You 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.
- Bleeding & Pain – Heavy bleeding with severe abdominal pain teemed with menstrual cramps or the feeling of fainting during the first trimester could be a sign of ectopic pregnancy. This happens if the fertilized egg embeds somewhere other than the uterus. Tremendous bleeding associated with abdominal cramping could also be a sign of Miscarriage. Again, bleeding with abdominal pain in advance pregnancy might indicate placental abruption. This happens when the placenta separates from the uterine wall. Any sort of bleeding during pregnancy needs immediate attention and consultation with the doctor. Do not waste time as such symptoms can be potentially fatal.
- Severe Nausea and VomitingNausea is common amongst pregnant women. However, if the nauseated feeling gets severe then it is a matter of concern. If you cannot eat or drink anything, you have the risk of becoming malnourished and dehydrated. This condition can be harmful for your baby. Consult your doctor immediately if the syndrome persists. He may prescribe medication and advise changing your diet as well.
- Baby’s Activity Level Significantly DeclinesThe best feeling of this gestational journey is sensing the baby’s movement. However, this fetal movement during pregnancy worries a mother with a number of questions. If you suddenly notice that the feeling of your baby’s movement has considerably declined then we first suggest you to drink something cold or eat something. Then lie down on your left side to see if this gets the baby moving. You can also count kicks to get an idea of the number of kicks. In general, you should at least have 10 or more kicks in two hours. Decreased count of kicks should prompt a phone call to your doctor.
- Contractions Early in the Third Trimester Contractions are associated with signs of preterm labour. Many first-time mothers confuse true labour with false labour. False labour contractions are often called Braxton-Hicks contractions which are simply physiological uterine contractions. They are unpredictable, irregular and do not generally increase in intensity. The contraction feeling normally subsides in an hour in case of false labour contractions. However, regular contractions occur in about 8 minutes apart or less and increases in intensity. If you are having contractions, call your doctor right away. If you are having too early contractions for the baby to be born then your doctor may be able to stop labour.
- Your Water Breaks You might suddenly feel a heavy flow of water rush down your legs as you are walking. Your water could have broken, but during pregnancy the enlarged uterus can cause pressure on your bladder and cause urine leakage as well. To be sure, go to the toilet and urinate. If the fluid continues to rush out then you have broken your water. Immediately call your doctor and rush to the hospital.
- A Persistent Severe Headache, Abdominal Pain, Visual Disturbances, and Swelling During Your Third Trimester These symptoms could be signs of preeclampsia. This is a serious condition that develops during pregnancy and is life-threatening. High blood pressure and excess of protein in your urine can lead to this disorder. It typically occurs after the 20th week of pregnancy. Call your doctor right away and get your blood pressure tested.
- Flu Symptoms Pregnant women are more prone to Flu and other sickness during the flu season. It is always advisable for them to get the flu vaccination done. Compared to other women, pregnant women are more vulnerable to sickness and may have serious complications from the flu.
Always keep in mind that Pregnancy is not an illness.
Being a woman, you have every reason to enjoy this momentous journey. As a well-informed expectant mother, you can take care of all the small concerns and know exactly when to give a buzz to your doctor. Make sure that you undergo a pre-pregnancy planning with your Gynaecologist when you take the call to have a baby, keeping in mind the advices to move forward safely.