Pregnancy is a delicate phase. You have to be careful of the foods you eat. Not only this, you must abstain from strenuous exercises and activities. Your doctor will brief you on the dos and don’ts of pregnancy. However, you must also become aware to your own body as it gives you signals (Pregnancy Warning Signs) when something is wrong. You must watch out of the slightest abnormalities in how your body feels.
Decrease in Baby’s Activity
When your baby starts moving in the womb, your doctor will tell you to note the kick count. The frequency of movement is used as a measure of the fetus’ health status. Counting kicks helps gauge if the baby is developing at a healthy rate.
It is normal for babies to have reduced movement, sometimes. They might be asleep or lacking energy for the regular summersaults. There is no fixed number of kicks, but most doctors agree on the baseline of 10 kicks in 2 hours. Less than this, calls for urgent medical attention. If your baby is not moving, drink a glass of hot or cold water and lie down. Your little one should stir in your womb. If not, call your doctor.
A few pregnant woman notice light spotting early in pregnancy. It is a normal, but your doctor or midwife should be informed about it. Heavy bleeding (period-like flow) with severe abdominal cramping is a sign of miscarriage in the first and early second trimester. It could also be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy, a pregnancy in which the fertilized egg implants itself on the fallopian tubes instead of the uterus. Ectopic pregnancies can be life-threatening. Heavy bleeding in the late second trimester or third trimester hints at a more serious condition called placenta previa. This occurs when the placenta detaches itself from the uterine wall.
Cramping and Contractions
Expectant women do experience slight cramping, especially in the first trimester because the womb expands to accommodate the growing fetus. Cramps also become a recurrence if the body is dehydrated. If the pain gets severe, like menstrual cramps, and spreads to the back and shoots down the legs, it is a sign of preterm labor. You will also experience increased pressure around the pelvic, like the baby’s pushing down.
Many women mistake Braxton Hicks contractions for true labor. The difference between the two is that Braxton Hicks contractions are not as severe and are irregular. They weaken after an hour. In true labor, the contractions are spaced regularly and each one is more intense than the previous.
Severe Nausea and Diarrhea
Nausea and pregnancy go hand-in-hand. But severe nausea accompanied with fever or severe diarrhea can get you dehydrated. It could harm your baby. See your doctor if you are unable to retain any food or fluids.
Increase in Vaginal Discharge
There is a fluctuation in the amount of vaginal discharge throughout pregnancy. Towards the homestretch of your pregnancy, it usually increases and becomes more watery. Blood-tinged discharge means you could be in labor soon. If you notice a change in the amount and type of vaginal discharge very early during pregnancy (early second trimester), call your doctor immediately as you run the risk of a miscarriage.
Although not a very serious concern, you should consult your doctor if you suffer flu symptoms like a stuffy nose, sore throat, fever, body ache and chills.
Shortness of Breath
A growing belly and a surge in progesterone increases the difficulty in breathing. Why should you pay attention to shortness of breath? It could be a sign of lung infection or heart disease. So, make sure you talk to your doctor about it.
Visual disturbances (double vision, blurred vision, seeing spots), excessive swelling or face puffiness, persistent headaches during the second and third trimester are symptoms of the preeclampsia.