Understanding Pregnancy Discomforts -- Symptoms
What Are the Symptoms of Pregnancy Discomforts?
Women can expect some or all of these changes in a normal pregnancy:
In the first trimester: absence of menstrual flow, minor weight gain, increased urination, enlarged and sore breasts, morning sickness, and nausea
In the second trimester: significant weight gain (about 1 pound a week), stretching of the abdominal wall and pelvis, backache, constipation, heartburn, and fetal movement
In the third trimester: swollen limbs from fluid retention, leaking breasts, constipation, 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 amniotic fluid.
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