Pregnancy isn’t a cakewalk. While it is normal to feel a little different and unusual, it’s also incredible to have another life breathing inside you. The feeling is magical, and also overwhelming, and we’re sure you’re nodding along with us if you have ridden the roller coaster already. But besides being a process that is downright miraculous, it is that period in life that tests a woman’s patience, both mentally and physically. And that is precisely the reason why we call mothers a true gift of nature to humankind.
This article will elaborate on the difficulty of this process and why women must take extra care of themselves during pregnancy. Keep scrolling to read the 8 signs that must alarm you to grab your car keys and visit your gynaecologist immediately, either during, or after your pregnancy.
1. Bleeding during your pregnancy
Bleeding while you’re pregnant must never be taken lightly. We aren’t fooling you when we say you must be on your toes in such cases. If you bleed in your second trimester, there is the possibility of a miscarriage. You may also bleed in case you have Ectopic Pregnancy where your eggs get implanted outside the uterus. This kind of pregnancy is not easy to handle and it can pose severe threats to your life. Please be alert.
2. Dehydration during pregnancy
You might land yourself and your child into trouble if you’re not drinking enough water. It will make you feverish and nauseous, and it may affect your baby’s health drastically. Now, you don’t want your baby to be born deficient of all the nutrients, do you? We suggest that you watch your diet very carefully, or you might have to run to your doctor in a hurry.
3. Braxton – Hicks contractions
Never heard of the term? It’s actually the medical term for false labour that women often experience in their third trimester, sometimes quite early in the phase, and sometimes almost around their due date. These contractions are milder in nature and can be controlled, but you need to be careful, especially if you’re having them irregularly. If you’re having them too early, rush to the hospital and the gynaecologist will take care of them.
4. A case of preeclampsia
It is a common condition among pregnant women where they have extremely high blood pressure. Your urine contains excess proteins and it can lead to serious problems post pregnancy. We suggest you call your gynaecologist the moment you feel any abnormality in your blood pressure.
Women who are diagnosed with eclampsia have a series of seizures almost around the 20th week, post delivery. This too is due to abnormally high blood pressure and these seizures can send you into a coma or even take your life.
6. Postpartum Depression
It’s okay to deal with depression post delivery and there is nothing to be ashamed of. Embrace your state and visit your gynaecologist, as well as a trusted psychologist. You may feel low, lose your appetite, or feel less loving towards your own baby, but just remember that this state of mind is very common in women and can be cured successfully unless it develops into a long-term depression. Whatever happens, don’t let it pull you down and make sure that you fight it.
7. Risk of heart failures
It often happens to mothers who conceive post the age of 30, especially if it’s their first child.
8. Excessive blood loss during delivery
Excessive blood loss during delivery can get you really weak and pose a threat to your life. Eat and drink properly and don’t forget to be in constant touch with your gynaecologist.
We hope you that you now have a better idea of what all you need to keep in mind in order to take good care of yourself. Remember, you have a huge responsibility on your shoulders and on your belly, love yourself enough to keep a tab on your health. Happy pregnancy!