Most pregnancies are uncomplicated. But having said that, would you know when the discomfort you’re experiencing is perfectly normal, or it is time to consult your doctor? Here are some telltale signs of potential complications that you must not ignore during your pregnancy:
- Fainting or dizziness: Fainting and dizziness during pregnancy can mean that you’re dehydrated, anemic or are suffering from hypertension. Do not treat this lightly and ensure you let your healthcare professional know about it.
- Vaginal spotting or bleeding: While a lot of women have some light brown vaginal spotting all through their pregnancies, it is definitely not something that you should ignore, especially, if you’ve had a miscarriage or a complicated pregnancy in the past. You should consult a healthcare professional immediately, if the bleeding is bright red or has clots.
- Rapid weight gain: Ideally, you should not be gaining more than 1.5 kgs every week on average. If the weight gain is rapid or you have swelling around your arms and feet, you may be suffering from edema.
- Aches: If you have any pain in your pelvic area, lower back pain, menstrual-cramp like aches and pain in your abdominal area every few hours, you need to call your doctor. After 37 weeks, this could mean that you’re going into labor or premature labor.
- Bladder or yeast infections: Unfortunately, bladder or yeast infections are extremely common during pregnancy. Painful or no urination could be a sign of either a bladder or yeast infection. As there is limited medication that you can take during pregnancy, ensure that your doctor diagnoses the condition and prescribes an appropriate course of action.
- Trauma: Any trauma to your stomach can injure the fetus or cause the placenta to detach from the uterus wall. So if you have suffered an injury, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
- Headaches: Headaches can be common during pregnancy. However, they can also spell other complications. If headaches are accompanied by neck stiffness, vomiting or blurred vision, do not ignore your symptoms. Work with your doctor to find the source of these symptoms before taking medication.