Health pregnancies result in deliveries of healthy babies while any kind of problem or abnormal signs may result in miscarriages or complications at a later stage. Such situations can be avoided by being aware about the signs of a healthy and an unhealthy pregnancy and going for regular check-ups and scans. Fertility experts play a key role in recognizing a high risk pregnancy and recommend regular women health check-ups.
Differentiating Between Healthy and Unhealthy Pregnancies
Pregnancy involves a lot of hormonal changes which result in several common problems like mood swings, tiredness, fatigue or changes in the taste. While most of these changes are quite normal and go away with time, in certain situations a woman may experience changes that are not normal and so should not be ignored. Some such changes are:
- Vaginal Bleeding or Spotting: Minor spots of blood are not a problem, but continued and heavy bleeding especially when it is accompanied by pain, fever or chills should not be ignored. Do get in touch with your doctor. Bleeding can be a sign of placental abruption or miscarriage.
- Pain in the Abdomen: The growth of the baby in your body is bound to result in some pulling or sharp stabbing sensation. However, if you experience severe pelvic or abdominal pain that does not go away by soaking in a warm tub or taking a simple medication, you should be alert. And in case this pain is accompanied by nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, it could be an indication of an infection in the kidney or the urinary tract that can prove to be troublesome if ignored.
- Sudden Rise in Blood Pressure and Swelling: While swelling of hands and some changes in blood pressure levels are common symptoms of a pregnancy, any sudden changes accompanied by high protein levels in the urine should not be ignored. These symptoms can generally be identified during your regular women health check-ups during pregnancy. These symptoms are indicative of preeclampsia and generally occur in the third trimester of a pregnancy.
- Excess Cramping: While pregnancy does result in a lot of pains and aches, an extreme pain that feels like menstrual cramps is a warning sign. Do contact your doctor.
- Unusual Vaginal Discharge: Normally the vaginal discharge of a pregnant woman is transparent and odorless, but in case the discharge is yellow or green in color and has a strong smell it should be reported to your doctor. It may be a result of the inflammation in the cervix and indicative of a miscarriage.
- Fever: A fever should not be ignored as it is often a result of a bacterial or a viral infection. If ignored, it can lead to complications.
- No Movement of the Fetus: It is generally around the 18th week that the fetus starts reacting to sound and light and the pregnant women starts experiencing the kicks. In case you do not experience the fetus kicking for a long time, call your doctor.
- Placenta’s Position: A change in the placenta’s position could be indicative of an unhealthy pregnancy. The premature detachment of the placenta from the uterus results in termination of the pregnancy. So get your placental position checking done during your monthly doctor visits.
Do not ignore any signs that look unusual to you and go for regular check-ups to ensure that the baby’s growth inside your uterus is normal. Again, answer all the queries put forth by your doctor honestly and share your fears or doubts with her. This will help in the identification of any unusual sign or a high risk pregnancy.
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