Warning Signs - Not to be Ignored

If you have any of the warning signs during your pregnancy, never ignore it, however small the problem may seem.

  • Vaginal bleeding or spotting 
  • Once you start feeling the movements of your baby regularly, at any time movements cannot be felt or are reduced all of a sudden is a danger sign. Your doctor will guide you on doing daily "kick counts" and when to call
  • Severe or persistent abdominal pain or tenderness
  • Painful, burning, little or no urination
  • Quantity of vaginal discharge increases or it changes and becomes watery, bloody or blood tinted or sticky. After 37 weeks, a mucus discharge may indicate progression into early labour
  • A feeling that your baby is pushing down, lower back pain (especially if it's a new problem for you), menstrual-like cramping or abdominal pain or more than four contractions in an hour before 37 weeks
  • Severe or persistent vomiting or any vomiting accompanied by pain or fever
  • Chills or fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Visual disturbances such as double vision, blurring, dimming, flashing lights, or "floaters"(spots in your field of vision)
  • Persistent or severe headache, or any headache accompanied by blurred vision, slurred speech, or numbness
  • Any swelling of the face or puffiness around your eyes, swelling in your hands, severe and sudden swelling of your feet or ankles, or a rapid weight gain
  • Calf pain which is persistent or one leg being more swollen than the other
  • Trauma to the abdomen
  • Fainting, frequent dizziness, a rapid heartbeat or palpitations
  • Difficulty in breathing, coughing up blood or chest pain
  • Severe constipation accompanied by abdominal pain or severe diarrhoea that lasts more than 24 hours
  • Persistent, intense itching of your torso, arms, legs, palms, or soles, or a feeling of itchiness all over your body
  • Pregnant women are high risk for contracting influenza and H1N1. So any flu like symptoms you may have or you coming in contact with a person with flu like symptoms should be reported to the doctor
  • Seek immediate emergency medical care if you're experiencing shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing, chest or abdominal pain, sudden dizziness or confusion, severe or persistent vomiting, decreased foetal movement, or if you have a high fever
  • Exposure to a communicable disease like chicken pox or rubella if you're not immune or are showing signs of infection.
  • Depression or severe anxiety. If you are feeling a profound sense of sadness or hopelessness, having panic attacks, are unable to handle your daily responsibilities or are having thoughts of harming yourself then seek help immediately.

 

 

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