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18 Pregnancy Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

16. Persistent or Severe Headaches Although headaches some are common they can be a serious symptom. Headaches are a very common complaint during pregnancy. They are… Simi - February 4, 2018

16. Persistent or Severe Headaches

Although headaches some are common they can be a serious symptom. Headaches are a very common complaint during pregnancy. They are usually due to drastic hormonal changes and an increase in your body’s blood volume. Being pregnant and having a headache is no fun. Headaches are often caused by tiredness and poor diet. Stress management can help.

A constant lack of sleep and mood swings can make them worse. Minor headaches are often not a worry, but if you start getting severe and persistent headaches during the second or third trimesters you need to talk with your doctor. If you have high blood pressure and no history of headaches and suddenly develop a headache that quickly gets worse, it is a matter of concern. This type of a headache may indicate pregnancy complications, including preeclampsia. This condition puts both the mother and baby at risk.

A constant headache can also be an indicator of high blood pressure or gestational hypertension. This should be monitored closely as it puts you at risk of a preterm delivery. Sleeping on your left side helps high blood pressure as it takes the pressure off your vena cava. This is the artery that pushes blood from your heart to your lower extremities and allows for maximum blood flow and nutrients to the placenta.

When a headache becomes severe enough for you to suspect that it is a migraine then it is time to talk to your doctor. Often the best way to treat a migraine is to prevent it from happening in the first place. If you take of what was happening before you experienced a headache you notice what precedes your migraine and you can try to avoid the triggers.

17. Burning sensation when you pee

This could be due to a urinary tract infection. When you are pregnant your bladder goes through all sorts of changes. Needing to go to the toilet frequently is a common symptom of pregnancy. But when you need to pee more often and it is painful or burns, then you need to get it checked out.

Urinary tract infections, also known as cystitis are quite common, but when you are pregnant you are more susceptible thanks to the hormonal changes. The added progesterone slows down the flow of urine to the bladder, giving the bacteria more time to grow before they get washed out. If you need to go to the toilet more often and more urgently, or you lose a drop of urine on the way to the toilet, these could be other indicators.

As anyone who has ever had a urinary tract infection knows, it can pass quickly to the kidneys. If this happens, you might have other symptoms. You could have nausea, tiredness and feel achy all over. You could also have a fever. Your urine might also start to look cloudy, have blood in it or be a bit smelly. These are all indicators that the infection has passed to the kidneys.

A urinary tract infection could harm your baby because it can irritate the womb and cause you to go into labor prematurely. When a urinary tract infection moves on to the kidneys it can also make you seriously ill. The doctor will test your urine for bacteria and give you a course of antibiotics. Urine tests are part of the routine pregnancy tests so that if you have an infection that you are not aware of, it can be caught early.

18. Severe Vomiting

Some vomiting in pregnancy is common. During pregnancy, it is common for you to feel nauseous or vomit in the mornings. Some women may also vomit when they are tired later on in the day. Some women even have to take time off from work. If you are vomiting many times a day and are not able to eat or drink anything without being sick, then it could be due to hyperemesis gravidarum or HG.

Excessive vomiting can cause you to become dehydrated and cause your body to lose the nutrients that your baby needs to grow. Fortunately, this condition is quite rare and only affects one in 100 women. It usually begins between four weeks to seven weeks and starts to ease by the time you get to 15 weeks. Most of the time you will be over it by 20 weeks, but you could be one of those rare women who suffer from it right to the end of their pregnancy.

But if it starts after 12 weeks you could have a gastric problem, a urinary tract infection or a problem with diabetes or a thyroid disease. You most likely have HG if you have prolonged and severe vomiting, you can’t eat or drink anything without vomiting. You could lose some of your pre-pregnancy weight and you get dehydrated.

Your doctor might order a urine test to see if you are dehydrated, or a blood test to check for any other problems like kidney or liver problems. If your conditions are severe you could be put on to a drip to restore lost fluids, vitamins and minerals. Your doctor will evaluate giving you anti-sickness medications.

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