10- LEAKING FLUID
If you are pregnant you probably feel like you are constantly leaking. One of the first things you will notice is an increase in vaginal discharge this will usually be thin, white, and milky.
It is normal to have up to a teaspoon or more of this discharge daily.
Your bladder also feels up quicker and you may find yourself leaking urine from time to time.
If however, you feel you are consistently leaking fluid that is clear, white flecked, and/or tinged with mucus or blood, this could signify that you are leaking amniotic fluid and should be brought to the attention of your doctor.
9- LEG PAIN
Leg pain in pregnancy can be caused by your sciatic nerve. As you uterus is growing and expanding the weight can put pressure on your sciatic nerve and cause pain to shoot down the back of your leg. You may also be experiencing leg cramps.
Although there is speculation as to what actually causes them a few theories include: pressed nerves, decreased circulation, a vitamin deficiency or even dehydration.
Your leg pain could also be the sign of something more severe.
It is important to let your OB know if you are experiencing leg pain, especially if it is centered in the back of one leg. This could be a sign of DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and is the most severe potential cause of your leg pain.
8- SEVERE LOWER BACK PAIN
Most of the time back pain in pregnancy is nothing more than an inconvenience. Your growing uterus combined with poor posture creates a strain on your back, and in turn causes your back pain. Hormones can also play a cause in pregnancy-related lower back pain.
Progesterone and relaxin are doing their part to prepare your body for pregnancy loosening ligaments, and as a result, the loosening causes instability in your joints.
This can cause imbalanced alignment and your back is one of the most vulnerable spots.
If your back pain is new and combined with uterine tightening, and/or vaginal bleeding this could be a sign of pre-term labor which is an urgent situation.
Hormones during pregnancy can definitely add some strong emotions in your life. It is normal to be highly emotional, cry more often, become angry at the drop of a hat, and be back to your normal self (all within a span of five minutes).
When we talk about antepartum depression, however, we are talking about a much more serious condition.
If during pregnancy you experience severe sadness, difficulty concentrating, excessive sleeping, loss of interest in activities, anxiety, or recurring thoughts of death, hopelessness or suicide you should seek help from your doctor.
Antepartum depression can be serious but is treatable.
6- SUDDEN WEIGHT GAIN
Weight gain is obviously a normal part of being pregnant. You should expect to gain 35-40 pounds in a normal healthy pregnancy. Nonetheless, this weight gain should be spread out over the entire three trimesters.
Weight gain is caused by several factors including, the baby, amniotic fluid, the placenta, and fluid retention.
In spite of this fact, if at any point during pregnancy you begin to experience sudden rapid weight gain (more than two pounds in a week).
You should contact your doctor as this may also be a sign of a life-threatening condition that we have previously mentioned, Pre-eclampsia.
5- CONTRACTIONS BEFORE 37 WEEKS
If you have been pregnant or been around anyone who has been pregnant, you have probably heard of Braxton hicks contractions. These are the annoying “practice” contractions your body puts you through prior to actually going into labor.
Braxton hicks contractions are generally felt in the stomach area only as a tightening sensation.
They are usually not painful, and quite irregular. You will usually begin to experience these contractions sometime in the second or third trimesters.
If at any point before 37 weeks you begin to feel contractions that are painful, and/or are occurring four times or more in an hour- you should head straight into the doctor or hospital to be checked out.
4- EXCESSIVE THIRST OR HUNGER
During pregnancy, it is common to have an increased appetite and you should make sure are staying hydrated. If you are experiencing an unquenchable thirst, or are unable to satisfy your hunger despite several attempts, you may be facing a more troubling issue.
These two symptoms could be a sign of a pregnancy condition known as Gestational Diabetes.
Gestational Diabetes is regularly screened for in pregnancy because the symptoms may be non-existent or may be mistaken for normal pregnancy symptoms.
If you are experiencing the above symptoms along with frequent urination, blurred vision or tingling/numbness in your hands, you should contact your doctor.
3- CONSTANT FATIGUE
This one is almost laughable, especially if this is not your first pregnancy. Pregnancy brings about the exhaustion that is unlike any you have ever experienced.
Add in a toddler or two and you have a recipe for complete and utter exhaustion and fatigue.
Nevertheless, if you are experiencing fatigue that is debilitating and keeps you from performing even the simplest of activities, you may be experiencing a more serious complication, such as anemia.
Severe anemia can increase your risk of having severe complications such as pre-term delivery, or a low birth weight baby. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms of severe fatigue or weakness.
2- HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Unless you are regularly checking your blood pressure at home you may not notice this symptom. It may have little to no noticeable symptoms in itself.
If however, you are experiencing a severe headache, changes in vision or abdominal pain, it would be a good idea to have your blood pressure checked and rule out a more serious complication.
High blood pressure by itself does not always equal a problem in pregnancy, but if your blood pressure begins to creep up or gets as high as 140/90 it is important to be monitored closely by your doctor.
Your doctor can keep an eye on the progression of your blood pressure as well as monitor for more serious symptoms such as protein in the urine.
1- HIGH FEVER
During pregnancy, you may feel flushed or more hot than normal. It can be hard to tell if you are actually experiencing a fever or not. Hormonal fluctuations and your baby, in general, will cause a little more heat to your body.
Thankfully a mild fever, under 100 degrees is unlikely to have any sort of effect on your pregnancy.
Most generally, A temperature of 100-101 degrees is considered a fever in pregnancy. If your temperature reaches 101 degrees you should call your healthcare provider immediately, no matter what time it is.