Pregnancy is an exciting experience especially if it is your first baby. During the first trimester you will start to notice many changes happening to your body, some changes are expected and completely normal, however some changes can be a sign for a problem occurring with the pregnancy and paying attention to these changes as soon as they happen can help you to successfully fix the problem and enjoy a healthy full-term pregnancy.
Knowing what exactly to look out for can help you take care of yourself and of the fetus growing inside of you, follow your instinct and feel free to ask your doctor about anything you feel is abnormal or worrying and to help you more, here’s a list of the most common problems that occur during the first trimester that require you to call your doctor.
During the first trimester and especially if it is your first pregnancy you may be confused which symptoms are normal and what is not normal so to make it easy for you. The following symptoms are not considered normal and they need further investigation.
1- Vaginal Bleeding.
While some spotting in some cases can be normal and not worrying, heavy or prolonged bleeding can be a sign of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. If you have heavy bleeding along with bad cramps like the cramps you experience with your period it may be a sign for threatened miscarriage and if you have a sharp pain in your lower abdomen accompanied with bleeding it could be a sign for ectopic pregnancy, a serious condition where the fertilized egg attaching itself outside the uterus usually in the fallopian tubes.
2- Sever Vomiting.
Some nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy is normal and experienced by all women, however sever nausea that may cause you to get dehydrated should be watched out for. If you can’t keep fluids in for more than 12 hours make sure to co tact your doctor, sever vomiting can cause dehydration, dizziness and weight loss, besides it will trouble your day to day activities.
High fever of 38° C or 101° F could be a sign of infection and that can be serious, if the fever is accompanied with joints pain and rash that could indicate the presence of serious infections like parvovirus, toxoplasmosis or cytomegalovirus (CMV) which is the most common cause for congenital deafness and it is not so much uncommon and u may think.
4- Pain or Burning During Urination.
Burning and pain during urination or an urges to go to the loo with a small amount of urine being passed may indicate a bladder or urinary tract infections which are very common during pregnancy and may lead to pre-term labor and birth.
5- Strange Discharge and Itchiness In Your Vagina.
Some discharge is normal and it should be similar to the discharge you have when you are not pregnant, however smelly or colored discharge with itchiness can indicate a vaginal infection or a sexually transmitted infection which could have a consequence on the baby so don’t be shy and discuss with your ob-gyn the symptoms you are experiencing down there in order to recommend you the proper tests and treatment plan.
6- Leg, Calf Numbness, Pain and Swellings and Headaches.
Swelling on one side or numbness and pain in the limbs leg or calf could indicate a blood clot being formed in these areas, that blood clot could travel to the lungs and be fatal. If you start experiencing sever headaches all of a sudden it could also be because of a blood clot in your brain which could lead to a stroke if not treated.