When you first suspect that you might be pregnant and then you see a positive sign on your home pregnancy test, without question, that can be one of the most exciting times in your entire life. It means that you are just months away from bringing a new baby into the world. However, it’s a good idea to keep in mind that it can be a very fragile season for you as well; especially during your first three months which is considered to be your first trimester.
Although your OB/GYN will probably discuss all of the things that you should look out for, we did want to provide you with a list of some of the most common pregnancy concerns that newly pregnant woman have. That way, you can know what is considered to be “normal” vs. what you should definitely alert your doctor about should you notice certain things transpiring during your pregnancy.
Excessive nausea and vomiting. There are an overwhelming amount of women who experience what is known as “morning sickness”, especially during their first trimester. However, if you are feeling nauseous and vomiting on a constant basis (all day, several times a day), this could lead to dehydration which isn’t good for you or your baby.
Vaginal bleeding. Spotting is also something else that tends to be a regular occurrence during the beginning stages of pregnancy as your body’s estrogen levels are making all kinds of adjustments in order to accommodate the life growing inside of you. But, something that you need to look out for is if you experience heavy bleeding or anything that even remotely resembles your pregnancy. That could be the sign of a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.
Abnormal vaginal discharge. You might start to notice that your vaginal discharge is thicker or thinner than you’re used to and/or that it might even have a slightly different smell. But if you notice a distinct odor, if the discharge is brown or green and has a frothy consistency or you’re experiencing a lot of itching, that could be a sign of an infection; one that you shouldn’t “self-diagnose” because sexually transmitted diseases can definitely put you and your baby in harm’s way.
Body swelling or severe headaches. If you have been experiencing swelling in your body or severe headaches, this could be an indication of a blood clot that is traveling through your body and that would require immediate medical attention. If you make an appointment with your doctor, either they or someone who can conduct professional sonograms (perhaps by getting a sonography degree onlinefollow) will verify if this is the case. Then your doctor can treat the clot in order to keep you from incurring any other health risks.
High fevers. Whenever we have a fever, it’s a sign that our body is trying to fight off some kind of infection and when you’re pregnant, that’s definitely something that you want to stay on top of. According to most doctors, if you are with child and your fever is over 101, that is something that you shouldn’t try and treat at home. Because that fever needs to be brought down as soon as possible for the sake of you as well as the little one growing inside of you, alert your physician as soon as possible.