5 things during pregnancy that you simply cannot ignore

Pregnancy is a time you will have a lot of questions. You may or may not always voice your queries and concerns and more often than not things may seem to sort out for themselves, but then there are some symptoms which you must never overlook at this stage.

 Spotting or bleeding

The cervix is right now sensitive so light spotting is quite common and normal. If

this happens relax it should be okay. But moderate to heavy flow accompanied

by fever, pain or shivers are all signs that should not be ignored. It could mean

any of the following - ectopic pregnancy, placental abruption, placenta praevia,

preterm labour or even a miscarriage.

 Fever

If you are running high fever but have no other symptoms of a flu it is likely that

you have an infection. Body temperature above 102°F could be dangerous and

must be checked.

 Abdominal Pain

Pain of any kind in the belly region – upper, middle or lower is not to be taken

lightly. It could be a sign of preeclampsia, ectopic pregnancy, placental abruption,

premature labour or a miscarriage.

 Swelling of hands and feet

Swelling of hands and feet is quite common at this stage. It is a cause of concern

if it is too sudden, too severe or accompanied with a headache or issues with

your vision. It could be a sign of preeclampsia.

 Baby moving less

The baby moving is reassurance that all is well. Once you begin feeling the

moves, keep a mental note of the pattern. Any variation in the pattern or

movement coming down must be checked. It could mean the baby is in distress.

At any time if any of these 5 occurs do not hesitate to pick up the phone and consult

your gynaecologist.