Danger Signs During Pregnancy

Many expectant mothers are anxious to know about the danger signs that point towards miscarriage, fetal distress, still birth and other complications. It is important for every mother-to-be to know some of these danger signs to avoid any mishaps. If a pregnant woman suffers any of these she should immediately get in touch with her doctor.
Vaginal Bleeding
Spotting is a common phenomenon during pregnancy and need not necessarily be dangerous. However, it is important to immediately seek medical help in case of any vaginal bleeding. Your doctor will be able to make the correct diagnosis and treat you accordingly.

Pregnancy is threatened when the bleeding is more than just a spotting. Vaginal bleeding is an indication of approaching miscarriage, beginning of labor or even placenta previa.

Extreme Swelling
Almost all pregnant women experience swelling of the feet, ankles and legs during pregnancy. This is considered quite normal due to hormonal changes the body undergoes resulting in water retention. However, severe swelling should not be treated lightly.

Swollen hands, fingers and face indicate that a pregnant woman might have pregnancy-induced hypertension. This is a serious condition and in some cases might require treatment and medication including bed rest. If left untreated the condition is life threatening for both mother and baby.

Decrease in Fetal Movement

An expectant mother is able to feel the first fetal movements before or at 20 weeks. A very obvious but often overlooked danger sign is that of decrease in fetal movements. When the number of fetal movements reduces drastically it means that the baby is under stress and his chances of survival in the womb are less.

Therefore, it is important to keep a count of fetal movements during the day, especially after the 28th week, to ensure that the fetus is thriving well in the womb. Contact your doctor if you do not count 10 fetal movements in an hour.

Leaking Fluid
Amniotic fluid acts as a cushion for the fetus giving it the much needed protection inside the womb. Rupture of amniotic membrane results either in rapid flow of amniotic fluid or a slow trickle. This is an indication of impending labor.

If the rupture happens after 38 weeks of pregnancy then there is nothing to worry about. But if the amniotic fluid leaks before that time the mother and fetus should be given medical treatment to stop infection and put off labor.

Anubha Pandey