Pregnancy is not a health issue, however, if the expecting mother is not taking care of herself, she can suffer from numerous complications and health issues. It is important that you take care of yourself and consult a super specialist, gynaecologist and pregnancy expert at the earliest. Given below are few common health issues with the details of the signs and symptoms along with an emphasis on when you should consult a doctor.
Pain in Pregnancy:
Pain in pregnancy doesn’t always mean that there is a problem. Pain or discomfort is quite common during the second trimester of pregnancy. As the baby grows, most of the woman can feel discomfort due to ligament stretch. As the pregnancy progresses, some may show the sign of a backache as well as abdominal pain.
Bleeding in Pregnancy:
Spotting or very small amount of bleeding can be harmless. It can be light or heavy, dark or bright red. A pregnant woman may encounter more discharge than bleeding or sometimes spotting too. If spotting continuously for some days or even weeks, the phenomenon seems quite common. It doesn’t mean the sign of miscarriage.
However, there are certain types of pain and bleeding that one should not ignore and must seek medical attention.
- Severe pain in abdomen or pelvic region
- Enough vaginal bleeding
- Greyish or pink color clumps or tissue passed from the vagina
Vaginal Discharge in Pregnancy:
During second trimester, many pregnant woman experience different types of discharge. It looks like egg white, milky and is bit odorous. As the pregnancy progresses, the discharge also increases. This type of discharge is quite normal, as body undergoes changes responding to the pregnancy hormones. But, there are various conditions, in which one should worry about:
- The discharge looks yellow, green and have foul smell
- The discharge looks like pus
- There is a burning sensation while urinating
- Clear or pinkish watery discharge can be a sign of premature rupturing of amniotic sac
Symptoms of Ectopic Pregnancy:
Following are the symptoms of ectopic pregnancy that requires emergency care:
- Spasmodic pain and cramps associated with tenderness
- One sided pain spreading across the belly
- Pain while passing motion or during coughing
- Brown in color light bleeding or spotting with pain that continues for a week
- Nausea and vomiting, pain in shoulder, weakness or rectal pressure
Apart from the above symptoms, there are other major symptoms that require doctor’s evaluation. These symptoms include:
- Cramps and pain in the centre of the abdomen along with vaginal bleeding
- Bleeding that is as heavy as period
- Severe pain that lasts for more than a day
- Spotting that lasts for three days or more