Pregnancy brings about a lot of expected and unexpected changes in a woman’s body. While most of these are frequent and normal, some require immediate medical intervention. Therefore, amidst the excitement, it’s important to be vigilant about any warning signs that might indicate potential complications. Being aware of these signs can help ensure the health and well-being of both the mother and the baby. In the following post, we’ll explore the key warning signs in pregnancy that every expectant mother should know about.
Here are some warning signs you should look out for.
Many factors, including stress, hormonal changes, and fatigue, could be reason for headaches during pregnancy. A severe headache could indicate high blood pressure or preeclampsia (high blood pressure disorder).
You might even experience changes in vision, like temporary vision loss, light sensitivity, and blurred vision. These problems might be linked to conditions like preeclampsia or gestational hypertension. Hence, it is important to seek medical attention immediately to protect the health of the baby and the mother.
Many women wonder whether abdominal pain is normal during pregnancy. Discomfort related to round ligament pain is usually normal. But if you have pain in the abdomen along with chills or fever, then it might be a very serious problem. During cases like this, it is best to call a doctor right away and get professional advice.
It’s normal during early pregnancy to feel slightly lightheaded. You might even experience dizziness later during your pregnancy because of conditions like low blood sugar levels or circulation problems. But if there is a persistent feeling of dizziness, i.e. if you feel like fainting or actually do go through it, or if it is combined with many other problems like vaginal bleeding, blurred vision, pain in the abdomen, or headaches, consult the doctor so that the problem you have can be treated after identification.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are commonly found in pregnant women. If you feel like you have an increased urge to urinate but only a very few drops come out, or if you feel a burning sensation while peeing, then this can be a sign of UTI (urinary tract infection). This infection has many other symptoms like chills, fever, or urine with little blood. Your doctor will be able to diagnose the symptoms and get rid of the bacterial infection to avoid further complications. But remember that frequent urination is a very common side-effect of pregnancy when in both the first and the last trimesters. This is because, as the baby grows, it presses on your bladder.
Feeling nausea, along with vomiting, is a perfectly normal sign during your first trimester. This is known as “morning sickness”, but this does not mean that it occurs only during the morning. However, if this morning sickness is severe and along with other problems like vomiting blood and dizziness, then it might be condition called the hyperemesis gravidarum. In this case, you should definitely go to the doctor. Consult your doctor if you experience vomiting after the first trimester to treat nausea.
Women during pregnancy usually feel their babies kicking, fluttering, or turning between 18 to 25 weeks of the pregnancy. During the latter part of the third trimester, you can monitor the movements of the baby. Every day during these weeks, lie down for a while to help you keep track of the time it takes to feel 10 rolls, kicks, or flutters. It takes just a few minutes, but if you do not feel anything for an hour, then lie down again after a light snack. Record these movements on paper. If you feel the movement is absent, or if the baby is not showing movement like before for a few days, then call your doctor to check the progress of the baby.
Although it is very normal to experience contractions, if these seem to persist or do not stop when you change or move your position and it becomes very regular and painful, then it might be a preterm labour sign. When this is the case, call your doctor as soon as possible.
This is a significant warning sign during pregnancy that occurs in the third trimester. Commonly known as “water breaking”, premature rupture of the membranes might feel like a trickle, uniformly leaking, or a gush of liquid from the vagina before the pregnancy has become full-term. It is best to call your healthcare provider if you notice this problem. Based on the number of weeks of the pregnancy, your doctor will tell you what you should be doing. When your water breaks once you are full-term, then it is a sign of the start of labour.
It is normal to see spotting early on in the pregnancy. This is known as implantation bleeding. But bleeding is also a symptom of cervical infection or placenta previa. Bleeding during the first trimester might also be sign of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. If you are unsure of what it is, then talk to your healthcare provider if you notice bleeding or spotting during the pregnancy.
Severe itching without a rash might indicate cholestasis. This is a liver condition that happens in late pregnancy. Call your doctor right away if you suffer from extreme itching. Remember, it is completely normal to have itchy skin when you are pregnant. This is because the growth of the baby makes the skin stretch, which makes it become dry and causes places like your breasts, belly, and thighs to itch.
If you experience pain under the rib cage (above the stomach), especially with other issues like severe headaches, blurred vision, or nausea, then it is a sign of high blood pressure or preeclampsia. During your prenatal visits, your doctor will usually monitor your blood pressure, but if you feel like there is something wrong, then call your doctor right away.
Unusual and sudden weight gain is connected to a small possibility of preeclampsia. You might notice that this weight gain is accompanied by swelling on the hands and face. Although some swelling on hands and feet is normal during pregnancy, it is still better to monitor it.
If you are currently going through any of these common warning signs during pregnancy, call your doctor right away. If you do not feel right or are in doubt about these warning signs, it is best to consult your healthcare provider or doctor. This way, you will not have to worry about anything, and your problems will be solved immediately.
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This post was last modified on September 8, 2023 4:32 pm