Pregnancy is a period of excitement and happiness for every expectant mother, but it is also a period that requires more caution than normal times. In order to protect the health of both the expectant mother and her baby, she must be especially sensitive during this period. In particular, knowledge about pregnancy and the changes, disorders or danger signs experienced during pregnancy helps the expectant mother to act in advance and consult her doctor in case of a possible situation.
During the pregnancy follow-up, your doctor will also warn you about potential problems and their symptoms. However, there are also some danger signs that every expectant mother can face. If you recognize and know these signs, you should contact your doctor immediately.
1 . Vaginal Bleeding :
Possible Causes : Miscarriage, threatened miscarriage, placenta previa (placenta located close to the cervix), placental abruption (placenta detachment), threatened preterm delivery
Regardless of the period of pregnancy and the amount of bleeding, you should inform your doctor as soon as you notice vaginal bleeding.
2 . Pelvic pain or abdominal pain
Possible Causes : Miscarriage, threatened miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, placental abruption, threatened preterm labor, induced labor
Pelvic pain or abdominal pain can be a constant pain or a cramping pain.
3 . Contraction or cramping pain in the uterus
Possible Causes : Threatened preterm labor, onset of labor, Bracxton Hicks contractions, which are preparatory contractions before normal labor
4 . Back pain that won’t go away
Possible Causes : Miscarriage, threat of premature birth, urinary tract infections, herniated disc, increased muscle and joint pain during pregnancy
5 . Severe hardening of the abdomen and inability to relax
Possible Causes : Threatened preterm labor, onset of labor, placental abruption
6 . Fluid coming from the vagina
Possible Causes : Threat of preterm labor, premature opening of the amniotic sac, miscarriage, excessive vaginal discharge, urinary incontinence
7 . Severe Headache
Possible Causes : Preeclampsia, migraine, neurological causes
8 . Excessive and sudden swelling of the hands and face
Possible Causes : Pregnancy-induced hypertension (preeclampsia), normal swelling
9 . Seizures
Possible Causes : Eclampsia, epilepsy (epilepsy)
10 . Significant decrease in baby movements
Possible Causes : Fetal distress, placental abruption, asphyxia
11 . Severe pain in the pubic area and buttocks, limitation of leg movements
Possible Causes : Excessive strain or separation of the symphysis pubis joint
12 . Fever (above 37.5 °C)
Possible Causes : Infections, chorioamnionitis
13 . Burning or pain during urination
Possible Causes : Urinary tract infection, Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
14 . Severe nausea and vomiting
Possible Causes : Hyperemesis Gravidarum (nausea and vomiting, which are normal in the early stages of pregnancy, can be a precursor to a dangerous condition in the later stages)
I strongly recommend that you contact your doctor as soon as you notice any of the conditions listed here, or any signs that are not listed here, but that you feel are not right for you.
I wish you a healthy and safe pregnancy.