These may be symptoms of a migraine or they could be symptoms of pre-eclampsia, which is a condition that normally occurs after 20 weeks of pregnancy with raised blood pressure. You might also have other symptoms such as a bad headaches, stomach pain, nausea and vomiting. Pre-eclampsia is potentially dangerous for you and for the baby.
Call your midwife immediately.
Read more about pre-eclampsia.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Hypertension in pregnancy, clinical guideline 107, London NICE, 2011
In many cases the symptoms in this section will not indicate anything serious and will be treated easily. Occasionally though they are signs of a more serious complaint so please do seek help where indicated.
It is important to remember that the information in this section is about what could potentially go wrong, but this doesn’t mean it definitely will.
We believe in empowering women to understand what is happening within their bodies at this crucial time and to know when they need to ask for extra care. We advise that you navigate this information when you are looking for specific information on a symptom so as not to worry yourself unnecessarily.
If you have more questions, you can always call your midwife at
Some pain in the abdomen/stomach area is normal in pregnancy.
Find out what to do if you have persistent pain.
A slight increase in discharge/fluid during pregnancy is normal.
Find out what types of discharges to contact your doctor or midwife about.
Temperatures are common, but they can be a symptom of something more serious.Find out what to do if you your temperature is very high.
Stomach bugs in pregnancy are common.
If you experience other symptoms as well as stomach bugs, you may need medical care.
Blurred vision may be a symptom of other conditions.
Find out what to do if you are experiencing blurred vision.
Puffiness and swelling of hands and feet is common in late pregnancy.
Find out what to do if the swelling is severe.
Mild headaches can be caused by hormones and are common in pregnancy.
Find out what to do if your headache is severe and won’t go away.
Bleeding is not uncommon.
Find out what to do if you are experiencing bleeding in pregnancy.
Your baby’s movements will vary at different stages in pregnancy.
Find out more about movements at different stages of pregnancy.
Some itching is perfectly normal. Find out what to do if the itching is severe.
Throwing up is very common in early pregnancy.
Find out what to do if the vomiting is persistent.
This may be a symptom of infection.
Find out what to do if you are experiencing this.
How your ‘bump’ is growing will be monitored throughout your pregnancy.
Find out what to do if you have concerns about your bump not growing.
If you are worried about something, have the confidence to ask for your midwife’s help.
Find out what to do if are concerned about your pregnancy.