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Signs that should be taken seriously and require immediate medical attention for an expecting mom

You may wonder what symptoms require immediate attention and should be taken seriously. Always ask your doctor at your antenatal visits about your concerns. But keep in mind some symptoms do need swift attention.

Here are 4 warning signs that require attention

  1. Bleeding

Bleeding means different things throughout your pregnancy. If you are bleeding heavily and have severe abdominal pain and menstrual-like cramps or feel like you are going to faint during the first trimester, it could be a sign that something is seriously wrong.

Heavy bleeding with or without cramping could also be a sign of miscarriage in the first or early second trimester. Bleeding or any other form of this comfort should be reported to your doctor as soon as it starts.

“Bleeding is always serious,” women’s health expert Donnica Moore, MD, says. Any bleeding during pregnancy needs immediate attention. Call your doctor or go to the emergency room.

  • Severe nausea and vomiting

It’s very common to have some nausea when you’re pregnant. If it gets to be severe, that may be more serious. If you can’t eat or drink anything, you run the risk of becoming dehydrated,” Bernstein says. Being malnourished and dehydrated can harm your baby. If you experience severe nausea, speak to your health care provider. Your doctor may prescribe medication or advise changing your diet.

  • Contractions early in the third trimester

Contractions could be a sign of preterm labor, but a lot of first-time moms may confuse true labor and false labor.  When you’re in your third trimester and think you’re having contractions, call your doctor right away. If it is too early for the baby to be born, your doctor will advise on what should be done.

  • Your water breaks

You walk into the kitchen for a drink and feel a flood of water rush down your legs, your water could have broken, During pregnancy, the enlarged uterus can cause pressure on your bladder too, so it could mostly likely be urine leakage as well. Sometimes water breaking is a dramatic gush of fluid, but other times it is more subtle. If you are not sure if it is urine versus a true rupture of the membrane, go to the bathroom and empty your bladder [urinate], if the fluid continues, then you have broken your water.” Call your doctor or go to the hospital.

It is better to speak with your doctor than listen to old wives tale in matters that concerns your pregnancy. Any feeling of pain, headache, dizziness or general unrest should be taken seriously and given immediate attention. If you have any kind of unease or feeling of discomfort during your pregnancy, do not hesitate to contact your doctor immediately.

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