Pregnancy is a wonderful, painful and yet a delicate process. Another human’s life depends on the mother quite literally. And thus there are a lot of precautions that need to be taken during pregnancy. With these precautions, there also comes the signs to be on the lookout for in case something does go wrong. And though mothers take all the precautions they can, they are still somewhat oblivious to the signs they should be on the lookout for. But don’t worry to-be mommies, we have got you covered. Here is a list of 5 danger signs you should be on the lookout for.
1. Heavy bleeding in the first 2 months
Heavy bleeding and severe pain in the pelvis, generally in the first two months of pregnancy, can indicate an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies occur when the fertilized egg implants in the fallopian tubes rather than making its way to the uterus where it has space to grow and develop. If not detected and treated promptly, it can be severely dangering for both you and your baby.
2. Reduced or no foetal movement
A moving and kicking foetus is always the sign of a healthy baby who is aware of his/her surroundings. But, when your unborn baby suddenly moves less or does not move at all, it should be a reason for concern. It may indicate that your baby is in distress. Basically, you should count how long it takes for your baby to do 10 kicks. This should be less than 2 hours. If you notice a dramatic decrease in the number of kicks, or it takes longer than two hours to perform 10 kicks, you should have your doctor examine you and your baby.
3. High blood pressure
In some cases, high blood pressure can be a sign of toxaemia or better known as preeclampsia. It is a condition occurring after 20 weeks of pregnancy and its most common symptoms include high blood pressure, blurred vision, headaches and stomach pain. In most cases, the only treatment is the delivery of the baby. Thus, it is important that you keep an eye on your blood pressure throughout your pregnancy and immediately consult your doctor if you think it’s elevated.
4. Having Nausea and vomiting
Constant nausea and vomiting are signs of hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition that mirrors morning sickness. Because of constant nausea and vomiting, dehydration and weight loss may result. The doctor might first recommend switching to a bland diet, but if this is unsuccessful, the mother could require hospitalization in order to receive fluids via an intravenous line. So, even if you feel it’s morning sickness, it is better to consult the doctor if you are vomiting constantly.
5. Water break before the due date
Rupture of membranes before the due date is referred to as “premature rupture of membranes” and should be examined by a doctor as this can indicate preterm labour and significantly increase the risk of getting an infection. Also, sometimes, it can actually be urine leaking from the bladder instead of the amniotic fluid. But still, if you feel any kind of water leakage before your due date, it’s better to let the doctor check you out.
You will have to be on the lookout for a lot of things during your pregnancy and thus it is important that you are careful every step of the way and are in constant touch with your doctor.