Pregnancy Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

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Pregnancy symptoms. There is no doubt that pregnancy brings a whole host of new physical/emotional sensations.

But there are some pregnancy symptoms that you should never ignore.

As with any immediate concerns, head into the emergency room (if before 20 weeks) or Labor & Delivery (if after 20 weeks)

Any L&D nurse will tell you: They’d rather see you and find out that it was a “false alarm” than to have something happen that could have been prevented.

When you experience any of the pregnancy symptoms below, reach out to your provider or head to the hospital for immediate concerns.

  • Vaginal bleeding
    •  There are many possible causes for spotting or bleeding during pregnancy. However, it is always best to contact your care provider if you experience spotting or bleeding during the first and second trimesters. During the third trimester, especially in the final weeks of pregnancy, you may experience spotting or bleeding after vaginal exams.
  • Severe abdominal cramping, persistent low back ache, regular contractions (before 37 weeks)
    • Before the 37th week of pregnancy, the above symptoms are warning signs for preterm labor. You don’t need to have all of the signs listed above.  Report any of the above symptoms to your provider immediately.  Early intervention can often put a halt to preterm labor. When premature labor can’t be stopped, early detection can help your provider assemble the best team to help you and your baby during and after the birth.
  • Leaking fluid
    • Fluid-like discharge may be a sign that your amniotic membranes have broken. This is another warning sign of possible preterm labor; you should notify your provider immediately.
  • Severe swelling, unusual visual disturbances, rapid weight gain
    • According to Preeclampsia Foundation: “Preeclampsia affects at least 5-8% of all pregnancies. It is a rapidly progressive condition characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine. Swelling, sudden weight gain, headaches, and vision changes are important symptoms.”
  • Persistent itchy skin
    • Your bump is growing, and your hormones are changing. There’s no doubt that pregnancy causes itchy skin. When that itch just won’t go away after a gentle scratch and a good lotion, it’s time to call your provider. Caused by an impairment in the passage of bile from the liver, cholestasis of pregnancy also poses potential risks to your baby. Be sure to inform your doctors of any persistently itchy skin symptoms.

You know your body better than anyone else. When you are worried, it’s worth getting checked out by a professional.  Never feel silly for calling your physician or midwife; that’s what you’ve hired them for!

Above all, trust your gut. You are your baby’s best advocate and know what’s normal for your body.

The consequences of staying home might be more severe than some embarrassment over an unnecessary trip to the hospital.  If you’re experiencing the symptoms on this list. Or, if you just don’t feel “right,” call your doctor’s office or head to the hospital.

It’s not worth ignoring!

Ready to learn more? Do you want more information on these symptoms and what may cause them?
Take a listen below or head to The Doula Download to listen to Tucson Doulas’ co-owners, Angela and Eva, as they discuss Pregnancy Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

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