Pregnancy is a happy time for most women. While most expectant mothers experience an average pregnancy, there are certain dangers associated with this condition which can result in health complications for both you and your baby. Knowing what these complications are can help reduce your risk of experiencing them.
Swelling Of The Legs
During pregnancy, most women often notice a slight swelling in the legs and ankle but if there is excessive swelling in the face and fingers then it is a danger signal. And all the more if this swelling is accompanied by blurred vision and headaches then it indicates pregnancy induced hypertension which needs to be attended to immediately.
High Blood Pressure
One of the most common signs is high blood pressure which will occur during the last stages of pregnancy. Doctors may advise some prescribed medicines but what you need to carefully watch out is that if this blood pressure still remains high then you need to address it immediately by consulting your doctor.
Early in pregnancy, spotting can indicate an implantation bleed, but any bleeding in pregnancy should be investigated. First trimester bleeds may indicate an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage. Later in your pregnancy bleeding can be due to miscarriage, placenta previa or abruption of the placenta. Infections may also cause bleeding. If you notice any bleeding then you should be examined by your doctor.
Painful And Frequent Urination
Frequent urination is also a common symptom during pregnancy but if it’s painful then it could be urinary tract infection. If ignored then it could lead to premature labor and this can also affect your baby’s mental development.
Intense Feelings of Sadness
Intense feelings of sadness that do not go away are indicative of depression, a condition that can occur during and/or after pregnancy. Additional symptoms include changes in appetite, feeling hopeless, becoming irritable or having thoughts of harming ones self or the baby. Treatment usually includes therapy, medication and support groups.
Constant Fatigue And Tiredness
During your pregnancy it is very normal to feel tired but if you find that you faint frequently and you look very pale then you can conclude that you are anemic. For this you need to consult your doctor who will usually provide you with folic acid and iron supplements.
If you are in your second trimester then you need to constantly monitor your fetal movements. If you notice a drop in the fetal movements then it implies that your baby is under stress or it is not able to freely move in the womb. This calls for a doctor’s visit as soon as possible.
Running High Temperature
If you are running high temperature say around 100 and it does not decrease even after medication then it should be immediately attended to because if it is ignored, then it can cause brain damage of the baby and also cause abnormalities in the body formation of the baby.
Amniotic Fluid Leakage
A sudden flow of fluid from your vagina indicates that the amniotic fluid is gushing out from your body. If you are in the last stage of pregnancy then it not a cause of alarm but if this condition happens in your midterm then you cannot afford to lose even a small pinch of it because amniotic fluid is very much needed for the fetal growth. So in case you encounter this condition, get doctor’s help.
Sugar sickness diabetes often causes very serious problems for the mother and the baby. The baby can die before birth or sometimes grows very large and gets stuck in the pelvis.