In pregnancy, there may be some signs which are dangerous for the baby as well as the mother. You can’t determine which is dangerous or not. Only your gynecologist can do that.
Below are some of the signs you should never ignore in pregnancy.
1. One-sided abdominal pain
This is especially important if you haven’t had an ultrasound yet. This could mean you have an ectopic pregnancy, meaning the embryo is developing outside the womb. If it’s very early — just a couple of days since your period should have begun — then you might hold off, Streicher advised.
“At that point, an ectopic pregnancy is not likely to cause pain,” she explained. “The twinges you’re feeling are more likely from a cyst on your ovary.”
“The good news is that bleeding doesn’t always indicate a miscarriage,” Streicher said. “If you are miscarrying and it’s very early in the pregnancy, there’s nothing anyone can do to change it. If it’s heavy bleeding no matter how far along you are, you should call your doctor.”
That’s because you could be hemorrhaging. “Women can lose a lot of blood very quickly,” Streicher cautioned.
3. Baby moving unusually
“About 40 percent of pregnant women call the doctor because of decreased fetal movement at least once during pregnancy,” Streicher said. Sometimes, it’s because the prospective mom has been so busy during the day that she didn’t notice. Sometimes, it’s because the baby is sleeping. But sometimes, “It can be a sign that the fetus isn’t getting enough oxygen — or worse,” Beigi said. The best option is to call your doctor for advice.
4. Severe headache
This is especially worrisome if you don’t have a history of having them, Streicher noted.
Then it may be a warning sign of a life-threatening condition: preeclampsia. Other symptoms you may experience include nausea, blurred vision, stomach and/or shoulder pain, lower back pain and swelling from retained fluids.
5. Shorteness of breath
This can be a signal of the presence of a pulmonary embolism, or a blood clot that has traveled to the lungs.
6. Leg cramps
Cramping in one leg can be a sign that you’ve developed a blood clot, which has the potential to migrate to the heart, brain or lungs. “This is a judgment call,” Streicher said. “If it goes away, then fine. You don’t need to do an immediate call. But if it is persistent and if there is swelling in the leg, then you do want to call.”
7. Body itching
Constant itching all over your body that is disruptive to your day-to-day life could be a sign that something is going wrong with your liver, Streicher said. “This is something you should call your doctor about,” she added. “But if it’s late at night, it’s alright to wait till the next morning to call.”
8. Raised Blood pressure
Unusual raised blood pressure is dangerous for the baby and the mother. It may cause preeclampsia or eclampsia (if there is presence of protein in the urine).
If you notice any the aforementioned signs during pregnancy, pay your healthcare provider a visit.