A woman’s body goes through many changes during the nine months of pregnancy. Some are expected like nausea in the early months, weight gain (of course), and certain crazy cravings. When you notice something unexpected or concerning, don’t ever hesitate to contact Virginia Women’s Health Associates. There are certain symptoms during pregnancy that warrant a conversation with your doctor or even a trip to the ER.
Light bleeding is usually nothing to be concerned about, but you should plan a visit to your obstetrician if it is noticed. Heavy bleeding is a different story entirely and you should alert your doctor you are going to the nearest emergency room.
Excessive Weight Gain And Swelling
Gaining some weight comes with the territory of being pregnant, but should you gain from 3 to 5 pounds in a single week, there could be an issue with blood pressure causing damage to the liver or kidneys. Preeclampsia is the medical term for this including additional symptoms of headache, abdominal pain, and blurry vision. Call Virginia Women’s Health Associates if you experience any of these signs of preeclampsia.
Not Urinating Normally
Most pregnant women urinate more frequently. If urination decreases, there could be a problem with the kidneys.
Having abdominal pain is not necessarily normal during pregnancy, and if your pain does not go away, it may be time to check in with your doctor.
Fatigue And Dizziness
You expect to be a little fatigued as your baby grows, but if it becomes extreme and accompanied by dizziness, it could be a sign of anemia. See your doctor.
Of course if you begin to have shortness of breath, a fever, cough, or any of the other signs of the COVID-19 virus, call your doctor immediately for guidance.
Sudden Lack Of Baby Movement
After about 13 to 25 weeks, your baby will begin to move. Your baby will sleep sometimes and not move around, but if there is noticeable lack of movement for a period of time, you should speak with your doctor. If you are not feeling any movement after 20 weeks, speak with your OB.
Some additional symptoms during pregnancy that warrant a conversation with your doctor or a trip to the emergency room include the following:
- Fever over 101
- Bloody diarrhea
- A gush of fluid
- Intense abdominal pain
Never think you are bothering your doctor with a call at an inconvenient time. The goal of your obstetrician is to aid in the birth of a healthy baby and to keep you healthy at the same time.
Contact Virginia Women’s Health Associates at (703) 435-2555 if you experience any of the above symptoms during pregnancy.