General changes during Pregnancy

*Tiredness, sleepiness

*Faster heart rate

*Frequent urination in daytime and night urination

*Skin changes:

  • Mask of pregnancy (Chloasma)

  • Linea nigra

  • Stretch marks

*Slow hair loss

*Increase in sweating

*Back pain


– 1st trimester :

  • morning sickness (nausea with or without vomiting)

  • cravings

– 2nd and 3rd trimester: increased appetite

*Gum bleeding/ excessive salivation

*Heartburn (pyrosis)



*Nasal congestion

*Weight gain:


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  • baby: 7.5 pounds

  • Amniotic fluid : 2 pounds

  • Placenta : 1.5 pounds

  • Uterus : 2 pounds

  • Breasts: 2 pounds

  • body fluids: 4 pounds

  • Blood: 4 pounds

  • Maternal stores of fat, proteins and other nutrients: 7 pounds

Total: 30 pounds

Fatma Safi for ATEP


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  2. Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn, by Simkin, Whalley, Keppler, Durham, & Bolding (2010)

  3. Maternity & Women’s Health Care, by Lowdermilk, Perry, Cashion, & Alden (2012)

  4. Prepared Childbirth the Family Way by Amis and Green (2014)

  5. ICEA guide to pregnancy and childbirth (2012)

  6. Maternal mortality and related statistics by Hoyert D. Atlanta: Centers for disease control an prevention, 2007.

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