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Body aches: You may feel aches and pain in the back, abdomen, groin area and thighs. 

 Breast changes: As the due date approaches, hormone changes will cause your breasts to get bigger to prepare for breastfeeding; your breasts may feel full, heavy or tender.

Constipation: Higher levels of hormones slow down digestion and relax muscles in the bowels; signs of constipation include having hard, painful, dry stools - fewer than three bowel movements per week.

Fatigue/Sleep problems: Many women find they're exhausted in the first trimester. In the second trimester tiredness is usually replaced with a feeling of well being and energy,but in the third trimester exhaustion often sets in again; as you get bigger, sleeping becomes more difficult as well as lack of sleep from babies movements, bathroom runs, leg cramps and an increase in the body's metabolism.

Hemorrhoids: Up to 50 percent of pregnant women get hemorrhoids; they can cause itching, pain and bleeding. Hemorrhoids usually improve after delivery. 

Numb or tingling hands: Swelling, tingling and numbness in fingers and hands is called carpal tunnel syndrome; these symptoms are due to swelling of tissues in the narrow passages in your wrists.

Swelling: Many women may develop mild swelling in the face, hands or ankles.

Urine frequency and leaking: Your baby pushes down on the bladder, urethra and pelvic floor muscles; this pressure can lead to more frequent need to urinate, as well as leaking urine when coughing, sneezing or laughing.

Heartburn and indigestion: Hormones and the pressure of the growing uterus can cause heartburn and indigestion; food tends to move more slowly and digestion is sluggish causing many women to feel bloated.

Stretch marks and skin changes: Stretch marks are red, pink or brown streaks on the skin; most often they appear on the thighs, buttocks, abdomen and breasts - this is caused from stretching of the skin. 

Morning sickness: Hormone changes can cause nausea and vomiting; although it is called 'morning sickness', it can happen at any time of the day. 

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