No woman who is pregnant would want anything untoward to happen to her foetus in the entire term of her pregnancy. But things are not always hanky dory and dangers do happen in pregnant women.
Understanding the danger signs early can save yours as well as the life of your foetus and prevent a miscarriage or possible preterm delivery. Most cases of miscarriage happen because women are not proactive to act on their danger signals. Discussed below are some of the danger signs that will help you act quickly and avoid complications if possible.
Possible Danger Signs Of Pregnancy
Bleeding or Spotting
Certain amount of spotting is a common occurrence in many women. However, continuous spotting throughput the term which can even be as severe as a menstrual period is not entirely harmless and must be reported to the gynaecologist. It could mean a miscarriage, placenta previa, placenta abruption or going into labour.
Early Stage Bleeding or Spotting
Bleeding in the first month of pregnancy along with abdominal cramps concentrated on one side, nausea, fainting, low blood pressure, shoulder and neck pain etc. are most often caused due to an ectopic pregnancy. These symptoms are too dangerous to be ignored as a ruptured fallopian tube due to ectopic pregnancy can cause shock and possible death.
Foetal movements are felt from the 20th week onwards and they increase in consistency and strength as the pregnancy advances. All pregnant women must ensure that the foetal movements are felt daily to keep track of the baby’s health.
Any movement or kick that is below a count of ten in an hour’s time could mean that the foetus is under distress and must be immediately reported to the obstetrician.
Generally, swelling is common occurrence in the later stages of pregnancy. But severe swelling in the arms, legs, face etc. can be dangerous as it means that you have pregnancy induced hypertension. It can harm the baby and the mother if not detected and treated. Complete bed rest and IV is done to prevent harm to the foetus and also to avoid seizures.
While vomiting is a common fixture for the first trimester, vomiting that goes beyond that and is very severe can cause harm to the mother and the baby as the baby will not get enough nutrients from the mother. Such cases must be reported to the doctor and care must be taken to follow the instructions as well.
Amniotic Fluid Leak
Amniotic fluid is required for the nourishment and safety of the foetus. Leaking amniotic fluid can mean that your baby is in danger. It must be reported to the doctor and necessary steps done to prevent pre term labour and harm to the foetus.
Contractions which are preterm can mean a miscarriage and such cases must be immediately attended to so that the doctor can take the necessary steps to stop a miscarriage and save the foetus. Contractions that come after the 37th week is a sure sign of labour and this means that the woman is ready for delivery.