50 Pregnancy Symptoms & Discomforts Every Mom-to-Be Should Know About

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No one said the hardest thing about pregnancy is giving up hot tubs and sushi for nine months. We all know that carrying a baby can come with all kinds of annoying symptoms, like bloating and backaches. And while there are some good things that tend to happen when pregnant -- the elusive glow! thick hair! no period! -- there tend to be more discomforts than joys, mostly thanks to raging hormones, increased blood supply, and weight gain.

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Like most things in life, pregnancy symptoms vary from person to person. There are a few lucky moms-to-be who breeze through pregnancy with a slight discomfort or two. Many of us are plagued by a bunch of weird body changes that are slightly freaky but overall manageable. And some have to deal with at least one particularly nagging thing that makes it almost impossible to function (hello severe morning sickness and sciatica!).

Some of these symptoms are notorious (like fatigue and cravings), but others are ones we don't always hear about (vision changes? And how about that discharge? Whoa!).

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It's important for moms-to-be to keep their doctor in the loop about any symptoms they're having. There are many that are just par for the pregnancy course -- like swelling -- but could also be a sign of a complication, so monitoring the situation is key.

Read up on the most common bodily changes that can happen during pregnancy. And hang in there -- all will be worth it when baby arrives!


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