Some women say that they had great pregnancies with no issues, but for some women, emergencies can happen during pregnancy. Thankfully, the most serious of issues are not common, but all pregnant women still need to be aware of them. There are some symptoms that should be immediately reported to your doctor. Then, if you cannot get in touch with your doctor relatively soon, you should head to the emergency department.
You are probably familiar with Kate Middleton having experiencing extreme vomiting during the earlier stages of her pregnancy. This is a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum. For some women, it lasts a few months, but for others it can occur throughout the entire pregnancy. If your vomiting prevents you from keeping foods or liquids down for 48 hours, you should call your doctor. This type of vomiting can lead to severe dehydration and your baby not getting enough nutrients.
Intense Abdominal Pain
Dozens of thing can lead to abdominal pain during pregnancy and some are completely normal. However, things like appendicitis, miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy are also a possibility and will need to be investigated and ruled out. If you are having abdominal pain, always call your doctor. It could be nothing, but you definitely want to identify the cause.
If you are getting toward the end of your pregnancy, watery discharge could indicate that your water has broken. However, if you are earlier in your pregnancy, it could signal preterm labor and needs to be investigated. If you notice contractions along with this, call your doctor.
Pregnant women should not experience bleeding so any bleeding needs to be investigated. In some cases, the issue can be rectified and your pregnancy will continue on without a hitch. However, it could also signal a serious problem. If you are in your first trimester, some spotting could be something that just happens and does not mean anything sinister is happening. However, if you notice any bleeding, call your doctor to be on the safe side.
Full-Body Swelling or Severe Headache
First trimester headaches are usually nothing to worry about. Some swelling in your ankles is probably not a big deal either. However, if the swelling is severe, occurs elsewhere in the body and does not improve, preeclampsia could be the culprit. The same goes for headaches that are severe or get worse. Preeclampsia is something that requires monitoring and treatment.
No Fetal Movement
Some babies are just still sometimes, but if you are noticing that you are not really feeling much fetal movement, you should call your doctor. An ultrasound can be done to see if your baby is going okay. The best way to encourage fetal movement is to drink some fruit juice and then lie on your left side. Try to count at least three to four kicks in 30 minutes. If you cannot get this many kicks, talk to your doctor. It may be nothing, but you definitely want to rule out any potential issues with your baby.* This article is not comprise a medical advice and for every concern/suspicion, it is recommended to approach a doctor.