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Pregnancy symptoms to look out for

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Is Everything Alright? Your body is changing all the time, so you may experience new symptoms occasionally that you did not expect. Most of these are nothing to worry about. But it's good to know the warning signs to look out for: such as vaginal bleeding, visual disturbances, fainting or dizziness, unusual weight gain or signs of an infection.
SHOULD I CALL THE DOCTOR? You will experience a wide range of new sensations and changes in your body as the months pass. Most of the symptoms women have during pregnancy are normal. But there might be times when you feel concerned and need reassurance from your doctor.

Although complications are rare, it's good to know which potentially problematic symptoms to look for. So let your doctor or midwife know if you experience any of the following:

• Vaginal bleeding or spotting
• Premature rupture of membranes (your "waters breaking"). This can be a trickle or a gush.
• Persistent abdominal pain or strong preterm uterine contractions.
• After the 20th week, a change in or absence of foetal movement for more than 24 hours
• A severe headache that continues for more than two or three hours
• Visual disturbances, such as blurring or double vision
• Fainting or dizziness
• Weight gain of more than one kilogram (two pounds) a week.
• Severe pain above the stomach, under the rib cage
• Swelling or puffiness in your face, eyes, or hands
• Vomiting that continues over several days and occurs more than two or three times a day
• Signs of infection (fever, chills, a burning sensation while urinating, or diarrhoea)

Remember, real complications are rare. But don't hesitate to consult your midwife or doctor if you have any worries. They are there to offer support and reassurance, and will be happy to check that everything is ok.


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