5 Pregnancy Danger Signs You Shoud Never Ignore

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Pregnancy can definitely be an exciting time, but there are sometimes complications that can occur. It is important to pay attention to your body during pregnancy. Keep an eye out for the following pregnancy danger signs, because they can indicate a problem with a pregnant woman or her unborn baby.

1. Bleeding

Most pregnant women are well aware that bleeding is a very serious warning sign during pregnancy. For example, heavy bleeding, feeling faint and abdominal pain during the first trimester can be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy. It can also be a sign of miscarriage, or later in pregnancy, a placental abruption. No matter what, bleeding in pregnancy is always serious and you should always call your doctor or visit the emergency room if you are experiencing excessive bleeding.

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2. Contractions

Contractions early in the third trimester can be a sign of premature labor and that can be very dangerous. However, many pregnant women confuse false labor or Braxton-Hicks contractions with premature labor. Braxton-Hicks contractions are non-rythymic, do not increase in intensity, and are unpredictable. They will often go away with rest or hydration. Real contractions get more intense as time goes on, and do not subside.

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3. Swelling or Other Weird Symptoms

Swelling, visual disturbances, headaches, and abdominal pain in the third trimester can be an indication of preeclampsia. This is a very dangerous condition that usually develops near the end of pregnancy and is marked by high blood pressure and protein in the urine. It’s very important not only to get your blood pressure checked, but also to make sure to get in contact with your doctor if you have these symptoms.

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4. Symptoms Of The Flu

The flu is an inconvenience for most of us, but for pregnant women, the flu can actually be dangerous. It is important for pregnant women to have a flu vaccine to protect both themselves and their baby. If you do have flu symptoms, call your doctor to find out what you should do. Don’t panic. If the flu is caught right away the affects can be minimal.

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5. Water Breaking

If your water breaks, it can mean that your labor is starting too early. It is very important that you get to the hospital as soon as your water breaks so that there is no damage to your baby. Rupture of the membranes is not always as dramatic as what you see on TV or in the movies. It can be a huge gush, or it can also be a slow trickle. If you are concerned that your water might be breaking, or wondering if you are just leaking urine, here’s a tip: go to the restroom. After that, if the fluid continues, your water is breaking. Get to the hospital soon.

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Dr. Lynette Weiss is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician and Scientific Director. She is certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.