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Alarming signs and symptoms during pregnancy

During pregnancy, there are complications that can put at risk the life and health of both the mother and the baby. It is important to learn to detect these warning signs and symptoms

especially in the first trimester.

There are some signs and symptoms that are NOT normal and may indicate that you are experiencing serious diseases such as preeclampsia, infection or hemorrhage and sexually transmitted diseases that put your baby at risk.

Go to the hospital immediately if you have:

  • Decrease in baby movements

  • One contraction every 15 minutes

  • Vagina bleeding, without accompanying another liquid

  • Headache

  • Swelling of ankles, face or hands

  • Blurred vision or you see little lights

  • Ringing in the ears

  • Pain in the pit of the stomach

  • Pain or burning when urinating

  • Vaginal discharge that burns, itches or stains the panties

What is preeclampsia?

Preeclampsia causes the appearance of certain symptoms isolated or together. The most

common are increased blood pressure, headache and blurred vision. Sometimes, the pregnant woman suffers sudden reversible blindness or notices the presence of a kind of unusual flying flies that stop and return, as well as lights in front of the eyes.

Infections during pregnancy

 Prenatal care is essential. For example, a simple blood test can check if you are immune to certain infections such as chickenpox and rubella. They will also perform tests to detect certain infections that you may not even know you have, including urinary tract infection, group B streptococcus, hepatitis B and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Other Signs

Other signs of alarm are constant and abundant vomiting, colic-type pains, the expulsion of bad-smelling urine and the burning sensation when urinating. In fact, the burning sensation when urinating usually appears in case of urinary tract infection. The pregnant woman should consult a doctor.

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