7 complications of pregnancy

May 01, 2013

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    Severe Nausea and Vomiting

    While nausea is considered normal during pregnancy, severe nausea is a thing to worry about. You may find yourself not eating or drinking anything and it might get you dehydrated, which in turn may harm the baby. If you experience severe nausea, immediately contact your doctor who may prescribe medication or advise changing your diet.

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    If you are bleeding heavily and feel like you are going to faint during the first trimester or have severe abdominal pain and cramps, it could be a sign of ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilized egg implants somewhere other than the uterus and can therefore, be life-threatening. Heavy bleeding with cramping could also be a sign of miscarriage. Bleeding with abdominal pain in the third trimester may indicate placental abruption, which occurs when the placenta separates from the uterine lining. Any bleeding during pregnancy needs immediate medical attention. Call your doctor immediately if you experience bleeding during pregnancy.

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    Decline in Baby’s Activity Levels

    There is no optimal number of movements defined for the baby, but generally, you should have a subjective perception of whether your baby is moving more or less. If you think the baby is moving less than usual, then you can check it easily. Drink something cold or eat something. Then, lie on your side to see if this gets the baby moving. As a general rule, you should have 10 or more kicks in two hours. If you think your baby is moving fewer times than that, immediately call your doctor, who can easily determine if the baby is moving and growing appropriately.

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    Early Contractions in the Third Trimester

    Contractions are a sign of labor, however,  a pregnant woman may confuse true labor contractions with false labor contractions. Regular contractions are about 10 minutes apart or less and increase in intensity but false labor contractions, also called Braxton-Hicks contractions, are unpredictable, non-rhythmic and do not increase in intensity. False labor contractions subside soon. If you're in your third trimester and think you're having contractions, call your doctor right away. Your doctor can prevent a preterm labor.

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    Flu Symptoms

    Pregnant women are more likely to get sick and have serious complications from flu than other women. It's very important for pregnant women to get the flu vaccine. But, if you do get the flu, call your doctor and make an appointment. Be careful when you visit the doctor as you can spread the flu to other pregnant women.

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    Your Water Breaks

    It is very common for pregnant women to feel a flood of water rush down their legs. It could be urine leakage since your bladder also feels some pressure during pregnancy. If it is otherwise, you have broken your water. When the water breaks, you tend to experience a gush of fluid, but at other times, it is more subtle. You may empty your bladder to be sure what type of leakage it is i.e. whether it is urine leakage or a rupture of membrane. If the fluid continues, you have broken your water. Immediately call your doctor.

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    Persistent severe headache, visual disturbances, abdominal pain and swelling during the third trimester are symptoms of Preeclampsia, which is a severe medical condition and can even be fatal. The disorder is marked by high blood pressure and excess protein in the urine that typically occurs after the 20th week of pregnancy. Get your blood pressure checked by your doctor regularly.