A woman who is experiencing the early signs and symptoms of pregnancy need to be careful and be aware of what her body is trying to tell her. An earlier prenatal checkup is advisable. You should to sit down with your health care provider and ask him or her which signs you need to keep a look out for that could require urgent attention.
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Tips & Warnings:
Always take the prescribed prenatal vitamins and medicines by your obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN). A regular prenatal care is important when you're pregnant. Check the consistency of your cervical fluid.
If you're pregnant, you may see an increase amount of cervical fluid than usual with a creamy texture that could indicate early pregnancy. Some women normally don't experience heartburn but when they do and it becomes regular, this could also be an early sign of pregnancy. It's common to experience heartburn when a woman is pregnant.
Other women may have a stuffy nose as a symptom of pregnancy. The mucus production inside the nose and sinuses could be affected by the increasing hormones inside the body. Take note that a blocked nose and sinuses could also be a sign of allergies.
The progesterone hormones of a pregnant woman will start to slow down her digestion so the nutrients coming from the variety of foods that she eats will take some time to enter the bloodstream and ultimately reach the growing fetus inside the womb.
Check online or look at any pregnancy magazine that you have at home for available coupons before buying to avail of a discounted price. Other women who suspect that they're pregnant will just buy two kinds of brands to make sure that the results of both home pregnancy tests will match.
Check with your physician when you have a question regarding unusual symptoms like severe vomiting, abdominal cramping and fainting. Significant bleeding and strong cramping during the early stage of pregnancy could be a sign of an imminent miscarriage.
Take note that there are some fish and shellfish like swordfish, king mackerel, shark or tilefish that contain higher levels of mercury and they could harm an unborn baby's developing nervous system. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are advising pregnant women, nursing mothers, and young children to eat fish and shellfish that only have lower mercury levels like shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, catfish and pollock.
Be aware that albacore "white" tuna has more mercury than canned light tuna so if you want to eat this fish then limit it up to 6 ounces of your regular meal once a week. You can eat up to 12 ounces based on two average meals per week of a variety of fish and shellfish that have lower mercury levels.
Contact your health care provider if you experience any trauma to your stomach area since it could easily harm your baby. It may also cause the placenta to detach from the uterus wall too.
Take note if you experience bleeding throughout your pregnancy especially if you are bleeding heavily accompanied with a severe abdominal pain as well as menstrual-like cramps. You also need to observe if you have this feeling that you're going to faint during first trimester. Most of these signs could mean an ectopic pregnancy.
Ectopic pregnancy happens when your fertilized egg implants somewhere else and not in the uterus. Heavy bleeding that includes cramping may also be a sign of miscarriage in first trimester and these signs could be life-threatening. Heavy bleeding during pregnancy needs immediate medical attention and you should instantly call your doctor.
Spotting is a common experience during the early stages of pregnancy and generally, the color is light or brown. Spotting is a normal pregnancy symptom but if the bleeding is bright red or has clots in it, then you should contact your health care provider the soonest possible time.
Little or no urination especially if it's painful or you feel it's hot or burning, then this may be an indication that you have developed a yeast or bladder infection. The most common pregnancy complication is bladder infection so try to talk to your health care provider so that he or she can diagnose and treat it immediately.
A headache is a common symptom that many pregnant women suffer from but once your headaches are accompanied by slurred speech, blurred vision, muscle numbness or stiff neck, then contact your health care provider the soonest possible time since these can be a negative indication that you're having a health problem.
Blurring, double vision, floaters (certain ares or spots in your field of vision), dimming, flashing lights are visual disturbances. These are generally signs of serious complications and it's advisable to see a doctor for the protection of you and your baby.
Take note that gaining weight so fast (more than four pounds within a week) swelling of your feet or ankles, puffiness around your eyes, swelling in your face or hands, may be a sign that you could be suffering from edema. Check if you're having leg cramps or pain in your calf that doens't go away when you walk around, flex your ankle and point your toes toward your nose.
Other's may even experience that their one leg is more swollen than the other one. If you have these problems, don't hesitate to ask your doctor right away.
Constant and painful vomiting especially accompanied by chills or fever of a hundred degrees Fahrenheit or higher is dangerous so don't waste time telling your doctor when you experience painful and constant vomiting. Abdominal pain accompanied by severe constipation or diarrhea that lasts more than a day or twenty-four hours is not normal so contact your health care provider as soon as possible.
If you can no longer keep anything down due to severe nausea and vomiting then this could be life-threatening. You'll become dehydrated once you can no longer drink anything and will also become malnourished that can cause complications that ranges from birth defects to premature labor.