We all experience some strange symptoms when we're expecting, and from time to time, symptoms are cause for concern. 

 

Here are 12 things you definitely shouldn't ignore during pregnancy...

 

Abdominal pain and cramps

 

 

It isn’t unusual to have some cramping very early on in pregnancy but beyond the first weeks, all abdominal pain and cramping should be investigated.

 

Decrease in baby movements

 

If you notice a dramatic slow-down of your baby’s movements after 21 weeks – or feel no movement at all in a 24-hour period – talk to your doctor.

 

Burning sensation when you pee

 

 

If urinating burns or is painful, check it out with your doctor. If you also develop a fever and backache, it could be serious. 

 

Vaginal bleeding or unusual discharge

 

Some women do experience bleeding in early pregnancy but generally, if you experience vaginal bleeding – particularly if the blood is fresh and bright red – or you notice any discharge that is unusual for you, you should consult your doctor.

 

Onset of nausea/ vomiting

 

 

Persistent nausea/ vomiting in later pregnancy (long after your morning sickness has dissipated) could be cause for concern, especially if accompanied by pain or fever. 

 

Leaking fluid

 

Aside from the rare little ‘accident’ that’s the result of a pregnant bladder under pressure, you should never leak fluid. This fluid is likely to be amniotic and as such, is a serious concern.

 

Persistent dizziness or fainting

 

 

Dizziness is common enough during pregnancy, but it's unusual for this symptom to persist into the second and third trimester.

 

Blurred vision

 

If your vision becomes blurry, or you suffer from vision disturbances such as white lights or flashes, dots in front of your eyes, double vision or dimming, see your doctor for advice.

 

Sudden thirst

 

 

This is particularly worrying if you're not urinating very much. 

 

Swelling of hands, feet and face out of the blue

 

This swelling (called oedema) can be symptomatic of several medical conditions so have it checked by your doctor immediately.

 

Severe headaches

 

 

Some pregnant women suffer from more headaches than usual in early pregnancy because of the increase of hormones in their system, but if you are suffering from severe headaches that last more than a couple of hours, this could indicate there is a medical problem.

 

Itchiness all over

 

This is more likely in late pregnancy and may be accompanied by dark urine and pale stools.

 

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