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You are pregnantEven when you think you know all about pregnancy and spoken to other mums about your pregnancy symptoms, you will probably still wonder sometimes if what you’re feeling is normal or not. These pregnancy symptoms might be potentially dangerous to yourself and your baby. If you happen to experience them you should contact your relative or doctor instantly

Pain in the tummy?

Abdominal cramps are pretty common, which is the result of the muscles and ligaments that support your uterus being pulled and stretched in all directions during pregnancy, which may cause occasional cramping.

The pain might range from just an uncomfortable pain to a sharp one. It might be particularly noticeable when you make a quick move, stand up when you were sitting, cough, or sneeze. This is nothing to worry about. Some women experience cramps when they exercise and put even more stress on muscles and ligaments that are already strained. If you get the cramps while exercising, you should listen to your body and stop and rest. You can work through the pain some other time, but not when there’s a baby in your stomach!

Cramps can also be a result of what you eat. Poor digestion will cause cramps. If you eat too much or eat something wrong , you might get stomach cramps. If constipated, you will feel cramps that might be really painful.

There are times when the cramps can really mean something bad though and it shouldn’t be ignored. Here is what the symptoms could mean…

 

  • Miscarriage

Unfortunately, early miscarriage is quite common (about 10%-20% of all pregnancies end in a miscarriage within the first 3 months of pregnancy). It usually occurs simply because the foetus is still developing. If you experience symptoms like cramps accompanied by bleeding, which might be just a bit of bleeding, but is often heavier and accompanied by some discharge of fluid and tissue from the vagina. If you feel constant abdominal pain (even without the vaginal bleeding), contact your doctor IMMEDIATELY.

  • Ectopic pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilised egg implants in the wrong place, you will get a positive pregnancy test, but the egg cannot survive if planted in the wrong place. You will probably need medical attention as soon as possible. You will feel sharp abdominal pains, most often just on one side of the body, along with vaginal bleeding.

  • Early Labour

Experiencing painful cramps after the 23rd week, but before the 37th? You might be entering premature labour. The cramps usually come with a pain low down in your pelvic area and also in your back. This is extremely dangerous as the chance of a premature birth is high. Your uterus will be contracting and if your waters break – go straight to the nearest hospital. If you experience this after the 37th, it is not considered premature.

Fever and severe headaches?

If you ever get a temperature of more than 39 degrees C, it would be wise to call your doctor ASAP. You might have an infection. Your doctor will probably give you some antibiotics and persuade you to rest. Try to get to your doctor before your temperature rises higher than 39 degrees C, because it might be really harmful if left unchecked for too long.

My vision is blurry and I see flashes and spots!

Changes in vision are normal for many women during pregnancy. You might not see so well, or get irritated from your contact lenses . Luckily it is likely that there is nothing to worry about, and all these changes will go away after delivery.

However, if you’re experiencing more serious symptoms (e.g. vision changes, seeing double, floaters etc.) it may be the sign of a more severe condition, for example…

  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH)
  • High Blood Pressure

If you are going through any of the above symptoms, just go and see a doctor in case.

My hands and feet are swollen!

Swelling or puffiness (oedema) in your hands, face and eyes, although it is not comfortable or nice to look at, is totally normal during pregnancy. However, if your hands or face becomes puffy, or if swelling persists for more than a day, call your practitioner. If it gets excessive, it might be a sign of pre-eclampsia.

I have a killer migraine that won’t go away…

Headaches during pregnancy are normal… However if you have a severe headache it could be a sign of high blood pressure, or preeclampsia (only in second half of pregnancy).

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