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What are some common signs of pregnancy complications?
By Missy Jaramillo
During your pregnancy, chances are you'll notice many changes happening to your body - some big and some small. For example, obviously your stomach is getting larger, but there are also changes to your breasts, skin and even your hair in some cases. While the majority of these changes will go away after you give birth and are nothing to worry about, there are other things that may occur in pregnancy that you should address, since they may be a sign of something more serious.
It's important for you to know all the signs of potential pregnancy complications and what each of them mean, so you can know how serious they are and what you need to do about them.
Most women experience a little nausea during their pregnancy, especially during the morning. Normally, this is nothing to worry about and simply changing your diet and following your doctor's advice will help it go away. However, if you experience severe nausea while pregnant then this could lead to some serious complications. For example, if you can't keep food down then you and your baby will not get the nutrients you need to stay healthy. This is why it's so important for you go see your doctor if you're having a difficult time eating regularly.
WebMD spoke to women's health expert Donnica Moore, M.D., who said that unlike nausea, any bleeding at all during pregnancy is serious and should be addressed by a doctor. You may have heard that a little spotting during pregnancy is normal, and while this is true you should still go to the doctor if you experience it. It's always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to bleeding during pregnancy.
"If you are bleeding heavily and have severe abdominal pain and menstrual-like cramps or feel like you are going to faint during first trimester, it could be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy," Peter Bernstein, M.D., OBGYN professor at New York's Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, told the news source.
If you're not usually a snorer, but you suddenly find that during your pregnancy your partner is complaining about your constant snoring, you may want to see a doctor. CNN reported on a 2012 study conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan's Sleep Disorders Center which found that snoring during pregnancy could be a sign that you have an increased risk of experiencing high blood pressure and preeclampsia, which could be life-threatening for you and your baby.
"What we found was that snoring during pregnancy was indeed strongly associated with gestational hypertension and preeclampsia," researcher Louise O'Brien, Ph.D., told CNN. "That was after we had accounted for other known risk factors. What was a novelty about this study was that we looked at women who have been snoring before they got pregnant and women who developed snoring during their pregnancy. It was actually the women who started snoring after they became pregnant that were at highest risk of high blood pressure problems."
It's very important for pregnant women to get the flu shot, since they are more likely to get sick and may experience complications as a result of having the flu. However, if you do get sick then you should go to your doctor rather than the hospital, where you could risk spreading the disease to other pregnant women or children who may be present there.
Did you experience any complications during your pregnancy? If so, what were the signs that your body sent out to let you know that something was wrong? Tell your story to other women.