Pregnancy is a journey of many unknowns, but it is essential to understand some important warning signs to protect you and your baby's futures. Would you comprehend what it meant if your blood pressure spiked or your baby weren't quite as active? These are some of the warning signs you should know about so that you can be more prepared in case you are faced with complications during pregnancy.
High Blood Pressure
It is essential to monitor your blood pressure when you're pregnant. If you notice a sudden rise of 30 millimeters on the top (systolic) or 15 millimeters on the bottom (diastolic)—it's possible you have preeclampsia.
Preeclampsia is a serious condition where a high content of protein is discovered in the urine. Severe headaches and vision changes can also be another indication of preeclampsia, which will require treatment to prevent further damage to the liver, kidneys, or brain.
Heavy or Light Vaginal Bleeding
Depending on what stage of pregnancy you are in, bleeding can be the result of several problems. Spotting is not unusual and does not necessarily indicate a problem, but in the first trimester it can indicate an ectopic pregnancy, which could cause cramps similar to (but more intense than) menstrual cramps. The result is usually a tubal pregnancy because the fallopian tubes cannot sustain a growing embryo.
During the first and second trimesters, bleeding could be a sign of a miscarriage. However, in the third trimester, a placental abruption could be indicated, in which the placenta becomes separated from the wall of the uterus. The baby's oxygen and nutrients will be lowered, and the mother will sustain heavy bleeding.
Severe Vomiting or Morning Sickness
Many women have bouts of morning sickness, but if the pattern becomes persistent, it can be dangerous for both the mother and baby. Vomiting can cause dehydration, resulting in a decreased intake of essential nutrients.
Baby's Movement Slows Down
Your baby should be actively kicking by the 25th week of pregnancy. You may notice a decrease in activity. The rate should be a minimum of four movements over the span of one hour. If you notice a decrease in activity, you should have a bite to eat and lay on your side to search for any movement. If after two hours there has been fewer than ten movements, your OB/GYN should be notified immediately. The stillness means the baby could be in distress.
These are just a few of the most urgent warning signs to be aware of when you are pregnant. Never ignore a persistent pain or problem because it could be a sign of imminent danger for you or your baby. Seek medical care immediately if you aren't sure of what is causing your distress.