Just how serious are the bad symptoms of pregnancy – Has your doctor confirmed that you`re pregnant, if so what wonderful news and especially more so if this is what you wanted. It `s an exciting time to hear of pregnancy and no doubt like other expectant women you start doing up the nursery, buy baby booties, baby mittens, diapers and even larger items like the pram and cot. It is sensible to be ready and prepared for baby`s arrival because them 9 months just fly by. Some women experiencing pregnancy for the first time tend to excite themselves that much, and would you believe, sit back and waits for morning sickness to happen and looks forward to the swelling belly. Big tummy and swollen ankles are common symptoms of pregnancy just like them early morning vomiting bouts which we accept as normal when carrying a baby, however not all symptoms suffered are classed as normal, in fact they can be nasty and signify problems in your pregnancy.
With it being your first pregnancy you are not expected to know what is normal or not, nevertheless if you “don’t feel right” regardless then see your GP or midwife.
Remember your body is changing rapidly that it’s sometimes difficult to know whether what you’re experiencing is natural. You are not to stress out over the bad symptoms of pregnancy because with medical monitoring and appropriate treatment healthy babies are being delivered all the time.
Below are some bad symptoms of pregnancy that should have you seek medical advice if you experience them
1. Severe or sharp upper- to mid-abdominal pain, with or without nausea or vomiting can signify severe indigestion, a tummy bug, food poisoning or pre-eclampsia which is a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention.
2. If you feel feverish and your temperature exceeds 37.5 degrees C / 100 degrees F but with no flu or cold symptoms call you’re GP, but if it scales to more than 39 degrees C / 102 degrees F, then “immediate” attention from your doctor is vital. (Infection is probable.) Never must you while pregnant attempt to relieve headache or backache pain with any type of medication without consulting your doctor first.
3. If vision is a problem it has to be checked out because this is not natural in pregnancy. Double vision, blurring, dimming, flashing spots or lights that last for more than two hours are not normal symptoms.
4. Swelling of the stomach is the norm but if swelling or, puffiness affects the hands, face and eyes then talk to the midwife.
5. Spotting blood without pain may be a normal sign of implantation, when the embryo attaches itself to the uterus early in the pregnancy or breakthrough bleeding. Medical attention should be sought after if you bleed during pregnancy because it could indicate a serious complication: Bleeding that is different from your normal period (heavier or lighter and often darker) with severe, persistent, one-sided pain in the abdomen can be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy. Heavy loss of blood, especially if shared with persistent back or abdominal pain, can be associated with a potential or actual miscarriage. Never leave anything to chance; it is imperative for your health and your unborn baby`s welfare to have yourself examined sooner than later. Late into the pregnancy, bleeding may signify placenta praevia, placental abruption, which happens when the placenta starts to part from the wall of the uterus, or premature labour. As we delve further into the bad symptoms of pregnancy it may well be frightening you, this is not the intention. They are merely pointers of what bad symptoms are in pregnancy – for you to be able determine normal or not – so to keep you in good health while carrying your baby. Healthy stress free women deliver healthy stress free babies. An unborn baby can sense distress.
6. Leaking of fluid from the vagina before 37 weeks can mean that the membranes have ruptured prematurely. If this be the case in your case you may have to go into hospital for complete bed rest and treatment to prevent possible infection happening and to prepare your baby for possible premature birth. If it`s any consolation and you worry over baby coming to soon, well my son was born 8 weeks early weighing 3lbs who is now a strapping 6ft fella employed as a computer technician with several mathematician qualifications under his belt. They say good things come in little packages and he is living proof, even after being kept in “SCBU” (Special Care Baby Unit) for 14 days, this was because he could not maintain his temperature and never knew what is his mouth was for when it came to feeding. The same guy eats me out of house and home now.
7. A sudden increase in thirst accompanied by little or no urination can be a sign of dehydration or gestational diabetes, which increases the risk of complications for you and your baby. There is no need to panic just because you drank 3 glasses of water today. You will know what is meant by a sudden increase if it should happen to you.
8. Painful or burning urination accompanied by a temperature shivering and backache are normally clear signs of a urinary tract infection.
9. Severe vomiting where you constantly wretch more than two to three times a day.
10. Continuous vomiting can dehydrate and tire you out, although it won’t harm your unborn baby. If you have severe bouts of throwing up (hyperemesis gravidum) it may require you going into hospital.
11. Fainting, dizziness and light headiness could be a sign of hunger. It is unhealthy to go without food when you are pregnant. Low blood pressure can cause these symptoms.
12. Severe lower abdominal pain on either or both sides means you could have pulled a ligament, or it may be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy miscarriage and premature labour, a fibroid degenerating and bleeding into itself or placental abruption.
13. Some babies stay dormant for considerable periods of time because they are lazy, however if the unborn baby`s movements slow down or cease for more than 24 hours after 21 weeks it could be that the infant is in distress.
14. All-over body itchiness late into pregnancy with or without jaundice, dark urine and pale stools are symptoms normally connected to hepatitis or another liver-based problem, such as obstetric cholestasis
Baby is well cushioned by the uterus and amniotic fluid so if you take a tumble it does not mean you have harmed your baby.
Although we speak of bad symptoms of pregnancy it does not mean they are that bad that they cannot be treated. We have millions of babies all over the globe who you may bet never came into the world quietly without giving mom some discomfort or “worries” throughout them nine months. All you need to worry about now are the sleepless nights that lay ahead that start from the day your child is born up until the day you die.