You’re expecting! It’s an exciting and emotional period, especially if you are a first time mom. There would be many changes in your body. And while there are times when you’ll panic, some of them are perfectly normal.
As you undergo those changes, you probably wonder if you should call your doctor or manage your own pregnancy health. It may seem bothersome to make a late-night phone call to the doctor for something that shouldn’t really be a concern, so here’s a guide to help you figure out when to do it:
Vomiting is normal, especially during your first trimester, but if it goes beyond the usual morning sickness and makes you dehydrated, call your doctor immediately. Vomiting isn’t really harmful, but if it’s too much that you can’t keep food and liquids down, that’s something to worry about.
Bleeding Enough to Soak a Pad
According to Old Farm Obstetrics & Gynecology and other pregnancy experts, some spotting is normal, but menstruation-like bleeding may be a sign of miscarriage. The brighter the red, the more worrisome it is. It may mean that your placenta is out of place, has a tear, or other problems that your doctor needs to diagnose via ultrasound.
Lots of Watery Vaginal Discharge
Minimal vaginal discharge is normal. Mostly, this could be a sign of a treatable infection. But if you are in the downward stretch of your pregnancy, this can mean that your water bag has broken, so head to the doctor right away.
If you experience this before your 37th week, it could be a sign of preterm labor.
Your Baby Stopped Moving
If your baby stopped moving for only about an hour, don’t panic. Usually, the baby was only being especially still. This is normal if you are pregnant for less than 28 weeks. During the early stage, movements are irregular, and there could be long periods when there are not much movement or you only notice it when you’re at rest.
If you’re pregnant for more than 28 weeks, be aware of your baby’s changes to movements. If the baby is moving less than usual, call your doctor right away.
You might dismiss these signs, especially if you don’t realize that they can lead to bigger problems. Knowing what signs to watch out for means you can take care of yourself, as well as the little one growing inside you.