What symptoms you should never ignore during pregnancy?

What symptoms you should never ignore during pregnancy?

Congratulations, on your pregnancy! Your body undergoes many changes. And it’s hard to know whether these changes are normal or not. Whether it’s something to worry about and call your healthcare provider or just ignore it? You don’t have to worry too much, just look after yourself and your baby.

Even though it might look completely normal there are some symptoms, which you should be on a lookout for:

Vaginal Bleeding:

Spotting or bleeding a little during pregnancy is common and you don’t have to freak out. A tinge of blood is absolutely normal. But often bleeding can be a sign of something serious like miscarriage or placental abruption and hence its necessary that you contact your doctor in such a case.

Abdominal pain:

Your baby is growing inside your womb. Every day it’s growing a size bigger and your muscles and ligaments are doing a lot of stretching.

Some aches and pains can be expected during pregnancy especially in the abdominal region. But if the pain is severe and carries on for a longer period of time accompanied by bleeding or any other symptom then notify your healthcare provider immediately.

Headache:

Headache is also quite common during pregnancy caused due to the hormonal changes, fatigue or stress. But if you have a persistent and severe headache it might be a sign of high blood pressure or a disorder known as preeclampsia.

headache during pregnancy

Vision:

You might experience some normal pregnancy dizziness. But sometimes-blurry vision or loss of vision might be a sign of preeclampsia or gestational diabetes, which require immediate medical attention.

Swelling:

As your baby is growing, you too are growing in size every day. So, a little swelling is expected! But be alert and pay attention to your hands and legs and see if there is any sign of puffiness or not.

Puffiness and swelling more than normal can be harmful and be a sign of preeclampsia or hypertension. The swelling on your feet and hands should be carefully monitored.

 Flu:

A pregnant woman is more vulnerable to germs and viruses. She is more likely to catch a cold, flu and even fever. Actually, a fever is common during pregnancy. But if the fever lasts for more than 24 or 36 hours then it is a matter of concern and you should contact your doctor at the earliest.

Burning sensation while urinating:

Frequent urination is a sign of pregnancy but in case you have a burning sensation while urinating then it might be a sign of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). Other symptoms include chills, fever or blood-tinged urine.

Vomiting during pregnancy

Vomiting:

During the first trimester vomiting along with nausea is completely normal symptom. It is also referred to as “morning sickness”. If, however, this lasts after your first trimester and is very severe then it may be a condition called hyperemesis gravid arum, which requires medical attention.

Itching:

It can either mean nothing or instead be a huge risk to you and your baby. Your skin could be itchy because it’s dry or stretched or can be due to a condition commonly known as cholestasis of pregnancy, which is a liver disorder that can cause severe issues such as preterm birth or labour.

Fewer movements:

Pregnant women can usually feel the smallest movements of their baby like fluttering, kicking or turning inside your womb. You can also try and monitor their movements. But if you notice any unusual movements or fewer movements over days then it is better to call your doctor.

These are some of the pregnancy symptoms, you should never ignore. In case you witness any of the above or a combination of the above symptoms you should contact your doctor immediately.

SUMMARY

• Your body undergoes many changes. And it’s hard to know whether these changes are normal or not. Whether it’s something to worry about and call your healthcare provider or just ignore it?

• Often bleeding can be a sign of something serious like miscarriage or placental abruption and hence its necessary that you contact your doctor in such a case. If the abdominal pain is severe and carries on for a longer period of time accompanied by bleeding or any other symptom then notify your healthcare provider immediately

• Sometimes-blurry vision or loss of vision might be a sign of preeclampsia or gestational diabetes, which require immediate medical attention. Your skin could be itchy because it’s dry or stretched or can be due to a condition commonly known as cholestasis of pregnancy, which is a liver disorder that can cause severe issues such as preterm birth or labour.

• In case you feel restless and you feel there is something wrong don’t hesitate to call your doctor.

Malathi

Malathi A Ganesh is a B. Com Graduate, NTT, M.A (Lit), PGDEA (PG in Education Administration), PGDCA (PG Diploma in Computer Application), DTE (Diploma in Teaching English), ICEPT (International Certificate in Education Preschool Teaching) from Singapore and B. Ed. She has been in the field of education for the past 20 years and has an experience of running her own pre-school She is the Founder & Director Academics of Smartkidz Educare India Pvt Ltd with 275+ play schools Pan India. She is an Educationist and a Child Psychologists by profession who wants to fulfill her dream of giving Quality Education to children in their earlier years. She is also into conducting positive parenting workshops, which talks about effective child rearing. She has conducted numerous parenting workshops in all her pre schools, schools and MNC’s.

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