Minor Disorders of Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is a special condition that is neither a disease nor a normal body status, yet the minor ailments that may accompany the journey from conception to birth can significantly impact quality of life. Fortunately, most of these can be ameliorated with simple remedies and self-care advice.

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During pregnancy, a woman’s body changes in many ways. The physical and hormonal changes that accompany each trimester can cause not only physical discomfort but also many mental and emotional challenges. Yet, for the most part, these changes are entirely organic and normal. As Kazemi (2017) points out, pregnancy is a special condition that is neither a disease nor a normal body status, yet the minor ailments that may accompany the journey from conception to birth can significantly impact quality of life.

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Anne Watkins
Anne is a freelance lecturer and medical writer at Mind Body Ink. She is a former midwife and nurse teacher with over 25 years’ experience working in the fields of healthcare, stress management and medical hypnosis. Her background includes working as a hospital midwife, Critical Care nurse, lecturer in Neonatal Intensive Care, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for a company making life support equipment. Anne has also studied many forms of complementary medicine and has extensive experience in the field of clinical hypnosis. She has a special interest in integrating complementary medicine into conventional healthcare settings and is currently an Associate Tutor, lecturing in Health Coaching and Medical Hypnosis at Exeter University in the UK. As a former Midwife, Anne has a natural passion for writing about fertility, pregnancy, birthing and baby care. Her recent publications include The Health Factor, Coach Yourself To Better Health and Positive Thinking For Kids. You can read more about her work at
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Beverley Austin
28 Feb 2021
Quick read reinforces knowledge on antenatal health related issues
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Melinda Young
25 Jan 2021
This article included a brief overview of the normal and abnormal changes to the body during pregnancy. It covered common ailments and addressed self care in relation to mental health changes.
Sandra Hannon
04 Feb 2021
Great information to be mindful in any setting
Elaine Walker
04 Feb 2021
Great little refresh on common issues in pregnancy and acknowledgement of woman
Sarah leong
05 Feb 2021
Excellent article and read 2 of the journal articles that were listed. Very informative and relevant
Lynn Hancock
04 Feb 2021
great resource
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Judy Berry
14 Feb 2021
Very good, clear concise information that is not only beneficial for healthcare workers but is a good guide for expectant or first time mothers also. There is way too much information available on the internet and a more professional resource is a good thing to have, rather then 'internet experts'.
Nada Fred
03 Feb 2021
Brief but helpful guide to educating women on self care
Lorraine Hince
03 Feb 2021
a good overview
Debra Curran
23 Jan 2021
Excellent overview of minor disorders of pregnancy. Great to see such important research being done.
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