What you need to watch out for when you’re pregnant and when to go to the doctor

You possibly are a little more anxious nowadays and have loads of questions regarding the pregnancy. Knowing the pregnancy symptoms which can be signs of complications is essential so that you can report them to the doctor immediately for treatment.

Here are some you need to watch out for:

  • Bleeding/ spotting
    Excessive bleeding (period-like) could be signs of miscarriage, placental abruption or placenta previa.
  • Abdominal pain
    Severe, constant pain accompanied by bleeding sometimes could be signs of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or a cyst.
  • Swollen hands or face
    Swelling in the face or excessive swelling of the hands could be a sign of preeclampsia.
  • Frequent/ painful urination
    This could indicate a possible Urinary Tract Infection which could cause complications like preterm labour and low birth weight.
  • Drastic weight gain
    A drastic weight gain could be a sign of preeclampsia.
  • Itching
    A severe itch which is all over the body, or more severe than normal could indicate a condition called cholestasis of pregnancy which could lead to preterm labour and stillbirth.
  • Severe headache
    A severe, persistent headache which refuses to budge could be a sign of preeclampsia.
  • Back pain that refuses to go
    Severe back pain could be indicative of kidney or bladder infection, cyst, miscarriage or preterm labour.
  • Blurry vision
    Blurry vision which is persistent and accompanied by swelling, abdominal pain, headache or drastic weight gain could be a sign of preeclampsia or gestational diabetes.
  • Fever with or without vomiting
    Fever which lasts beyond 36hrs must be checked by the doctor.
  • Lesser movements from the baby
    A change in kicking pattern or lesser movements could mean the baby is in distress.
  • Gush of fluid
    A wet feeling or a trickle or a gush of fluid from your vagina could mean your water broke and that you are going into labour.

 

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