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Pains during pregnancy: when is it urgent?

Pregnancy can be the most glorious time of your life. It can also bring on aches, pains, flatulence and loads of other unattractive side-effects. Remember, your hormones are at an all-time high and your mood swings bear the grunt.

All of which can lead you to jumping the gun… when is it really time to rush to the hospital? And when is it just normal pregnancy pain?

Go to the hospital if:

You have abnormal vaginal bleeding with cramping

  • An ectopic pregnancy happens when a fertilised egg implants itself outside the uterus. This can cause the Fallopian tubes to tear or burst. It results in severe bleeding and sharp abdominal pains.
  • A miscarriage is a loss of pregnancy before the foetus or embryo can live on its own outside the uterus. It also causes severe bleeding and cramping.

There is a decline in your baby’s movements and kicks

The amount of movements and kicks tell you that your baby is active and healthy. Babies move a lot during the growing period in the womb. If there’s been a gradual decrease in movement for more than two days, you experience less than 10 movements in a gap of two hours, reduced or no movement to sound, voices, or a pat; it’s an emergency.

Your face and hands swell suddenly 

At some point you’ll experience mild puffiness in the face, and swelling in the hands and ankles. Swelling that comes on with a headache that won’t go away, vision changes, chest pains, breathing problems, and more swelling in one leg than the other – needs your doctor’s attention immediately.

You get vision disturbances (blurring, double vision and dimming)

Changes in hormones, fluid retention, metabolism and blood circulation may have an effect on your eyesight. Should you think your vision has changed significantly have it checked out immediately.

You get severe nausea and vomiting

Morning sickness is very common in pregnancy. It’s the result of hormonal changes in the first 12 weeks. If you can’t keep your food and fluids down for more than 24 hours, you pass dark urine, have a high temperature, feeling weak or dizzy and vomit blood, it’s an emergency.

Sleep on it if:

You feel constipated

You can thank an increased production of the progesterone hormone for this. Progesterone relaxes your intestine walls. Food starts to move slowly in your digestive system to give the nutrients more time to enter the bloodstream and reach your baby. Your baby puts pressure on your rectum as well. Dehydration and lack of exercise could be the cause too.

You have breast changes

Change in your breasts is part of early pregnancy symptoms. They may feel heavy, tender, sore, full and have a tingly sensation. The discomfort decreases after several weeks.

There is an increase in vaginal discharge

Your vaginal walls thicken during the first weeks of pregnancy. Some women may notice milky discharge with a mild smell; it might happen throughout your pregnancy.

Sensitive to certain smells

This is caused by hormones and may lead to nausea and vomitting, which is normal in the first stages of pregnancy.

Urinating frequently

Extra blood flow makes the kidneys produce more urine after conception. Frequent toilet visits can be influenced by the pressure on your bladder by the growing uterus.