During pregnancy your body will go through many changes, and as your pregnancy progresses, so too will the changes. The difficulty is knowing what changes are considered normal, and what changes are not. Questionable changes should always be addressed with your doctor.
It is always better to be cautious, but you don’t want to cause yourself unnecessary anxiety by constantly worrying. Being knowledgeable about the stages of pregnancy, asking a lot of questions, and visiting your doctor regularly will help you keep yourself sane and safe during your pregnancy.
If you experience any of the following symptoms during pregnancy, you need to call your doctor right away to avoid danger to yourself and your unborn child:
- Lessened movement
- Severe abdominal pain
- Bleeding or spotting
- Increased discharge
- Pain in the lower back
- Pelvic pressure
- Burning during urination
- Vision problems
- Severe headache
- Leg cramping/pain
- Any abdominal trauma
- Change in heartbeat
- Respiratory changes
- Chest pain
- Excessive itching
- Flu-like symptoms
- Worsening of preexisting health issues
A failure to recognize and seek treatment for any of these symptoms may be dangerous for you and your baby.
If you experience anything during your pregnancy that makes you uneasy, remember to trust your maternal instincts. You know your body better than anyone, and only you know if something is wrong.
Pregnancy isn’t easy, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Communicate symptoms with your doctor, ask questions when something doesn’t seem right, and be your own advocate!
Author: Tim Misny | For 33 years, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus & Cincinnati, Ohio.” You can reach Tim by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 1 (877) 944-4373.