What’s normal VS not normal during pregnancy
Most symptoms that women experience during pregnancy are normal, even if they're not exactly comfortable. But, there are some warning signs during pregnancy that you should take more seriously. Here’s more.
Mild swelling – This can be puffiness in face, hands, legs, feet, and ankles.
Stomach problems – It’s normal to have nausea and vomiting, heartburn, gas, and bloating.
Mild aches and pains - You may have backaches or leg cramps.
Bathroom issues - You may need to use the bathroom frequently.
Changes in your mouth - You may have swollen gums that may bleed easily.
Breathing issues - You may have a stuffy nose and shortness of breath.
Skin changes - You may have brown spots on the face, stretch marks, or varicose veins.
If any of these symptoms become severe or make you feel worried, it’s always a good idea to contact your healthcare provider.
Some symptoms may indicate a serious problem. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should see your healthcare provider as soon as possible.
Signs of preterm labor - These include vaginal bleeding or spotting, unusual fluid discharge, lower abdominal cramping, lower back pain, or regular tightening of the abdomen (contractions) that doesn’t go away.
Burning urination - This means pain or burning when you pee, especially if you have a fever.
Severe pain - This includes bad headaches and strong stomach pain or cramps that don’t go away.
Illness or high fever - This includes dizziness, severe nausea or vomiting, or any higher-than-normal temperature, which could harm your baby.
Vaginal spotting or discharge- experiencing light spotting or a pink or slightly bloody discharge at 37 – 40 weeks.
Lower back pain - It’s normal to experience lower back pain in the later months of your pregnancy. But, if you’re experiencing it combined with numb feet or weakness in your leg, or it’s severe pain, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
While it’s normal to experience some side effects of pregnancy, some symptoms are a sign of a more serious condition. If you’re in any doubt or you just don’t feel right, it’s always better to consult your healthcare provider. Remember to stick to your regular check ups during your pregnancy journey, so your healthcare provider can pick up any abnormalities.
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