When to seek medical help during pregnancy

Pregnancy Medical Check-up

We always hope and pray that expectant mothers have the smoothest of pregnancies and any complications stay as far away from them as possible. During the prenatal development stages, your body will undergo a few changes and it is important to know what is ordinarily expected and what is abnormal. There are a few symptoms that may indicate that something is not quite right and that’s when you have to call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital. Read on to find out:

Bleeding

It is known that a little bleeding during pregnancy is nothing to worry about. It’s called ‘spotting’ and is common during prenatal stages. However, significant bleeding is a cause for concern, and if accompanied by abdominal pain, could indicate an ectopic pregnancy. You should immediately contact your doctor and visit the hospital if you feel that you have considerable bleeding.

Abdominal Pain

Sudden abdominal pain indicates that there could be a few things wrong with your pregnancy, and you should immediately seek medical help. Abdominal pain can occur by itself or be accompanied by vaginal bleeding. In any case, contacting your doctor is the best option.

Fever

A high fever usually indicates an infection in your body. During pregnancy, if you feel you have a fever then you should seek medical help. An infection requires quick treatment so that you and your baby are safe from the infection. Always keep a thermometer at hand and if you feel your temperature has gone up abnormally then contact your doctor.

High Blood Pressure (Pre-eclampsia)

Pre-eclampsia is a potentially high risk complication of pregnancy and usually occurs during the third trimester of the pregnancy stage. It is indicated by a high blood pressure, swelling of hands and feet, and the presence of albumin in urine. Some women have a greater risk of developing preeclampsia than others.

Risk factors:
  • Late pregnancy
  • History of high blood pressure
  • History of diabetes mellitus
  • Obesity

But how do you know whether you have preeclampsia or high blood pressure? Look out for the following symptoms:

  • Severe headache
  • Swelling of hands and feet
  • Hissing or buzzing in the ears

It is not necessary that you are suffering from preeclampsia if you have the above symptoms. There might only be a slight chance. In any case, it is best to visit your doctor who will conduct the necessary tests and form a diagnosis.

Severe vomiting

It is common knowledge that mild vomiting and nausea is expected during pregnancy stages, and it is nothing to feel stressed about. Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. In case you suffer from severe vomiting and diarrhoea, contact your doctor. You might be dehydrated, and your doctor will advise an overnight stay at the hospital to get your rehydrated.

That’s quite a list, but there is no need to be alarmed or scared. It is best to keep yourself informed rather than worry about what might be happening to you. Stay alert and take care of your body. And never ever hesitate to contact your doctor, even when the only thing you need is reassurance. Be open and talk freely with your doctor and you shall be fine!

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