A medical practitioner, Dr Olakunle Moteemi has beckoned on pregnant women to always watch out for warning signs that may negatively affect their pregnancies as it progresses.
During a recent interview with Vanguard in Osogbo, Dr Moteemi said although the pregnancy period is to be enjoyed by mothers, the prevailing economic circumstances in the country, have made it a difficult time for some women.
However, the doctor revealed that some signs may be bad news and portend danger to the mother and the growing foetus.
He highlighted the warning signs below,
Not feeling the baby kick,
Vaginal bleeding with or without tummy pain,
Massive swelling in the legs and face,
Feeling of short breath or extreme tiredness always.
He explained further,
“Not feeling the baby kick, could mean that the baby is in distress and without acting fast by going to the hospital, the baby may die inside the womb without the mother knowing.
Having vaginal bleeding in pregnancy is never something to take for granted. In early pregnancy, it could be a sign of a miscarriage. In late pregnancy, it could be a sign of abnormal separation of the placenta or bleeding from a low-lying placenta. These are serious conditions that require urgent care.
Mild swelling of the legs is common in pregnancy. But massive leg swelling or swelling of the face needs to be checked.
Lastly, feeling extremely tired or short of breath in pregnancy may be a sign of low blood level.”
While cautioning that the signs should not be taken lightly, the physician explained that such symptoms should prompt expectant mothers to see a doctor immediately.