Danger signs of pregnancy
Most women will have normal pregnancies with no complications. However, it is important to be aware of the warning signs that something is wrong. Your doctor will advise you to potential problems that may be specific to your situation, but some general warning signs apply to every pregnancy, even if it is low risk.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, it is important to contact your doctor immediately.
1) Vaginal bleeding, sudden continuous or crampy abdominal pain, and tenderness are signs of abruption placenta.
2) Heavy painless vaginal bleeding that begins suddenly in the last few months are signs of placenta previa.
3) Severe nausea and vomiting that causes weight loss and dehydration (hyperemesis gravidarum). Dehydration can lead to early labour.
4) Blood pressure higher than 140/90 with headache; sudden swelling of face, hands, or feet; blurred vision or flashing lights in front of the eyes; and protein in the urine. This condition is known as pre eclampsia.
5) If the baby’s movements are less than normal could mean that the baby is in distress. You should be able to count 10 movements (including kicks) in two hours time.
6) Severe pelvic pressure, lower back pain, menstrual like cramping or abdominal pain, or more than 4 contractions in an hour before 37 weeks are signs of pre term labour.
7) Any body temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit lasting longer than 24 hours could be a sign of infection or illness that could trigger early labour.
8) Sore or blisters on your genitals is suggestive of herpes infection.
9) Itching, burning, foul smelling discharge, or abnormal colour vaginal discharge is a sign of vaginal infection. This can trigger early labour.
10) Weakness, dizziness or fainting, a rapid heart rate, or heart palpitations can be due to anemia or hypotension.
11) Continuous leaking of small amount of fluid from the vagina or gush of water from the vagina is a sign of premature rupture of membranes.
12) Pain or burning sensation while passing urine can be a sign of urinary tract infection. If remains untreated, it can lead to pre term labour.
13) Sudden severe or continuous pain or cramping in the lower abdomen within the first 20 weeks of pregnancy can be a sign of miscarriage.
14) Pain or pressure in the lower abdomen between 6 to 14 weeks can be a sign of ectopic pregnancy. It may be accompanied with bleeding, dizziness or fainting. This can be a life threatening situation requiring hospitalization.
15) Any visual distortions such as double vision, blurring, flashing lights or floaters (spots in your field of vision) with or without headache are signs of pre eclampsia.