Warning signs during pregnancy you should never ignore

Pregnancy is not easy so the more you know the better. There are certain things you should always be aware of. Having hospitalisation cover means you can confidently walk into an emergency room at any time if you have any of these symptoms:

Most OB/GYNs will agree that any bleeding whether in the first, second or third trimesters are dangerous and you should definitely seek medical attention. Vaginal bleeding can indicate various dangerous situations for mother and baby.

Within the first two months of pregnancy minor spotting is indicative of the embryo implanting in the uterus, or it could be a small tear as a result of sex or cervical infection.

Spotting or bleeding heavily well into your pregnancy may be indicative of:

  • An ectopic pregnancy. In the first trimester if you experience menstrual-like cramps or feel like you may faint you should visit the emergency room. These are symptomatic of ectopic pregnancy when a fertilised egg implants somewhere that is not the uterus.
    • A miscarriage. Bleeding heavily with cramps in the first and second trimester could suggest a miscarriage.
    •             A placental abruption. This may also be the source of bleeding in the first and second trimesters. This is when the placenta separates from the uterine lining.

All of these cases require immediate medical attention.

Persistent abdominal pain, headaches, blurry vision and dizziness
These are symptoms indicative of high blood pressure as a result of pre-eclampsia. This usually occurs after ten weeks of pregnancy. If the condition progresses into full-blown eclampsia it can be fatal to mother and child due to dangerously high blood pressure and seizures.

Decreased or no foetal movement
This is based on a mother’s intuition. You will be aware of the movements your child makes in-utero. If these suddenly decrease or stop you must see your doctor as soon as possible.

By counting how long it usually takes your baby to kick ten times and comparing it to when they are less active you can determine how seriously it has diminished (they should complete ten kicks within two hours). See your doctor or visit the emergency room as soon as possible.

You can also test this by drinking a glass of ice water or juice. The rush of sugar and/or change in temperature should cause the baby to stir in-utero.

Fever and chills
This is always serious and is dangerous during pregnancy because it is indicative of an infection. This may be a kidney infection, pneumonia or listeria (a bacterial infection). These are all serious and you should make medical aid plans for situations like these.

Be prepared for anything during your pregnancy to keep you and your bundle of joy healthy and happy.

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