleeding due to the sub chorionic haematoma. The majority of these will resolve but due to your previous losses you will be monitored more closely and have further scans arranged at 16 and 22 weeks. If there is concern about your cervix shortening when you have the trans vaginal scan in 2 weeks you will have additional scans.
I hope that the throbbing vaginal sensation is less obvious today? you know to get in contact with the EPU if the bleeding gets heavier.
Miscarriage is much less likely now that you are in the second trimester (2%) but I entirely understand that each day must be like torture waiting for the next scan as well as anticipating that something is going to go wrong.
Please do call us even if it is just to talk on 0800 0147 800 you could also be referred by your GP for talking therapies to help you at this awful time. You might also be able to self refer look up IAPT self refer and see what comes up in your area.
Thinking of you
By D (not verified) on 13 Jun 2018 - 17:29
Hi I'm 24weeks and last night I woke up with stomach cramps and very bad pain in my lower back it eased off and finally got to sleep I've woke today and I seem to be running back and forth to the toilet feeling I need to urinate and when I sit it's trickles out any advice what to do don't want to be a pain
By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Jun 2018 - 13:59
Sorry to hear that you are not feel well. It sounds like it could be a urine infection, so do see your midwife or GP so they can test your urine and give you a full check up just to make sure everything is ok.
It is important to be seen, you are not a pain at all.
By N (not verified) on 5 Jun 2018 - 13:48
Hi, I’m 17+5 weeks with my first and I’m not really showing! If I lie down you can clearly see where the baby is but it’s not huge (it sometimes can see it less) , whereas if I’m standing up I feel you can’t see anything. I just look like I’ve put in weight. I’m really worried it’s not normal but I am a massive worrier! Is this normal? I see pictures of other people and they’re quite bit already! Thanks
By Midwife @Tommys on 6 Jun 2018 - 15:34
Hi N, everyone carries differently and you should not compare yourself to others. Your midwife will be measuring your bump from now onward and will send you for growth scans if she/he is worried about slow fetal growth. It is not uncommon to have only seemed to have put on a little weight but not yet quite have a bump - it'll soon come.
Here is what to expect at 17 weeks - https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-week-by-week/17-weeks-pregnant-whats-happening
Take care of yourself
By April Cunningham (not verified) on 31 May 2018 - 18:02
Hi I'm 30+6 weeks. I have recently been put on insulin for GD (2days ago). Since then I've had belly cramps and this morning I woke up being sick. I spoke to my diabieties midwife she thinks I have a bug but I don't feel like I have a bug and feel the only reason I'm being sick is due to the pain I'm in. Can anybody suggest anything that might help or what I can do. X
By Midwife @Tommys on 1 Jun 2018 - 11:25
Sorry to hear that you are feeling so unwell and that you are in so much pain. If you feel that you are being sick due to the pain you are in then I think it is important to go to the maternity unit to be reviewed. A bug would normal pass or at least ease after a couple of days so if this is on going I think you need to be assessed. It is also really important for you to be monitoring your baby's movements, if you have any concerns at all then again, do contact your maternity unit for review.
By Charlotte (not verified) on 17 May 2018 - 15:59
I'm 19 weeks pregnant with my 2nd baby. I haven't felt baby move yet but I'm just really worried about this pregnancy. For the last couple of days, I haven't felt right. Ridiculously tired and just generally blah. I've also got a dull ache all around my belly.
By Midwife @Tommys on 17 May 2018 - 16:19
It can be normal to not feel baby up to 20 weeks and everyone feels movements differently but if you don't feel right then it is important to act upon it. As you just don't feel right and are experiencing some abdominal discomfort it would be worth you calling your local antenatal day unit just to be checked over. They can listen in to your baby and you will feel more reassured. Hope this helps, take care, Tommy's Midwives x
By Caroline (not verified) on 22 Apr 2018 - 19:15
I've been feeling my baby's movements from about 15 -16 weeks. Over the past few days I've had little to no movements at all. I've also had an intermittent sharp stabbing pain on the lower left side just above my pubic bone. I'm worried something is wrong but also worried I'll be wasting the midwives time if I bother them. I don't know what to do. Thank you in advance.