June 11, 2018
health/pregnancy

Pregnancy Symptoms To Watch Out For

Your body goes through many physical and emotional changes and it is difficult to know what are the normal symptoms that can wait for your antenatal appointment and which ones need immediate medical attention.
Pregnancy is smooth for most women save for a few normal discomforts as the baby grows but to be on the safe side, always check with your doctor if you experience or notice any unusual changes in your body or in the fetus activity. There are normal pregnancy symptoms like weight gain, fatigue and nausea but should watch out for these symptoms which may indicate a more serious health problem.

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Bleeding
There’s no cause for alarm if there is spotting without any pain in the first few weeks of the pregnancy. It could be because of embryo implantation or vaginal tear in case you recently had intercourse.
However, bleeding and abdominal pain indicates a more serious problem and you should get yourself checked by a doctor. It could be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage if it happens in your first trimester and you should get emergency medical attention.
In the later stages of the pregnancy, bleeding can be a symptom of placenta abruption or placenta previa. Consult with your doctor to be certain of the cause of your bleeding and how to best manage it.
Flu
Pregnant women are more susceptible to flu during the cold season than everyone else. Ask your doctor if you can get a flu vaccine but should you contract flu symptoms, consult with your doctor before taking Mucinex While Pregnant.
Most of the time, if the symptoms are mild, flu can be managed by taking a bed rest, plenty of fluids and fruits, and bed rest. If the symptoms persist, seek medical help.
Persistent headaches
Headaches are normal during a pregnancy, especially in the first trimester, and are brought about by hormonal changes in your body. Most of the time there’s no need to worry but should it become a persistent problem and get severe and accompanied with blurred vision and abdominal pains, then you should talk to your doctor immediately. It could be a symptom of preeclampsia.
You should get tested for proteins in the urine and hypertension for confirmation. If left untreated, preeclampsia can lead to serious health complications. Most of the time, preeclampsia can be detected during your antenatal visits to the doctor so don’t miss any appointment.
Contractions
Pregnant women, especially first-time mothers, sometimes experience Braxton-Hicks contractions which are false labor contractions. They are sporadic, do not increase in intensity and can sometime come as a result of dehydration.  They go away on their own and no cause for alarm.
You shouldn’t ignore contractions that seem to increase in intensity and are predictable since they come after specific durations. You could be in preterm labour which your doctor could be able to stop if you get to the hospital in time. If it’s on or near your due date, then congratulations, you are in labour.
 

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