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Midwife Explains Seven Pregnancy Symptoms That Are Completely Normal

02/12/2015 16:43 GMT | Updated 02/12/2015 16:59 GMT

Your body will change a lot during pregnancy and sometimes it can be hard to gauge what's normal and what's not.

According to Midwife Suzanne Barber, you need to tune into your body during the nine months and respond to what it needs.

"If you're tired, make the opportunity to rest," she said.

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Barber listed nine symptoms pregnant women commonly experience that are completely normal (and nothing to worry about).

Watch the video above to hear Barber discuss all the points in detail, but here's a short summary below.

1. Sensitive breasts.

Barber said it is not unusual for your breasts to become uncomfortable and extremely sensitive to touch.

2. Morning sickness.

"This can be experienced very early on in pregnancy," Barber said. "It might even last all day and all night for some women.

"If vomiting continues and you're unable to keep fluids down, seek medical advice."

3. Metallic tastes.

Barber said an unusual metallic taste in your mouth is very common and can sometimes even change the way tea and coffee tastes.

4. Sensitive bladder.

Finding you need to frequently go to the toilet during the day and night, regardless of how much you're drinking? Completely normal.

5. Increase in vaginal secretions.

During pregnancy the cervix and vaginal walls get softer and discharge increases to help prevent any infections travelling up from the vagina to the womb.

6. Constipation.

If you're finding you're frequently constipated, Barber advises to increase fluids and make sure you have a high fibre diet.

7. Abdominal cramps.

Although this is common, Barber said if abdominal cramps continue for several weeks you should see your GP.

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