Let’s face it. Pregnancy comes with its share of uncomfortable sensations. There’s swelling, light-headedness, teenage-style acne, and more!
The amount of potential side effects of growing and developing a new life are enough to make your head spin. But if you ran off to the emergency room every time you had back pain or felt nauseated, you’d never be at home.
By and large, the weird physical and emotional feelings you’ll experience are part and parcel of the course of your pregnancy. But there are a few universally alarming symptoms that warrant an immediate call to your health-care provider.
Here are 3 pregnancy warning signs you should never ignore, under any circumstance:
Finding blood down there while you’re expecting is certainly unsettling. During your first trimester, some light spotting may actually be quite normal. However, we suggest you play it safe and alert your doctor or midwife.
The amount of bleeding, the presence of tissue, and the color (from light pink to bright red to dark brown) will help decide if it’s something to be worried about.
While bleeding doesn’t always indicate a problem, it’s best to see an expert to ensure that no complications have arisen. If you experience bleeding in your second or third trimester or find blood accompanied by cramping or dizziness, call your doctor right away. You may need a trip to the emergency room to be extra safe.
2. Decreased Fetal Movement
Try drinking some cold, sugary juice and lay down on your left side. A shot of juice should give the baby a gentle jolt and offer you peace of mind again.
If the little gymnast in your belly has suddenly slowed down, it could be a sign that he/she isn’t getting enough nutrients or oxygen. Note that if you haven’t felt your baby move yet at all, it’s not an issue. Babies have sleep patterns in utero and they have moments of quiet and stillness. If you notice that your baby’s activity has significantly declined, contact your doctor or midwife right away.
It’s normal for many women to experience Braxton-Hicks contractions, also known as false labor, early in the third trimester. But if your cramps and contractions don’t fade, you may be going into pre-term labor, in which case it’s important to call your health-care provider. They will be able to help you discern the difference between practice contractions and the real deal.