Midwife

Pregnancy can bring a roller coaster of emotions. One moment, it appears so exciting and emotional with that fetal kick while the next moment, it turns bothersome with some strange uneasiness.

Your body is changing so rapidly, and you may not understand every time what is happening with you. During pregnancy with so many physical and emotional changes, it's easy to miss or overlook some critical symptoms. But, what are those symptoms which indicate that your body is trying to tell you, It's an emergency! You must call a doctor straight away.”?

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Let's check out what's normal and what should cause concern?

Abdominal and Tummy Pains: As your muscles and ligaments stretch during pregnancy, abdominal pains, or tummy pains are quite a casual thing. But, pains accompanied by nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or excessive bleeding could be indicative of something serious. While sometimes a severe tummy pain could mean indigestion, heartburn, or a stomach bug, at times, a sharper lower belly pain could also be a sign of miscarriage, premature labor, or pre-eclampsia (most likely after 20 weeks of pregnancy).

Vaginal Bleeding: Vaginal bleeding could freak you out. Note that you can ignore spotting or light bleeding without pain in early pregnancy if it resolves itself. But, severe and persistent bleeding, sometimes even heavy bleeding (requiring you to change pads every hour), requires medical intervention. It could be indicative of ectopic pregnancy, placental abruption, miscarriage, or premature labor, depending on the stage of your pregnancy.

Vaginal Discharge: Vaginal discharge (which is milky white) increases during pregnancy. It's the heaviest at the end of your final trimester. Excess discharge helps to prevent infections, so there is nothing that should cause alarm. Streaks of thick mucus together with streaks of blood, is an early sign of labor. But sometimes, this discharge takes an abnormal color (yellow, green, or gray) with odor and may also be accompanied by itching, redness, or vulvar swelling. Such abnormal discharge may be a sign of infection or a complication.

Fluid Leakage: If you are leaking fluid from your vagina, it may mean that your waters have broken. Such a situation before 37 weeks is quite early, and you need to get your baby's health checked since the chances of infection have increased. And, what when your waters break after 37 weeks? Hey! It's time for that good news. You are likely to go into labor within the day or so.

Still, wondering whether what you are feeling is normal or not?

Remember, whatever the situation be - When in doubt, it is always better and recommended to contact your doctor at the earliest.” Don't risk it; always play safe. Trust your instincts!

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