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During pregnancy every little thing that your body does takes on new meaning.  Pregnant women are more conscious of what is going on with their bodies.  Many changes take place in a pregnant body, symptoms are plentiful.  So what things should be seen as red flags and prompt you to call your doctor right away. 

Here are few things symptoms that shouldn’t be taken lightly. 

  • If you notice a change in how often your baby is moving.  A reduction in or a lack of movement can be a sign of a problem. 
  • Severe and persistent abdominal cramping or tenderness, especially if accompanied by bleeding.
  • Vaginal bleeding or spotting.  Some spotting is common during early pregnancy, however, it is a good idea to call you doctor anyway just to be safe.
  • An increase or change in vaginal discharge.  If it becomes water, mucousy or bloody it can be a sign that labor will start soon.
  • Pelvic pressure, lower back pain, menstrual-like cramping, or more than 4 contractions in an hour.  All are signs of labor.
  • Painful or burning urination or a lack of urination.
  • Severe or persistent vomiting, or any vomiting that is accompanied by a fever.
  • Chills or a fever of 100 degrees or more.
  • Visual disturbances such as double vision, blurring, dimming, flashing lights or spots in your field of vision.
  • Severe or persistent headache or a headache accompanied by blurred vision, slurred speech or numbness.
  • Any swelling in your face, more than a little swelling of the hands, severe or sudden swelling of the feet or ankles or rapid weight gain.
  • Trauma to the abdomen.
  • Fainting or frequent dizziness.
  • Difficulty breathing or chest pains.
  • Intense and persistent itching. 

If you experience any of these symptoms or anything else that concerns you call your doctor immediately.  You should always call your doctor if you have questions or concerns about something you are experiencing or feeling. 

(source: Baby Center)

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