Most pregnancies do go smoothly. But there are always exceptions to the rule. There are things that can go wrong, and unexpectedly wrong, however, many women might not realize those in time.
As there is dearth of knowledge about the pregnancy symptoms, several women cannot tell the usual signs of pregnancy apart from the run of the mill pregnancy symptoms.
However, this delay in observing the symptoms and getting medical help can be dangerous for the mother and the baby, both.
Hence, it is imperative that all women know the common emergency symptoms of pregnancy and visit their gynecologist in Lahore for immediate help.
Symptoms during pregnancy that should not be ignored
Some vaginal bleeding, rather spotting, can occur during pregnancy, and especially during the first few months. It is common to have spotting after sex or vaginal exam, as cervix is more sensitive in pregnancy. Benign cervical polyps can also lead to some spotting or bleeding.
However, if you are having persistent vaginal bleeding, especially one that is soaking through your pads at a high rate, then you should immediately visit your doctor. It is more alarming if you are having vaginal bleeding in your second or third trimester.
It may be that you are miscarrying or have complications like placental abruption or tear.
Having blurring vision can signal diabetes or preeclampsia. However, if it is a rare occurrence, then it may not be something serious. When the blurring of vision occurs alongside rapid weight changes, swelling and abdominal pain, and headaches, you should consult your doctor.
Experiencing contractions during the weeks 24 to 36 is another sign you should not ignore, as it could be a signal of preterm labor. Some women might confuse them with Braxton Hicks contractions.
These contractions are just a drill for the labor; they then improve when you move around and do not get intense with time.
Vomiting is a part and parcel of morning sickness and occurs generally during the first trimester alongside nausea. However, extreme vomiting is not normal.
It poses the danger of dehydration, which not only is dangerous for health otherwise, but disorientation on account of dehydration can lead to accidents as well.
So, if you have been continuous vomiting and not urinating enough, you are at risk for dehydration and need to visit the emergency room. Similarly, if you are not able to hold your food down, talk to your doctor. Extreme vomiting can be a sign of hyperemesis gravidarum as well.
Furthermore, if the vomiting is accompanied by fever, you might have food poisoning or some infection. You then need proper treatment for it.
To have the run-of-the-mill itching on account of dryness can be expected but itching all over the body might signal liver issues. Intense itching that is present on the entire body is a sign of cholestasis of pregnancy. However, it is a rare disorder, but can lead to preterm labor. Hence, better to consult a doctor.
Extreme abdominal pain
Having extreme abdominal pain is also a concerning sign and requires intervention from the doctor. It is especially important that you visit the doctor if you are less than 12 weeks pregnant and are having cramps on the side.
These could signal ectopic pregnancy, a condition in which the embryo is implanted outside of the uterus. A dangerous condition, ectopic pregnancy should not be made light of.
Having severe headaches is another alarming sign, especially when accompanied by dizziness. Extremely painful headaches that occur with vision problems, and disorientation signal preeclampsia.
Caused by high blood pressure, preeclampsia is a dangerous condition that requires urgent help. It endangers the health of the baby as well as the mother.
Other signs of preeclampsia include fainting, swelling in the feet, hands and feet, abdominal pain, weight gain that is very rapid, aches around the body, etc.
If you notice these symptoms, contact your gynecologist doctor in Karachi immediately so precautionary steps can be taken in due time.