Pregnancy is generally a time of excitement. Every day a mother wakes up thinking that she is one day closer to meeting her little human being. The nine months of incubating are spent preparing for the new family addition. Names must be decided on; nurseries get painted, tiny socks, hats, and outfits will get lovingly folded into drawers. The majority of the pregnancy tasks are fun.
Along with this fun will be some spells of trials and tribulations. With the stretching and growing of a woman's body will also be many aches, pains, and strange sensations that can put a woman on high alert. Oh no, is this normal? Most unusual pregnancy symptoms will be typical, but some are anything but. Here are 15 reasonably ordinary things that pregnant women assume are typical and might not be.
Mild headaches will often pop up in pregnancy thanks to the surging hormones coursing through a mother's body. When headaches become debilitating is when there is cause for concern. Severe headaches can accompany a dangerous condition known as preeclampsia. If head pains are accompanied by blurred vision or other vision disturbances or dizziness, let your doctor know immediately.
While some women will notice their vision change in pregnancy, blurry vision is not something that you will want to ignore. It can be a sign of preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a potentially dangerous condition where a woman has protein spilling into her urine and high BP levels. If the blurred vision is paired with intense headaches, dizziness, and swelling in the face, hands, and feet, give the doctor a ring.
Pregnant women are encouraged to drink a lot of water, and they often feel thirstier than they remember feeling before becoming pregnant. This desire to deeply drink is no reason to worry, but when unquenchable thirst is accompanied by constant urination, nausea, blurred vision, and ongoing bladder infections — gestational diabetes might be lurking inside mom's body.
Some spotting in pregnancy is considered to be normal. It is alarming for many women, but after they get the all clear from their doctor, they can rest easy knowing that something serious is not taking place. If the plasma is coming out heavy, and if it is in tandem with cramping and pain in the belly region or back, then this could signal something far from ordinary.
You can go ahead and assume that stomach pain will show up during your pregnancy at one point or another. You are, after all, growing a human being inside of your belly. Stretching, aching, pulling and queasiness all come with the pregnancy territory. If the pain in the stomach is sharp and severe, and if there is bright red plasma present, high tail it up to the doctor's office because this could mean something serious is occurring.
Some pregnant women experience no nausea or vomiting during their nine months of pregnancy, while others feel constantly ill for months on end. In the vast majority of pregnancies, this specific type of illness is no immediate cause for concern, but in a handful of pregnancies, these symptoms can take a severe toll on mom's body. If mom can not keep any fluids down, dehydration can set in, and that is dangerous for both mother and child.
Later on, in pregnancy, your baby will make his or her presence known. She will stretch, roll, and kick as she works her tiny muscles out in preparation for life outside of the womb. There will be times where your baby won't move as much as you are used to feeling. Maybe she is snoozing, or perhaps her movements are minor for some time. Do your kick counts regularly. If you feel less than 10 movements in two hours, get your baby checked out to make sure everything is a-ok on the inside.
Moodiness might sneak up on a pregnant woman from time to time. Hormones are all over the place, and anxiety and worry can sometimes be a part of pregnancy. Your whole life is about to change in a matter of months; some wariness can be expected. If you feel bouts of sadness and despair that last longer than a few weeks, you could be experiencing depression.
Depression in pregnancy can increase rates of postpartum depression. Discuss your feelings with people close to you and your health care provider so that you can enjoy this chapter of your life to the fullest.
Everybody spikes a fever from time to time. Usually, this symptom is not extremely worrisome unless the temperature climbs dangerously high. Pregnant women might brush fevers off and attribute them to the occasional virus going around, but sometimes they can be more dangerous than expectant mothers realize. If fevers creep past 101 degrees, an infection could be present, and infections can cause harm to unborn babies. If joint pain or a rash accompanies the fever, seek medical care immediately.
During your nine months of pregnancy, all of your body parts are undergoing rapid changes, and not all of these changes will feel pleasant or comfortable. Discomfort down below, especially towards the end of your nine months, is relatively common. If there is general pain, burning, and severe itching, however, you will want to head on up to your doctor's office. Infections are not only bothersome, but many can negatively affect the unborn.
Sore legs in pregnancy are par for the course in many cases, but in some rare cases, calf pain or swelling of the legs might signal something more sinister. Clots in the legs are not common, but they do occur, and pain and swelling in that area are telltale signs that something serious is going on. Clots in the legs can travel to the lungs and in some cases can become fatal.
As women move through their pregnancy, they might discover that there is far less room to take a deep breath compared to the earlier months of gestation. The baby grows and takes up precious space inside a mother's body, causing other organs to become compressed. While typically not a concern, if shortness of breath comes along with other worrisome symptoms such as dizziness, chest pain, a rapid pulse, heart palpitations or blueness near the lips or in the fingertips, something more serious could be happening.
A little swelling of the hands and feet usually shows up in the final trimester of pregnancy courtesy of all of that extra fluid getting toted around. Sometimes swelling can signal something frightening though. When one leg is more swollen than the other, persistent headaches accompany the swelling, or light sensitivity and blurriness are occurring, the swelling could be a symptom of something serious, like preeclampsia or a clot.
Back pain and pregnancy go together like peanut butter and jelly. An estimated fifty percent of pregnant women will experience some degree of back pain during their gestation, per parents.com. If the back pain comes with period-like cramping that comes in pattern-like waves or any plasma or mucus, this common symptom might be anything but. Get to your healthcare provider's office and get checked out.
Expectant mothers spend a lot of time in the loo. Thanks to excess fluid, hormones, and guzzling down water at rapid speed, women have to urinate regularly. If pain, burning, or unusual odors accompany urination, there could be an infection lurking. It's best to seek treatment for such infections and remedy issues as soon as possible.
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