Pretty much every mom-to-be knows that while pregnancy is a joyous occasion, it also comes with annoying side effects and symptoms such as battling with bouts of morning sickness in the first trimester.
While many moms-to-be experience a lessening of symptoms after a time, there are some red flags that they should be aware of because it is a clue that there’s a major potential health issue that could aggravate the pregnancy.
For example, the Office of Women’s Health points out if a mom-to-be’s nausea doesn’t subside after the first trimester ends, that could be a sign of a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum and they need to go see a doctor.
Below is a list of signs and symptoms that pregnancy isn’t going to be all sunshine and roses and women should seek a doctor’s advice sooner rather than later.
20 Morning Sickness That Lasts All Day, Every Day
Romper writes that it is perfectly normal for a pregnant woman to experience nausea, especially when they first wake up in the morning.
When the nausea goes from being a nuisance that only rears its ugly head at certain times of the day to becoming a constant issue that occurs all day, every day, then it is time to speak to a doctor.
19 Constant Nausea Even After The First Trimester Ends
According to Romper, it is pretty common for most pregnant women to experience some form of morning sickness during their first trimester, but it tends to subside once they enter the second trimester.
There are some unlucky moms out there that have the misfortune to struggle with severe morning sickness that lasts all day, every day and doesn’t get better after the second trimester starts, which could be a sign that their pregnancy is going to be a bit rough.
18 Noticing Signs Of Spotting On Underwear
Romper writes that pregnant women need to keep a careful note if they start noticing some spotting on their underwear when they go to the bathroom or get ready in the morning because that can be a sign that their third trimester is going to be a rollercoaster ride.
If the spotting happens more than once or twice, it is best to alert your midwife or ob-gyn and see what they say.
17 Dealing With Cramps
Most pregnant women breathe a sigh of relief when they find out that they have a bun in the oven because that means a nine-month break from dealing with the annoying menstrual cramps that Aunt Flo brings like clockwork.
Romper notes that even though some women experience cramps in their first trimester if they are heavy duty cramps and last longer than that, it’s time to head to a doctor.
16 Swollen Legs And Feet That Doesn't Subside
Some moms-to-be experience a bit of swelling in their legs and in their feet during pregnancy, but Romper points out that if this symptom doesn't go away after a while, it is best to check in with your ob-gyn.
After all, the condition known as pre-eclampsia can mimic the aforementioned normal pregnancy symptoms, but it can be dicey for mom and baby if it goes ignored and untreated.
15 Constantly Having To Go To The Bathroom
Romper points out that another unassuming symptom of pre-eclampsia that moms-to-be need to watch out for is if they are constantly feeling thirsty and that, in turn, makes them have to run to the restroom to empty their bladder every five minutes.
Pre-eclampsia can cause a woman’s BP to spike higher than normal and to have protein appear in their urine, so if you’re constantly feeling like your bladder is full because you’re thirsty all the time, it’s best to see a doctor to rule this condition out.
14 A General Feeling Of Consistent Discomfort That Doesn't Stop
Sure, pregnancy isn’t all fun and games and it is perfectly normal for moms-to-be to feel a bit achy or have a vague feeling of general discomfort every once in a while—after all, there is a developing bun in the oven, of course!
But Romper writes that constantly feeling uncomfortable as the pregnancy progresses could be a sign that this process isn’t going to be easy and you might need your doctor to keep an eye on things.
13 Your Taste Buds Change
One irritating side effect of pregnancy is that women often report that their taste buds change for a bit, usually in response to their pregnancy cravings. However, this side effect of pregnancy usually subsides after a while.
Romper points out that if the changing taste buds and weird metallic taste don’t subside after a period of time, it is best to ask the doctor about it at the next check-up just to be safe.
12 A Metallic Tang In Your Mouth
Aside from one’s taste buds changing faster than Barry Allen/The Flash can run, another irritating side effect of pregnancy is that some moms-to-be often have a constant metallic taste in the back of their mouths.
Romper notes that this is pretty normal, but it’s good to get check out because this can also be a symptom of severe health issues too.
