Pregnancy is a journey of mixed emotions. And each woman’s journey is unique. Along with the pleasant experiences come some not-so-pleasant ones.
Symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and fatigue, in varying degrees, are quite common. But there could be circumstances when the common becomes uncommon. What you might consider as ‘normal’ can actually be a wake-up call during pregnancy. So, here are the warning signs that you might not want to overlook when pregnant:
- Severe nausea and vomiting: Nausea and vomiting are common when pregnant, but if they continue incessantly for more than a day, it could be a cause for concern. See your doctor immediately.
- Pregnant women have an increased risk contracting flu (1) due to the weakened immune system. But, if you a running a fever above 100ºFahrenheit for more than a couple of days, you must see your doctor. If you experience pain along with fever, it could be a sign of other infections which need proper diagnosis.
- Swelling: A certain amount of swelling, especially in the feet, is common during pregnancy, but watch out if there’s excessive swelling on your face, hands, ankles, and feet. It could be a sign of preeclampsia (2). Severe preeclampsia can lead to life-threatening problems.
- Baby is moving less: You should feel your baby moving in your bump by the end of the second trimester or by the beginning of the third trimester. If you don’t feel your baby moving at least five times every half hour or there is decreased movement, then you need to alert yourself and meet your obstetrician immediately.
- Abdominal or pelvic pain: If you experience severe or constant pain in your abdomen or pelvis accompanied by bleeding, then you must rush to your doctor. It could be a cyst or ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy (3) occurs when the fertilized egg implants in the fallopian tube or abdomen instead of the uterus. In such a case, pregnancy cannot be continued.
- Vaginal bleeding or spotting: The first indication of pregnancy is bleeding or spotting. It occurs when the fertilized egg implants itself in the uterus. This is considered normal. However, heavy bleeding or spotting could be a sign of miscarriage or placenta previa (4). Contact your doctor right away if you have continuous bleeding.