In the early days of your pregnancy, it will quickly become apparent that your body will undergo several major, and often unpleasant, changes. Every pregnancy is different, though, so despite your reading countless books and carefully reviewing the pamphlets your doctor gives you, you cannot know for sure what to expect in the coming six to nine months.
The lack of uncertainty may make it difficult for you to achieve peace of mind that both you and your baby are healthy. What symptoms are normal, and which are cause for concern? To help you discern between normal and worrisome symptoms, Stanford Children’s Health details normal changes versus potential problems in pregnancy.
Normal pregnancy symptoms
Many symptoms during pregnancy may prove to be uncomfortable — annoying even — but are completely normal. Those include stomach problems, such as nausea, vomiting, bloating, gas and heartburn; bathroom issues, such as constipation and leaky bladder; mild swelling in the legs, hands, feet, ankles and face; mild aches and pains, such as leg cramps and backaches; oral health changes, such as sensitive or bleeding gums; skin changes, such as stretch marks, spots on the face and varicose veins; and breathing issues, such as shortness of breath and stuffy nose.
Abnormal pregnancy symptoms
Some symptoms may arise during your pregnancy that could indicate something is amiss. If you notice any of the following signs, contact your doctor immediately:
- Sudden or excessive swelling of the fingers or face
- Pain or burning while urinating, especially if accompanied by a fever
- Spotting, vaginal bleeding, lower abdominal cramping, unusual fluid discharge, tightening of the abdomen that does not cease and lower back pain
- Strong stomach cramps or pain, severe headaches and other forms of severe pain
- Fever or illness that comes with severe nausea, vomiting or dizziness
- Unusual rash
- Mid-back pain
- Pelvic pressure
Your doctor should thoroughly investigate all causes of new or concerning symptoms. If he or she does not, it is important that you consult with an attorney to better understand your rights.