While all women experience discomfort during pregnancy, there are some signs that should never be ignored. If you have any of these symptoms, check with your doctor immediately.
Abdominal cramps and/or pain
In the first few weeks of pregnancy, it is not unusual to have some sort of cramping; however, beyond that point, all cramping and pain needs to be checked out by a doctor.
An all-over itching sensation
If this occurs in late pregnancy and is accompanied by dark urine and pale stools, it could be a sign of obstetric cholestasis, which is a rare condition in which birth hormones hinder the liver, letting toxins into the blood stream. It requires immediate medical attention, as doctors will typically deliver the baby prematurely to prevent further complications.
A fall or injury to your abdomen
We know pregnant women can lose their balance, but any fall that results in contact with your abdomen is very serious. Even a fall onto a carpet that causes no visible trauma should be checked out.
Any vision problems should be discussed with your doctor, especially if you have double vision, dimming, or are seeing white light and/or dots.
Burning sensation when you urinate
If your urine burns when you use the bathroom, let your doctor know immediately, especially if the symptom is coupled with backache and fever.
Decrease in baby’s movements
Your baby should be moving frequently by the time you reach the midway point of your pregnancy. If you feel the movements have slowed down – or feel nothing over the span of 24 hours – contact your doctor immediately.
We’re not talking about a little bladder-related “accident” that most pregnant women experience at some point – if you’re legitimately leaking it may be amniotic fluid and that’s a serious concern.
Ongoing fainting or dizziness
During your first trimester, a little dizziness is nothing to be worried about. However, once you hit your second and third trimesters, dizziness and/or fainting should subside greatly, and any dizzy spell should be investigated.
Onset of vomiting and nausea
Morning sickness is nothing to worry over, but consult your doctor if you’re well into your pregnancy and start feeling nauseous (especially if it comes with a fever).
You’re pregnant. You will get headaches, maybe even more than usual. This is normal. What is not normal is an extremely severe headache that lasts more than a couple of hours, or severe headaches occurring on a frequent basis.
If you suddenly find yourself drinking a lot, but not using the bathroom frequently or you’re going, but nothing is coming out, check with your doctor.
Sudden swelling of hands, feet and face.
This swelling is called oedema and can signify various medical conditions, so call your doctor immediately if any of these symptoms show up.
Again, some women do experience very light bleeding in the beginning of their pregnancies. But if the blood is bright red, you have a discharge that’s unusual, or a couple of weeks go by and you’re still bleeding, you need to see your doctor ASAP.
You don’t feel “right”
You know yourself best. If you’re at all uncomfortable with anything happening within your body during your pregnancy, even if something feels just the slightest bit “off,” talk with your doctor.