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Dangerous and Bad Pregnancy Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

by | November 24, 2018

Pregnancy brings with it a lot of changes and sometimes it leaves you confused about what’s normal and what’s not. You worry whether the new ache you developed is part and parcel of pregnancy or you should be consulting your doctor. As a thumb rule, always trust your gut instinct. If you feel something isn’t as it should be, believe in yourself and don’t ignore these bad pregnancy symptoms.  

To make it a bit easier, here’s a list of pregnancy symptoms you mustn’t ignore. Please note, this isn’t a comprehensive list rather an indicative list of when you might need to call your healthcare provider.

Movement of baby inside the womb

From 16 weeks onwards, you’ll notice the movement of baby inside your womb. If you notice these movements becoming slower, consult your healthcare provider as soon as possible. You can monitoryour baby’s movement by doing a ‘kick-count’ everyday. Ask your doctor forinstructions about how to count

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Vaginal discharge or bleeding

While little spotting/ blood after sex or a vaginal exam is normal, if you experience vaginal bleeding without any apparent reason then rush to your healthcare provider. Pay close attention to the vaginal discharge and if you notice any kind of change report it. Mucousy, watery or bloody discharge, even if slightest pink in color isn’t normal. Please note, as you near the full term, your body will begin preparing for birth. An increase in mucous discharge is a signal of this and is considered normal.

Lower back pain, pelvic pressure and cramps

As the baby grows in your womb, it is normal to experience a little pelvic pressure and lower back pain. But if you experience menstrual-like cramps or a feeling that your baby is pushing down, pay close attention to these bad pregnancy symptoms. Drink a little water, relax and lie down. If the pain doesn’t subside or the intensity increases, call your healthcare service provider.

Vomiting, fever and pain

Vomiting accompanied by pain and fever requires immediate medical attention.  In case of chills or fever above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, get in touch with your doctor.

Vision Changes

If you notice sudden vision changes, such as blurry vision, dimming, double vision, auras, flashing lights, and floaters, rush to your doctor as this can be a sign of preeclampsia.

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Severe Headaches

Frequent and persistent headache thatdoesn’t go even after taking adequate rest requires attention by a registeredmedical practitioner. In case you also experience blurry vision, numbness orslurred speech, rush to the emergency room.

Excessive Swelling

While a little swelling on feet and ankles is normal during pregnancy but if you experience more than usual, it could be a serious concern for bad pregnancy symptoms. Perform the swelling test by pressing your thumb in. If the indentation lasts for seconds, it is a concern and you should talk to your healthcare service provider.

If you live in an area where Zika virus has been reported, talk to your doctor even if you didn’t notice any signs.

Depression and anxiety

Being a little nervous and anxious during pregnancy is normal. But if you experience severe bouts of sadness, panic attacks, anxiety and thoughts of harming yourself, seek help from a registered medical professional immediately. Pregnant women sometimes develop depression and anxiety during this time.

If you have been exposed to any communicable disease, such as chicken pox, let your health care provider know about it.

Pain in upper belly or under the ribs

Bada pregnancy symptoms are persistent pains under the ribs, upper part of belly or shoulder shouldn’t be ignored. Let your doctor know about it during the next scheduled visit. In case the pain increases, visit as soon as possible.

In case of abdominal injury, whether big or small, consult your doctor immediately. Abdominal injury can result from a fall, slip or even minor accident.

Whether it is asthma, fever, cold, flu or even stomach pain, do not self-medicate during pregnancy. Always consult your doctor before taking any medicine to know if it is safe for your child.

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Call 911 immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:

Heart palpitations, chest pain, rapid breathing or rapid heartbeats

Dizziness, disorientation, fainting

Blood in cough or through vagina

Acute diarrhoea for more than 24 hours

Severe stomach ache

Difficult breathing

Have you experienced any bad pregnancy symptoms that you knew not to ignore? Let us know in the comments. 

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