Understanding Pregnancy Discomforts -- Symptoms
What Are the Symptoms of Pregnancy Discomforts?
Women can expect some or all of these changes in a normal
In the absence of menstrual flow, minor weight gain, increased urination, enlarged and sore first trimester: breasts, morning sickness, and nausea
In the significant weight gain (about 1 pound a week), stretching of the abdominal wall and pelvis, backache, second trimester: constipation, heartburn, and fetal movement
In the swollen limbs from fluid retention, leaking breasts, constipation, third trimester: hemorrhoids, insomnia, urinary incontinence, and discomfort below the rib cage a few weeks before the baby drops at about 36 weeks
Call Your Doctor About Pregnancy Discomforts If:
You have severe nausea and vomiting,
dehydration, a persistent rapid heartbeat, or pale, dry skin; you may have hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness. You have vaginal spotting or bleeding; you may be having a
miscarriage or serious placental complication. You have sudden weight gain over a few days, severe
headache, or blurred vision; you may have developed preeclampsia, a form of high blood pressure that can endanger your health and the health of your baby. You have a
fever over 100° F and chills, backache, or blood in your urine; you may have a kidney infection or other infection. After the fetus begins to move, you feel decreased or no movement for more than two hours; your baby may be experiencing fetal distress.
You feel wetness or a leaking of fluid, unlike normal vaginal secretions or urinary leakage; you may have ruptured membranes or leaking of
Nivin Todd, MD, FACOG on April 12, 2013
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