Is it normal? Pregnancy symptoms explained

Expecting your first bub can have you on high alert, but we’re here to put your mind at ease


This is completely normal and is partly caused by increased blood flow to the pelvic area. Known as leukkorhea, the discharge is either clear or milky white, can be thicker than usual and generally has no offensive smell. Most women will notice this additional discharge throughout the nine months of pregnancy. "This amount becomes more noticeable towards the end of pregnancy, usually from around 34 weeks," says Dr Michael van der Griend, obstetrician at Sydney's North Shore Private Hospital.

WHEN TO WORRY: If the fluid is ever greenish or smelly, or if it's associated with an itch or any other symptoms, see your GP. He or she can either diagnose you clinically (by having a look) or do a simple test (vaginal swab) to rule out infections such as bacterial vaginosis or thrush. Both are easy to treat.


No way! Child birth is daunting for anyone. Thankfully, your body was designed to know what to do. If you're scared, try to learn as much as you can about the process of labour and your pain-relief options by reading books, magazines and online forums and asking your healthcare provider lots of questions. The better informed you are, the better your experience.

WHEN TO WORRY: If fear is making you anxious or depressed, discuss it with your doctor.


You'll most likely find yourself needing to urinate more often. It's usually worse in the beginning, from around five weeks, because of increased blood flow and hormonal changes, and again towards the end, after 36 weeks, when there isn't room for your bladder to fill as usual.

WHEN TO WORRY: Urinating more often is not usually a concern. If, however, it burns or stings, or your urine is cloudy, bloody or has a strong smell, these may be symptoms of a urine infection. This is common, but if left untreated, it could cause complications, such as premature labour. If you're concerned, see your doctor, who can easily test your urine for an infection and, if needed, prescribe pregnancy-safe antibiotics.


You're on a hormonal roller-coaster during pregnancy, so it's no surprise this can affect your mood. Some women feel as though they have PMS for the entire nine months! Factor in the extra tiredness, discomfort and fear of the unknown, and being a little teary is only to be expected.

WHEN TO WORRY: However, if you start experiencing feelings of anger, worthlessness or guilt, it could be a sign that you're suffering from something more serious, such as depression. If you're worried about the way you're feeling, see your GP. He or she can support you during this overwhelming time and offer help. See for further information and assistance.

Don't be shy! We've answered all your pregnancy-related questions in the latest issue of Cosmo Pregnancy. Pick up your copy today!