Pregnancy Symptoms: What They Never Told You
Morning sickness isn't the only one. Here's a list of pregnancy symptoms you might not be expecting.
Abnormal Pregnancy Symptoms
With so many changes taking place in your body, you may be tempted to
dismiss any new discomfort as normal during pregnancy. But certain symptoms
could signal a serious problem:
Bleeding or spotting - According to Lindsay, "bleeding or
spotting is never felt to be normal during pregnancy." Spotting is common
in the first trimester and probably not a cause for alarm. However, in the
second and third trimester, bleeding could provide advance warning of a serious
complication, such as preterm labor or problems with the placenta. Always
report any bleeding or spotting to your doctor or midwife.
Severe itching - In the late second and third trimester, severe
itching may signal a rare liver problem that sometimes develops during
pregnancy, known as intrahepatic cholestasis. "This condition requires
increased fetal surveillance and early delivery," Lindsay says.
Blurred vision, severe headaches and pain in the right side of
abdomen - These symptoms, whether they occur alone or in combination, may
indicate severe preeclampsia - the medical term for dangerously high blood
pressure during pregnancy. "Women who experience any of these symptoms
should contact their health care provider immediately," Lindsay advises.
Early delivery may be necessary "to avoid life-threatening maternal and
Next Time Around
You may be wondering whether your pregnancy will be similar the next time
around. Stein says you are no more or less likely to experience troubling
pregnancy symptoms when a second or third child is on the way. But you may be
too busy to dwell on the little things, she adds, "Since you'll be taking
care of one child and growing another."