Pregnancy symptoms that shouldn’t be ignored

Pregnancy represents a big change for our body – every organ, cell and molecule are doing their best to nurture the fetus and prepare for the delivery. No wonder that mums-to-be experience a whole array of symptoms, both physical and psychological. Since our bodies change, we need to do our best to stay tuned in and understand the signals it’s sending us. Most of the time new and unfamiliar symptoms will only be a sign of a healthy, normal pregnancy, but it is very important to know what symptoms you can, and which ones you mustn’t ignore.

Here is a list of symptoms that you should consult your doctor about:

  • Your baby doesn’t move as much as it used to. Ask your doctor whether you should keep a diary, tracking all of your baby’s movements. Your doctor can give you more detailed instructions on how to do this in order to make sure that your baby is developing well.
  • Strong, persisting pain or sensitivity in your belly.
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Abnormalities in discharge, whether it’s the amount, colour or consistency. Keep in mind though that it is perfectly normal for discharge to be increased after 37 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Increased pressure in the pelvic area, lower back pain, cramps in your stomach or more than four contractions within an hour (even if they’re not painful). These symptoms are a cause for concern if you’re less than 37 weeks pregnant.
  • Pain while urinating, little or no urine at all.
  • Vomiting often, sometimes with fever.
  • Shiver or fever.
  • Problems with sight such as seeing double, foggy vision, dark or blinking sensations.
  • Persistent, strong headache, sometimes connected with foggy vision, stiffness or problems with speech.
  • Strong cramps in your leg or if one leg is a lot more swollen than the other one.
  • Getting hit in the stomach.
  • Constipation or diarrhoea for longer than 24 hours.
  • Feeling faint, dizzy, with strong heart palpitations.
  • Swelling on your face, around your eyes, on your arms or hands, sudden swelling of the feet and joints or a sudden increase in body weight.
  • Problems breathing, chest pain or coughing out blood.
  • Strong itch on your torso, arms, legs, palms or feet, or an overwhelming sense of itchiness all over your body.
  • Flu symptoms.
  • Let your doctor know if you’ve been exposed to people who show signs of flu or infectious diseases if you haven’t been immunised.
  • Depression or sever anxiety. If you’re experiencing deep sorrow, hopelessness, panic attacks or suicidal thoughts, please do not hesitate to ask for help.
  • If you suffer from any chronic condition, consult your doctor as soon as you notice the symptoms getting worse (such as problems breathing if you suffer from asthma).


  • Wow, for the first time I’ve seen a pregnancy symptom that comes even a LITTLE close to mine! Barbara said that she didn’t like the color blue, well I CANNOT STAND certain outfits of mine and my daughter’s that I adored just a month ago before I knew I was expecting. It is SO WEIRD. I definitely have a heightened sense of smell as well and every little thing agitates my already lingering nausea, including certain dresses of mine and my daughter’s! It is so aggravating! Now I am very limited to what I can dress my daughter and me in without getting sick! I don’t even like certain nail polishes anymore! I went through this only slightly during my pregnancy with my daughter- I gave a couple of tank tops to my sister because I no longer liked them, but this is WORSE! By the way, I can also relate to # 23 as well…. my daughter is 4 years old and even though she’s usually clingy to Mommy :), her clinginess has increased TREMENDOUSLY! Last time her daddy and I tried to go out, she had a FIT to the point where we stayed home. My mom was going to watch her and she didn’t understand it- until I told about a week later that I just learned I was expecting, then she remembered that saying and said that she should have suspected that I was pregnant because of that!

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