While some symptoms could wait till the next ante natal visit, other symptoms require immediate medical attention.
Here are some of those symptoms that need immediate medical attention;
Any bleeding during pregnancy warrants immediate medical attention.
First trimester bleeding accompanied with severe abdominal cramps could mean; ectopic pregnancy, a condition where a fetus is implanted outside the uterus.
First or second trimester bleeding could also mean a miscarriage.
Third trimester bleeding- could be caused by a low lying placenta or placenta abruption i.e. separation of the placenta from the uterine lining.
A severe persistent headache associated with visual disturbance and abdominal pain could mean pre- eclampsia, a condition associated with increases blood pressure, and passing of proteins in urine.
Pregnant women who experience these symptoms should see their obstetricians ASAP.
Severe nausea and vomiting
Nausea and vomiting is a common phenomenon in pregnancy
There are however women who experience severe nausea and excessive vomiting, a condition termed hyper- emesis gravidarum in medical circles.
Severe vomiting could lead to dehydration, and even low blood sugar levels
A pregnant woman who vomits virtually every food eaten should seek medical help
Decreased fetal activity
Most women will start perceiving fetal kicks at around week 20 of pregnancy.
A perceived decrease in fetal kicks needs the attention of a doctor sooner than later.
Your water breaks
“Water” or amniotic fluid is colorless.
If your water breaks, you will feel a gush of fluid rushing down your legs.
The event is often painless and some women may ignore it, but with time, infection may set in.
Excessive thirst, hunger and frequent urination
Especially in the second trimester could mean gestational diabetes.
Gestational diabetes is a disorder of blood sugar regulation that occurs in pregnant women
If a woman experiences the three symptoms, then their blood sugar level should be tested to rule out diabetes of pregnancy
Calf pain and swelling
Unilateral leg swelling, associated with increased temperature and pain on the calf area may mean there is a clot in one of the deep veins of the legs
This condition is called deep venous thrombosis and is a common phenomenon in pregnancy
Women who experience these symptoms should seek for medical care as soon as is possible
To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and distressingly inhabited. Soul and spirit are stretched- along with body – Anne Christian