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Reading the Signs During Pregnancy When To Call The Doc

Reading the Signs During Pregnancy When To Call The Doc

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The changes that your body undergoes during pregnancy are so rapid that you may at times be confused. The good news is that the signs are easy to read. Let’’s find out how!

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Bleeding:  Bleeding during pregnancy may trigger a series of questions in your mind. You may wonder whether it’s a sign of an ectopic pregnancy or a miscarriage, placental abruptions, preterm labor etc. In these cases, consult a doctor and clear the doubt from your mind. Do not let these cloud your mind, go for evaluation immediately and diagnose the cause.

Severe nausea and vomiting: These are very common symptoms in pregnancy but if these get too severe, you may be exposed to the risk of getting dehydrated and malnourished. That, in turn, may cause serious complications ranging from birth defects to premature labor.

Significant decrease in foetal movements: This symptom may be indicative of the fact that the foetus is not getting enough oxygen and nutrients from the placenta. To find out if there really is a problem, eat or drink something and lie on your side to see if this gets the baby moving. If the situation does not improve, consult your doctor.

Preeclampsia: Symptoms like severe headache, abdominal pain, visual disturbances and swelling should never be ignored as they may indicate preeclampsia, a serious and potentially fatal condition. With good prenatal care, you can detect and treat preeclampsia. Other signs of preeclampsia are high blood pressure and excess amount of protein in your urine (which can be tested during your regular visits to the doctor). Preeclampsia usually occurs after the 20th week of pregnancy.It is recommended to call your doctor and get your blood pressure tested.

Flu:Pregnancy puts stress on the immune system, making you more prone to catch infections. Flu symptoms may include fever, cough, cold nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. It’s always better to not take a chance when you are expecting!

Fever:A fever greater than 100.4 degrees indicates an infection. So even if you don’t have flu, don’’t take any chance. Call your doctor and get yourself evaluated.

Early contractions:Contractions during late trimester may be indicative of preterm labour. A common type of contraction during pregnancy is the Braxton-Hicks contractions. Though unpredictable, they do not increase in intensity and generally subside within an hour. Regular contractions start off about 10 minutes apart and over the time increase in intensity, while becoming closer together. This may, however, indicate preterm labor. If you are feeling contractions and don’t know what they are, don’t take a chance! If it is too early for the baby to be born, consult your doctor.

Water breaking:Sometimes water breaking is a gush of liquid, but other times it can just be a subtle trickle.It can also be urine leakage due to increased pressure on your bladder. One way to tell is to go to the bathroom to empty your bladder. If the fluid keeps coming, then your water bag has broken.

Other warning signs: Symptoms like vaginal itching, genital sores or warts, unusual or severe abdominal or back pain, increased thirst with decreased urination, urinary tract infections may be the underlying cause of infections. It’s better to consult your doctor.

Reading signs are really important. It keeps you informed about your own body and the seriousness of the condition so that you are in a better position to take a call. In any case, don’t panic and keep your chill!

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