Pregnancy complications to look out for

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Every expecting mother wants a smooth and simple pregnancy but sometimes pregnancy complications can happen. While they can be truly terrifying to a soon to be parent, some of them may not be that serious, while others definitely warrant for the mother to be rushed to hospital. Here are some pregnancy complications that are warning signs that cannot be ignored.

Bleeding during pregnancy

Bleeding during pregnancy could be a lot of things really. If you are bleeding heavily and you also have severe abdominal pain like menstrual cramps or you feel like you might pass out, during the first trimester, it could be signs of an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when the fertilized egg implants somewhere other than the uterus, can be life-threatening. Heavy bleeding with cramping could also be a sign of miscarriage in first or early second trimester. By contrast, bleeding with abdominal pain in the third trimester may indicate placental abruption, which occurs when the placenta separates from the uterine lining.

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Severe vomiting and nausea

It is rather common to have nausea and vomiting during pregnancy because of the hormonal changes but if it begins to turn really severe the condition could be more than just hormonal fluctuations. If you are unable to eat or drink anything, you could be at a risk of getting dehydrated. This could also prevent your baby from getting the nourishment that they need.

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The baby’s activity level significantly decreases

Do you feel like your baby who was kicking up a storm previously, seems to be a little lethargic now? What does it mean? It could be normal but how can you tell for sure? Some troubleshooting can help determine if there is a problem. You should first drink something cold or eat something. Then lie on your side to see if this gets the baby moving. Counting kicks can also help because that way you could keep a track of the baby’s activity level in general. There is however no optimal or minimal number of kicks or such to go by, so if you have a doubt, go see the doctor.

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