Pregnancy Symptoms You Should Never Ignore Part 2
I’m leaking fluid from my vagina!
A slight increase of discharge from the vagina during pregnancy is quite normal. If it is a mild smelling, milky fluid, you should be fine. Look out if you have any sign of blood. This is not normal and you should call your doctor if this happens.
If the fluid coming out also has an offensive smell or is brown/yellow in colour, it might be a sign of infection and you should contact your doctor immediately.
If fluid is coming out of your vagina before 37 weeks, it might mean that you waters have broken prematurely. You might need to go to the hospital to check on your baby’s health and prevent an infection because you have less protection against infections when your waters have broken.
You might need to prepare for premature birth in severe cases, and it would be good if you stay alert at all times.
If your waters have broken but it is already past 37 weeks, you are probably about to go into labour. Call your doctor or labour ward to find what’s best to do in this situation.
I’m suddenly really thirsty…
Thirst is a really common pregnancy symptom. Your body needs extra fluids during pregnancy, so it’s difficult to differentiate from a real problem and a normal symptom. The most common case is that you are simply not drinking enough water and you should drink more.
However, in the extremely rare cases, excessive thirst could be a sign of gestational diabetes, but most of the time gestational diabetes doesn’t cause any symptoms at all, probably why most pregnant women get check-ups for it.
I’m constantly vomiting!
If you find that you’re vomiting more than normal, you probably need to be evaluated by a doctor or nurse. You should probably seek help if you:
- Cannot keep down food or water for more than 12 hours
- See blood in your vomit
- Lose more than 2kg
- Have signs of dehydration (infrequent urination, dark-coloured urine, or feel dizzy while standing
If you experience severe and persistent vomiting (hyperemesis gravidarum) you should probably contact your GP, as you will need treating, possibly in hospital.
If you’re vomiting during the second half of your pregnancy, you may have pre-eclampsia. This might be the case if you experience severe stomach pain, and swelling in your face, hands or feet.
Vomiting accompanied by diarrhoea could be a sign of food poisoning or a tummy bug. If you’re vomiting and you experience pain plus you’re running a high temperature, it could mean you have a kidney infection. If you experience these symptoms you should quickly contact your doctor.
I feel faint and dizzy…
Light-headedness during pregnancy is normal, due to a couple of factors. More blood is going to your changing uterus. This can cause a decrease in your blood pressure, causing you to feel dizzy. Your growing uterus might put some pressure on your blood vessels, which reduces blood to the brain, causing dizziness.
When you are standing up from a chair or bed, do not do it so quickly. If you feel like you are about to faint, quickly sit down and put your head between your knees to get blood flowing to that spot, or lay down on your side, whichever is more convenient at the current moment.
Your diet should contain more protein and iron. The body needs iron to supply the body with oxygen.
Also make sure that you aren’t spending your time in an uncomfortably hot and unventilated room, and wear looser clothing to promote circulation.
My baby’s movements have slowed down!
If your baby’s movements suddenly come to a halt or slow down for more than 24 hours after 21 weeks it may mean he might be distressed. If you observe less movement from your baby than what is normal, contact a doctor immediately.
Babies are also known to slow down during the last few weeks of pregnancy , but mostly due to the space becoming more and more confined inside the uterus. If you are really worried, it is best to contact your GP.https://www.babyclub.com.sg/pregnancy-symptoms-you-should-never-ignore-part-2/https://www.babyclub.com.sg/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/pregnant-headache.jpghttps://www.babyclub.com.sg/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/pregnant-headache-150x150.jpgPregnancyI'm leaking fluid from my vagina!A slight increase of discharge from the vagina during pregnancy is quite normal. If it is a mild smelling, milky fluid, you should be fine. Look out if you have any sign of blood. This is not normal and you should call your doctor...SG Baby ClubRidzham Riduanme@ridz.netAdministratorBaby Club Singapore