Common Illnesses & Conditions

There are many common illnesses, conditions, and aches and pains that women may experience during pregnancy or after giving birth. Many of the aches and pains can be reduced through taking care of yourself, by eating well, getting exercise and resting as much as you can. Other conditions may not be as easily treated or prevented. Speak to your health care provider or midwife if you have any concerns.

Many women experience morning sickness – which can occur any time, night or day – during the first trimester or throughout their pregnancies, while other women don't feel sick at all. Some women swear that eating a small amount of food regularly throughout the day helps reduce feelings of nausea while others have to take a prescribed medication. If you find yourself struggling with morning sickness, talk to your health care provider or midwife.

Other pregnancy complaints can include gingivitis, sciatic nerve pain, congested sinuses, nose bleeds, swollen ankles, and many other seemingly random symptoms. When you go for a check-up, share your symptoms with your health care provider, midwife or dentist so they can let you know if it is a normal pregnancy occurrence or if it might be something to look into. Your health care provider, nurse or midwife can also give you tips and advice on reducing some of the symptoms you may be experiencing.

In Manitoba, there is a 24-hour, 7-day a week health information line called Health Links-Info Santé. Registered nurses provide answers over the phone to health care questions and guide you to the care you need. Call Health Links-Info Santé anytime at 204-788-8200 or toll-free 1-888-315-9257.