What are the warning signs to look out for during pregnancy?

Pregnancy can generate a lot of unusual symptoms, and if you’re having your first child, these can often be worrying. Most of the time though everything you experience when you get pregnant is perfectly normal. However, there are some situations when you should consult a doctor immediately.

These warning signs are as follows:

  • Vaginal bleeding: depending on the trimester and the accompanying symptoms (mild or severe cramps, moderate to severe abdominal pain), vaginal bleeding may indicate a miscarriage, an ectopic pregnancy, a hormonal imbalance, or a placental abruption;
  • Your waters breaking earlier than week 37, which can mean a premature birth;
  • Persistent abdominal pain or uterine contractions earlier than week 37. This can also be a sign of premature birth;
  • Reduced foetal movement or absence of foetal movement for 24 hours after week 20 of the pregnancy.
  • Intense migraines that persist for more than two to three hours;
  • Visual disturbances, e.g. blurred or double vision;
  • Fainting, dizziness or sudden drowsiness;
  • Weight gain of more than a couple of pounds a week despite eating normal-sized portions;
  • Serious pain above the stomach and under the chest;
  • Sudden swelling of the hands, feet and ankles. Water retention, which causes your limbs to swell, is normal in pregnancy but it needs to be monitored. Your doctor will determine if this is normal or a symptom of high blood pressure;
  • Vomiting for several times a day throughout several days, especially during the second trimester. This could lead to dehydration;
  • Symptoms of infection: fever, chills, a burning sensation during urination or diarrhoea.