7 Danger Signs In Pregnancy You Should Never Ignore

At any stage of your pregnancy, you will do well to watch out for any these danger signs. If you have observed any of these symptoms, consult your doctor immediately.

1. VAGINAL BLEEDING

While vaginal bleeding in pregnancy might be considered normal for most women as signs of implantation in early pregnancy, it could also be a sign of a serious complication in the early or later stage of pregnancy demanding the immediate attention of a gynaecologist. In some cases, it could be an ectopic pregnancy which means the fetus is in the tube.
Prevention
Avoid strenuous activities when pregnant.
Remedies
– Do not panic, it could get worse if your blood pressure rises.
– Get enough sleep and bed rest
– Consult your doctor immediately
– Your doctor may prescribe progesterone hormones

2. SEVERE SWELLING WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
About four out of five women get some swelling or puffiness in pregnancy, and in most cases it is not a cause for concern. However, if these symptoms are severe or sudden, and accompanied by a high blood pressure otherwise known as hypertension, protein in urine as seen in a test result, headaches, sudden weight gain or problems with your vision, it’s likely to be pre-eclampsia.
Prevention
Avoid being dehydrated.
Take your vitamins, especially vitamin D seriously since it has been associated with vitamins D deficiency.

Remedies
Attend your pre natal check ups regularly for close monitoring by your doctor.
Reduce your salt intake and drink plenty of water
Bed Rest. Lie down, raising up your feet above your heart level.
Exercise regularly
If you past your thirty-eighth week, your doctor may recommend a c-section.

3. PELVIC OR ABDOMINAL PAIN
If you are experiencing severe cramp in the early months of your pregnancy alongside with vaginal bleeding and fever, you may be showing signs of a miscarriage.

Prevention
Avoid lifting up heavy objects

Remedies
Consult your doctor for an immediate diagnostic work-up and treatment.

4. DECREASED FETAL MOVEMENT
Absence of, or reduced baby’s movements for more than 24 hours after 21 weeks may be a sign that your baby is in distress. If you are worried that your baby’s movement is less than usual, contact your midwife or doctor. They will help you alleviate your fears.

Remedies
– Elevate your feet and relax
– Lie down on your side
– Have a cold drink
– Make some noise or play loud music
– After 24 hours of slow or no movement, consult your doctor.
– Take a scan as recommended by your doctor

5. FEVER
If your temperature is above 37.5 degrees C, but without symptoms of flu or cold, contact your doctor on the same day. If it is more than 39 degrees C, call your doctor straight away. You probably have an infection. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics and rest. It could be harmful to your baby, if your temperature rises higher than 39 degrees for a prolonged amount of time.

Remedies
– Do not cover yourself up with a duvet
– Drink plenty of fluids to control the temperature while you are on your way to see your doctor

6. PRE-TERM CONTRACTION
Contractions that open the cervix before 37 weeks in pregnancy is known as pre-term labour. Women who have had a history of miscarriage or abortion are known to suffer from pre-term labour, or pregnancies with twins and other multiples, traumatic life events, uterine and cervical abnormalities, and domestic violence amongst others.

Prevention
Avoid the use of un-prescribed drugs, smoking and drinking of alcohol
Control your anxiety and stress level, a high level of stress could lead to pre-term labour.
Manage chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure.
Avoid long working hours with long periods of standing.

Remedies
Drink plenty of water or juice may suppress your contractions.
Bed rest
Lie down on your left side to improve circulation to your uterus
Avoid lying flat on your back as this may cause the contractions to increase.
Call your doctor who may recommend oral medication or injections to temporarily stop labour.

7. ABDOMINAL INJURY
Abdominal trauma in pregnancy caused by domestic or vehicle accidents, physical assault or violence, or falls may lead to loss of pregnancy or maternal mortality.
Prevention
When driving, ensure that your seat belt is fastened correctly, with the shoulder belt in between your breasts and the lap belt placed under the uterus.
If you have been a victim of domestic violence before pregnancy, it’s likely to occur during pregnancy, so do not hesitate to get help.

Remedies
Call your doctor immediately who may recommend an ultrasound scan.
While waiting for the doctor, place the woman to lie on her left side as this will allow blood to flow to the fetus.

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