Your health should always be one of your concerns. It is advisable to see a doctor whenever you feel that something is not right inside your body, even though the symptoms are not very accentuated. When you are pregnant, you should pay an even greater attention to your health and any symptoms that do not ordinary should immediately send you to the doctor. Here are 10 symptoms that should never be ignored when you are pregnant, but do remember that this list does not include all the possible problems, so you should see your gynecologist for any other symptoms that might concern you.
1. Vaginal Bleeding
If your pregnancy is at the very beginning and you are sure of it, than you should not worry: spotting (which is very light bleeding) is a normal phenomenon in the fifth week of pregnancy-that is 7 days after the ovulation. It is caused by the implantation of the fertilized egg into the wall of the uterus. However, if the bleeding occurs later in the pregnancy, than it is not ok anymore. Even spotting should alarm you, because it may by a symptom of an infection. Moreover, bleeding may be a sign of miscarriage, an ectopic pregnancy, premature labor, placental problems or it may be the sign that you are about to deliver.
2. Severe belly pain
While light discomfort in your abdominal area is normal and even frequent during pregnancy, severe pain is not. Remember that safety comes first, and do call your medic even if the pain stops. It is a sign that something is not right and it should be taken serious. Here are some problems that could cause abdominal tenderness or hurting: ectopic pregnancy, urinal tract infections, miscarriage, preeclampsia, as well as premature labor or placental abruption. Don’t panic though; there are less severe causes of it as well.
3. Increased or unusual body discharge
If you are 37 weeks pregnant, or more, than you should not worry at all: increased vaginal discharge, even with blood traces in, it is not unusual as it is caused by the passing of the mucus plug, which signals that you are about to see your baby for the first time. However, if this is not the case, than you should make an appointment with your practitioner, as this type of discharge is not usual except of the above mentioned situation and may be a symptom of preterm labor, of an infection or of a sexually transmitted disease.
4. Burning urination
If you feel pain or burning sensation when urinating or if you can’t urinate at all, then it is clear that something is not right. Do not ignore this symptom, thinking that it will pass by itself! It may be caused by many disorders, the mildest of which being a urinal tract infection. Even this may affect your baby’s health, so it would be wise to make an appointment with your practitioner and check it out. If you cannot urinate at all, this is a real emergency and you should rush to the hospital.
5. Reduced or no fetal movement
If your baby seems to move less than usual, it may be a problem. A Gynecologist will tell you why this happened, after some tests. In most cases, it doesn’t mean anything, so don’t be scared. However, sometimes, significant reduction of the fetuses’ movements may represent a sign that it does not receive enough oxygen through the placenta. A good way to determine if your baby’s movements are normal is to lie in the bed for 30 minutes and count the movements. If you can count 10, than there is no need to worry. Also, do remember that the fetus needs to sleep too, so try to wake him up by making a powerful noise. If you don’t feel any movement for 12 hours, call your medic!
6. Sudden swelling
Swelling is one of the pregnancy symptoms that should alert you, but only in certain circumstances. Mild swelling of the feet and of the hands (called edema) is normal and happens because of fluid retention. Do discuss with your doctor about it, especially when it interfere with your life, or when it becomes disturbing. What should really alert you though is the sudden swelling, especially that of the face because, this is one of the symptoms of preeclampsia, which represents a medical emergency.
Itching is normal when you are expecting a child. It happens especially in the belly area, because of its rapid growth; the skin must stretch to keep up with the growth and this very often results in the itching that you’re feeling. You may also experience itchiness in other parts of your body such as the feet or the palms, but this is normal too and it is a result of hormonal changes. However, severe itching may also have more serious causes, such as skin eruptions which are specific to pregnancy (polymorphic eruptions or popular eruptions of pregnancy) or a serious liver condition.
Depression is not one of the pregnancy symptoms that should scare you, as long as it does not affect your daily life. Experts believe that this phenomenon is caused by the rapid increase of the hormones level. Thus, it is absolutely normal to feel moody or sad all of a sudden. However, there are cases when the depression becomes severe; when you cannot perform your chores, you are experiencing panic attacks or even have suicidal thoughts, it means that you have to see a specialist as soon as possible.
9 Severe headaches
Like all the other symptoms on this list, headaches are not uncommon in pregnancy. Especially if you had a migraine problem before, it is likely to have migraines in this period as well. Be careful with medication: most pain killers are not recommended in this situation, so consult your medic before taking any pill at all! Headaches may signalize a disorder when they are severe, (especially if you never had headaches before), when they are accompanied by other symptoms and when the pain seems get worse, no matter what you try.
10. Shortness of breath
This is one of the typical pregnancy symptoms, and it is caused either by hormones or by the growing uterus. However, there are certain rare situations when shortness of breath could be the sign that something is not right, for example, when it comes all of a sudden and, when you also experience coughing, dizziness, or chest pain. Asthma or pulmonary embolism may be the causes of these symptoms.