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Warning signs that should not be ignored during pregnancy

 Warning signs that should not be ignored during pregnancy

Warning signs that should not be ignored during pregnancy

Most of the symptoms that women experience during pregnancy are completely normal, and whether they are bothersome or uncomfortable, they are all simply caused by the changes that occur to the body during pregnancy. However, it can be easy for a pregnant woman to become anxious and wonder if everything is okay, and how to know the existence of an abnormal symptom. Real complications are rare, but it is always good and important to know what to watch out for. Read on to learn some of the warning signs of pregnancy that should call your doctor or healthcare professional.

Warning signs during pregnancy

Remember that some of these symptoms may be symptoms of a normal pregnancy, but they may also be signs of something more serious, so consult your doctor or health care professional if you notice any of these things:

  • Constant pain in the abdomen. It is natural to wonder: Is pain in the abdominal area a common pregnancy symptom? The discomfort associated with round ligament pain, for example, may be completely normal, but abdominal pain, particularly those accompanied by a fever or chills, may be an indication of something that needs attention. In this case, it is best to contact a healthcare professional.
  • Severe headache. There are many factors that can trigger headaches during pregnancy, including hormonal changes, stress and fatigue, but if your headache is severe, it may be an indication of high blood pressure, or a high blood pressure disorder called preeclampsia . Preeclampsia is a serious condition that requires medical treatment to ensure that you and your baby are protected.
  • Changes in vision. Changes related to vision, such as temporary loss of vision, blurred vision or sensitivity to light, may be associated with complications such as gestational hypertension or preeclampsia.
  • Fainting or dizziness. Feeling dizzy may be a normal symptom in the early stages of pregnancy. You may also feel dizzy later in pregnancy for various reasons such as circulation problems or low blood sugar levels. But if this feeling of dizziness persists, or if you feel that you are about to faint or if you have already passed out, or if the feeling of dizziness is accompanied by other symptoms such as blurred vision, vaginal bleeding, headache or abdominal pain, you should consult a health care professional in order to The reasons behind this are identified and addressed.
  • Unusual weight gain, swelling or bloating. A sudden and significant increase in weight (which has nothing to do with overeating!) Is associated with the possibility of preeclampsia (or hypertension in a pregnant woman). You may notice that this weight gain is accompanied by swelling of the face and hands (ascites or edema). Remember that some swelling in the feet or hands may be normal, but it should be monitored.
  • Urgent urge to urinate or a burning sensation while urinating. If you feel an urge to urinate, and only then come out a few drops when you actually urinate, or there is burning during urination, this could be a sign of a urinary tract infection (UTI). A UTI can include other symptoms, such as fever, chills, or urine mixed with little blood. A health care professional can diagnose the symptoms and treat the bacterial infection in order to avoid any complications. And you should bear in mind that frequent urination itself is a common symptom of pregnancy during the first trimester, as well as later in pregnancy as your baby grows, increases in size and puts pressure on the bladder.
  • Persistent or severe vomiting. Vomiting, accompanied by nausea, may be a completely normal symptom in the first trimester of pregnancy. This symptom is commonly known as "morning sickness," but it doesn't necessarily appear only in the morning! However, if morning sickness is severe (accompanied by other symptoms such as dizziness or vomiting mixed with blood), it may indicate a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum, which requires medical attention. If you suffer from vomiting after the first trimester, you should consult your health care professional to rule out any serious conditions and treat nausea.
  • Severe pain above the stomach, under the rib cage. This pain (particularly if it is combined with other symptoms such as blurred vision, severe headache, or nausea) may indicate high blood pressure and an associated condition called preeclampsia. Your health care professional will monitor your blood pressure during regular prenatal visits, but if you notice any signs of preeclampsia, call your healthcare professional immediately.
  • Feeling itchy all over the body. Feeling intense itchiness that is not associated with a rash may be an indication of a condition commonly known as pregnancy cholestasis, a condition that affects the liver and can occur in late pregnancy. Call your healthcare professional immediately if you experience severe itching. And remember, itching during pregnancy may also be completely normal. This is because your baby's growth and growth cause stretching of your skin. Stretching the skin can also make it dry, causing itchy areas such as your stomach, breasts and thighs.
  • Vaginal bleeding or spotting. It may be normal in the early stages of pregnancy to see spotting, which is known as implantation hemorrhage, but bleeding may also indicate a placenta previa or an infection of the cervix. If you suspect you have either of these conditions, tell your healthcare professional if you notice spotting or bleeding during pregnancy.
  • Contractions of the uterus before the due date (before the end of the 37th week of pregnancy). Although they can be completely normal Braxton Hicks contractions , if they persist (that is, they do not stop after you move, walk, or change position) and become painful or regular, then they may be a sign of preterm labor. In this case, it is very important to contact your physician immediately.
  • Fluid flowing or leaking from the vagina before the end of 37 weeks of pregnancy. Premature rupture of the membranes of the amniotic sac, also known as "burst water," may appear as light droplets, a constant leakage, or a strong flow of fluid from the vagina before pregnancy is complete. Call your health care professional or your doctor immediately if you notice this happening. Depending on how many weeks pregnant you are, your healthcare professional will advise you on what you can best do. But after your pregnancy is over, the watershed is a sign that labor has begun.
  • Feeling that your baby is moving less than usual. Pregnant women usually feel something like a flutter and sometimes kicking or spinning the baby between 18 to 25 weeks of pregnancy. Also, after entering the third trimester, you can follow your baby's movements. Try to get up at about the same time each day, lying down, and keeping track of the length of time it takes to feel 10 kicks, laps or flaps. It may only take a few minutes, but if an hour passes without any movement, grab a snack, lie on your back, and try again. You can record the number of these movements in a notebook. If you notice no movement or your baby is not moving as much as usual over several days, contact your health care professional to check that the pregnancy is progressing well.
  • Indicators of an ectopic pregnancy. Some symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy are also normal early symptoms. But if you notice light vaginal bleeding accompanied by abdominal or pelvic pain, in addition to severe dizziness, or shoulder pain early in pregnancy, you should consult your health care professional immediately. Get your health care professional right away, but keep in mind that these are just some of the symptoms of pregnancy that should never be ignored. If you doubt the safety of your pregnancy or feel there is something wrong with it, it is always best to take precautions by consulting a doctor or specialist. This way, you can ensure that the anxiety is gone, and if there is a problem, then it can be dealt with or remedied immediately.

 

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