Warning Signs During Pregnancy

One may wonder what symptoms during pregnancy warrant immediate medical attention and what symptoms can wait until your next prenatal visit?

Always ask your doctor at your visits about your concerns. But keep in mind some symptoms do need swift attention. Trust your mother instinct always. Rather be safe than sorry

Bleeding

During pregnancy, bleeding can mean different things at different times. Bleeding during the first trimester can be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy and should be checked out immediately.

Substantial bleeding and cramping in the first trimester or early second trimester can be signs of a miscarriage. Substantial bleeding in the third trimester can be a sign of a placental abruption which means the uterine lining is separating from the placenta which puts the mother and baby at risk and you should seek immediate medical attention.

Any and all bleeding is considered serious and should never be ignored. Seek medical attention immediately by calling your doctor or the closest emergency room

Nausea and Vomiting

Nausea in pregnancy is very common but if it is severe it becomes more serious. The reason for severe vomiting during pregnancy is unknown. Research shows that it might be related to the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy or it might be hereditary.

Not being able to drink or eat anything can lead to malnutrition or dehydration which can be damaging to a mom and baby. Make sure to tell your doctor if you have severe nausea and vomiting. There is medication that he can give to you and there is also things you can avoid or do differently to help with the nausea and vomiting. Even a diet change can make the difference.

Baby’s Movement Declines

When should you be worried how do you know if your baby is moving enough or not?  How can you tell and what is seen as normal?

First thing to do when you are concerned is drink something cold and sugary or eat something. Then you can go lie down on your side and see if the baby is moving.

It is important to count kicks and get a baseline of what is normal for your baby. You should at least feel 10 kicks in two hours. If you don’t call your doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor has equipment to check the babies movement. Go see the doctor if you are worried so that he can check your babies movement

Contractions Early in the Third Trimester

Contractions could be a sign of preterm labor. Contraction can easily be confused with false labor called Braxton-Hicks instead of true labor. Braxton-Hicks are random, non-rhythmic, and do not increase in intensity. They usually go away in an hour or with hydration. Regular contractions are about 10 minutes apart or less and increase in intensity.

If you are in your third trimester and think you’re having contractions, call your doctor right away. If it is too early for the baby to be born, your doctor may be able to stop labor.

Your Water Breaks

Feel like going to the loo and the next moment you feel a flood of water rush down your legs. During pregnancy the enlarged uterus can cause pressure on your bladder which can cause urine leakage, or your water has broken. When you water breaks it is a dramatic gush of fluid, but other times is more refined.

If you are unsure go to the bathroom and empty your bladder to see if it was just urine or a true rupture of the membrane. If the fluid continues, you have broken your water, call your doctor and go to the hospital

Headache, Abdominal Pain, Visual Disturbance, and Swelling During Your Third Trimester

These symptoms could be a sign of preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system like the kidney or liver. Preeclampsia usually starts after 20 weeks of pregnancy in first pregnancies.

Call your doctor and get your blood pressure tested as soon as possible. Pre-care can help catch preeclampsia early.

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