11 Lots Of Discharge, Which May Be Amniotic Fluid
According to Romper, one warning sign of possible complications in pregnancy is leaking amniotic fluid. The downside to this is that it often looks like normal discharge, which tends to increase during this process.
For moms that are concerned about the amount of discharge that appears, it’s a good idea to ask the ob-gyn about it at the next appointment just for peace of mind.
10 Headaches That Just Don't Go Away
It is common for moms to experience headaches every once in a while when they are pregnant.
WebMD points out that it is definitely not normal for moms-to-be to be dealing with severe headaches that just don’t ever stop, especially if they are in their third trimester. Since this can be a symptom of pre-eclampsia, get thee to a doctor ASAP!
9 Constant Pain In Your Abdomen
Let’s face it, moms-to-be often have a lot of aches and pains all throughout the three trimesters because pregnancy is very tough on their body.
WebMD notes that constant abdominal pain that doesn’t subside is a red flag that the pregnancy isn’t going to be easy-peasy and it’s important to get checked out by a doctor since high BP can cause this issue.
8 Noticing Some Visual Disturbances In Your Field Of Vision
WebMD adds that another symptom of having very high BP during pregnancy is if a mom-to-be notices that there seem to be more disturbances in their field of vision.
Some women might feel a little woozy if they stand up too fast from sitting down on a chair or a couch, but if a mom-to-be keeps seeing things like zig-zag lines or bright spots, that’s not normal.
7 Feeling Like You're Coming Down With The Flu
It can be difficult to determine whether a mom-to-be is coming down with a regular old cold or the more sinister flu, especially if she slacked off on getting her annual flu vaccination or skipped it entirely for one reason or another.
WebMD writes that if moms-to-be feel like they’re coming down with the flu and haven’t gotten their vaccine yet, don’t assume that it’s just the common cold and make an appointment to see your doctor.
6 Constant Itchiness After Urinating
Most women erroneously believe that if they feel itchy after emptying their bladder, that is usually a sign of a yeast infection or of a urinary tract infection—both of which are fairly easy to treat if caught quickly.
The Office of Women’s Health adds that this isn’t the only cause. There’s another culprit: bacterial vaginosis and this needs to be treated ASAP because it has been linked with pregnancy complications.
5 Contractions Kicking In Before Week 37
Contractions usually start around week 37 of a woman’s pregnancy, but the Office of Women’s Health writes that if they start any earlier, than that is a sign that the baby could be born earlier than it is supposed to.
Most doctors will give moms-to-be dealing with pre-term labor meds to stop the process from progressing any further and will often prescribe some form of bed rest too.
4 High Body Temperature
The Office of Women’s Health writes that having a higher-than-normal body temperature—especially if it strays into alarming fever territory is a big ol’ red flag that something isn’t right.
There are several health conditions that can cause a high body temperature in pregnancy. Some, like listeriosis, can be treated by antibiotics but others, like the flu virus, have to be dealt with by letting it run its course.
3 Lots Of Pressure In The Pelvic Area
According to the Office of Women’s Health, there are several different conditions that can cause a mom-to-be to feel intense pressure in the lower half of their body and all of which need to be treated by a doctor ASAP.
Sometimes, the cause is due to pre-term labor and a mom-to-be will have to take meds to stop it. In other cases, it could be due to the placenta getting removed the uterine wall and the doctor will put them on bed rest.
2 Dull Backache
Having a backache every once in a while is a pretty common complaint that many pregnant women have because of the baby bump that is housing their little bundle of joy before they make their grand debut.
The Office of Women’s Health notes that if the backache is paired with a constant urge to empty their bladder, that could be the sign of a urinary tract infection and they’ll need to get meds from their doctor to clear it up.
1 Discharge Changed Color
Many moms-to-be experience an increase in discharge that appears on their underwear during pregnancy, but it is very important to keep an eye out to make sure that it doesn’t change color and have a very thick texture.
The Office of Women’s Health notes that thick and white discharge is a sign of a yeast infection, which requires a mom-to-be to get a cream from her ob-gyn to get rid of the overgrowth of bacteria that threw their body off-balance.
Sources: Romper, WebMD, Office of Women's Health