A pregnant woman experiences a huge variety of unusual symptoms. Some of them might feel weird or unexpected, but they're actually quite normal because they result from the huge changes in the body that occur during pregnancy. Even so, there is a range of signs that should make a future mom consult with her healthcare provider since they can mean that something is going wrong.
Abnormal discharge, persistent pains here and there, itching, and excessive swelling are only a few of the red flags a pregnant woman should pay attention to. They aren't always caused by serious issues, but it's better to be safe than sorry and check if there is anything to worry about.
So read on to learn 15 signs that are not normal and worth discussing with your doctor.
15 Do You Feel Like The Discharge Down There Is Suspicious?
Early in the pregnancy, it's normal to notice some spotting that occurs due to implantation. But WebMD warns that if it gets heavier than this or if you see any abnormal discharge after the 8th week, it's a warning sign that you shouldn't ignore.
Keep in mind that the brighter the color of the discharge is, the more serious the issue can be. So contact your doctor immediately to check whether it's something you should worry about.
14 Oh Good Lord, The Lower Abdomen Hurts!
Usually, it's normal to experience some discomfort in the abdominal area during pregnancy. According to Baby Center, since the baby is getting bigger day by day, your muscles are stretching all the time and it obviously causes a certain amount of pain.
However, if this pain becomes too severe and persistent, it's time to ask your doctor what it can signify, especially if it's accompanied by other symptoms, such as abnormal discharge.
13 This Lower Back Pain Just Won't Go Away
Just like abdominal pain, lower back pain is also a frequent symptom during pregnancy. But normally, it should come and go without causing you too much disturbance.
But, as said on Fox News, in case it becomes persistent or intensifies, be sure to consult with your caregiver who will want to check if it's a sign of preterm labor or any condition that should be treated immediately.
12 High Fever Can Mean A Lot Of Things
According to WebMD, during pregnancy, you can become more susceptible to cold and flu germs, so it's likely that you will have a raised temperature at least once. But if you experience chills or a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) or higher and it doesn't go away in 24 to 36 hours, make an appointment with a doctor. Apart from flu and cold, other, more serious conditions can cause it, so it's important to get you diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.
11 Yikes, It's All So Itchy!
Sometimes a pregnant woman can experience some itching on her belly, chest, and thighs, which is caused by stretching of the skin and increased dryness. But it may also be a symptom of a liver condition known as cholestasis of pregnancy. Baby Center warns that you certainly want to treat it asap because otherwise, it can result in something more serious.
So be sure to contact your doctor if you feel the persistent itching all over your body.
10 Peeing Becomes Less Relieving
According to WebMD, feeling burning or stinging during urination can be a sign of a urinary tract infection (UTI) that needs to be treated as soon as possible to avoid accompanied risks.
Since UTIs are common during pregnancy, you should pay attention to their symptoms and visit your doctor immediately after you start feeling any unpleasant sensations while peeing or if you notice that your urine has an abnormal color.
9 Morning Sickness Turns Into 24-Hour-Long Sickness
It's normal to experience nausea and vomiting, which is commonly known as morning sickness, especially in the first trimester. Specialists on Pampers say that if it becomes excessive, it can signify a more serious issue called hyperemesis gravidarum, an extreme form of morning sickness. It certainly needs medical attention, so call your doctor and ask what you should do to relieve it. They might prescribe certain meds that will help you and recommend drinking more water to avoid dehydration.
8 These Headaches Just Won't Stop
Like some other symptoms, headaches are common during pregnancy. According to Baby Center, they are usually caused by hormonal changes and increased fatigue. Sometimes they're also aggravated by stress and lack of sleep.
So you shouldn't worry about headaches unless they become severe and you experience them more often than usual. In this case, you should talk to your doctor to rule out a BP disorder called preeclampsia.
7 Do You See Blurry Things?
Light dizziness and lightheadedness are quite normal during pregnancy, but in case it's accompanied by blurry vision (or any other vision issues), it can signify a serious condition, such as preeclampsia.
As per WebMD, here are some of the vision problems you should look out for: double vision, blurring, dimming, flashing lights, auras, or "floaters" (spots in your field of vision). Contact your doctor if you have any of them.
6 Legs Become Painful Or Swollen And It's A Warning Sign, Too
Of course, it doesn't happen in every pregnancy, but you should know that an expecting mom is more likely to experience clotting due to the changed circulation in her body, so it's important to pay attention to the symptoms of this condition.
Specialists on Baby Center say that among these symptoms is the pain or swelling in the calf or leg that doesn't go away after flexing it or walking around. So if you experience this, call your doctor.
5 You're All Puffy? Go To The Doctor!
Almost every part of your body will get bigger during pregnancy. But, according to The Bump, you should keep in mind that if you notice puffiness in your face or hands, it can be a sign of preeclampsia, too.
Since it's better to treat this pregnancy-related condition as soon as possible, don't hesitate to contact your doctor and tell them about your worrisome symptoms and see what you can do about it.
4 Changes In The Baby's Movements Are A Warning Sign
You're likely to start feeling the movements of your baby between the 17th and 18th weeks. Around the 24th week, these movements get stronger. During this time, the baby will be fluttering, kicking, or turning.
To ensure that your baby's development is fine, monitor their movements from time to time. If you haven't felt any activity in your belly for a few days, WebMD advises to call your caregiver and arrange an appointment to ensure that everything is fine.
3 If Your Water Broke And You're Not Full-Term...
In most cases, water breaking is associated with the impending labor, so, as specialists on The Bump say if it occurs before the end of the 37th week of pregnancy, it's a warning sign that might signify preterm delivery.
It means that if you notice a trickle, steady leaking or a gush of fluid from your lady parts (and your pregnancy isn't full-term yet), go see your doctor immediately. Depending on your current term and health condition, they'll advise you what you should do.
2 Contractions Began? Call Your Doctor, Even If You Aren't Sure
Like the water breaking, contractions can be a warning sign if they occur before the end of the 37th week. According to WebMD, most likely, these sensations signify Braxton Hicks practice contractions that are common for the 3rd trimester, but you still need to contact your caregiver to make sure that everything is fine.
It's especially important to make a call if these contractions persist, intensify, and become more regular.
1 A New Mama Shouldn't Be Depressed
Specialists on Living and Loving say that from 14 to 23 percent of pregnant women experience symptoms of depression or anxiety. It doesn't only affect their quality of life but also increases the risk of postpartum depression, which can negatively influence the development of the baby and slow down the postnatal healing.
So if you feel hopeless, sad, or unable to handle your daily duties, talk to your doctor to find the solution to this problem.
Sources: Fox News, WebMD, Pampers, The Bump, Baby Center, Living and Loving